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Program Overview

The program works well for students who enjoy learning and are bright but:

  • are intellectually/creatively gifted and need a faster pace and more depth
  • are focused on a career path
  • have a demanding outside school schedule
  • don't enjoy the social environment
  • are ones who emerged early and want extensive college prep

The program does NOT work well for students who:

  • require a great deal of structure and adult direction
  • want a quick check-off list for graduation requirements
  • need credit recovery
  • require remediation
  • want to avoid work
  • are successful and enjoy the structure of the regular school program

Program Requirements

In order to meet the district standards and receive a St. Vrain Valley School District diploma students develop a Learning Plan choosing from a menu of options. These include:

  • traditional high school classes
  • college classes
  • independent study
  • correspondence courses
  • internships/mentorships
  • online courses

Students are required to attend the Orientation Seminar for new students and to complete three learning units for:

  • Applied/Service Learning
  • Personal/Career Exploration
  • Technology

Students must also complete the Program Essentials which include:

  • Habits of Mind and Workforce Skills
  • Presentations
  • Portfolio
  • Advanced Study
  • Weekly meetings with the UHS counselor

Transcript and Diploma

Universal High School Program graduates receive an official St. Vrain Valley School District transcript and diploma. It should be noted, however, that the UHS transcript looks different from a regular SVVSD transcript and includes a description of the program and specific highlights of the student's independently designed coursework.

UHS graduates have been accepted to a variety of in-state and out-of-state public and private colleges and universities.