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The Tutoring Center is offering a FREE Practice SAT & ACT

The Tutoring Center is offering both the SAT and ACT on December 13, 2014, but space is limited! We are asking that parents and students call ahead to reserve a spot.  Please feel free to contact our center about any questions regarding the free test or program in general.
The Tutoring Center, Bear
104 Fox Hunt Drive
Bear, DE 19701
Office: 302-832-2400
E-Mail: TaraKarimi@TutoringCenter.com

CIS Zumba Class

Communities in Schools is offering Zumba Classes for $5.00 per session on Saturdays.  Schedule of Classes


Delaware's College Application Month dates are October 13–November 21, 2014.

November is National College Application Month. All schools are encouraged to offer college going activities during this month.  Governor Markell proclaimed November 2013 as National College Application Month in Delaware. College Application Month (CAM) is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential.  The Delaware Higher Education Office (DHEO) and the Institute for Public Administration at UD are leading Delaware’s CAM by providing volunteers and technical assistance to all public and charter high schools in Delaware for 2014. DHEO is partnering with organizations such as the American Council on Education and Stand by Me. Delaware's College Application Week was piloted in two schools in 2012, expanded to 20 Delaware schools last year, and all Delaware district and charter high schools will be participating in 2014.  Wm. Penn Students - Click Here



Senior Legacy Project

The WP Senior Legacy Project will set the stage for students to perform an authentic, meaningful investigation of the community, leading to responsive ideas, and ultimately committing some ACTION PLAN(s) to resolve whatever the students’ investigations find. Here is an overview of the Senior Legacy Project for incoming seniors.

Delaware's New Standardized Testing System


The Common Core State Standards, the objectives of what each child is expected to learn by the end of each grade, increase the complexity and rigor of what students are expected to learn.   In response, the assessments of what each student is learning are being revised.  The new assessment system is called Smarter Balanced Assessment System, it replaces the DCAS. Read more about it here.  

New! SAT Prep course on Khan Academy

The College Board and Khan Academy will work together to create world-class supports for students for FREE specifically designed around the revised SAT.  Until 2016, however, Khan Academy will offer SAT test-prep for free focused on the current SAT.  On Khan Academy’s website (https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat), you and your students will find a full length practice exam and real SAT questions explained in simple terms via short videos. 

Resources for Literacy

Literacy skills include reading, writing, speaking, listening.  They are the foundation of all learning.  William Penn’s literacy initiative places the highest emphasis on developing the literacy skills that will enable your child to succeed in the 21st Century. We invite you to join us.  Together we can support the development of your child’s literacy skills and educational outcomes. Here is a list of links to help your student improve literacy skills. NEW! Summer update added!

Attention all WP Alumni

Recently we have received correspondence from a 1972 William Penn Graduate. He expressed great pride in his experiences at Wm. Penn and had many great things to say about our website. It started us thinking... we would love to hear from you more! We are seeking your input by either emailing us or filling out this brief survey. We are hoping to increase communication with our alumni and spread the good news about our school and its programs.

Penn Pride - Reasons We're Proud

In addition to the letter mentioned above, other comments and the dedication of our custodial staff has made us all proud to be a part of the William Penn Family. Read more about it here.

Town Hall Meeting - Rescheduled for February 11th at McCullough Middle School

The Town Hall presentation will be given at our next school board meeting scheduled for February 11th at McCullough Middle School. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. There will be an opportunity for your questions and comments. We hope to see you there for the presentation called, “Colonial: Moving to the Next Level!” For more details, see our letter.

Download the William Penn Mobile App now!

Keep up with all of the who, what, when and where for William Penn High School on the go with the William Penn High School mobile app! It's free for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, so download it now! Find out more about it.


January is Financial Aid Awareness Month

William Penn High School is proud to announce January as Financial Aid Awareness Month. In conjunction with Delaware College Application Week, we as a school and a community want to increase family and student awareness of the financial aid process associated with post-secondary education. William Penn High School is partnering with Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement to work with our senior families. Please review the January schedule of events below:

January 6th - Delaware Alliance and the Counseling Department to speak with the senior class during their advisory. Please be advised that your student will bring home information to share with you.
January 13th - Annual Financial Aid Night - 7 pm in auditorium
January 27th- January 31st – Delaware Alliance and WPHS Counseling Staff to assist seniors with FAFSA in the school computer labs.
January 28th - Delaware Alliance will meet with families by appointment to complete taxes and assist with FAFSA from 3-7 pm.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact the WPHS Counseling department at 323-2800 or contact Delaware Alliance at 656-8200
January is Celebrate FAFSA Month at William Penn!  Please feel free to download the brochures for information reguarding how we plan to celebrate and assist families and students with Financial Aid.  Financial Aid Evening Appointments, Financial Aid Week, Financial Aid SurveyFinancial Aid Week (Spanish)Financial Aid Evening Appointments (Spanish)
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School Store is open! 

The William Penn School Store is now open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:15-3:45. Get your William Penn Swag now. Find out more at our School Store webpage.

Common Core Standards

Common Core State Standards, better known as CCSS, are foundation on which schools across the country are building student success. Parents, please read these overview documents (Math and ELA) to gain an understanding of the impact and scope of the CCSS on how and what your child is learning at Penn.

Check out the new High-Tech William Penn

See what's playing on the big screen TVs right now...

Campus Security

Crises are, by their very nature, unpredictable. They can affect individuals, small groups or the entire school community. Crisis response may require a broad range of interventions and services. Our Campus Security Plan provides a guideline to staff in times of crisis, but we also rely on their common sense and good judgment. Our Crisis Guidelines provide staff with a procedure to follow in case of a crisis. Read more about our Security Drill and the phone call home to parents.

Literacy Initiative

By the time a student graduates from William Penn High School, we want them to have the ability to read, comprehend, and write about complex texts commonly found in college and careers. Learn more about the common core and our literacy initiative.

Beat the Bell!
Learn about our lateness policy here.

Learn about our Technology Policy
Find out more information, including an informative video, here.

Colonial Fall Festival - Thank you for a great day!
Find out more here.

College Information Sessions
Find out more here.

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Welcome to Colonial Nation!

It gives me great joy to tell you about all the time and energy that our staff has recently put into our academic programs at William Penn, preparing our current and future students to become college and career ready—a statement that we do not take lightly. As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, we are transforming the high school, such that students will enroll into specific degree programs. Students can choose from 19 different academic, all within one of our three colleges: STEM, Business, and Humanities. All students will start a four year degree program, with all classes focused on their major and ending with an internship with a local business. Specific information can be found in our course catalogue.

I think what excites me most, is that all of our high school students will experience learning beyond the classroom.  Regardless of whether your child goes to college, or enters the workforce or military, they will have the necessary skills to be successful and competitive. William Penn High School offers more opportunities, more advanced placement classes, and more certification programs than any other high school in New Castle County, Delaware. That’s really important to us. We want to give your child the best opportunity to compete for college and careers. As you peruse our website, you will see specific examples of the increased rigor that William Penn has to offer, making your child’s high school experience one that they will never forget. To parents of all grades, we look forward to serving the needs of your child at William Penn High School, whether your child is in eighth grade or in kindergarten.— Jeffrey Menzer, Ed.D., Principal of William Penn High School