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Message from the Principal

Principal's Message

It is my pleasure to welcome our Wildcat students and families to the 2019-20 school year. You are joining a community that is proud to celebrate a rich history of amazing accomplishments. At Glen A. Wilson High School, we are committed to a shared vision of academic excellence, social responsibility, creative expression, and athletic development. Our mission is to prepare our students to be college and career ready by empowering them to achieve their potential through engagement in rigorous and relevant learning experiences, as well as the formation of vital relationships. With a wide array of courses, programs, and activities, Wildcat students are exposed to a plethora of opportunities to learn and grow. Our students have been accepted to some of the most prestigious universities in the country – Harvard, Berkeley, Yale, M.I.T., Cal Tech, Harvey Mudd, and Carnegie Mellon, to name a few.

The numerous awards and recognitions bestowed upon Glen A. Wilson High School is a reflection of our commitment to academic excellence. In 2019, Wilson was ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the top 4% of public high schools in the United States. Wilson has also been recognized as a California Gold Ribbon School and a California Distinguished School, and consistently is accepted to the California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll. 

Glen A. Wilson High School is both an International Baccalaureate (IB) and an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) school. Both programs are recognized for providing structured support that emphasizes the critical thinking and inquiry necessary for graduates to transition smoothly to college. Wilson proudly offers over 34 honors, Advanced Placement, and IB courses.

In partnership with Project Lead the Way, Wilson Institute of Technology and Sciences (WITS) provides a four-year sequence of courses in Bio-Medical Science, Computer Science, and Engineering. WITS students are also involved with STEM exploration outside the classroom. Our award-winning competitive STEM activities have had great success in Regional, State, and National competitions – Science Olympiad (2nd in State), Robotics (advanced to Super Regionals three years in a row), Code Team (Congressional APP Challenge Champions), Engineering Design Team (Chevron Design Challenge State Champions).

The Conservatory of the Arts, or CoArts, boasts three- and four-year sequences of courses in Dance, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Instrumental Music, Photography, Theater, and Vocal Music. Our artists compete in competitions and festivals throughout the State and Nation where they are consistently awarded and recognized. In the past four years, two of Wilson’s artists have won the Congressional Art Challenge and have had their art piece’s displayed in the United States Capitol.

The Wildcat Family is proud to provide many opportunities for our students to connect to the greater school community. An athletic program that offers 21 CIF sanctioned sports, leadership opportunities such as student government and Principal’s Advisory Council, and 30+ clubs and service organizations make it possible for all students to connect to the school and meet others who share their interests.

Inclusion and acceptance is a widely embraced value within the Wildcat culture. To foster these values, Wilson has designed a home room experience for students. Because home room seeks to promote a positive climate and unified culture through the practice of Respect, Ownership, Adaptability, and Resilience, it is called R.O.A.R. ROAR lessons help students develop “soft skills” such as self-awareness, time management, positive relationships, responsible decision making, and college and career readiness – skills that promote successful transitions to college and the workforce.

Two new career pathways will be introduced to students this fall – Culinary and Child Development. Our Business pathway is in the process of being developed into a three-year pathway. We have recently entered into a partnership with Mt. Sac College to provide Dual Enrollment opportunities to our students. Dual Enrollment allows students to receive both college and high school credit for Mt. Sac courses offered at Wilson High School. Culinary and College Counseling courses will be available in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

As partners in your child’s future, I encourage Wildcat Parents to GET INVOLVED and STAY INFORMED. The school’s website is an excellent way to stay informed, as well as connect with your student’s teachers and counselor. Weekly updates will be provided via school messenger. The Wilson News is a monthly newsletter e-mailed to parents whose addresses appear in Aeries.

Welcome to the Wildcat Family! I look forward to an AWESOME school year, and continuing the partnerships that further the success of our students and the great legacy of Glen A. Wilson High School.

Danielle Kenfield, Ed.D.