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Message from the Principal

Principal's Message

It is my pleasure to welcome our Wildcat students and families to the 2018-19 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:


California Gold Ribbon School California Distinguished School
California Business for Education Exellence Honor Roll Newsweek America's Best High School
US News & World Report Best High School Washington Post America's Most Challenging High School


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, AP, 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), 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.


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, several school leadership opportunities, 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 all its students. Because home room seeks to build a strong community through the practice of Respect, Ownership, Adaptability, and Resilience, it is called R.O.A.R. ROAR lessons are delivered by faculty and student leaders twice per month and designed to empower our students in developing a growth mindset, risk taking in learning, goal setting with purpose, self-advocacy, and more.


As partners in your child’s future, I encourage Wildcat Parents to GET INVOLVED and STAY INFORMED. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our student information system, AERIES. AERIES allows parents and students to monitor attendance and grades. Please call the guidance office if you need assistance gaining access to Aeries. 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. The Counselors present grade-level parent nights during first semester. These evenings focus on high school and college admission requirements. Each month, I host Coffee with the Principal in our Media Center. Dates and times can be found on the Wilson High School website


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


Danielle Kenfield, Ed.D.