News from West Ottawa High School

January 2018 Update from the Principal

Happy New Year parents, students, and community members,

What an amazing Month of Caring at West Ottawa High School in 2017! From early November all the way to Christmas break on December 22, our students, staff, and community:

  • stocked the WOHS food pantry
  • donated over 1,600 Christmas toys and items to support over 160 West Ottawa elementary students and families
  • stuffed two school buses full of donated grocery items to support Community Action House
  • wrapped over 1,600 Christmas presents on a Saturday morning
  • Crowned Julia Burkholder at THE Senior Survivor 2017
  • and…pulled off the most successful Senior Survivor event in school history, raising $26,375 for the WINWO charity!

A huge thank you and congratulations to all students, staff, parents, and community members involved in our annual Month of Caring events. A very special thanks to Student Senate, WOBN, and Assistant Principal Jason Reinecke for all of their work with Senior Survivor.

View all Senior Survivor 2017 Episodes Here under Survivor 2017

earning college credit at WOHS

Did you know that over 40% of Class of 2017 grads earned some form of college credit from Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate courses while at West Ottawa High School?

Did you know that West Ottawa High School offers more college credit bearing courses than any other school in West Michigan?

If you would like to learn more about these opportunities, as well as discover the difference between AP and IB courses, please make plans to join us on January 15 at 7 pm in the North Cafe for AP and IB Information Night.

AP IB Parent Meeting

wohs sending grads to highly selective colleges

The Center for Michigan recently published an article titled: In Michigan, path to elite colleges flows through richer high schools. West Ottawa High School was recognized in the data as having 34% of Class of 2016 grads enrolled in selective colleges. Selective colleges are those that have extremely rigorous entrance standards, typically accepting only students in the top 20 percent of admissions tests. The data collected from the Center for Educational Performance and Information shows that West Ottawa Public Schools is providing rigorous educational opportunities, helping prepare students for acceptance at selective colleges. In fact, West Ottawa High School has a higher percentage of grads going to selective colleges than most other high schools in the area, and the highest percentage among all traditional public high schools.

Selective college by high school

recent academic recognition

Faculty and staff at West Ottawa High School were pleased to share the following video with our student body this fall about recent academic recognition. It is encouraging for our students to hear how their school is striving to prepare all students to be college, career, and life ready.


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