Urbana High School (Maryland)

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Urbana High School
"One team; One Urbana"
3471 Campus Drive
Ijamsville, 21754
United States
Coordinates 39°19′35.4″N 77°20′23.5″W / 39.326500°N 77.339861°W / 39.326500; -77.339861Coordinates: 39°19′35.4″N 77°20′23.5″W / 39.326500°N 77.339861°W / 39.326500; -77.339861
School type Public Secondary
Founded 1995
School district Frederick County Public Schools
Principal Mr. Jay Berno
Assistant Principal Mr. Michael Chavez
Mr. Jack Sclar
Mrs. Christine Stone
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,495 (9/30/12)
Color(s) Navy, Gray, and White
Mascot Hawks

Urbana High School is a secondary public school in Ijamsville, Maryland. It was ranked in the top 2% of the best high schools in the U.S. by Newsweek Magazine in 2010.

Urbana has been recognized as one of Maryland's top 25 engineering schools by the A. James Clark School of Engineering of The University of Maryland. It is also home to the 2011 National Teacher of the Year, Michelle Shearer.


Urbana High School

Urbana is one of ten high schools in the Frederick County Public Schools system of Frederick County, Maryland. The school holds a high reputation for its excellence in academics and athletics. Urbana's mission statement includes the following: to provide a safe and supportive learning environment and to provide a rich selection of challenging opportunities to develop lifelong learners and responsible citizens. Urbana maintains that the students, staff, parents, and community are partners in the educational process. "United by High Standards," Urbana High School empowers students to achieve their full potential and make a positive difference in their local and global communities.

Urbana's school year is divided into two ninety-day semesters, each split into two grading periods. Urbana operates on a block schedule with four ninety-minute blocks each day. Students may earn up to four credits per semester, totaling eight by the end of the year. It is therefore possible to complete, for example, both French 3 and 4 or Calculus AB and BC within the same school year. It is also possible to take additional courses online through the Frederick County Virtual School during the regular school year or summer.


Approximately 75% of UHS students attend 4-year colleges following high school; another 20% go on to 2-year colleges, with the remaining students attending vocational schools, going directly into the work force or joining the military.

As of the 2012-13 school year, Urbana High School had a student population of about 1,486. 7.4% received free/reduced meals, and 7.1% received special education services. The ethnic demographic for that year was approximately: 0% American Indian/Alaskan Native; 10% Asian; 4% African American; 11% Hispanic; 0% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; 77% White; 6% 2+ Races.


The faculty and students at Urbana are committed to maintaining the school's record of academic excellence. Urbana High School offers courses in a wide range of fields and is a participating school in the Advanced Placement program and the International Baccalaureate program.

Advanced Placement[edit]

The Advanced Placement (AP) program is a curriculum sponsored by the College Board which offers standardized courses to high school students that are generally recognized to be equivalent to undergraduate courses in college. Urbana offer Advanced Placement courses in 24 subjects, and in 2011, its students took 956 AP exams in 24 subjects, with 74% earning scores that qualify for college credit.

Urbana offers the following Advanced Placement courses:

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English Language & Composition
  • English Literature & Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language
  • German Language
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Physics B
  • Physics C: Mechanics
  • Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art (2-D, 3-D, & Drawing)
  • U.S. History
  • U.S. Government & Politics

International Baccalaureate[edit]

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a European-based educational foundation and was introduced to Urbana in 2004. All IB Diploma candidates are required to engage in the study of Languages, Sciences, Mathematics, and Humanities. 95% of Urbana's IB diploma candidates earned the full diploma. Urbana also allows non-diploma candidates to enroll in individual IB courses and earn an IB certificate.

Urbana offers the following International Baccalaureate courses:

  • Art (SL, HL)
  • Biology (HL)
  • Chemistry (SL, HL)
  • Computer Sciences (SL, HL)
  • English (HL)
  • Economics (SL)
  • European History (SL, HL)
  • French (SL, HL)
  • History of the Americas (SL, HL)
  • Latin (SL, HL)
  • Math (HL)
  • Math Methods (SL)
  • Math Studies (SL)
  • Music Theory (SL, HL)
  • Spanish (SL, HL)
  • Theory of Knowledge


Fall Season
Boys: Color Guard, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Unified Tennis
Girls: Cheerleading, Color Guard, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Volleyball, Unified Tennis

Winter Season
Boys: Basketball, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track & Field, Swimming & Diving, Wrestling, Unified Bocce
Girls: Basketball, Cheerleading, Indoor Track & Field, Swimming & Diving, Unified Bocce

Spring Season
Boys: Baseball, Color Guard, Lacrosse, Tennis, Outdoor Track & Field, Unified Track
Girls: Color Guard, Lacrosse, Softball, Tennis, Outdoor Track & Field, Unified Track

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