University High School of Science and Engineering offers an honors level curriculum focused on the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and operated on an early college model with block schedule Monday-Wednesday-Friday and Tuesday-Thursday classes. Student carry seven courses a year with an additional advisory block emphasizing study skills, SAT preparation and the college admission process with no study halls. Graduation requirements include 4 years each of math and science and a total accumulation of 27 credits. University High School adopted the Project Lead the Way engineering curriculum offering three courses with the potential of earning University of New Haven credit. The school also offers Early College/Advanced Placement courses in Biology, Chemistry, Calculus, Literature, Composition, and Programming with the opportunity for students to earn University of Connecticut credit. Other college credit opportunities include University of Hartford pre-calculus and engineering courses taught by University high School Teachers who have been trained by University of Hartford professors.
University High School has an active FIRST Robotics Team that participates annually in state, regional and national competitions. Other significant activities based on themes of math, science, engineering, and technology include numerous activities sponsored by local colleges and universities such as, an 8 week medical and dental program at University of Connecticut, a campus tour of Central CT State University, an 8 week program at the Conn law school including a mock trial, a Women in Engineering Conference at the University of Hartford, a tour of Conn’s School of Engineering, and Conn’s Science Bowl, and the ACE program, bringing professional into the school to conduct activities relating o Architecture, Construction, and Engineering. The school has also managed to build an athletic program with three sports a season in less than three years.