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Welcome to the Home of the Cowboys

Welcome to the website of Willcox High School, Home of the Cowboys! We are located in Cochise County, Arizona, in the quaint historic town of Willcox, and we serve students in grades 9 through 12. Though we are a small school, we take pride in providing an excellent education for our students that will empower them to become responsible and compassionate adults and prepare them to succeed in a highly technological world.

In addition to our outstanding academic curriculum, we also offer special education and gifted education programs to cater to specific student needs as well as a variety of clubs and athletic activities for those seeking extracurricular opportunities.

A Message from our Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Fall is here! Believe it or not, the school year is more than one-fourth complete. The students and staff have been working very hard this year, and a much-deserved Thanksgiving break is near.

The Arizona Board of Regents recently put the following statement out regarding public universities admission standards: "As many colleges and universities are moving away from class rankings, greater emphasis is being placed on students’ skill sets to do university-level work rather than standardized test scores, cumulative GPA, and high school ranking. The paradigm shift allows for multiple points of access to higher education while acknowledging the entire spectrum of human talent that is capable of succeeding in postsecondary education. It is our hope that this new policy will guarantee admission for more Arizona high school students who demonstrate ability and the effects of the policy will give any student who is a solid student and has taken the required curriculum guaranteed admission to Arizona’s public universities." 

As you may know, the A-F grade for WHS is a solid C (Performing: Adequate performance but needs improvement on some indicators – proficiency or growth or graduation rate). Looking at the big picture, WHS faired pretty well considering that the state kept throwing new criteria at us before we knew what criteria they would be grading us on. All can agree that we are definitely not where we would like to be in all calculated areas. We have been in transition to new, more rigorous standards and new assessments. There is no doubt that Arizona has raised the bar. Regardless of the grade, I stand firmly behind the hard work our team has put in, and they are committed to make a difference in our students overall education here. I truly believe we have one of the best schools and staff in the state! We will continue moving forward to overcome these new challenges while continuing to provide our students with a solid education. The plan is in place, and now we will digest the facts and continue to improve to raise our grade, which missed a B by only six percentage points!

At Willcox High School, we embrace and encourage all of our students to excel in their school life. We take a great deal of pride in orchestrating quality programs and events that help synergize our school and community. It is important to note that the first semester will end on December 21, before Christmas break. Students will take semester exams on Wednesday, December 20 and Thursday, December 21. We will dismiss at 12:00 noon both days. The second semester will begin on Monday, January 8, 2018. 

On behalf of our outstanding faculty, please continue making the extra effort to have your son or daughter in school on time each day (7:45 a.m.) Our teachers appreciate and value the instructional time they have with students, down to the very last minute. Beginning class on time stresses the academic focus that supports our mission. Addressing even the smallest details and keeping expectations high will enhance the culture of excellence we strive to attain.

Future Important Dates:  

  • Tuesday, November 7
    • Election Day
    • School Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 8 - ASVAB for Juniors in the Old Gym from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 22 - Sunday, November 26 - Thanksgiving Break/No School
  • Thursday, December 14 - Philharmonic and Choir Concert at 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 18 - Exam Week/Regular Bell Schedule
  • Tuesday, December 19 - Exam Week/Regular Bell Schedule
  • Wednesday, December 20 - Periods 1-5 Exams/Dismissal at Noon (Bus transportation at 12:15 p.m. from the bus barn road)
  • Thursday, December 21 - Periods 8, 7, & 6 Exams/Dismissal at 11:50 a.m. (Bus transportation at 12:00 p.m. from the bus barn road)

November is a month to reflect on the past—to give thanks both for those individuals who have made an impact on one’s life and for those happenings that have made the year so special. Enjoy all the fall festivities, both at WHS and throughout the Willcox community. Have a great November and a happy Thanksgiving!

Go, Cowboys!

Jeff Thompson
Jeff Thompson