• Specialty Program Application Link

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the specialty programs?

    The secondary programs include the Stevenson Manufacturing, Automation and Design Engineering (MADE) academy, the Utica Health and Human Services Academy (HHS), Gene L. Klida Utica Academy for International Studies (U.A.I.S.), the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology (UCMST) and the Utica Center for Science and Industry (UCSI). The specialty programs are unique offerings designed to supplement the district's comprehensive high schools. The programs are among a portfolio of choices to meet the individual needs, talents and interests of our students.

    Who is eligible to apply?

    The district is committed to maintaining a high quality education that provides excellence, equity and access for all students, as a foundation for successful participation in our democratic society. Eligibility for the secondary specialty programs is established through Board of Education Policy 6275, available at this link. All UCS students have the opportunity to have access to secondary specialty programs through an open and accessible process, regardless of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, language, disability and/or gender.

    How do I apply?

    Applications are generally available in mid-January. Information will be shared through junior high and district parent updates. 

    How is selection determined?

    All students who meet program requirements have an opportunity to be selected for the program. Residents of the district and non-resident (Schools of Choice) students currently enrolled in eighth grade are eligible to apply for Specialty Programs. The district will not accept a new non-resident student beyond grade eight in Secondary Specialty Programs unless all qualified district and existing non-resident (Schools of Choice) applicants have been accepted and there are open seats. Students entering the district in grades 10-12, with similar specialty program experience, may be considered for entrance if seats are available.

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    Informational Nights at 6:30 p.m.

    Program

    Location

    Information Night

    UHHS

    Utica High

    January 8

    GLK-UAIS/IB

    Heritage/UAIS

    January 9

    Stevenson MADE

    Stevenson

    January 10

    CSI

    IRC

    January 11

    MST

    IRC

    January 22

     

    Pathways to Success Event: January 18, 2024 @ Henry Ford II 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

     

    Application Opens: January 19, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.
    Link to Application

     

    Application Due: January 29, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.

     

     

     

    Evaluation Dates

     

    Program

    Testing Location

    Testing Date

    Testing Date

    CSI/Writing

    IRC

      March 2 @ 8:00 a.m.

    Feb 10 @ 12:30 p.m.

    MST/Science

    IRC

      Feb 10 @ 8:00 a.m.

    March 2 @ 12:30 p.m.

    GLK-UAIS/
    Socratic Circle

    Heritage/UAIS

    March 2 @ 8:00 a.m.

    or 12:30 p.m.                       

    Feb 10 @ 8:00 a.m.

    or 12:30 p.m.                       

             

     

     

    Notification Mailing Date: March 18, 2024

    • Accept/Decline/Waitlist notifications will be sent by email

     

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