As an Oshkosh Senior photographer, I meet students from all different high schools in the Fox Valley area. I have met many seniors from Oshkosh West High School and they’ve all told me so many good things about it. It’s great to have such a wonderful high school in the area.
Oshkosh West High School was founded in 1969 and is located at 375 North Eagle Street in Oshkosh, Wi. The high school has almost 1700 students and hosts grades 9-12. Their mascot is the Wild Cats and colors are blue and white. Their mission is to “create a culture for learning that engages the OWHS community so that all students graduate college, career, and community ready.” (quote found here)
Oshkosh offers two public high schools for the community: Oshkosh West High School and Oshkosh North High School. Both are wonderful options and are highly rated by the state of Wisconsin. Below I have included information about Oshkosh West’s academics, activities, additional programs for students, as well as a Q&A section with Principal Erin Kohl.
According to the State Report Card from Wisconsin Department of Public institution, Oshkosh West exceeds expectations in Achievement, Growth, Target Group Outcomes, and On-track to Graduation categories. They’ve defined their academic standards and outcomes: “defined curriculum benchmarks for every course and every grade level. Curriculum addresses content as well as skills and attitudes that we want students to develop by the time they leave a course, a grade level, or a K-12 educational program. Instruction focuses on the way that we help children to address the standards and the benchmarks. The emphasis in the district is on research-based best practice, or the best ways to be sure that all students learn and learn to the best of their abilities” (quote found here)
Oshkosh West also offers over 60 different activities for their students to participate in. Activities range from Division 1 athletics, to art, to curriculum based groups and more. For a more detailed look at activity requirements and guidelines check out the Activity Handbook here.
Some of the sports offered include:
Some of the activities offered include:
Oshkosh West High School has many programs to offer support for their students.
A: Oshkosh West High School is a place where all students are welcome and valued. We provide a positive school culture, promoting the Wildcat Way; respect, responsibility, and safety.
A: West has a diverse student body with diverse interests. Our students are committed to academic excellence while also being involved in co-curricular opportunities. They engage in sports, fines arts activities, and other interest-based clubs. Many students participate in community service and volunteerism. Our students follow the Wildcat Way daily and show school spirit in a variety of ways. I always say we have the BEST kids at West!
A: Classroom sizes vary depending on the class. Most classes will have between 20-28 students, but there are some higher-level elective classes with fewer students.
West’s teachers are second-to-none. They are committed to providing quality educational opportunities for students and will go above and beyond to help students success. Our teachers are also involved in the school community beyond the classroom, serving as coaches, club advisors, and mentors for students. Teachers regularly participate in Homecoming and Snowblast activities and attend student events, such as athletic competitions and concerts, to support students in their co-curricular activities.
West also has a “W Hour” which is a class period in the morning that provides flexible options. W Hour is a time when teachers hold club and activities meetings, provide additional help for students, and provide enrichment opportunities for students. Teachers can request specific students for W Hour and students can also request teachers or sign up for the sessions they are interested in.
A: We always welcome parent involvement. West has a Parent Advisory Group. This is a group of parents that meets 4 times per school year to provide me as the principal with feedback about their experiences at West and what we can do to improve our service to students and their families. Parents can also get involved with the West Booster Club, which supports all of the athletic teams at West. There are monthly Booster Club meetings and many opportunities to volunteer and fundraise. Periodically we have special projects that we enlist parents to help with, including our senior post-high school photo board, grounds upkeep, and other projects sponsored by different departments, clubs, or activities.
A: West is known for providing a rigorous academic program as well as a wide variety of elective options for students. Students have hundreds of choices to design a 4-year experience that is tailored to their interests and career paths. We offer numerous upper-level courses that prepare students for higher education including honors courses, as well as courses that students can earn college credit for, including CAPP classes that are articulated through UWO, FVTC classes, and Advanced Placement classes. Many students graduate West with a full semester or more of college credits under their belts.
We also offer career-based programs such as School 2 Work which is a partnership with Oshkosh Corp and Youth Apprenticeships which places students in career-based apprenticeships with local companies. West also offers the Academy for Global Studies, which is a program that integrates Spanish, English, and social studies courses to provide a curriculum that prepares students to be globally aware and culturally competent. One option within this program is to complete a capstone project senior year which leads to students earning the Global Scholars Certification from the WI Department of Public Instruction. Oshkosh West is one of only 10 high schools in the state approved to offer this certificate.
Thank you for reading my post about Oshkosh West High School. And thank you Erin Kohl for taking the time to answer my questions in regards to Oshkosh West High School.
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