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Willcox High School
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Welcome to WHS!

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 nine 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,

The days are getting longer, and the weather is improving somewhat--a sign that spring is coming. March is an extremely important month for high school students and staff. 

Although spring break and fourth quarter is a welcome occurrence to students and teachers alike, there is always a danger of loss retention when students do not focus to finish school on a good note. Unbelievably, we are just a few weeks from ending the school year. If your child earned a grade of F in any class at the mid-term, he or she will need to pass the fourth quarter and do well on the semester exam to receive credit for the semester. Please take time to sit down with your child to discuss this issue, and to set a plan to improve his or her performance, with the goal of passing classes. Do not hesitate to contact the teacher, a counselor, or me for assistance in developing that plan. Now is the time to address the issue, not a week or two before exams.

Our ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders will take the AzMERIT Test during the month of April. Our goal is for WHS students to do their very best on this statewide assessment. We also appreciate all of your efforts and words of encouragement to your child in reinforcing the importance of this test. In addition, we appreciate your helping to make sure your student is well-rested and on time to school, both critical components to success on the test. 

To give your son or daughter additional AzMERIT practice at home, you may visit Arizona’s state-wide testing site (log in as guest). If your student is taking the AzMERIT in April, please emphasize the importance of doing his or her best on each test. Make sure your student gets a good night’s rest and eats breakfast before coming to school. The purpose of the AzMERIT test is to ensure that students get the knowledge they need to be successful in this global economy, both in the work force and in higher education. Look for more testing information in my April message.

Willcox High School will host our Open House Academic Showcase Night on Thursday, March 7. To start the evening off, our freshman class of 2023 will meet with staff and administration for a freshman tour of the campus! The rest of the evening will feature tours and displays explaining why Willcox High School is the place to be! The parent/student showcase will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Please call the school for more information if you cannot attend. 

Mrs. Singer, guidance counselor, will meet with students here in March to explain the process of requesting courses for the following school year. I hope you will take time to look through the course selections with your son or daughter, and to help him or her select appropriate classes. Good decisions about scheduling now help to avert disappointments and regrets in the fall. However, sometimes a student's desire to realize academic potential sometimes collides with academic rigor. We encourage students to reach for the stars. Please see Mrs. Singer before Wednesday, May 29 if you need to make changes or corrections to your son or daughter's courses.

Willcox High School promotes responsibility, respect, refinement, and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable, and accepted. All students, parents, teachers, and staff members have the right to feel and to be safe in their school community.

On an important note: spring break is one of the most important times of the year for high school teens. It can be a time to relax, draw closer to friends, and make lifelong memories, but it is also a time where teens are more likely to participate in risky behavior. 

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, one in seven high school students under the age of 18 take unsupervised trips during spring break. These students are not the only ones at risk, though. Teens who stay at home are often unsupervised by parents or siblings and are therefore more likely to use marijuana, cigarettes, amphetamines, and alcohol. It is our job as parents and other caring adults to understand the importance of keeping our teens safe during a week when they are at a high risk to experiment with alcohol and engage in other risky behaviors. Network with their friends’ parents, and make sure they also have a zero-tolerance policy against underage drinking and drug use.

Thank you for believing in Willcox High School, and for trusting us with the education of your child. Together we can make Willcox High School an excellent place for all students to learn. Enjoy your spring break and St. Patrick’s month! 

Go Cowboys!

Jeff Thompson

Jeff Thompson