Prospective Students

UAIS Information Night Extravaganza Presentation

Attention all prospective students and parents:

 The link to the PowerPoint presentation from the UAIS Information Night is below. Please note, the presentation is large and may take several minutes to load.

UAIS Information Night PowerPoint Presentation

UAIS School Profile and College Acceptance List

If you are interested in learning more about our students and their successes, please click on the following link to access our UAIS College Profile.

Information regarding eligibility for prospective students wishing to apply to UAIS can be found at the district website under the Board of Education link or by clicking here.  Additionally, potential School of Choice applicants can find more information about registering as students with Utica Community Schools by visiting the district website and clicking on "New Students" or contacting Pupil Services.

Algebra I Requirement
Students who enter UAIS must complete both semesters of Algebra I prior to entering the Academy in 9th grade.  If a student neither is not currently enrolled in Algebra I in the 8th grade nor has completed the course prior to 8th grade, arrangements must be made for the student to complete Algebra I before the first day of school at UAIS.  For information on how to complete this requirement, please contact your home school counselor after reading the UAIS Procedures for Completing Algebra I located here: Algebra I Requirement Procedures.

Application Process for UAIS

Application to UAIS consists of two parts:

1. the application - Applications are now available. For more information, please see this link.
2. entrance testing

There is no minimum GPA requirement to apply.  Supplemental materials (letters of recommendation, student work, etc.) cannot be submitted as part of the application process.  Prospective students and their parents may only provide information required on the application.

All prospective students and parents are strongly encouraged to attend the UCS Academic Blitz and UAIS Information Night to learn more about the Academy.  UAIS has one hundred seats for students applying during their 8th grade year.  No minimum GPA requirement exists.  Eligible students who are interested in applying must submit a complete application to Pupil Services and participate in entrance testing at UAIS.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
For more information about our program, please click on the FAQs link under the "About Us" tab or visit the page by clicking here

Entrance Testing
Entrance testing is comprised of three separate assessments (Math Assessment, Writing Assessment, and Discussion Assessment).  These links will provide a rubric or description of what is expected on our entrance test assessments.  All testing for UAIS occurs at 37400 Dodge Park Rd., in Sterling Heights, MI, 48312.  Families will be able to select a preferred Entrance Testing date and time on the application and will contacted with an alternative date and time, if necessary.  Students should arrive at entrance testing at least fifteen minutes prior to the designated start time.  Students should bring pencils, erasers, a non-graphing calculator and may bring a water and snack.

A district level screening committee will holistically review data regarding student applicants to determine a qualified applicant pool.  If the qualified applicant pool is larger than the number of seats available at the Academy, a random lottery process will determine the initial round of invitations and a wait-list will be generated. 

UAIS Entrance Exam Results Guidelines
The following rules and guidelines are in place regarding our entrance testing:

1. We do not give access to assessments (including review, student scores, or cut scores)
2. Students may not retest for acceptance
3. We will not make individual meetings to discuss testing successes/failures
4. We will not provide student scores
5. We will disclose location on waiting lists

UAIS Transfer Policy
UCS students cannot transfer to UAIS in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.  Students may be granted the opportunity to transfer to UAIS provided that they matriculate from a comparable IBO World School, space is available, and we can provide a schedule that meets program requirements for our students.  For more information about transferring from another IBO World School, please contact our IB Diploma Coordinator, Christopher Layson, at

UAIS Shadowing Opportunities
Prospective students are encouraged to spend a day at UAIS with a host student to visit classrooms to learn more about the Academy.  This is open to all 7th and 8th graders, and students do not need to be accepted to the program to schedule a shadowing date at UAIS.  Our shadowing window occurs between October 15th and March 15th.  We strongly recommend that shadowing be arranged well before the application deadline and information night.  To arrange a shadowing date, simply click on the following embedded link: UAIS Shadowing Information Form.  Once you fill out the information, you will be contacted by our recruitment coordinator, Mr. Christopher Layson ( to solidify a date.

Parents are responsible for providing their own transportation for this opportunity.  Again, we strongly encourage prospective students wishing to shadow arrange this opportunity as early as possible in the allotted window, as we can only accommodate a certain number of students at a time.  

UAIS Program Policies
The following UAIS policies comprise the foundation upon which we at the Utica Academy for International Studies (UAIS) make choices in our daily lives.  All members of our community are expected to live up to the highest standards of behavior in the area of personal integrity, respect for others as outlined below.  Below are four integral specialty program policies that serve UAIS and its students:

UAIS Academic Honesty Policy

UAIS Assessment Policy

UAIS Language Policy

UAIS Special Education Policy