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Specialty Program Information for the 2022-2023 School Year

Program Eligibility

The Utica Center for Science and Industry (UCSI) welcomes eighth grade students to apply for acceptance to UCSI during the Utica Community Schools Specialty Program Application period.  Applications and the timeline will be available on this site as soon as they are available.  For more information on the Utica Community Schools Specialty Programs see Policy 6275.

UCS Specialty Program Timeline

Between November 16, 2021 and December 8, 2021 CSI will make two presentations to the Junior High School students to introduce them to the program

  •  The application is due Friday, March 4, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.


Specialty Program information night will begin at 6:30 p.m.



Information Night



 February 9, 2022

Specialty Programs testing date:


Testing Location

Testing Date

Testing Date



March 12, 2022 at 12:00 pm

March 19, 2022 at 8:00 am 

Notification Mailing Date - Accept/Decline/Waitlist notifications will be sent by email on April 1, 2022

Program Commitment Date--April 14, 2022 by 3:00 p.m.

UCSI Shadowing Request 

If a current 8th grade student is interested in shadowing a current UCSI student to find out more about the program, please fill out the UCSI Student Shadow Request Form.  Students may request to shadow anytime prior to the UCS Specialty Program Application Due Date.  Once you have completed and submitted the form you will be contacted by a UCSI staff member within one week to confirm your visit. 

Entrance Test Requirement

An admissions test is required for students applying to the Utica Center Science and Industry.   Please see the Utica Community Schools Specialty Programs Application for details about other program requirements.  This testing will assess mathematics and science reasoning as well as give students an opportunity to respond to a writing prompt.  See below for more details:


The mathematics portion of the UCSI entrance exam will be evaluated by using the student's score on a locally developed math test.


There will be an online reading component to the entrance exam which will measure the students current reading level


Students will be given an impromptu writing opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas

Performance Task

Student will collaborate in small groups to complete a design process challenge

Materials to bring for testing:

  • Students may bring a small snack (nut free) and/or beverage to the testing session to be consumed during the short break between tests