University High School has a new accolade to celebrate

April 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Several Valley high school campuses are celebrating this week. They've been named as "a best high school" in the United States. U.S. News and World Report released it's annual rankings Tuesday - after collecting information from 21,000 schools in 49 states.

University High School won six straight national academic decathlons. It was named a California Distinguished School, and was recognized as the tenth best charter in the country.

Now University High School has a new accolade to celebrate. This week, U.S. News identified the campus as the 42nd best public high school in the United States, seventh in the state of California.

One of the things that sets University High School apart from the others is it's curriculum. Each applicant must have two years of musical experience to be considered, and every student must participate in a band, orchestra or choir.

The campus also offers classes like zoology and musicianship -- and provides students with one of the most accelerated college preparatory educations in the nation.

Dr. James bushman said, "We require 5 science classes, 4 math classes, four language plus Latin, music theory and everything else. Literally, you graduate with a year of college already completed and it really is very very rigorous."

More than half of it's senior class are valedictorians, and the school ranks within the 90th percentile for college readiness. But students tell ABC30, the campus culture is what makes it unique.

"In the three years I've been here, I've never seen one incident of bullying," said Rahul Nunna. "Everyone is so considerate and caring of each other, there's not a time where anyone is picked on because everyone is so accepting here."

Making it one of the "best public high schools of 2013."


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