• UCS Advantage

    Utica Community Schools strives to provide a world-class college and career readiness program for its students. Programs, personnel, and events are in place to ensure that each student is given the resources needed to build a promising future. 

    UCS District-wide College and Career Events

    Check the UCS website and our weekly UCS Update e-mail messages for details on these events as dates get closer.

    • UCS Pathways to Success (typically held in January or February each year)
    • College and Career Pathway Event (typically held in March each year)
    • Career Focus Luncheon (typically held in May each year for 6th grade students)

    Advanced Placement Program

    Utica Community Schools offers a strong and growing Advanced Placement program.  Students have the opportunity to engage in rigorous coursework as early as junior high school to challenge themselves and improve their academic preparation. 

    Pursuing Advanced Placement coursework can allow students to earn college credit even before high school graduation.  This defrays costs for families and expands educational opportunities for those who participate.  Research consistently shows that students who participate in rigorous, advanced coursework during high school are more likely to enroll in and graduate from college. 

    UCS students take more than 1,900 Advanced Placement examinations each year in 27 subject areas, with the majority receiving college credit.

    Learn more at our Advanced Coursework in UCS page

    Specialty Programs

    In addition to the opportunities for rigor offered at our four comprehensive high schools, UCS also offers three specialty high school programs.  Students can apply to these programs during 8th grade. Information about the application process is located at the UCS Specialty Program page.

    • Utica Academy for International Studies (International Baccalaureate Program)
    • Utica Center for Science and Industry
    • Utica Center for Math, Science, and Technology

    Partnership with College Board and Khan Academy

    Standardized test scores on the SAT or ACT are key factors considered in college admission decisions.  UCS is working closely with the College Board to connect students to free SAT test preparation provided through the College Board and Khan Academy.  There is a positive correlation between increased time spent using Khan Academy and increased SAT scores.  Learn more about connecting to Khan Academy at our College and Career Tests page.


    Knowledgeable and Supportive Staff

    UCS has an outstanding team of dedicated and caring professionals who collaborate to guide students through the career exploration and college application process.  These individuals work together to actively provide a college and career development program that includes classroom presentations, one-on-one assistance, and school events. Students seeking college and career guidance should visit the Counseling Office at their school for assistance.  The following staff members are available to guide students:

    • Counselors
    • School-to-Work (Co-Op) Coordinators
    • Work Study Coordinators