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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:
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.
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...
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.
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
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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.