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The Ultimate Guide (to University High) is a series of articles that aim to explain and provide guidance on aspects of the Uni High experience. These articles have been made by Uni students who have been involved with these organizations and classes, and provide a comprehensive, experience-based description of these high school phenomena. We hope that you find them useful, and that they encourage you to more fully explore the opportunities and services available at this school.

* This is a work in progress, so not all organizations, classes, or processes have been covered – If you would like us to cover a specific topic or would like to represent your own organization, please email us at executive.swordandshield@gmail.com.

Faculty Follies

Faculty Follies was created in 1986 after a strike throughout the IUSD when staff morale was low- this show was intended to help bring people together in a healing process and generate a sense of camaraderie.

Academic Decathlon

Academic Decathlon, or ACADECA, is a competition in which high school students from competing schools in the county engage in a series of multiple-choice examinations of various categories stemming from one central topic, in order to win both individual, and team medals.

Speech & Debate

Speech & Debate, in addition to being one of the most popular academic extracurricular activities high schoolers in the U.S. partake in, is one of UHS's premiere scholastic clubs. The phrase “Speech & Debate” is an overarching term for a variety of styles of debate and speech that Uni offers.

Science Fair

Science Fair is a year-round academic competition in which students, either individually or in groups of 2-3 (regardless of grade level), conduct science experiments/research studies to present at various science fairs in California.

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment is an opportunity for high school students to take college courses at a local community college (either Irvine Valley College or Saddleback College).

Video Production

Video Production is a course designed to provide opportunities for students to develop introductory skills in television and video production.

AP Latin

In AP Latin, the bulk of your studies will be on literature such as Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic Wars. Part of the curriculum is a rigorous extension of Latin 3 as you will be focusing on analyzing poetry stylistically as well as translating and interpreting the significance of Latin passages.

AP Physics 1/2

The AP Physics 1/2 course is designed to teach students trigonometry-based physics and real-life applications of the curriculum.

AP Statistics

The AP Statistics course encompasses data collection and analysis as well as statistical inference. The course is cumulative, so you will be using concepts from early chapters in your understanding of later chapters.
The course is not only about inputting data into your calculator, but it also heavily tests your ability to do something with the data and finding conclusions about the statistical significance beyond the numbers.

Mock Trial

Mock trial is a competitive academic club on campus in which members take on different roles, such as witnesses, attorneys, and pre-trial attorneys, in a made-up trial case that the Constitutional Rights Foundation creates every year. You get to learn how trials work in the American justice system and compete against schools from all over the county at an actual courthouse.

Comedy Sportz

Comedy Sportz is an offshoot organization of Drama Club that specializes in improv performances. Members of the Comedy Sportz team compete against teams from other high schools as well as perform in friendly scrimmages against alumni and faculty.

National History Day

National History Day is a history research project competition similar to Science Fair. Every year, there is a theme that the organization establishes, such as Conflict and Compromise. From there, it is up to you to pick a historical topic that fits under that theme and do a research project on that topic. You can work by yourself or in groups for all categories except for the paper category, and your project can take the form of any of the following event categories.

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