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TUSD's University High School ranks No. 7 in annual report

Posted April 22, 2014

Tucson Unified School District's University High School ranks No. 7 in the nation in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report analysis of the country's high schools.

The rankings, officially released April 22, 2014, are based on criteria including schools' performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. More than 19,400 high schools were eligible for the rankings this year, out of a total of more than 31,000 that were considered.

Dean Packard, principal of University High School, says the ranking reflects the school's concerted effort to improve PSAT scores and the number of students taking and passing AP tests.

"The ranking is an important recognition for the efforts put forth by the entire community," he says. "The students work really hard, the staff works really hard and the parents and the foundation are committed to helping students at this school succeed. It's a validation of all those efforts."

The school offers Advanced Placement classes in art history, biology, calculus, chemistry, literature, environmental science, studio art, and world history. UHS also offers language courses in Chinese, French, German and Spanish, visual and performing arts, and clubs for academic decathlon, Model UN, and film.

University High School scored 100 in college readiness and ranks No. 3 in the state. Sabino High School is ranked No. 14 in Arizona.

"We as a school, we as a district are doing something right for our students," Packard said.

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