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9-12 & Ungraded
Public district
Washington, DC
Students enrolled: 1,713

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3950 Chesapeake St. NW
Washington, DC 20016

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(202) 282-0120
(202) 282-0077
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April 04, 2015
I am a parent of two girls attending Wilson High and the experience has been a positive one for our family. The school offers a large selection of challenging honors and advanced placement classes and these tend to be taught by excellent teachers. The standard classes don't have the same reputation, however, as some of them have issues with noisy kids. Overall the staff is supportive and responsive, and the environment is safe.

- submitted by a parent

December 14, 2013
I am not a Washingtonian and was terrified of my 1st daughter attending a DC Public high school. A smart student, she did well and graduated from Wilson in 2010. The school was old and outdated, her teachers were great. Now my son, 12th grade & daughter 9th grade attend the new improved Wilson school. Administrators, Principal Cahall, Alex Wilson, Ms. Bean, Ms. Arrington and others are totally involved and engaged in the school and its diverse culture(s). Ms. Williams (Choir Director and performing artist/mom) exposes the students to a variety of performances from the Mayor s office, the White House, the Kennedy Ctr, etc. Teaches like Dr. Smith (Math), David Heckler (History/swim coach); Joseph Herbert (Math), Ms. Grant (English), Mr. Downing (Spanish), Ms. Lambert (Ceramics) and I could go have been observed going above and beyond to make Wilson a model Urban high school. There are some disruptive students but that is something Wilson is working on. Wilson has come a long way and is continuing to make major improvements. A great school, with diversity to fit any type of student (academically, athletically, artistically, socially, etc) Kudos to the Wilson High School Staff!

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2013
It's my first year in wilson,as a freshman student and i would not recommend it to any 8th graders or other students.Coming from a small school,and always going to a small school wilson has been a very big change for me.The teachers never have time to help the students one-on-one,they constantly forget to change your grade since every teacher in the school has about 100 students and they can't take control of the noisy students that never let the teacher teach anything.I really regret not applying to more school's last year,it's a good school and has great students but horrible control,behavior and learning system.In my old school teachers would always come up to students and help them,in wilson there are to many students for the teachers to do anything.I would not recommend this to any applying student.

- submitted by a student

April 29, 2011
I went to woodrow wilson highschool for a couple of months when i lived in d.c and i absolutely loved it!!! the teachers were great and everything is so open and diverse. the students are really nice and d.c is a great and fun place to live in. i had a great time there even though i lived there for a short period of time. i wish i could move back! the school that i go to now is horrible and the people are sooo different and theres no diversity here i miss wilson so much.. i think any student would love wilson and you should definitely go!!

- submitted by a student

April 27, 2011
Wilson at this time have to many students so it is not as effective as it should be. I think that because of this issue, the teachers do not have much time to attend to the students that do not understand the concepts of the class that they are teaching. For the students that get it that is great. For the students that do not get it, it is a challenge for the student. This is really hurting our students in the DCPS system.

- submitted by a parent

February 15, 2011
As a proud former Tiger, I can truly say that Wilson was a big part of my education, both academically and socially. The diversity of the Wilson student body, and the diversity of the staff-are the school's biggest assets. Wilson has five academies to choose from- 1. The Academy of Finance, 2. AAA (Academic Athletic Achievement Academy), 3. HAM (Humanities, Arts and Media), 4. SciMaTech (Science, Math, and Technology), and 5. WISP (Wilson International Studies Program). Wilson also has a variety of sports and extra-curricular activities, ranging from Football to Crew, from Track to Band, Soccer to Baseball and everything else in-between!

- submitted by a community member
no rating
September 28, 2010
School is doing well for what they have to work with. Presently in transation at another location while their school is being renovated. Need more parental involvement and engagement tactics for children of color to increase their grades and participation. More accountablilty options.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2010
Wilson has a great range of classes and a student body that is diverse in every way. Whether it survives the trip to UDC during the upcoming construction remains to be seen but until then, if you want to go to the best public school in the city, then look no further

- submitted by a student

January 25, 2010
Wilson is a large urban school with a wide array of students. It has four academic academies. Both of my children attending Wilson's academies. Although the DC administration has sometimes caused frustration, Wilson's teachers and staff have almost always been helful and supportive. Most of its teachers have been excellent. A few have been not up to the challenge of teenagers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 16, 2009
It is probably the most ethnically inclusive school in the nation. It includes many children from the Embassies here in DC who come from all over the world.I am a grandparent of several grandchildren who have gone to Woodrow Wilson. My daughter was President of the PTA.

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2009
Very bad and the teachers are so-so. The kids are noisy.

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March 01, 2009
Like any other Public School, Wilson lacks a few things. Wilson provides a wonderful education if you want it. Don't blame the school, blame yourself. Wilson is excellent and has so much to offer. It is diverse and the teachers are very understanding. You should see some of the colleges people get into. Its amazing. GO TIGERS!

