University City High School

UCHS Welcomes New Leadership for 2016-17 School Year

8 days ago

Susan Hill


Samuel Martin

Dean of Students

Mark Basi

Assistant Principal

T-Herbert Jeffrey

Assistant Principal

New faces will be in old places at University City High School for the start of the 2016-17 school year. Susan Hill, formerly an assistant principal at University City High School for the past four years, is now Principal. Mark Basi, former District mathematics coach for teachers at UCHS and Brittany Woods Middle School, is one of two new assistant principals. New to the District are T- Herbert Jeffrey I, assistant principal, and Dr. Samuel T. Martin, IV, dean of students, a newer role at the high school.

Prior to University City, Basi was a mathematics teacher for nine years in the Parkway and Pattonville school districts.

Jeffrey most recently served as a middle school assistant principal with the St. Louis Public Schools. He has more than 13 years of experience as a building leader including serving as assistant principal in both Normandy and Hazelwood schools and as principal in the Jennings School District.

Martin, a UCHS alum, has worked for the past eight years as a counselor with the Columbia Public Schools in Columbia, Missouri. In his role as dean of students, Martin will focus  extensively on college preparation initiatives and transition programs for incoming freshmen to assure their success.

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Attendance Matters! Campaign Kicks Off

3 days ago

The School District of University City has launched a new effort to boost attendance through the remainder of the year and provide a base for a year-round campaign starting with the 2016-17 school year.
"Attendance is a key aspect of our accreditation and strong attendance is essential to student learning," said Dr. Joylynn Pruitt, superintendent of schools. "We want our families to understand their role in helping students achieve maximum attendance."
The Attendance Matters! campaign is a parent-focused effort designed to help families understand the importance of regular school attendance. Research indicates that missing only two days per month negatively impacts student performance. Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing school two or more days per month.
The District has produced a series of awareness videos and printed material that will be shared with parents through a variety of channels the remainder of the 2015-16 school year. The full campaign launch is scheduled for Fall 2016.

About University City High School

18 days ago

University City High School (The U!) serves students in grades nine through twelve in the School District of University City.

School Mission

The UCHS staff works with all students to promote intelligent thinking, responsible choices, and lifelong learning for productive citizenship.

UCHS by the Numbers

88.6% graduates continuing on to postsecondary education in 2014

$5.8 million in scholarships offered to 2015 graduates
      $238,000 - largest single reported scholarship for Class of 2015
      $728,020 - largest total scholarship offers reported by single student in Class of 2015

12.2% students enrolled in at least one AP course in 2014-15

14.9% students enrolled in at least one Honors course in 2014-15

15% students enrolled in A+, earning college tuition in 2014-15

Rigorous Curriculum

  • University City High School offers rigorous courses to challenge students.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Courses: Language and Composition, Literature and Composition, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Government, World History, U.S. History, Calculus, Latin, Spanish and Studio Art. 
  • Honors Courses: Literature and Composition, Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, World History and U.S. History.
  • Dual Enrollment: Students may enroll in a variety of courses through UMSL, Harris Stowe, and St. Louis Community Colleges (STLCC). Students can also receive dual credit when enrolled in Intermediate Algebra and Human Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Articulated Credit with STLCC: Computer Applications, Web Design, Drafting Design, Accounting, Child Development, Culinary Arts, and Engineering.
  • Project Lead the Way (engineering and drafting) - Course offerings expanded in 2014-15. PLTW is also offered at Brittany Woods Middle School.
  • Foreign Language Courses: Four year coursework in Spanish, French and Latin. Languages are also offered at Brittany Woods Middle School.
  • WashUCity Design Project: Graphic design collaboration with Washington University in St. Louis
  • Award Winning Journalism Program: Students annually receive high honors including School Publications-St. Louis and Scholastic Journalism at MIZZOU.
  • One-to-One Technology Initiative: Additional laptops purchased in 2014 accomplishing the 1-to-1 goal per device. By 2015, all UCHS students will have a laptop for individual use.

