Letter from the Principal
Welcome to Sparta,
We are glad that you are a part of our family and community. West Hall High School has been and will be committed to holding its students, teachers, and families accountable. We were built on a strong foundation to make sure your son or daughter have the best possible education. We know that together all things are possible. We are here to instill core values and prepare all our students to be successful in whatever they choose.
We have several options for all types of interests and learning development. What you may ask? We have an Isquared program that is project and rigor based for our 9th and 10th graders who are interested. We have an IB program that is second to none in or State and country in my opinion. Also for those interested, we offer IB full diplomas, IB bilingual full diplomas, and new in 2015-2016 IB career program certificates for our 11th and 12th graders. 9th- 12th graders are able to sign up for our CTE programs. They are producing some great examples of work and community leaders as well. All of our programs are Industry Certified. Our award winning Fine arts department boasts some very talented students in Art, Theater, Chorus, and Band and are available for 9th-12th graders as well.
In our extracurricular programs, we have all types of sports, clubs, and activities for those interested.
Please know that I’m here to serve and my passion for all our Spartans is unwavering! All I ask in return is your passion and support for our school and community to be as abundant as mine. “Together we can do anything!”
Principal – West Hall High School
Mission Statement: West Hall High School…Developing lifelong learners for a global society.
DESCRIPTION OF THE SCHOOL:
West Hall High School is a very diverse and close knit community. Our school size is approximately 1100 with about 45% White, 45% Latino, and 10% other. We are located in Oakwood, Georgia. In recent years have seen a lot of business and industrial growth; we have not seen much of an increase in our student population, though. Our numbers have remained around 1100 for the last few years. However, our Latino population has increased approximately 10% in those years.
We have a staff of approximately 100. Over half of our certified teachers have advanced degrees. Our administration consists of a principal and three assistant principals. In addition, we have two guidance counselors and a graduation coach. In addition to the four academic areas, we serve students in the following programs/areas: Fine Arts, CTE, Modern Language, IB, Innovation Institute, and AP. We also offer a wide range of extracurricular activities in which over half of our student body participates.
The mission of West Hall High School is to develop lifelong learners for a global society. The culture of our school is one of acceptance where diversity is embraced, passions are explored, and education is paramount. We strive to meet the goals of our school by offering students a wide variety of educational opportunities, including but not limited to, IB/AP/Honors courses; co-taught and study skills courses; CTE courses; Fine Arts courses; Modern Language courses; and numerous co- and extra-curricular clubs and athletics. Opportunities for dual enrollment at both Lanier Technical College and the University of North Georgia are available for our upperclassmen.
NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AND AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT:
In the last three years, we have developed and grown our programs of choice and our pathway programs (Modern Language, Fine Arts, CTE). Each year, we have had a positive progression of students graduating with an IB diploma. We have also shown improvement in the number of students successfully passing national End-of-Pathway assessments, and our AP participation rate is 42%. We are the only public school in the state of Georgia offering the IB Bilingual Diploma. We also offer our students the opportunity to earn an IB Certificate. We are in the application process to begin offering the IB Career-related Programme.
In the U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 list of “Best High Schools,” West Hall ranks 32nd in the state of Georgia. We were named a “silver school” on the list.
In the next few years, we have room for growth in regard to our CCRPI score and our standardized testing scores. As we introduce more courses aligned with the CCGPS, we will need to implement more professional development related to serving and reaching our lowest-performing population.