News from West Ottawa High School

May Update from the Principal

Dear Parents, Students and Community Members,

Hopefully you had a chance to get out and enjoy the tulips and the Tulip Time festivities this year. The weather is finally starting to feel like we are moving toward summer and the spring semester is moving very quickly toward graduation at WOHS.

Class of 2015 Academic Honors

The Class of 2015 will go down in history as possibly the most academically accomplished class in the history of West Ottawa High School. This class includes 18 Valedictorians (4.0 GPA) and 7 Salutatorians (3.99 GPA).  All 25 Vals and Sals have multiple AP, IB, and Dual Enrollment courses on their transcripts.  This class truly challenged themselves by taking the most rigorous classes offered, and they excelled in the classroom. West Ottawa High School is pleased to announce the Class of 2015 Top Scholar, valedictorians, and salutatorians.  These students have attained the highest level of academic standing through four years of hard work and dedication to their studies.  West Ottawa teachers, administrators, and support staff congratulate these fine students.

Read press release about the Class of 2015 Top Scholars.


College Decision Day a HUGE Success

The word “college” is used daily in classrooms throughout West Ottawa High School. From the school-wide College Application Week in the fall to recognizing senior’s college acceptance letters via the PA system each and every week, college is on the mind of WO students. It is a dream pursued and accomplished by an increasing number of WO grads. WOHS staff members stress that college can mean many different things; from Ivy League schools, to four year in-state universities, community colleges, vocational schools, or the military, post-secondary education (college) is stressed as a must for all current and future WO graduates.

On April 30, WOHS College Advisor Jessica Leacher and members of the counseling staff ran our second annual College Decision Day celebration. Over 500 seniors entered the main gym, were greeted by staff members, given “I Decided” t-shirts, were recognized in front of classmates, and received gear and gifts from their respective colleges and universities. Many local colleges sent representatives to personally celebrate with Seniors.

Check out Decision Day photos here     (Courtesy of

Read the Holland Sentinel article on WOHS Decision Day here.

College Choices for the Class of 2015

Seniors from the Class of 2015 have been accepted to over 100 colleges and universities. Click here to see where our seniors are going off to school.

Unique Summer Learning Opportunities 2015

If you are searching for a unique summer learning or leadership opportunity for your student, please visit our Summer Learning Opportunities page under Parent Resources on our main high school site.

Summer School and Test Out 2015

If your student is seeking to advance through online summer school courses or via test out, or if your student needs credit recovery, now is the time to start thinking about Summer School 2015 options.


Important Upcoming Dates

Please be aware of the following important spring dates:

  • May 13- Academic Honors Evening- 7 pm at the PAC- all grades honored for achievement or advancement. Invitation by letter home.
  • May 16- Prom  (Juniors/Seniors & guests)
  • May 28- Senior Breakfast- 6:30 am- Seniors only
  • May 28- Senior Honors Convocation- 8:30 am in the North main gym- parents welcome
  • May 31- Graduation- 2 pm in the North main gym- tickets required
  • June 1-5: Final Exams for 9th-11th grades
  • June 17- Summer School begins

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