- submitted by a student

January 29, 2009
Wilson has such a terrible reputation, but speaking as a student, I know that it's not nearly as bad as most people think. Although some of the teaching is slightly lacking, most of the teachers, especially in AP courses, are educated in their subjects, and know how to make it so the students want to learn. Wilson tought me more about diversity and acceptance than any other schools in the neighborhood ever could, and under a new administration, things are really looking up, with their motto 'Creating the model urban high school.' There is adequate help in college counceling, and most teachers are more than willing to help with anything, and there are countless clubs and athletic teams that are available. I mean, our country's second richest man attended Wilson, along with Dave Chappelle.

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 20, 2008
I just wanted to say that i love this school. I have moved so many times in my life and i am actually from another country originally. I attended wilson last year and it was my first year of american high school ever. I was nervous at first because i heard so many bad things about it and my parents pushed me to go to a private school but i insisdid that i should go to wilson. I have never had a better year in my whole life and all the places and schools i have lived and gone to. I have now moved to vermont and i go to a private school an di hate it! wilson makes you feel like everybody is welcome and theres so many amazing people to meet i loved the feeling last year of being a part of wilson. I met great teachers and students. Wilson is the best!

- submitted by a student

July 02, 2008
Wilson is one of THE worst schools possible, True if you push yourself i guess you can get a decent education but thats only after you manage to avoid the uncontrollable behavior of many of the students. I currently am i student there-sadly- and am hoping to transfer, forcing me to repeat my junior year. If you have the change to go to a private school DO IT! Not only is there a minimual aspect of socializing at this school (i.e. great friends to make) but the teachers are so unhelpful they make you not want to push there it and do well. However, the one thing you get from Wilson is the feel of what many different people are like, but frankly i'd rather have a good eduacation and high school experience than the ecletic experience of this school.

- submitted by a student

February 13, 2008
I attended Wilson and it is a school where you will get an education if you really want one and if your parents push for you to get the good teachers and put you in the advanced classes. I had some awesome teachers and I had some horrible ones. The school is poorly funded and it definately helps for the parents to be active or donating money for their children to have an advantage. Overall it is a good school but only for independent students or students with great support systems.

- submitted by a community member

August 25, 2005
I attended wilson in going to school there gave me great insight on diversity. I live in an all African-American community and when I went to Wilson it allowed me to experience alot of brand new things. The teachers there have always been supportive, and they prepare you for college because of the numerous things they have to keep organized within the school year; they show you how to keep yourself focus and determine. I would say that Wilson is the number ONE! public school in the Distric.

- submitted by a student

April 16, 2005
Wilson generally gets a pretty bad rap. It's largely undeserved, as Wilson sends almost 95% of its graduating class to college. We are also more diverse than any school in the area; we arent a rich white suburban school or a forgotten urban school. An oft heard complaint is that the teaching quality lags far behind our private and Mont Co. counterparts.If you search out the good classes with the good teachers, the quality of your education is at worst equal to that of the expensive private schools and overfunded Mont. Co. schools. Give Wilson a break, its not dangerous, kids learn, and we all do well. Remember the 2nd richest man in this country is a Wilson alum.

- submitted by a student

February 19, 2005
Wilson is a school where you have to decide yourself if you're going to succeed. They don't do much to make you do anything, but once you decide that you're going to succeed, they're behind you 100%.

- submitted by a student

September 15, 2004
Overall, my child has done well and received a good education. The physical facilities are what you would expect from an inner city school. The teachers my child has had have been good especially the ones teaching AP classes. The Athletic/Activities Director is the weakest member of the staff. His actions could be interpreted as petty, autocratic, and extremely self-serving. He has refused independent audits of the Activites Budget and has gone on personal vendettas against teachers and coaches that don't see eye-to-eye with him. The Principal is sound and does the best he can with limited resources.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2003
most teachers are very involoved and very concerned about the students' wellbeings, AP classes are amazing, students are committed to learning, sports are great, facilities good... it's the best school in the city and i love it

- submitted by a community member

September 09, 2003
the staff has been really nice. the diversity is great.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
August 25, 2003
I graduated from Wilson in 1974 and it was one of the top schools in the area. My daughter graduated from Wilson in 2002. The classes took and the teachers did successfully prepared her for college. I now have a son who will be in the 11th grade this year at Wilson. I am very pleased at what I have seen in his progress. Next year if things go right I will have two more going to Wilson.

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2003
This school basis everything on favoritism so make sure to not get on the school's faculties bad side or more then likely you'll be in for a hard school year.

- submitted by a student

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Wilson High School
3950 Chesapeake St. NW, Washington, DC  20016
(202) 282-0120
Last modified Wilson High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Wilson High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top