Welcome to the home of Union High School!
It is our mission to provide our community of learners with educational opportunities to acquire and develop the best possible academic, vocational, recreational, social, and participatory skills, enabling them to become valued, contributing members of a changing global society.
Union High School is accredited by AdvancED. This accreditation is based on the High School’s demonstrated commitment to excellence and quality programs through internal and external reviews. AdvancED was created through a 2006 merger of the Pre-K-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2012.\
Philosophy of Education
We believe that Union High School has the responsibility to assist each student to develop his/her intellectual, physical, and moral potential as fully as possible so that he may be a productive member of society and lead a personally satisfying life. We believe that education is a continuing lifelong process, encouraging curiosity and creativity, and that the results of the learning process may not be immediate or measurable but of enduring value.
Union High School Philosophy
The philosophy of Union High School is not static, but must be flexible enough to reflect the changing needs of the students and the community. In order to implement this philosophy, we believe that academic freedom as defined by the school and the community is essential in order to help both students and teachers live in a changing society.
We feel a strong obligation for helping create within each person respect for his own worth and for that of every human being. We believe that all students, regardless of ability, should have an opportunity for personal recognition and fulfillment in some phase of the educational process, be they academic, social, or civic. We recognize that an understanding of the democratic process is developed through study and participation. Furthermore, the involvement in the democratic process during adulthood should be an extension of these high school practices. We encourage pride in heritage, appreciation of diverse cultural backgrounds, and understanding of individual and national freedoms. We affirm that cultural, ethical, moral, and spiritual values are central to the home, but that the school also has a responsibility in defining and reinforcing those values vital to a democratic society.
The overall instructional goals of Union High School are to develop the abilities of each student and to allow him/her to master the following basic academic competencies:
• Communication skills necessary for effective writing and speaking expression.
• Listening skills necessary for exchanging ideas critically and constructively.
• Skills necessary to read effectively and comprehend fully ideas presented through the written media.
• Skills required for understanding and using scientific principles and methods.
• Gain knowledge of numbers and acquire skills in the use of mathematical concepts.
• To have understanding and appreciation for the American heritage and other cultures through the world.
• Study skills to gain competency in acquiring knowledge for lifelong learning.
• Self-understanding and a feeling of self-worth.
• Good citizenship and an awareness of civic responsibility
School History and Features
Union High School was built in 1972, moving secondary students out of the original Union school which housed kindergarten-12. The High School was originally 26,400 square feet with 30 classrooms, restroom facilities and offices. By 1985, eight additions had been made, enlarging the building to more than 12 times its original size. By the opening of the 1998-1999 school year, yet another addition, a 36-room classroom wing with a commons area, was readied for use. Patrons in the district have chosen to enlarge the current building rather than risk splitting the Union community by building a second high school.
The High School also features a 2,000 seat Performing Arts Center which accommodates student performances and occasionally plays host to well-known artists and community events. Thanks to voter support, the High School’s fine arts department was renovated to include a new fine arts wing and staging area for the Renegade Regiment – Union’s award-winning marching band. The PAC was renovated in 2009 and re-opened in 2010.
The High School also features a second theater space for smaller productions, baseball diamonds, a running track, practice rooms for wrestling, a gymnasium, newspaper and video production rooms, a dark room for photographers and even a special oven for art students working with ceramics. In fact, because the High School is so large Union is able to offer many more electives than smaller high schools.
Nearby on the same campus is the Union Multipurpose Activity Center (UMAC), a mid-sized venue unlike any other in the region. It includes a 5,600-seat multi-use arena, versatile floor space, the U-Wear Spirit Store, locker and dressing rooms, concessions, offices and the Y at Union Wellness Center. Voters in the Union district overwhelmingly passed two consecutive bond issues to pay for the $22-million building. After two years of construction, the UMAC opened its doors in November 2003.
In the 2011-2012 school year, Union restructured its 10-12th grade classes, assigning principals by class level rather than grade, meaning students will have the same team of principals and counselors following them each year. During the same year, the High School was under construction for the new Collegiate Academy wing which opened in the fall of 2012. The expansion allowed more room for incoming sophomores who moved from the old Intermediate High School (now 9th Grade Center) and college-oriented courses and additional classrooms and eating areas.
Union Collegiate Academy
Union Public Schools has transformed the High School into higher education through the Union Collegiate Academy. Union wants 100 percent of its students to graduate career and college-ready, so it's bringing college to them.
The 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 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. Visit the College & Careers on our website.
About the Building
The UCA addition to the High School’s north campus 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