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Welcome to Wilcox County Schools. Nestled in the rich farmland of southwest central Georgia, WCS sits approximately 160 miles south of Atlanta, 130 miles north of Tallahassee and 111 east of Columbus, Georgia.
Wilcox County is known for agriculture, and peanuts, cotton, watermelons, and cantaloupes are the primary crops. WCS is the largest employer in the county with 187 employees, and the school district serves approximately 1,300 students.
WCS has a rich tradition of academics, athletics, and the arts. The lone high school in the county, Wilcox County High School, has traditionally boasted some of the highest graduation rates in the local RESA district. Just this past fall, juniors at WCHS scored the highest on the Georgia High School Writing Test when compared to other high schools in the RESA district.
In athletics, WCHS varsity sports have established a winning reputation, winning a 2009 State Championship in football. The school mascot, the Patriots, is synonymous with success: hosting a state semi-final in football this season, playing in the state finals in boys basketball this season, and having a former football player now starting in the NFL.
In the arts, WCHS has repeatedly placed regionally in One Act Play and Literary, and the elementary school, Wilcox County Elementary School, has placed on the state level in the Georgia Movie Academy competition.
Wilcox County Middle School continues to achieve at high levels on the state standardized test, the CRCT, with seventh grade scores near the top of the local RESA district. The WCMS sports teams consistently place near or at the top of its region.
A small-town school system with caring teachers, WCS is a great place to learn. Teachers know their students, the parents, and the families in Wilcox County. Students thrive in an atmosphere of compassion, trust, and rising expectations. The school system’s motto is: “I Believe in You,” and in every teacher’s classroom a poster signed by the teacher reinforces this fact daily.
WCHS is much like any other high school, where the homecoming king and queen are chosen by popular vote (and are allowed to have their picture made together, despite published reports to the contrary!). Most discipline problems relate to tardies and matters of the heart.
At WCHS approximately one in four students participates in Army JROTC, and for more than a quarter of a century, cadets of all races and economic status have participated in the Annual Ball. The Ball allows parents to share a meal with the cadets, girls in their prom dresses and guys in their Dress Greens where many are recognized for their accomplishments. After the awards ceremony a DJ (this year’s was a popular high school science teacher) plays music and the students dance the night away.
Recently the high school has received some negative publicity for hosting segregated proms, but that is simply not true. The high school does not host a prom at all, and groups of students who host private parties have referred to the parties as their proms. The school sytem has no influence over private parties, but we are encouraged by recent events.
Earlier in this school year, a group of ladies approached the Wilcox County Board of Education and the Superintendent to discuss their plans for hosting an “integrated prom.” The Board and Superintendent not only applauded the idea, but passed a resolution requesting that all activities involving WCS students be inclusive and non-discriminatory.
We support the efforts of these ladies, and we praise their efforts to bring our students together.
I am pleased to report that WCHS Principal Chad Davis has stated that his Leadership Team will place the 2014 Prom on its agenda for a meeting in the near future.
Instead of attacking our school system, its employees, and our community, we ask for your support and prayers as we seek to right the wrongs of the past and be the adults our children look up to.
With less than 30 school days left in this school year, our teachers and staff will be concentrating on helping our students prepare for state standardized tests. We congratulate our Class of 2013, and we are doing our best to make sure they are fully prepared for college and/or a career.
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