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UHS believes all students need support to be successful and find their career path when they graduate. Getting accepted into a university has become increasingly difficult and requires the combined efforts of the students, parents and school. Additionally, teens experience many social-emotional issues while in high school and the academically best students tend to struggle with issues of anxiety more than other students. This is why UHS is committed to providing students a full range of counseling services and our counselor to student ratio is one of the best in the valley (UHS employs two counselors and uses several interns). This paper, however, is about our counseling curriculum and our efforts to get our students admitted to college.

College Plans for Graduating Students at UHS

  Going Directly to College Attending 4-Year Attending 2-Year Attending CSU Fresno Attending a UC
2007 97% 66% 31% 14% 23%
2008 98.5% 76% 22.5% 25% 29%
2009 98.3% 71.5% 26.8% 12% 26%
2010 92% 68% 24% 13% 19%
2011 99% 76% 23% 24% 18%
2012 95% 76% 19% 14% 27%

Students attending UHS will be provided the following guidance counseling

Freshmen Year: Each incoming ninth grader meets with the Head of School to develop an individualized “Four Year Plan” based on his or her career and post-secondary interests. Additionally, Mrs. Bird and Mrs. Carvalho administer the Myers-Briggs personality inventory to all students to help them begin thinking about finding a career that is a good fit for their personality type.

Sophomore Year: All sophomore students and their families are invited to meet individually with their child’s academic counselor to monitor student progress and extracurricular involvement; assist students in choosing courses for their junior and senior years, based on their career and academic goals; and educate students about the college application process, including college entrance exams and testing requirements. Students will also continue to explore their career interests by taking the Strong Interest Inventory, which will help them further to explore their occupational interests. Counselors will also work with students to develop a resume for each student.

Junior Year: Students meet with their counselors for an individualized junior conference during the spring of their junior year. Students will use the Naviance program to aid them with the college search process.  The College Search module allows students to enter criteria for their desired types of schools and to generate a list of schools that meet these criteria.  A student can then follow links to general information about a college as well as to an individual college’s web page for deeper investigation.  Students can compare their personal profiles to national as well as University High School data and compile a list of prospective schools.  

Together students and their counselors can share lists of prospective colleges. The data available, along with a student’s personal interests, will help counselors, students, and their parents investigate the sometimes-overwhelming number of post-secondary options available.

Senior Year: Counselors will meet with seniors in the fall to ensure that students are on track to graduate and that they have a college admission plan. Counselors provide individualized recommendation letters as necessary. Students will continue to use the Naviance program to manage the college admissions process. This includes the tracking of applications, supporting documents, transcripts, and letters of recommendations.



Crista Carvalho
Room 130A

Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Providing personal/social counseling for all students and academic counseling for students last names beginning with...
Grade 9 A - K
Grade 10 A - K
Grade 11 A - K
Grade 12 A - K

Geni Bird
Room 130B

Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Providing personal/social counseling for all students and academic counseling for students last names beginning with...
Grade 9 L - Z
Grade 10 L - Z
Grade 11 L - Z
Grade 12 L - Z