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Congratulations, Seniors!

Graduation is Monday, June 8th at 6:30pm, at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center. Join us in wishing them well for their future.


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The True Facts about College Recruiting

College Recruiting: Everyone wants to give advice and everyone believes they know the answers!

Finally, a program that does just that! It gives the answers in a straightforward, no nonsense, entertaining 60-minute presentation.

We have made an investment as a community to provide our student-athletes and parents with information about playing college athletics.

If your son or daughter truly has aspirations to play at the next level, this is a "can't miss" event.

"The Realities of College Recruiting"
Presented by Jack Renkens
William Penn High School Auditorium
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Former college coach and recruiting expert, Jack Renkens, will give the presentation. He's already helped thousands offamilies around the country head down the right path. Often it's down a path they didn't know existed.

Any doubts or reservations about attending? Simply check out the Recruiting Realities website at www.recruitingrealities.com

On The Spot Admissions Fair

The rescheduled date for the On the Spot Admissions fair is Thursday, March 26th from 2:15-3:45 in Cafe I.  Admission representative from the following schools will be present to speak with you concerning your admissions to their school.  The following colleges will be in attendance:Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Delaware Technical Community College, Goldey Beacom College, Lincoln University, Morgan State University, Wesley College, Widener University, Wilmington University  

If you are interested in attending any of these schools, applications will be available the day of the fair AND you will know if you are a candidate for that school before you leave William Penn on March 26th.  To obtain your official transcript, report card and SAT scores you must sign up in N-1with Ms. Bailey-Smiley or E-2 with Ms. McPhee.


Attention all WP Juniors the School Day SAT is coming on April 15th, 2015

All juniors will take the SAT at Wm. Penn High School during the school day on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015.  The test will take the majority of the day starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending, for standard testing students, around 12:45 p.m.  Registration for this college readiness test is scheduled for the week of March 9th thru March 13th.  Students will be escorted to a computer lab by their Junior English Teacher and asked to register for the test.  Registration requires that each student create an account with the College Board, register for the test and upload a digital photograph of themselves.  Requirements for uploading this photo can be found on the College Board Website.  It is recommended that students save this photo on their google accounts prior to registering for the test, in order to expedite the registration process.  Please choose a photo that:

  • Shows only you — no people are visible
  • Shows a head-and-shoulders view, with the entire face, both eyes, and hair clearly visible*
  • Is properly focused with no dark spots or shadows

*Head covering worn for religious purposes is acceptable.

The Wm. Penn School Counseling staff is available to answer any questions you may have about this process or the test itself. 


Happy New Year & Financial Aid Awareness Month in January!

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 High School is partnering with Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement and Stand by Me to work with our seniors and their families. Please review the January schedule of events below:

January 13th - Annual Financial Aid Night - 7 pm in the auditorium

January 21st – Stand By Me Scholarship Assembly – program for Seniors with a cumulative 2.5 or higher GPA; Unlocking the Scholarship Mystery Power Point

January 26th- January 30th – WPHS Counseling Staff to assist all seniors with FAFSA in the school computer labs. WPHS students click here

In order for Seniors to be prepared for FAFSA week, running from January 26th-30th, students should have handy the following:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your parents’ Social Security Numbers (if you are a dependent student)
  • Your driver’s license number (if you have one)
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. Citizen)
  • Federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2 information (1040s, 1040As, 1040EZs) for you and your parents (if you are a dependent student)
  • Records of your untaxed income (such as child support received, interest income, veterans non-educational benefits) for you and your parents (if you are a dependent student)
  • Information on cash, savings and checking account balances, investments (including stocks, bonds, real estate but not including the home in which you live), and business/farm assets for you and your parents (if you are a dependent student).

Parents: if you are not comfortable sending these documents to school with your student, don’t worry. We’ll also be holding various night-time opportunities where you are welcome to come to school and sit with financial professionals where you can bring the documentation yourself for FAFSA purposes. If you have any questions, please let your students’ Counselor know

February 12th and March 10th Stand by Me will host families at Wm. Penn from 6-8 p.m. to assist in the completion of the FAFSA.  No appointment necessary.

February 23rd, March 26th, and April 8th - Delaware Alliance will meet with families by appointment to complete taxes and assist with FAFSA from 3-7 pm.  Please call Delaware Alliance at 302-656-8200 to make an appointment.  

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the WPHS Counseling department at 323-2800.


CIS Zumba Class

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

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.

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.


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