STAY AWAY!! This school is all about smoke and mirrors. While there are some hard working staff and teachers the administration is horrible. They allow the kids to run wild and are not supportive of their teachers there. It is severely overcrowded and they have lowered their standards in the past couple of years otherwise their "park avenue" would be overrun with kids below a 2.0 average. Stay away at all costs!
This school is a really great school for learning, you got AP classes, accelerated classes, and even a special program for students that are falling behind (Below 1.4 GPA avg.) called Park Avenue. There are a wide variety of electives to choose from like Graphic Design, 3D art, Art and Animation, Ceramics, Architecture , Piano, and many others! There are also many other languages other than English to choose from!
I am a parent of a Wilson student and a teacher at a different Long Beach High School. Wilson has a strong academic program, plenty of student support for both academics and personal issues and great parent support. My student is also an athelete and the coaches emphasize academics before athletics. The staff at this school has always returned my emails and phone calls either the same day or the next day. I even received an email from the counselor at 10pm. My student is very happy at Wilson and her academic program is both challenging and engaging. We have had only positive experiences at this school.
Wilson is a historic school with unsophisticated, completely disorganized and overly impacted programs. For the past four years we have experienced disengaged and unhelpful counselors and dishonest athletic booster clubs coupled with administrators who are more interested in the status quo rather than progress. Poly PACE or CIC seem to be much better programs in the same school district with overall better athletic performance.
Overall, Wilson is a great school. I have two children attending at this moment. One of my children is special needs; this is where Wilson needs to refine their skills. Granted parental involvement is vital with any student and especially when that child has special needs, but I have had to go beyond the norm to advocate for my child. Both my children are doing well at Wilson but be diligent if your child has any special needs.
Wilson is a good school, my son graduated this past may in The Distinguished scholars program top 26 students. He received the President scholarship at CSULB and a scholarship from WB. High school has changed this year but it is what you make it. Students go there assigned counselor door and write there name down, the counselor will take the student out of class to speak to them. Parents have to understand they must let there child take care of this stuff. As on of the parents stated they can't get a hold of the counselor, I found they answer emails a lot faster then phone calls. I use to set up my appoints threw email. Good luck to all the parents and students at Wilson....we as parents had a great experience.
It is my understanding that this school used to be better but im guessing budget cuts have ruined that for many schools- including this one. This school is way overcrowded. The Distinguished scholars program is no where near as challenging as they claim it will be and the all new adminstration abd counselors are so overwhelmed that you are lucky to get a call back after 5 or 6 attempts.In addition, if your child has any issues that need attendind to, dont expect ant compassion- they are rude and short with you and your kid... If you do not want your good student to end up "just a number" and lost in a crowd, find another school, i wished i had! We are out of there in January-semester change!
I LOVE WILSON!!!! I also miss being there, great school better than other school around long beach.
As an example of Wilson's preparing students for careers, they are one of the few high schools having computer classes that will earn students certifications in PhotoShop and other programs.
This is my eighth year teaching at Wilson and twenty-third year teaching total. I teach in a program for at-risk students and I enjoy it most days. I think Wilson has a lot to offer--a lot of AP classes, Distinguished Scholars, lots of clubs, lots of activities, sports, and a program for those students who are struggling. Wilson's not a perfect school by any means--I think we're way overcrowded; we weren't built to house 4500 kids and I don't think we have enough staff to monitor all of them (district budget cuts). We've had our racial issues at times and I wish more African American and Latino students would get involved, but all in all, we're a good school and I would send my own child here. P.S. Shhhh...I'm a Poly grad!
This school is the worst school in the city. It shouldn't even be named a classical school because it's not. The students that attend school are rude & have no respect for one another. walking from class to class is sometimes worst then walking around new york city. the layout of the school looks like a jail. i am currently trying to go to st.anthony high where i feel more comfortable. if i were you, i would send them to st.anthonys. i give this school a 1/10 & i give st.anthonys a 9/10.
I am a Wilson alumni and this school helped me prepare for the UC school system. They help put you on a path that will get you into the school you want as long as you put in the effort. I graduated from the Distinguished Scholars program which requires students to maintain certain academic rigor. They offer plenty of AP courses, all with great teachers that work hard to prepare you for the test. The athletic department is superior and is balanced by an equally distinguished academic curriculum. I enjoyed my 4 years here and felt very safe. The location is very accessible to students from various parts of Long Beach. I would recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a great academic program that will prepare them for higher education.
Ever since my first year at Wilson, I have received so much support from all of my colleagues. The support provdided from the district and the on site staff is what makes teachers successful at what they do.
My son graduated from Wilson in 2007. He is now at UCI. He has told me that he felt very prepared form college. He attributes being so well prepared to his schooling at WHS. He did take a lot of AP courses and just missed getting the Distinguished Scholars madallion. Wilson has it's problems but overall is a very good school and the people of Long Beach should be proud of this school.
Actually there are about 4,200 students (not over 5,000) currently at Wilson. Additionally the combination of declining enrollment and the recently passed school bond that will build 4 new thematic high schools will result in Wilson's reduction to about 3,500 students within the next 4 to 5 years. Wilson is a very good school with a great 'distinguished honors' program.
Wilson is a very large school with over 5000 students. With this size you are going to have challenges. As a parent my biggest concern has been that kids get lost in this environment unless they are playing a sport or are in the drama program. Students tend to hang out with friends from their sports team and stay within their group of friends. A student needs to work extra hard to make their learning experience a valuable one here.
I am a parent and a teacher who sent both of my sons to LB Wilson. We couldn't have selected a finer school for them to attend and receive a quality education. Wilson has programs for every individual, the counselors are amazing and keep the students on track for what they need to graduate and attend a 4 year college. Both of our sons played sports, and maintained at least a 3.0 gpa all 4 years. I love the new 'school loop' program that allows parents to know how their child is doing in all their classes. The principals, teachers and staff care about their students and the school. It's a great place to learn!
I think school is great it. It has great ways to be invovled and with its classical program it causes the students to learn more and get more credits and it is also a safe enviorment.
Being that it is such a huge school my son and daughter have had a very difficult time in the athletics department. They both came from a smaller school enviorment. The transition has not been easy for them Neither of them have made the cut for sports teams they excelled it in smaller schools.
My son graduated in June 07 and I feel that he has a taste of the real world and how to find and or make his own way after attending Wilson High School. My other son is in 10th grade this year '08. The school has uniforms and it is awesome! Yes they are strict but not that strict. It improves the quality of the school! The school is very safe! I feel the students are safer at Wilson than a high school where they aren't proactive in keeping the students safe because just when they say it couldn't happen at my school, it does and will. The academic programs are great and so are the sports. My older son played 4 years of water polo and my younger son plays soccer and no you don't need to be a super star athlete to be on a particular team.
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