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What is Universal High School?

Looking for Educational Freedom?

Are you:
Bright but bored?
Talented but frustrated?
Gifted but exasperated?

We are looking for students who enjoy learning and want to become life-long learners, but who feel confined by the traditional school system. In order to be successful in this program, students need exceptional intellectual abilities and/or talents coupled with strong basic skills.

UHS is a district program that is housed a Silver Creek High School for Bright and Gifted Students. It is not a separate school but a collaborative program that designs individual learning plans for our students.

The mission of the Universal HS Program remains the same since its inception in 1998: to create an alternative pathway to a high school diploma that is student-centered, standards-based, and rigorous.

The program design was presented to the Board of Education for approval in February 2000 and piloted the following school year. The program was designed by Debbie Hutchinson, the district Gifted and Talented coordinator, whose intention was to recapture very accomplished but disenfranchised students. Each student is encouraged to explore a variety of learning experiences in order to determine what works best for them.

If you are interested in starting a Universal High School Program in your district Debbie Hutchinson has published a book outlining just how to do that. You can find the book on Amazon.

When High School Doesn't Work for Gifted Students: Designing a Universal High School Program

Debra Hutchinson designed the Universal High School Program while working in her role as gifted education coordinator for the St. Vrain Valley school district in Colorado and was the program coordinator for three years. She has worked in numerous areas in the educational field, including as a school psychologist, elementary gifted education teacher, and research assistant for a longitudinal study at the University of Colorado.

Debra is a member of the Colorado Acadmeny of Educators for the Gifted, Creative and Talented. She and her husband have three boys, all of whom are married with children. A native Coloradan, she has always loved the outdoors and spends as much time as possible hiking in the mountains, taking pictures, or relaxing at her family's mountain cabin.