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The UCS Success Story

The Utica Community Schools story is one of a community with a strong tradition of student success and achievement. Thanks to the people and traditions of this exemplary school district, UCS is regularly recognized for educational excellence at state, national and even international levels.

Here are examples of our success story:

Providing Academic Excellence -

  • UCs students consistently score higher on tests than their state and national peers
  • The UCS graduation rate is 90 percent - 12 points higher than the state average
  • nearly 2,000 UCS students in grades 9-12 participated in Advanced Placement courses in 2015. Sixty-three percent of UCS students taking an AP exam earned a college-ready score of 3 or higher on the exam, surpassing the national average by nearly 20 points.

Preparing Positive Digital Citizens -

  • Utica Community Schools is recognized as a national leader in the innovative use of educational technology by providing digital tools and content that increases student achievement.
  • UCS created a home-school partnership that fosters development of digital citizenship skills, empowering students to be effective technology users while promoting safety and responsibility.

Promoting Student Innovation -

  • At Utica Community Schools, we understand the importance of supporting students' unique interests and learning styles.
  • From elementaryy school to senior year, UCS students have access to a wide range of classes, programs and extracurricular activities designes to promote innovation.

Ensuring effectiveness and accountability -

  • UCS has the lowest total millage rate of any school district in Macomb County.
  • UCS has attained the highest level of assurance independent auditors can provide over the past 12 consecutive years.
  • UCS is recognized for its commitment to comprehensive annual financial reporting.
  • UCS has an "A+" credit rating from Standard and Poor's.

With 28,150 students, Utica Community Schools is Michigan's second largest school district. We are located in Macomb County, Michigan and serve five municipalities: the cities of Sterling Heights and Utica, and the townships of Shelby, Macomb, Ray and Washington townships.

Click below to visit the Utica Community Schools Web site for more information about our exemplary school district.


Board of Education
Dr. Carol Klenow, President / Gene L. Klida, Vice President / Michele Templeton, Secretary / Dr. Robert A. Ross, Treasurer
Jennifer L. Prybys, Trustee / Ken Krolczyk, Trustee / Dr. Mary K. Thomas, Trustee
Dr. Christine Johns, Superintendent of Schools