To be eligible for enrollment in University High, current sophomores must be zoned for the Hamilton County school district to apply.
All students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and two (2) letters of recommendation. At least one (1) letter must come from a Hamilton County school district employee (educator, principal, school counselor). The second letter can also come from a Hamilton County school district employee or a community leader who can speak to the habits, skills, and traits that highlight the student’s ability to be successful in this program.
University High is designed to serve students and their families at no cost. Through shared collaborations between UTC and Hamilton County Schools, the cost of the program is supported financially through grants and shared resources.
Each semester, students will be enrolled in college-level courses taught by UTC faculty directly supported by counterpart high school courses taught by Hamilton County School teachers that will prepare them for future UTC classes and high school graduation requirements.
Each day will begin with an ACES Lab, the advisory structure which serves as the backbone for University High. ACES Labs will provide a “homeroom” environment for small group learning, college prep, experiential learning, and individualized attention and support with an advisor. Each week will conclude with a FOCUS Friday, a day solely dedicated experiential learning with the campus and community.
University High students will also have access to tutoring, learning labs and all other student support services offered on UTC’s campus.