Profile of a Typical Early College Student
UCAS is a publicly funded Early College charter high school designed to meet the needs of motivated high school students who are ready to begin a college education in a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) field. Because of this narrow academic focus, UCAS is not the best educational option for all students. Students who are heavily involved in extracurricular activities such as fine arts, music, sports, or drama will likely find that another Utah high school is better suited to provide their education.
Typical students who are successful at UCAS will have these characteristics:
- They have a strong desire to enter college and major in a life or physical science, technology, engineering, or math program.
- They have the ability and drive to work hard to accomplish their goals.
- They have a strong math foundation and have successfully completed Secondary Math 1 in the ninth grade with a “B” grade or higher.
- They are able to read and understand the textbooks used in their high school classes.
- They are able to accurately express their thoughts in writing using acceptable grammar and punctuation.
- They are able to ask good questions, understand and ponder responses, and actively participate in classroom discussions.
- They are able to focus on their education and have time set aside for the homework that will be required each night.
- They have successfully completed their high school courses up to this time and are on track for high school graduation.
- They have a high maturity and will be able to interact appropriately with college professors and fellow students. UCAS students, although still in high school, will be expected to act like serious mature college students.
- They are willing to ask for and accept help from teachers, tutors, and others.
- They are academically honest. They complete and turn in their own work, give credit for others when appropriate, do their best, and work hard to learn.
- They are self-motivated and do not require repeat adult reminders regarding deadlines, assignments, and responsibilities.
If these characteristics describe you, we encourage you to contact the Utah County Academy of Sciences (UCAS). We look forward to assisting you with your high school and college education.