News from West Ottawa High School

March 2018 Update from the Principal

Dear Parents, Students, and WOHS Community,

As mid term grades, parent-teacher conferences, and spring break near we are pleased to share some very exciting news and information with you.  The 2017-18 school year has been very successful at WOHS and we are looking forward to the graduating class of 2018 finishing strong in their senior year.

WOPS recognized as 10th safest school district in michigan

MLive’s recent analysis of school safety across the state included its list of the 60 safest school districts. Most of the analysis was done by the school ranking website West Ottawa Public Schools continues to make safety and security of our students the #1 priority. See the full article here.


The West Ottawa Counseling Department is pleased to announce the release of a new feature within your child’s Infinite Campus Portal account.  This feature will allow you and your student to build a roadmap to and through the high school graduation requirements.  The Multi Year Academic Planning tool captures the work students have completed and offers recommendations for next and most appropriate courses in any core content sequence.  This tool allows future plans to change while maintaining the integrity of plans in action.  It is the hope of the Counseling Department that with the introduction of this tool, parents feel more engaged in the course planning process, and have a better understanding of all the possibilities for meeting the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements as well requirements for earning a West Ottawa High School diploma. Some of the features include:

  • 4 year academic planning
  • Postsecondary planning
  • Online Parent Approval
  • This Multi Year Academic Planning Tool replaces the previous online course request process

In Seminar during the week of February 19th, your students was introduced to the Multi Year Academic Planning tool.  Please have your student log into their Portal account and show you their academic plan progress. Have a conversation about the appropriateness of their course plans and engage in dialogue about how these plans fit with your child’s post-secondary goals.  To help aid in that conversation, please utilize our course guide.  The course guide is filled with course descriptions, grade level appropriateness, prerequisites, and even videos.  With the course guide at your disposal you can peruse more than 150 courses.

Multi Year Academic Planning Guide: High School

As always, please feel free to reach out to your child’s school counselor for more information about course planning and future opportunities for academic growth.

North High School Counselors      

Mr. Spreitzer: (A-G)
Mrs. Higgs:  (H-Pa)

Mrs. Otteman:  (Pe-Z)

South High School Counselors

Mr. Veldkamp: (A-Lo)

Mrs. Moser:  (Lu-Z)

parent teacher conferences

Parent-teacher conferences will be held on the following dates. Please make plans to attend at least one session.

  • March 15 from 5-8 pm
  • March 20 from 5-8 pm

Please remember to visit the Important Dates link at the top of the page for all WOHS Important Dates.

wohs internal scholarships- due march 29

Seniors! Time is running out for you to complete your applications for West Ottawa Internal Scholarships. Thousands of dollars are available to you! The process to apply for Internal Scholarships is simple. Please visit the scholarship page for more information. Find the WOHS Internal Scholarships Handbook link for more info.

wohs recognized as top school in area for elite college admissions

Data released recently from the Center for Educational Performance and Information shows that West Ottawa High School graduates are admitted to selective colleges and universities at a higher rate than any other Holland-Zeeland area high school. Selective colleges are those that only admit 20% or less of their total applicants. This data is a testament to the college-going culture as well as the multiple high quality academic and extra curricular programs at West Ottawa.

Selective college by high school

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