UCAS is a public early college charter high school with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)education. Our goals include providing a high quality education with an emphasis on the sciences and helping students earn about two years of college credits while at UCAS.

Changing graduation requirements at the state level and at UVU have made this more difficult. We have found that we must follow a fairly rigid sequence of classes in order for our students to develop a firm foundation in science and to earn their high school diploma and their college associate degree. In short, we are not very flexible with regard to schedules and class options. We do require students to take specific courses that meet graduation requirements and develop a foundation in STEM coursework. All students are expected to take their classes in the sequence determined by their counselor. The schedule is designed so that the concepts build upon each other, the coursework becomes increasingly more difficult, and each semester should challenge but not overwhelm the students. To assist our students, we have implemented before and after school tutoring programs. Our program does require hard work and a mature attitude. It may also require some sacrifice of time and travel by our students and their families. If students do their best and follow our prescribed program the probability of their success is very high.

UCAS highly suggests that 9th grade students take the following courses in order to be able to move through our program most efficiently:

  • 1.0 credit of Secondary Math 1 (Honors Recommended)
  • 1.0 credit of English 9
  • 1.0 credit of  Science (Earth Systems/Biology)
  • .5 credit of Geography
  • .5 credit of World Civilizations
  • .5 credit of Computer Technology
  • .5 credit of PE Skills
  • .5 credit of Fine Arts
  • plus electives.

While at UCAS, the outlined SOPHOMORE courses include:

  • 1.0 credit of Secondary Math 2
  • 1.0 credit of Physics
  • 1.0 credit of English 10
  • 1.0 credit of  U.S. History
  • 1.0 credits of Student Success
  • .5 credits of Health
  • .5 credit of PE Skills
  • 1.0 credit from an optional course which may include
    • 1.0 credits of Spanish 1020
    • Release Time
    • High School Graduation Requirement course from Junior year

While at UCAS, the outlined JUNIOR courses include:

  • 1.0 credit of Secondary Math 3
  • 1.25 credits of Math 1050 (or Math 1010, then Math 1050 as a senior)
  • 1.0 credit of Biology 1010
  • 1.0 credit of English 11
  • 1.0 credit of  U.S Government
  • 1.0 credit of Humanities
  • 1.0 credit of Art
  • 1.0 credit of Banking and Finance
  • 1.0 credit of Career Technical Education
  • .5 credit of PE 1097
  • 1.0 credit from an optional course which may include
    • Release Time
    • Additional UVU Math Course
    • High School Graduation Requirement course from Senior year

While at UCAS, the outlined SENIOR courses include:

  • 1.0 credit of English 1010
  • 1.0 credit of English 2020
  • 1.0 credit of  Philosophy 205G
  • 1.0 credit of Career Explorations
  • 2.0 credits of UVU Science from UVU course lists
  • 3.0 optional course which may include
    • High School Graduation Requirement course from previous years
    • STEM focused courses at UVU
    • Release Time

UVU Scholarship Tuition Requirements

Payment for UVU classes is contingent upon students meeting specific requirements. UCAS will pay the tuition and fees for UVU classes if the student is eligible AND if the class meets a graduation requirement. Once all High School and Associate Degree graduation requirements are completed, students may be approved to take additional STEM courses that fulfill their “College MAJOR” graduation requirements as approved by your UCAS school counselor.

Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

(1)  Scholarship – Students should have at least a 3.0 GPA, meet all HS graduation requirements before 1st Semester senior year, and have no failed classes.

(2)  Attendance –  Students should have attendance at or above 90% as per UCAS policy, and all detentions completed.

(3)  Citizenship – Students should have no safe school violations or suspensions.