Prospective Students

 International Baccalaureate at UAIS Information Night- YouTube

UAIS College Profile (20-21)

UAIS Curriculum/Subject Briefs

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.

General information on the all of the district’s specialty programs can be found at:

Algebra I Requirement
Students who enter UAIS must complete both semesters of Algebra I prior to the end of 8th grade.  If a student is neither 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 end of their 8th grade year. For information on how students currently in Math 8 should complete this requirement, please contact your home school counselor.

Application Process for UAIS

Application to UAIS consists of two parts:

1. the application - Applications are not yet available for the UAIS Class of 2023.  For application information from last school year, please go to this link.

2. the entrance testing (see info below)

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 Pathways to Success and UAIS Information Night to learn more about the Academy.  UAIS has one hundred ten (110) 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.  Please be sure to retain confirmation email/# after applying.

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
Applicants will sit for Writing and Socratic Elements during UAIS entrance testing.  Students will also take a PSAT 8/9-style exam for the Math portion.  This will be taken at whichever secondary specialty program is listed as their #1 preference.

Six Traits Writing Rubric (2020).pdf

Socratic Circle Rubric (2020).pdf

PSAT Math Overview link

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 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