• Specialty Program Information for the 2024-2025 School Year


    Program Eligibility

    The Utica Center for Science and Industry (UCSI) welcomes eighth grade students to apply for acceptance to UCSI during the Utica Community Schools Specialty Program Application period.  Applications and the timeline will be available on this site as soon as they are available.  For more information on the Utica Community Schools Specialty Programs, see Policy 6275.

    UCS Specialty Program Timeline

    Between November 3, 2023 and November 14, 2023, CSI will make two presentations to the Junior High School students to introduce them to the program.

    • The Specialty Programs Application opens January 19, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.
    • Find a link to the online application here.
    • The application is due January 29, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.


    Specialty Program information night will begin at 6:30 p.m.



    Information Night



    January 11, 2024


    Specialty Programs testing date:


    Testing Location

    Testing Date

    Testing Date



    February 10, 2024 at 12:00 PM

    March 2, 2024 at  8:00 AM 


    Notification Mailing Date:   Accept/Decline/Waitlist notifications will be sent by email on March 18, 2024

    Program Commitment Date:   April 8, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.

    UCSI Shadowing Request

    If a current 8th grade student is interested in shadowing a current UCSI student to find out more about the program, please fill out the UCSI Student Shadow Request Form.  Students may request to shadow anytime prior to the UCS Specialty Program Application Due Date.  Once you have completed and submitted the form, you will be contacted by a UCSI staff member within one week to confirm your visit. 

    Entrance Test Requirement

    An admissions test is required for students applying to the Utica Center for Science and Industry.   Please see the Utica Community Schools Specialty Programs Application for details about other program requirements.  This testing will assess mathematics and science reasoning as well as give students an opportunity to respond to a writing prompt.  See below for more details:


    Students will be given an impromptu writing opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas.

    Performance Task

    Students will collaborate in small groups to complete a design process challenge.

    Materials to bring for testing:

    • Students may bring a small snack (nut free) and/or beverage to the testing session to be consumed during the short break between tests.