Admissions

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Admissions Information by Current Grade
TUSD 7th grade students will take the CogAT at their school (March-May).  Please contact the school CogAT Test Coordinator for exact dates.
UHS will be administering the CogAT for Non-TUSD 7th grade students in May 2022.


Admission process for 7th graders in TUSD schools.
1. Application. TUSD 7th graders do not need to submit an application.


2. Test. All 7th graders in TUSD schools take the CogAT admissions test in the spring at their middle school unless their parents opt out. Each school will schedule the test between March - May. Please contact your school CogAT test coordinator to find out the specific days.

3. Make-up Test. If a student is not feeling well, parents should notify the school CogAT Test Coordinator to test on a scheduled make-up date.


4. Grades. TUSD students do not need to submit grades because these are accessible through the student management system. They will receive an offer of placement (admission) if they qualify. All parents/students should review the admissions criteria in the UHS admissions policy to understand the admissions process.


5. Results.  TUSD students will find out by mid-July if their CogAT score is high enough to continue the application process. UHS Admissions will mail final admission status letters by early February.

Admission process for 7th graders in non-TUSD schools.

1. Application. 7th graders not enrolled in TUSD schools must submit an application to the Assessment & Evaluation Department within the posted application window (March 1-one week before the test date). Students cannot test without submitting an application. Non-TUSD students should submit a copy of their birth certificate with the application.

2. Test. Non-TUSD 7th graders take the CogAT admission test on one of the two scheduled testing dates in the spring at UHS.

3. Make-up Test. If a student is not feeling well, parents should notify UHS Admissions for the student to test on a scheduled make-up date; however, these dates are limited.

4. Grades. Parents are required to submit 2nd semester 7th grade and 1st semester 8th grade grades to UHS admissions. Alternately, parents can request their student’s middle school to send grades to UHS Admissions immediately following the end of semester 1 in December.

5. Results. Non-TUSD students will find out by mid-July if their CogAT score is high enough to continue the application process. UHS Admissions will mail final admission status letters by early February.
TUSD 8th grade students who did not test in 7th grade and do not opt-out will take the CogAT at their school (March-May).  Please contact the school CogAT Test Coordinator for exact dates.
UHS will be administering the CogAT for Non-TUSD 8th grade students in May 2022.


Admission process for 8th graders in TUSD schools
1. Application. TUSD 8th graders do not need to submit an application.  Please contact the CogAT Test Coordinator if your student has not previously tested and you wish to have your student test.

2. Test. All 8th graders in TUSD schools who did not test during 7th grade and did not opt-out of testing are eligible to take the CogAT admissions test at their middle school.
Each school will schedule the test between March - May. Please contact your school CogAT test coordinator to find out the specific days.


3.
Make-up Test. If a student is not feeling well, parents should notify the school CogAT Test Coordinator to test on a scheduled make-up date.


4. Grades. TUSD students do not need to submit grades because these are accessible through the student management system.
They will receive an offer of placement (admission) if they qualify. All parents/students should review the admissions criteria in the UHS admissions policy to understand the admissions process.


5. Results.  Shortly after testing, TUSD students will be notified if their CogAT score is high enough to continue the application process.

Admission process for 8th graders in non-TUSD schools
1. Application. 8th graders not enrolled in TUSD schools must submit an application to the A&E Department. Students cannot test without submitting an application. Non-TUSD students should submit a copy of their birth certificate with the application.
2. Test. Non-TUSD 8th graders take the CogAT admission test on one of the two scheduled May testing dates. The test will be at UHS.

3. Make-up Test. If a student is not feeling well, parents should notify UHS Admissions for the student to test on a scheduled make-up date; however, these dates are limited.
4. GradesParents are required to submit 2nd semester 7th grade and 1st semester 8th grade grades to UHS admissions. Alternately, parents can request their student’s middle school to send grades to UHS Admissions immediately following the end of 8th grade semester 1.
5. Results.  Shortly after testing, Non-TUSD students will be notified if their CogAT score is high enough to continue the application process.
UHS accepts transfers into 10th grade when seats are available. The application window for transfers opens March 1, 2022, once the number of available seats is known.

Requirements for incoming sophomores are similar to those for freshmen:
1. Application. All students applying for transfer into grade 10 must submit an application to UHS Admissions. Non-TUSD students should submit a copy of their birth certificate as well.
2. Test. Students who had a qualifying score when applying for Grade 9 but who did not enroll at UHS do not need to test again. Others must test on one of the two scheduled testing dates in spring of their freshman year.
3. Grades. Students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average for core classes in semesters 1 and 2 (or equivalent) of Grade 9. Students must meet the 50-point criteria for an offer of admission.

4. Results.  Shortly after testing, students will be notified if their CogAT score is high enough to continue the application process.
UHS accepts transfers into 11th grade when seats are available. The application window opens March 1, 2022, once the number of available seats is known.

Requirements for incoming juniors are different from other grades. The CogAT test is not required, but students must be on track to graduate with the current cohort of UHS students:
1. Application. All students applying for transfer into grade 11 must submit an application to UHS Admissions. Non-TUSD students should submit a copy of their birth certificate as well.
2. Coursework. The transcript must show successful completion of a rigorous program of studies that may include Honors, Pre-AP, AP, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge or dual enrollment classes and enough credits to fulfill UHS graduation requirements in the remaining two years.
3. College readiness. Students must show college readiness with a PSAT or SAT score of 1200 or equivalent indicator of college readiness.


 
Admission Links/Contact
Admissions Policy
Contact
Dynah Oviedo Admissions Coordinator
520-225-3225 | Contact Ms. Oviedo by email
School Information
Admissions Process
Once you have completed Online Registration please review the documents below that are specific to this school. If you registered at a different school you will need to go to that school's Registration 2020-21 page to review the correct documents.

UHS Admissions Process
Students must apply for admission to UHS and meet test and grade point average criteria before enrolling. Students cannot enroll in UHS as a neighborhood school or through Open Enrollment. The TUSD Assessment and Evaluation Department (A&E), not UHS, handles the admission process. A more detailed explanation of the admissions process is available on our Admissions page.

Criteria for admission to grades 9 and 10:
Score 7,8 or 9 on the CogAT test of cognitive abilities when administered on one of the TUSD scheduled test dates (23-29 points).
Obtain a Grade point average of at least 3.0 in core subjects (English, math, science, and social studies, 22-36 points).
Points must total at least 50.

Testing. The CogAT test of cognitive abilities is a timed multiple-choice test with verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal batteries. It is an assessment of learned reasoning skills, not of achievement or intelligence. Students must test during one of the scheduled testing days and may not re-test for a given admission year.

Grades. By submitting an application and allowing a student to test, parents authorize UHS Admissions to obtain grades from the student’s current school.

Communicating decisions. The Assessment and Evaluation Department will mail notifications at two stages of the process:

After testing. Test results are mailed in mid-July following spring testing and in January following December testing.

Admission status. Status notification letters for 8th graders are mailed by early February after A&E has calculated total points based on test results and GPA. All students with 50 points or more will be offered admission to University High School.

For more information about Admissions, please contact Ms. Dynah Oviedo by email. The UHS Admissions office is located at 102 N. Plumer Ave., Tucson AZ 85719.
For information about UHS curriculum, programs and extracurricular activities, contact Ms. Messing by email.
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