Welcome Class of 2025!

    Tips for a successful Sophomore year:


    1. GET INVOLVED!  Join a club, tryout for athletics, volunteer...There are so many ways to become connected to West and the community.  West is a large high school and your involvement will make it feel much smaller!
    2. GET TO KNOW YOUR TEACHERS!  Dedicate yourself to academics beyond each class period, seek help from your teachers when needed, ask them for advice on how to succeed in their class.
    3. GET TO KNOW YOUR COUNSELOR!  We have six counselors that work in Student Services to assist you with academic, college/career, and social/emotional needs.  We will meet with you as a sophomore class for important information during the year, but do not hesitate to make an appointment with us for any questions or concerns.  
    4. WORK HARD!  With your first year completed, you are continuing to develop your permanent transcript which will later be evaluated by colleges and places of employment.  Achieve to the best of your abilities but don't forget to take time with friends, family and other non-academic endeavors.
    5. VOLUNTEER!  Now is a great time to continue thinking about ways to give back to your community.  Volunteering is a wonderful way to help others, while exploring your interest areas.  Volunteering opportunities can be a great start to your future resume.
    High School students should be careful about what they post on social media, i.e. blogs, podcasts, message boards, Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat. Research has shown that 26% of colleges surveyed are using search engines to research potential students.  The negative material the college admissions officials are finding contradict the application essays and characters that students have projected.  Admission decisions can be affected if information is found about a students character differs than what is portrayed on their application.


    Links & Resources:




    Parents may preview the video clips by going to www.netsmartz.org/parents, click on the “Teens” link, scroll down to “Real Life Stories”, click on “Watch Online”, scroll down to and click on Survivor Diaries (Online Predators) and Your Photo Fate (Photo Image Protection). We encourage parents to preview the video clips so that you will have a better understanding of what your student is discussing at school.


    College QuickStart (www.collegeboard.com/quickstart) is an online college and career planning kit available free of charge to all students who take the PSAT. Students can find their projected SAT scores, search for colleges, get a personalized SAT study plan, and take a personality test to find majors and careers that may fit their interest. It also allows students to review each test question, their answers, and the correct answers with answer explanations. Access is available using the access code printed on your child’s paper score report. Please have your student see their counselor if they have additional questions.

    * Click on the Junior, Sophomore, or Freshman page and you will find a link to the College Board website and the video Presentation (Your Next Steps: Using PSAT/NMSQT Results Student Video).



     Sophomores - Consider joining Crosby Scholars.

    Check out this video concerning the many benefits:

    Crosby Scholars 2015
    This video is about Crosby Scholars 2015. It was produced by Cable 2 and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. It was written by Jay Buchanan.
Last Modified on September 20, 2022