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The Utica Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
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UCMST

Our Mission

- The mission of the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology is to provide talented students an opportunity to excel in an environment rich in integrated studies and advanced placement topics.

Description

- The Utica Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology is a specially designed four-year program for students of the Utica Community Schools in grades nine through twelve. This program has been developed for the academically talented student who has an interest in mathematics, science, computer science and curriculum integrated technology. The Center was established in August of 1996 and is comprised of students from the four Utica district high schools: Eisenhower, Henry Ford II, Stevenson, and Utica. The UCMST is an active member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology.

Selection

- Students are selected for the UCMST in the spring of their eighth grade year. Students who have been previously enrolled in the accelerated Project Math Program in the seven Utica junior high schools are eligible to apply. Selection of the top 75 students from approximately 225+ applicants is determined by academic record, performance on achievement and aptitude tests, and a letter of intent. All UCMST students are preparing for college careers.

Faculty

- The faculty is comprised of eight instructors and a counselor/dean of students. All faculty members have masters or specialist degrees. Their preparation, experience and creativity characterize the teaching staff.

School Day

- All students have one half day of course work at their home high schools including English, social studies, and electives. Students are transported to the Center for their mathematics, science, and technology instruction. While all UCMST subjects are taught each day, highly flexible time scheduling fosters opportunities for innovative labs, projects, and instruction.

Grading

- Although all courses are taught at an accelerated or Advanced Placement level, UCMST grades are unweighted and are averaged with the grades at the student's home high school to determine both grade point average and class rank. The student's home high school profile explains graduation requirements and grade point averaging guidelines.

Our Testing Profile

ACT Mean
Mean Mathematics Score 32.0
Mean Science Reasoning Score 30.7
Mean Composite Score 31.0
Advanced Placement Tests Mean
Biology 4.6
Calculus BC 4.6
Calculus AB (subscore) 4.6
Chemistry 4.2
Computer Science A 4.0
Physics 4.0
In 2011, over 90% of the AP test candidates from the UCMST scored at or above level 3 on at least one test.

Honor and Achievement

Honor Graduates

- The Utica Community Schools district graduated 2,183 students in the spring of 2012. Of the 92 districtwide valedictorians, 27 were UCMST students as well as 2 of the 11 salutatorians. Overall, 64 of the UCMST Class of 2012 graduated with honors.

UCMST students earned over $5.8 million in academic scholarships to further their education.

Achievement

  • National Merit: UCMST has had 47 National Merit Scholars over the past 8 years.
  • Thunderchickens FIRST Robotics team is the 2006 and 2008 World Champion and has finished TOP TEN in the nation five of the past seven years. The Thunderchickens team was the winner of the Chairman's Award at the Detroit Regional in 2007.
  • UCMST students have participated annually in both the Michigan Math Prize Competition and the American Competition. Their scores have consistently placed our program among the top high schools in Michigan.

Curriculum

Academic Experience

- College level instruction and facilities enable the UCMST students to have the following academic experience and credentials: one and one half credits of C++ and Java, readiness for Calculus III, laboratory proficiency in analytic methods and biotechnology including polymerase chain reactions and sequencing and experience with multivariable research in a "Design of Experiments" statistical model. Scientific research is a formal integrated four-year academic strand for all students.

Internships

- The UCMST Junior Internship Program has been recognized by the Michigan Department of Education. Each junior is given a career experience in a selected professional setting. Recent internships include: transplant surgery, orthopedic research and cardiology at Henry Ford Detroit Hospital; engineering at FANUC Robotics, Ford Michigan Proving Ground, Trompeter Enterprises and Custom Biogenics; emergency room medicine at Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center, St. John - Macomb Hospital and Detroit Receiving; nurse anesthetist at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital and Henry Ford Hospital - Warren; software development at Siemens, Vectorform Game Design and eyeWyre Software Studios. Each student develops a formal presentation of his or her experience in the fall of the senior year.

Course Offerings

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Accelerated Chemistry Accelerated Biology AP Physics B AP Calculus BC

Advanced Algebra/Geometry

OR Advanced Algebra/Discrete Math
Biochemistry/ Foundations of Research Foundations of Calculus/AP Statistics **and any of the following two
C++ Programming/Statistics Analysis AP JAVA Programming AP Biology
AP Physics C Mechanics
AP Chemistry

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Where Our Students Have Gone

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Arizona State Georgia Tech University of Chicago University of Maryland Adrian College
Barry Univ (FL) Harvey Mudd University of Dayton U.S Military Academy at West Point Albion College
Binghamton U (SUNY) Illinois Tech University of Illinois Alma College
Boston University Iowa State U. University of Kentucky Aquinas College
Bowling Green State U. John Hopkins University of Missouri Central Michigan
Bucknell University Kings College (U.K) University of Notre Dame Grand Valley State U.
CalTech Miami U (Ohio) University of Oregon Hope College
Cambridge U. (U.K) MIT PENN Kalamazoo College
Carleton University Princeton University of Pittsburgh Kettering University
Carnegie Mellon U. Purdue University Vanderbilt University Michigan State Univ.
Case Western Reserve Rensselaer Polytechnic Webb University Michigan Tech University
Colby College Rose-Hulman Brigham Young University Oakland University
DigiPen Institue U.S. Coast Guard Academy Neumont University   U of Detroit Mercy
Duke University UC-Berkley Brown University   U of Michigan
      Wayne State University