University High School
University High School is a public high school where student success is our first goal. Our top-tier programming and facilities are supported by a relationship-based school culture with a student-centered, college-prep curriculum. University High School has a team of focused, dedicated teachers and support staff to help every student reach their full potential and get ready for their next step, whatever that step may be. As part of Ferndale Public Schools, UHS students have access to a wide variety of programming including the ACE Early College Program, OSTC CTE classes, and CASA advanced and AP classes.
New students enter UHS in grades 9-12. During the enrollment windows, applications are accepted from students who live throughout the Metro Detroit area, in Oakland, Wayne & Macomb Counties, and other counties adjacent to Oakland County, through Schools of Choice.
- 7:50am-2:50pm (M,T,Th,F)
- 7:50am-1:50pm (W)
- Student-Centered School with a Focus on the Whole Child
- Highly Qualified, Dedicated, and Skilled Teachers
- Safe, Supportive, Caring Learning Environment
- Opportunities for a variety of electives, Early College program, Career & Technical Education, Advanced Courses at CASA
- Involved Students: School Dances and Events, MHSAA Athletics, NHS, Art Club, Student Council, and more!
Early Release Wednesday (excluding ½ days or non-student days)Date: Mar 22Location: All Sites - All SpacesCalendar: UHS Calendar
All District: Early Release Wednesday 2:30 PM to 3:30 PMAll District: Early Release WednesdayDate: Mar 22Time: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PMLocation: UHS (Coolidge) - FHS Building Wide, FMS Building Wide, FUEL Building Wide, Lower El Building Wide, TCalendar: UHS CalendarEarly Release will occur every Wednesday throughout the school year beginning the first Wednesday after Labor Day through the last Wednesday in May (excluding ½ days or non-student days)
Spring Break / No SchoolDate: Mar 25Location: All Sites - All SpacesCalendar: UHS Calendar
Spring Break / No SchoolDate: Mar 26Location: All Sites - All SpacesCalendar: UHS Calendar
Spring Break / No SchoolDate: Mar 27Location: All Sites - All SpacesCalendar: UHS Calendar
Todd Bball: GM mens basketball 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMTodd Bball: GM mens basketballDate: Mar 27Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMLocation: UHS (Coolidge) - University HS GymCalendar: UHS Calendar
Spring Break / No SchoolDate: Mar 28Location: All Sites - All SpacesCalendar: UHS Calendar
Early Release Wednesday (excluding ½ days or non-student days)Date: Mar 29Location: All Sites - All SpacesCalendar: UHS Calendar
Spring Break / No SchoolDate: Mar 29Location: All Sites - All SpacesCalendar: UHS Calendar
Spring Break / No SchoolDate: Mar 30Location: All Sites - All SpacesCalendar: UHS Calendar
UHS Hosts College Fair
UHS hosted a college fair in partnership with the Michigan College Access Network this week. Over 50 colleges and universities were in attendance. UHS students enjoyed learning about different options for their post-secondary studies. Thank you to all of the institutions that came to present these opportunities to our students!
Black History On Display
Black excellence and culture were on display across the district. Large door displays were created by students and teachers at UHS and FUEL.
The votes are in, and the winner of this year's BHM Door Decorating Competitions are...
UHS: MR. KLEVEN
Thank you to everyone who participated! "I loved hearing the kids plan and talk about the doors," said Sarah Rodgers, UHS ELA teacher and Student Council advisor. Rodgers was thrilled to once again see this annual activity used as "an opportunity to empower our students, and joyfully celebrate their history and culture."
UHS Student Council Supports Forgotten Harvest
UHS Student Council visited Forgotten Harvest on Friday. This was our second visit of the year, and we beat our previous record! The group sorted and packaged enough food to provide over 12,000 meals to families in need. We had an amazing time, and are excited to go on our next community service trip, which will be planting trees with The Greening of Detroit!
Fur Angels Visits UHS
A big thank you to the well-trained pups at Fur Angels therapy dogs for coming to visit our students today! We are thankful for our community partners who support our social emotional learning and whole child education.
School of Choice Enrollment Windows Announced
On Monday, January 23rd, the Board of Education approved the following School of Choice Enrollment windows:
April 1st–April 30th—Oakland County School of Choice
- K: 20 students
- 3rd: 10 students
- 6th: 15 students
- 7th: 15 students
- 8th: 15 students
- FHS 9th: unlimited
- FHS 10th: unlimited
March 10th–September 1st—Oakland, Wayne, Macomb County School of Choice
- UHS 9th-12th: unlimited
Early applications cannot be accepted and will need to be resubmitted during the open enrollment period, in compliance with Michigan State Law.
FUELing Connection with UHS Student Mentors
Every other Friday since mid-November, UHS students have been visiting Ferndale Upper Elementary to talk and engage with 5th grade girls, supporting their questions and problem-solving with them. The mentoring group was started by Ms. Gena Clay–Restorative Practices Coordinator at UHS–and is called "Tea Time with Clay."
In December, the older students brought snacks and books for the 5th graders to read over the holiday. The group plays games inside and on the playground. FUEL students were excited to share their classrooms, garden spaces, and media center. The mentoring group meets for 60 minutes. "It gives [the kids] enough time to talk to us about something they need help with and to connect," said Ms. Clay.
UHS Students Explore the DIA
On December 16th, UHS students had the amazing opportunity to attend the Van Gogh in America exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Students were able to explore the DIA and view masterpieces from some of the world’s most renowned artists. Students witnessed the real-life application of art techniques that they learned this year.
Football Team & Coach Earn OAA League Honors
Congratulations to our boys varsity football team for winning the OAA Gold League Championship and securing a spot in the top 32 teams earning a berth in the State Championship Playoffs.
Congratulations also goes out to our head coach Eric Royal who was selected OAA Coach of The Year!
The first round playoff game is against Birmingham Seaholm this Friday at 7pm. There is a fan bus going and all students have been sent an email with the sign-up sheet, or they can see Mr. Butler at lunch or after school.
A Proven Record of Achievement
UHS graduates are currently outpacing the state for all students in post-secondary enrollment.
- Ranked in the Top 15% Statewide for College Success
- 80% College Retention
- 90% College Enrollment
- 98% High School Graduation Rate
- 100% of Seniors Attend Class on College Campus
Through Wayne State, the C2 Pipeline program offers on-site after school tutoring and enrichment. Students are engaged through hands-on, project-based learning activities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). An emphasis is placed on careers in STEM and the healthcare profession. Learn more at the C2 Pipeline Webpage.
College Success Advisor
College-Prep at UHS doesn't end with graduation. Our college success advisor follows students through college, making campus visits and assisting students.
Principal David Gardner
Vice Principal Julie Patterson
The UHS leadership dream team has been with University High School from day 1, starting in the classroom and counseling room.