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School sector:Government
School type:Secondary school
Total student:1201 (boy:660, girl:541)
Total staff:101
Student attendance:
None-english student:
ICSEA value:
1144, ranks No.198 More ICSEA Ranking...
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VCE rank:No.95 (2015), No.58 (2014), No.63 (2013), No.55 (2012), No.83 (2011), No.58 (2010), No.73 (2009), No.61 (2008)
Address:77 Story St Parkville VIC 3052
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Phone:03 9347 2022
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The University High School caters for 1,225 students, most of whom reside in the local area. A proportion of students come from further afield to participate in special programs including music and gifted education.The school population has broad socioecon... more
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Year 963062163763566527
Student assessment is based on he National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy(NAPLAN) results in 2011.
By Parent - 12 Jul 2021, Rate: poor
Absolutely dismal support during lockdown across 2020 and 2021. Inconsistent delivery of materials from one teacher and subject to the next. Poor understanding by teachers of how to use online tools and vid-conferencing to best effect leaves the students running rings around their teacher and then becoming completely disengaged.
Overall though, Uni High is a public school that has private school airs, without the private school income. It caters to high academic achievers, the top 15%, and is completely rigid in delivery of the standard maths, english, sciences, and languages, with a smattering of electives after Year 9. Want to kill a child's enthusiasm for languages? Force them to study a language they have no choice in for 3 years. Oh, you wanted German? Bad luck, you get French for 3 years. No other languages. Who cares about French and German? Is it the 1980's? Why isn't Chinese or Italian being offered? Is it the overwhelming French and German population in Melbourne driving things? I think not.
If your child does not fit the defined academic box, they will be miserable here. We really regret not moving to Northcote High, Fitzroy, or Mt Alexander College, where there is a real diversity of courses that span age and year levels.
Our Year 10 child's sole reason for attending school these days is to see friends. This means they are unlikely to meet VCE requirements and need to leave school because Uni High DOES NOT OFFER VCAL pathways.
Don't be sucked in by the glossy Uni High presentation. This school was probably good compared to its peers 40 years ago, but it is still stuck in last century whereas so many other schools have moved forwards.
By Alumnus - 19 Mar 2021, Rate: poor
Horrible teachers, after staying back to study one day I heard a group of teachers talking horribly about their students, even one forgetting she had a class to teach to which a student had to run to remind them in their office. There was also a teacher getting too close to me deliberately, making me feel uncomfortable continuously during class too in prior years. My experience as a student there during the lockdown was the worst, the teachers were meant to support me but I didnt feel that at all, they only favored the smarter students in my view to put up a standard of excellent work. English teacher gave me one-liner feedback on essays and failed to promote a healthy environment in the class and the physics teacher seemed done with teaching. Highschool teachers should foster enthusiasm for learning new knowledge, not seem tired of it, and keep a professional facade. The students and teachers I encountered there are rude and I have some of the worst memories of bullying there. Luckily I had a nice group of friends to hang out with though. Some nice things about the place are the sports clubs and vicinity near WEHI and GTAC.
By Alumnus - 17 Feb 2021, Rate: poor
I was accepted into Uni High as an out of zone student on the basis of my marks in primary school. It would be fine for most kids who are academically inclined, but a terrible choice for kids who are gifted enough to stand out from other over-acheivers.
Their curriculum was mind-numbingly easy for me, yet they never gave me any opportunity to move on to more challenging material.
To make matters worse, I was horrifically bullied by peers who were jealous of my academic success. It wasn’t every day, but multiple times every week they would physically assault me in large groups. Uni High responded to my complaints about this with barely even a token effort to deal with the problem.
The bashings gradually got more serious over the years, until I worried that I would end up being crippled. I started playing truant, and the school’s only response to this was punishment. They were indifferent to the fact that I was only doing it because I was unsafe at school.
Eventually they asked me to change schools because of my chronic truancy and also because I violently retaliated against one of my bullies. They strongly hinted that they would build a case to expel me otherwise. I believe that they did this because they had no idea what to do with me, and considered it less of a hassle to push me out than to deal with the culture of bullying.
They arranged for me to go to a school that functioned as a dumping ground for kids who had been kicked out of other places.
The pandemic has shown that distance education works wonderfully for exceptionally gifted kids. If your child’s in primary school but can already do uni-level STEM, then I’d suggest looking into that so they can avoid a similar nightmare to what I suffered.
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