Wild Wood High School
Wild Wood High School is a private high school in Los Angeles, California, serving grades 9–12 (it is not to be confused with Wildwood School in West Los Angeles). It was founded in 2004 and offers a very small, very personalized approach to learning. WWHS has approximately 160 students enrolled currently.
Wild Wood High was founded in 2004 by Ruby Edwards and Marcia Linscott. Marcia Linscott is the current principal/head of WWHS. At the time the school opened in September 2004 there were only 100 students enrolled, 25 in each grade. It has grown significantly but there is now a 40 student cut-off in each grade so that students have more one-on-one interaction with teachers.
The school is a private school that charges $20,000 for tuition each year. The school is extremely liberal and private and most students enter when they are freshmen, and are typically invited to do so by their middle schools upon graduation. In fact, it is very rare each year for a student in any grade other than 9th to find an open spot. The reason WWHS does this is that it feels like a small community is beneficial to students.
WWHS is located in central Los Angeles. It is in a rather modern building, with outside lockers and lunch tables. It is a new school and because of this only has a few sports teams: soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, softball and tennis. All of these sports take place off of the school campus and has many clubs including Student Council, Environmental Club, Students for Peace, Jewish Students Union, Interfaith Club, Holiday Club, and over 10 others. Some of these clubs meet during the school day (typically during lunch) and others take place after school.
Students take part in a number of courses. In addition to the required courses, students are allowed to participate in one art: Drama, Art, Music or Creative Writing. There is also a community learning group that every student belongs to that serves as a sort of homeroom.
Students choose an internship senior year which they attend two times a week. Common choices include working at elementary schools or daycares, art museums, radio stations, or recording studios.
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