If we had our choice, we would pick another school. They say a first impression is a lasting impression....well the first impression we received from this school was the registration lady telling us they were closing in 10 minutes and then giving us total attitude that we interrupted her cell phone call and attempt to leave on time. Now we get no calls back from them and am trying to appeal to the principal for any assistance. If you are not required to go here, please try another high school! I hope things get better for us as we are zoned here and have no other choice.
The school is what you make of it. My children graduated from Wilson. My son did not work to the best of his ability and had to repeat 12th grade English. Ironically, that English teacher remains one of his most favorites and second time around, he committed to learn. My daughter are over achievers. One daughter was Valedictorian and graduated from William and Mary magna cum laude. She's in grad school now and still achieving top honors. The base she received from Wilson is part of the foundation the wanted her to succeed. My youngest daughter struggled in elementary school; nearly failing first grade. She worked her butt off, graduated fourth in her class and is on the President's list in College. (president's list is higher than dean's list) Yes, the best teachers are in the AP classes or the honors classes, but that is going to be true in nearly every school. Parents have to be involved in their children's education and it doesn't stop after elementary school. Discipline is a must. And the student must be willing to work. No one ever said it was fair or no work, to succeed in school. Wilson gets a bad rep from the few who choose to disobey and generally not care
This school is horrible. Academically it one of the worst in the state, not an opinion but a fact. The drop-out rate is also the worst at over 50%. The teachers just do not simply care and the 12th grade govt. class is just as easy as the one in the fourth grade. The only classes that are any challenging are the AP Bio, AP English, and Global Affairs classes. The sports teams are horrible and ironically most funding is spent on the sports. The walls are made of cheap sheet metal because when the school was first built they thought it would be smart to not have any walls at all. Half of the elective classes are just repeated classes with different names or named in a way to make the school seem more intelligible. The students are probably the worst part since they never obey teachers and act like children, constantly running to every fight and jumping on lockers. Proof of this is last year when a student brought a gun to school, only made worse by how poorly the adminstrators handled it. The only redeemable aspect of the school is the size makes it less intimidating to freshmen.
I graduated from WWHS in June of 2009 and have taken every honor level class the school has to offer includeing being a participant in the International Studies Magnet program housed in the building. In my 4 years there I have noticed the problem is the students. It is very hard to try and teach when you are babysitting the entire block. All the teachers are highly educated and more than willing to help any student if the student meets them halfway. I have seen teachers leave after 1 year of being there because the students namely freshman have no respect for anyone. I left Wilson High with a 3.0 G.P.A, Magnet Completion, Honor Status, The Governer's Civic Seal of Excellence, over 10 grand in grant money and 23 college credits. It is not a bad school no matter what anyone says.
I am a former student of WWHS. I attended from 2007-2008. I was deeply involved in the ROTC program, and loved every bit of it. This school is not as bad as people make it out to be. Few problems here and there, but thats going to be anywhere you go. I am sad to say i had to leave before i would've wished, but i will not forget this school, nor the people i knew.
i am attending my senior year at wilson and i don't see anything wrong with the school except maybe some discipline problems but you only see that with freshman. overall it is a nice school. and the new gym looks great
I have read these reviews and this forum has reinforced my opinion that only those with a grudge or ulterior motive posts. There have been no 'race riots' at WWHS. Not one. Students are not expelled for using curse words at teachers, although I personally think that would be a good idea. However, two things stick out and ring true. 1) the teachers work very hard and 2) The problem is the parents. Let your kids grow up, let them screw up and fail on their own. WWHS is a lot better than some, as good as most. Not perfect, but not what you see reflected in this silly forum.
I attended Wilson from 2001-2004. I graduated in 2004 in the top 10 of my class. My opinion on the school is this...Academically speaking...there are great opportunities with teachers who are willing to treat your student like an individual with high goals. There are also a ton of art classes as well as sport and music opportunities. I honestly feel that the 'bad students' are a small percentage of the school and I also feel that if parents want to blame the school so much, they should 1st look at the way they raise their children. If there is one thing I noticed in 3 yrs of attending Wilson, it's that parents deny their own role in how their child behaves at school.