Successful continuing initiatives

  • Arts Residencies - includes instructors from Center of Contemporary Arts and Returning Artists series.
  • Bridges – a summer acceleration program for students transitioning from eighth grade to high school. 
  • LifePlan – a mentoring program with trained and qualified facilitators, a proven curriculum and discovery learning to help students shape their lives in positive ways.
  • Real Talk – a youth development program aimed at preventing gang participation.
  • Academic Improvement Program – a support program for student athletes. Students are assigned to the program based on their grades from the previous semester. All freshmen athletes are required to attend at least once a week.
  • A+ Program – a Missouri program that allows students to qualify to apply for tuition assistance for 2- and 4-year colleges by fulfilling GPA, attendance, citizenship and volunteer tutoring requirements.
  • U-Serve – the community service component of UCHS offers multiple opportunities for students to become active volunteers and take leadership roles in community activities.

UCHS Earns Prestigious AdvancED Accreditation

22 days ago

"Our accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners"--Mark Elgart, Ed.D


UCHS is fully accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is a member of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Education Network of High Schools with Results program.  However the school recently earned an additional accreditation through the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).

The AdvanceED accrediation is awarded only after a rigorous process including a self assessment; stakeholder surveys for parents, teachers, community members and students; and on-site visits by knowledgeable independent reviewers.

"Our accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners," explained Mark Elgart, Ed.D, president/CEO of AdvanceED.

Standards used to benchmark success fall into the following categories:

  • stable governance, management and leadership
  • a coherent course of study
  • a reliable system by which to assess students' progress
  • instructors who have a clear understanding of what they aim to teach, how and why, and
  • access to the resources the need

"AdvanceED accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators," said Principal Michael Maclin.

District Names Nancy Luebbers Teacher of the Year; Two Named Educational Support Persons of the Year

4 months ago

Nancy Luebbers, 5th grade teacher at Barbara C. Jordan Elementary School is congratulated on her Teacher of the Year award. From left are Elizabeth Gardner, Director of Instruction, Dr. Joylynn Pruitt, Superintendent, Luebbers, Principal Shenelle DuBose and Dr. Cathy Carlock Lorenz, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.

Nancy Luebbers, a 5th grade teacher at Barbara C. Jordan Elementary School has been selected as the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year for The School District of University City. Luebbers who will have the opportunity  to compete for the state Teacher of the Year title, was notified of her selection in a special surprise announcement at the school on April 5, 2016. 

"Nancy Luebbers is an instructional leader inside and outside of the classroom. Her students thrive in the positive learning environment that she creates, which fosters collaboration, mutual respect and thinking at high levels. Her colleagues benefit greatly from her as well because of her dedicated involvement in many building and District-level committees," said Elizabeth Gardner, Director of Instruction.

The District has also named the Educational Support Person of the Year (ESPOY) for 2016-17. This year, two superstar staff members will receive the award.  Barbara Dickerson, Administrative Secretary at Julia Goldstein Early Childhood Education Center and Terry Johnson, Building Aide at Pershing, Elementary School. Johnson has 14 years of service  in the District and Dickerson has 21 years of service.

ESPOY nominees included:

Portia House, Administrative Secretary at Flynn Park, 17 years of service

Claudette Scaife, Building aide at Flynn Park, 14 years of service

Evelyn Williams, Food Service Cook, Julia Goldstein, 20 years

Patricia Wilson, Nurse, Julia Goldstein, 20 years

Dickerson, Johnson and Luebbers will all be honored at the April 14, 2016 Board of Education meeting and again during the District's year-end Honorees & Retirees Reception.

Barbara Dickerson, center, is congratulated by Superintendent Joylynn Pruitt , immediate right and Crystal Cauley, Director of the Julia Goldstein Early Childhood Education Center, immediate left, on being named Educational Support Person of they Year.

Terry Johnson, back row center, is congratulated by Principal Herbert Buie on being named Educational Support Person of the Year. Johnson is a building aide at Pershing Elementary. Dr. Joylynn Pruitt, Superintendent, is to Johnson's immediate left. Also congratulating Johnson are from right, Dr. Cathy Carlock Lorenz, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Elizabeth Gardner, Director of Instruction.

