Message from the Principal
It is my pleasure to welcome our Wildcat students and families to the 2023-24 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 from which 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, Stanford, UCLA, USC, 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 2023, U.S. News and World Report ranked Wilson in the top 4% of public high schools in the United States and #112 in the State of California. Wilson is a California Gold Ribbon School, a California Distinguished School, and is accepted annually to the California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll. In 2022, Wilson High School was recognized as a California Pivotal Practice School for our Student Senate’s commitment to improve social and emotional well-being during the pandemic.
Glen A. Wilson High School is both an International Baccalaureate (IB) and a PLTW (Project Lead the Way) school. Both programs are recognized for providing a structured, rigorous, and relevant curriculum 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, the Wilson Academy of Sciences and Technology (WAST) provides a four-year sequence of courses in Bio-Medical Science, Computer Science, and Engineering. WAST students are also involved with STEM exploration outside the classroom. Our award-winning competitive STEM teams have had great success in Regional, State, and National competitions – Science Olympiad (highest finish - 2nd in State, 1st in LA County), Robotics (advanced to Super Regionals three years in a row), Code Team (Congressional APP Challenge Champions), CyberPatriot (12 Wilson students named 2023 National Cyber Scholars), Social Engineering (3rd place nationally), and 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, Instrumental Music, Theater, Visual Commercial Art, and Vocal Music. Our artists compete in competitions, art shows, band competitions, and music festivals throughout the State and Nation where they are consistently awarded and recognized. In the past seven years, two of Wilson’s artists have won, and another placed second, in the Congressional Art Challenge for District 39, having their art proudly displayed in the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. or the local offices of our State Representative.
Career Technical Education programs in Business, Child Development, and Culinary Arts provide a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academics with technical and occupational knowledge toward postsecondary education and careers. Wilson’s Future Business Leaders of America compete annually in the region and consistently advance to state and national level competition. Wilson’s Culinary Arts program regularly competes in ProStart Culinary competitions with one of students selected to create a new hot cake topping for Norms Restaurant. Precision Exams, Community College articulated courses, and Skills USA competition provide incredible opportunities for our Wildcats to demonstrate college and work force readiness through examination and/or competition.
Wilson is excited to continue its partnership with Mount San Antonio College offering Dual Enrollment courses. Mt. SAC courses are offered each semester and conducted on the Wilson campus after school. Students successfully completing Dual Enrollment courses earn both high school and college credit.
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 student senate, and 50+ clubs and service organizations make it possible for all students to connect to the school and meet others who share their interests.
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 are provided via parent square (phone and email). The Wilson News is an electronic newsletter sent home monthly via email.
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.