UHS Info Session Announced, Friends of UHS Forming

UHS Info Session Announced, Friends of UHS Forming

(Ferndale Schools, The Ferndale 115 News, March 15, 2012 ed.)

Ferndale Public Schools, Ferndale, MI: University High School invites students who will be entering 9th and 10th grades next fall to attend a special presentation by Principal George Tomey, and learn more about this unique high school opportunity on Tuesday, March 20, with the presentation beginning at 6:30 pm.  The event will be held at University High School in the Media Center, 1224 Paxton, Ferndale. Interested students should RSVP and receive directions by calling 248/586-8846.

University High School is a four-year public high school with a rigorous college preparatory curriculum.  Students at UHS benefit from a dynamic partnership among Ferndale Public Schools, Lawrence Technological University, and business partners throughout the metro area.

Now in its seventh year, University High School serves 420 students in grades 9-12.  The curriculum is rigorous and project based and features a unique, teacher-created College-Prep/ACT Prep Course.  All students take four years of math, science (culminating in physics), English language arts, and social studies.  Full-time college transition and campus support staff assist students with college applications, scholarships and financial aid, and with ongoing success once in college.  To date, three classes have graduated with a graduation rate of 99%, and as of Spring 2011, 85% of UHS graduates are actively enrolled in colleges and universities across the country, many with full-ride scholarships.

Students classroom experiences are enhanced by direct career immersion made possible with Lawrence Tech educators and business partner mentors. Advanced UHS students have opportunities to earn college credit from Lawrence Tech while still in high school. Academically successful students will also be guaranteed admission to the University.

Among their many accomplishments since UHS opened in 2004, students have won Robotics competition trophies, participated in an award-winning Innovative Vehicle Design (IVD) competitions through the Convergence Education Foundation, and recently received state and national recognition for DECA marketing club competitions.

Admission is open to students who reside in Oakland County or any bordering county. New students entering grades 9 and 10 next fall are invited to apply for acceptance through Schools of Choice.

Applications are available at UHS, at the Info Session, by calling 248/586-8686 or visiting www.ferndaleschools.org/schools/UHS.

We are also announcing the launch of Friends of University High School – a nonprofit organization designed to raise funds for students at UHS to ensure they continue to have dual enrollment college-prep opportunities.

The first event, a Launch Party, is planned for Thursday, March 22 at the Loving Touch in Ferndale. Invitations will be going out in the mail very soon. We’ve created a Facebook page. Please check it out and like/share/post and spread the word. www.facebook.com/friendsofUHS

An exciting evening is planned with rare auction items (Sting’s signed guitar, Elton John’s signed photo, for example), outstanding local talent including Al Ayoub, Bobby Murray and Brian Cleary.

For more information on any Ferndale Schools offerings or activities, go to http://www.ferndaleschools.org.

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