Contact Us

18 days ago

University City High School
(note: Lieberman Learning Center information below)
Home of the Lions

7401 Balson Avenue
University City, MO 63130

Office: 314-290-4100
Attendance: 314-290-4118
Athletics: 314-290-4116
Fax: 314-290-4120

Principal: Susan Hill - email:
Secretary: Bella Quintal - email:
Assistant Principal: T-Herbert Jeffrey, Sr
Dean of Students: Dr. Samuel T. Martin, IV

School day starts at 7:25 a.m. and ends at 2:20 p.m.
Early release time is 11:55 a.m.

Click here to access UCHS teacher contact information and syllabi.

Guidance Office: 314-290-4110

Lieberman Learning Center
8136 Groby Road
University City, MO 63130

Office: 314-290-4330

Principal: Christopher Blumenhorst - email:
Secretary: June Hilliard - email:

AM Session: 7:35 – 10:35 a.m. 
PM Session: 11:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Early dismissal days will require that PM session students attend the AM session with the AM session students.

Click here for access to Lieberman Learning Center website.

Click here to access LLC teacher contact information.

UCHS Students Shine at 2016 Journalism Conference

3 months ago

Payton Bass, web editor for the U-Times, earned Best of Show honors in the Individual Reporting Category  for her editorial, "The Kids Aren't All Right." To read Bass' award-winning editorial, click here.

Christine Politte, Editor-in-Chief of The U-Times Newspaper, picked up awards in the Overall Publications category at the 2016 journalismSTL awards. (Photo courtesy of The U-Times)

Congratulations are in order for our UCHS student journalists who brought home numerous awards from the 2016 journalismSTL Conference March 7 at Webster University. The conference attracted more than  650 students from 30 schools in the St. Louis metro area.

The U-Times newspaper earned honors in the Overall Publications Awards including an Excellent rating in the newspaper category and online publications category. Congratulations to Editor-in-Chief Christine Politte and web editor Payton Bass. The Dial Yearbook was also recognized for the 2015 edition; Emily Looby was editor-in-chief.  Lucy Wurst and Hannah Fuller earned top honors in the Individual Photography category and Hannah Fuller also earned top honors for design of the Yearbook People page in The Dial. Payton Bass, web editor for The U-Times, earned Best of Show honors in the Individual Reporting category for her editorial, "The Kids Aren't All Right." 

Congratulations to journalism instructor Mary Williams and all of our talented student journalists.

The U-Times is now linked to the District website so be sure to check out the fantastic work of our student journalists! 

Overall Publications Awards

U-Times newspaper: Excellent, Christine Politte, editor-in-chief

U-Times online newspaper: Excellent, Payton Bass, web editor

Dial Yearbook (2015): Excellent, Emily Looby, editor-in-chief

Individual Reporting Awards:

Best of Show: Newspaper Commentary/Editorial Copy, Payton Bass

Excellent: Yearbook Feature Copy, Hannah Fuller

Honorable Mention: News Copy, Christine Politte

Honorable Mention: Newspaper Feature Copy, Francene Bethune

Honorable Mention: Sports News Copy, Kathryn Fuller

Individual Design Awards:

Superior: Yearbook People Design, Hannah Fuller

Excellent: Newspaper Double Truck Design, Christine Politte

Honorable Mention: Yearbook People Class Design, Johanna Hill

Honorable Mention: Yearbook Sports Design, Catherine Hoff 

Individual Photography Awards:

Superior: Newspaper Feature Photography, Lucy Wurst

Superior: Yearbook Sports Photography, Hannah Fuller

Excellent: Yearbook Feature Photography, Hannah Fuller

Honorable Mention: Yearbook Portrait Photography, Johanna Hill

Honorable Mention: Yearbook Sports Photography, Taneya Parker

Honorable Mention: Yearbook Portrait Photography, Catherine Hoff

Honorable Mention: News Photography, Johanna Hill

 JournalismSTL is an "organization of St. Louis-area advisers that seeks to educate and support advisers and their students as they endeavor to innovate the coverage of the daily events and people who shape their communities."

