Union Public Schools has transformed the the High School into higher education through its new Union Collegiate Academy. Union wants 100 percent of its students to graduate career and college-ready, so it's bringing college to them.
The new Academy wing allows sophomores to move to the High School as Union focuses on challenging curriculum offerings that will steer students to the college of their choice and/or a satisfying career.
With the new wing, which opened in 2012, students will enjoy an experience that emulates college both academically and aesthetically. Larger lecture rooms, cafes throughout the High School, special science rooms, an outdoor classroom, a virtual learning and other amenities in combination with a dedicated and caring staff will help students prepare for college by showing them what college is like and answering their questions along the way.
One exciting program - EXCELerate - allows students to take college classes taught by college professors at the High School. Students have the opportunity to take excellent, academically challenging courses for college credit while still in the supportive high school environment where they can participate in regular school activities.
Not only do they earn college credit, but their college courses also count toward high school graduation requirements. Learn more
While a lot of attention may be on construction, the focus is really on academics. Advanced Placement courses, a Union Virtual Learning Academy and an expanded College & Career Center will also assist in Union's transformation. To learn about how Union is transforming the education process - starting as early as elementary school - visit the College/Career tab and view the links there.
Exciting science offerings
See some of the science offerings planned at the UCA
The UCA building is three stories high with a breathtaking glass front. The entry is two stories high with a grand open stairway on the left and an inviting soft seating area on the right. The College and Career area is directly across from the outside front doors. The entire building has a completely different look than the existing high school. That new look resembles what students will experience when they attend a university or college.
The $28,275,000 High School remodel has many different components:
•An additional 160 parking spaces added to the south parking lot
•Several new kitchens and eating areas
• A new High School front entrance
•A three-story Collegiate Academy addition
•A new bus loop
•A total replacement of the north side parking lot
•An additional HVAC chiller
•A new beautifully landscaped oval park-like setting inside of the new bus loop
•A renovated west road that runs behind the High School