Tennessee Minority Teaching Fellows Program
WCS strives to recruit minority teachers to help fill vacancies. Tennessee is offering money through the Minority Teaching Fellows Program to encourage talented minority Tennesseans to enter the teaching field in Tennessee. The award is $5,000 per year for students who pursue a teacher certification at an eligible Tennessee College or University. https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/money-for-college/loan-forgiveness-programs/minority-teaching-fellows-program.html. Applications for the program must be received by April 15th.
Why Wilson County Schools
Wilson County Schools is the 9th largest school district in the state, with approximately 500 new students enrolling each year. In addition to the twenty (K-12) schools that are located throughout the county, the district offers four non-traditional learning programs, featuring everything from online classes to Adult Education for those seeking to earn their GED or high school diploma. Nearly half the schools in Wilson County have either been built or renovated over the past 5 years, eliminating the need for portable classrooms.
- More than $45,000,000 in scholarships were offered to the graduating Class of 2019.
- Students earn over 1,500 college credits annually while enrolled in Dual Credit, Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses.
- More than 95% of our teachers and administrators are ranked at or above expectations, according to the TN Department of Education’s Performance Evaluation.
- 7.6% increase in average ACT scores over the last 5 years, with more than 50% earning above a 21.
Science & Technology
The district places a strong emphasis on the integration of technology into the classroom and the importance of teachers utilizing creative learning strategies to help keep students engaged in the learning process.
- The National School Board Association and the Center for Digital Education has recognized the district twice as one of the best in the nation for its innovative teaching techniques.
- More than half the schools in Wilson County have a dedicated laptop for each student, with the ultimate goal of implementing 1:1 technology throughout the district.
Career & Technical Education
CTE offers 24 different industry certifications with 80 teachers offering 40 pathways & 134 different courses. Subject areas include agriculture, family & consumer sciences, trade & industry, health science, computer science, marketing and STEM.
The district offers a wide range of competitive sports. Teams and individuals from our district have won numerous district and state titles making this a “must visit” destination for college recruiters. Our athletes are competing collegiately at every level including the service academies, Ivy League, and the SEC.
- More than 3,500 athletes were involved in a competitive sport.
- Seventy–one students signed athletic scholarships.
- Thirty-two teams won conference championships.
- Seventeen athletes represented WCS at state competition.
- Four students were name state champions in their sport.
With Music City just 20 minutes away, it’s no surprise that our student bands and choral groups consistently excel at competition. The district also offers a wide range of opportunities for students interested in visual arts, theater, and audio-visual production.
- More than 250 K-12 students from 20 schools participated in the Superintendent’s Art Exhibit at the Frist Museum.
- Choral groups performed in festivals, parades, and all-state choirs and received national recognition.
- Drama & theatre programs serve students throughout K-12.
- Our high school bands continue their award-winning performances in marching band, winter drum line, strings and woodwinds.