The organization serves journalism students in the St. Louis area by hosting a journalism conference every spring that brings local journalism students together for sessions with local media officials and teachers. Student yearbooks and newspapers are evaluated by out-of-state judges as part of their annual competition.

The keynote speaker for this year's journalismSTL conference was Frank LoMonte, Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center, who advocates for the rights of student journalists.

Gateway2Change Creates Student Change Agents

3 months ago

UCHS students and their peers from Fox and Ritenour high schools on stage during the January 27 Student Summit on Race at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

UCHS students and their peers from Fox and Ritenour high schools jointly present their change agent project (to clean Greenwood Cemetery) during the January 27 Student Summit on Race at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

Students at University City High School have been participating for more than a year in a regional effort, started by EducationPlus, designed to empower students to be change agents in their schools. Two key components of the initiative are the Student Summit on Race and the Sibling School Partnership. EducationPlus, which supports school districts across the St. Louis region, organized the first Student Summit on Race in January 2015; more than 100 student leaders from 14 St. Louis area high schools were led through an intentional process of race dialogue, problem identification and solution ideation. The students were then asked to present solution ideas to the entire group. Using #gateway2change as the resounding theme throughout, their focus question was: How can we, as student leaders with a forward-thinking, solution-focused orientation, help offer solutions to create a better St. Louis?

Seven summits later, the Student Summit on Race has evolved into Gateway2Change with a mission to “empower a connected student community of positive change agents to transform the world.” More than 300 students from 25 schools are now involved.

A special highlight of this year’s activities was a passionate presentation to students by Dr. Steve Perry, one of America’s top educators and a change agent known for his tireless fight to provide equal and competitive opportunities for children who otherwise would not have a voice. Perry presented to students as part of a special event hosted by EducationPlus.

“After we attended the presentation by Dr. Steve Perry, many more UCHS students became involved in the movement,” said Mary Williams, UCHS media advisor/English & journalism teacher and UCHS Race Summit sponsor.

UCHS students Jacelynn Allen, Pablo Lopez-Reyna, Whitney Huling, Hannah Fuller, Della Cox, Raven Bullard, Kathyrn Fuller, Payton Bass and Rontrell Gentry currently participate in the program. All of the students will be recognized for their work at the Board of Education’s regular meeting March 24 at the McNair Administration Center, located at 8136 Groby Road.

Building relationships and cultivating understanding is one of the primary goals of the program’s Sibling (Sister & Brother) Schools Partnership Network. Schools partner up and literally walk a mile in other students’ shoes.

UCHS hosted 17 students from Ritenour and Fox high schools earlier this year as part of the sibling school exchange. Students spent the day shadowing U. City students in their classes then spent lunch discussing their experience and planning their joint change agent project.

“One of the things I really liked here is that teachers seem like they are actually friends with the students; like, it’s OK to joke around but still take care of business,” said a peer student from Ritenour after the shadowing tour.

“It seems like there would be a lot of differences--and there are--but we are all just teens doing the same stuff,” shared a student from Fox. “Different but same, you know?”

The three sibling schools elected to do a community clean up of Greenwood Cemetery, a historically black cemetery where, abolitionist Dred Scott’s wife Harriet is buried. The cemetery, located in Normandy, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Students joined with The Mission Continues, a volunteer ex-military group, on March 5 to help restore the cemetery grounds.

“Our students were moved by the idea of becoming change agents and they accomplished that,” said Williams after the clean-up effort. “We are going back on April 2 to continue the mission and hope that members of the U. City community will come out and share this amazing experience with us.”

On March 9, students participated in the final Student Summit on Race of the year at St. Louis University’s Center for Global Citizenship. State Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven provided a motivational welcome for the students. The event included sessions on non-violent communication skills and student presentations on a community-wide change agent project.

For more details about the Gateway2Change/Race Summit project, contact sponsor Mary Williams at

University City High School students participate in a clean-up of Greenwood Cemetery as part of their change agent project with the Gateway2Change/Race Summit project. Students invite the community to help during their next clean-up day scheduled for Saturday, April 2. For more information, visit

UCHS students participate in the final Student Summit on Race for the 2015-16 school year.

UCHS students participate in the final Student Summit on Race for the 2015-16 school year.

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