As the superintendent of Utica Community Schools (UCS), I see firsthand the amazing things happening in our schools every day. We can all take pride in UCS for its tradition of academic excellence and integral role in our community.
Our nationally recognized schools are preparing students for a very bright future. UCS students consistently score higher on tests than the state average and our 90% graduation rate is nearly 14 points higher than the state average.
We are regularly honored throughout the country for educational excellence. Our four high schools – Eisenhower, Henry Ford II, Stevenson and Utica – are ranked among America’s best high schools by Newsweek Magazine. The Utica Academy for International Studies was recognized as Michigan’s most academically challenging high school in Michigan. Utica Community Schools was recently named one of the best communities in the country for music education. Here is something else we can all take pride in: Utica Community Schools protect home and property values and attract new businesses and new families to our community.
Realtors frequently use the fact that homes are located in the UCS district as a strong selling point. These agents tell us that our strong schools are directly translating into higher property values and a better environment for small businesses. Our school district is truly a destination for families seeking quality education and good neighborhoods.
We all have a story to tell about UCS and what the district means to us, our families and our neighborhoods. We want to do a better job of celebrating and sharing our stories with the community and we need your help!
That’s why we’re launching the “UCS means SUCCESS” program. Whether you’re a graduate who is excelling in college or your career, a small business owner who was attracted to our community because of our great schools or a parent or grandparent who has been a part of making our school district one of the best—we want to hear from you! We’ll be sharing these success stories through videos, social media, local newspapers, the UCS website and school newsletters.
You can submit your stories online by visiting www.UCSmeansSUCCESS.org or calling 586-797-1100.
Our stories are all different, but they share a common thread: We are UCS! Our achievements are the result of a tremendous team effort on the part of students, teachers, parents, support staff, local businesses and the greater community. I look forward to hearing from you!
Christine Johns, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools