Award Year: 2021

University High School

9419 West Van Buren Street
Tolleson, AZ, 85353-2804

(623) 478-4380

Mrs. Vickie Landis, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Choice School

Tolleson Union High School District

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A place where students grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually in order to become their best self and achieve their maximum potential.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 9%
  • White: 11%
  • Hispanic: 62%
  • Asian: 15%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Mr. Hill is modeling use of the microscope.

Mr. Hill is modeling use of the microscope.

University High School is a selective enrollment college prep high school where students of demonstrated motivation and ability engage in a rigorous education. A focus on integrity, an honor code, and self-awareness is evident.

As a Title I school, University High School serves traditionally under-represented students and families. One hundred percent of our students are accepted into a college or university, with some of our students choosing military enlistment.

Students begin advanced and AP level classes upon enrollment. Our freshmen are introduced to the concepts of grit and growth mindset that remains a constant for all four years. "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens" is embedded into our Advanced Freshman English curriculum, and the habits are reinforced at each grade level. All core classes at University High School are at the Advanced, Pre-AP, or AP level. AP electives are offered in Spanish, Computer Science, and Psychology.

As a school within a school, University High School students enjoy the benefits of being a member of an academically focused small learning community along with all the opportunities that a comprehensive school provides. Our students engage in world language, fine arts, and Career and Technical Education courses alongside their peers at our host school, Tolleson High School. Athletics, clubs, and student government are also integrated between the two schools.