Thanks for stopping by! You can find information on our school here - specialty programs, organizations, our student body, etc. So take your time and welcome to Hylton High School.
Hylton is filled with students and staff from all sorts of backgrounds, even ones you've never heard of, with diverse interests, personalities, and beliefs that all mesh. As one of the most diverse public high schools in Virginia and home to the Center of International Studies and Languages, we encourage members of our Hylton community to celebrate what makes them unique. Not only that, but Hylton is filled with crazy and welcoming people. One way or another, you're going to find where you belong. We take pride in our students - their drive, their passion, their ferocity. They will take the world by storm and cause great change. At Hylton, we see ourselves as a family because once a bulldog, always a bulldog.
We are a school that encourages and seeks to foster high achievement and excellence among our students and staff. We care about their goals and want to see them succeed now and further in life. That's why no matter what you'll have support and a foundation for growth. Here at Hylton you'll find your niche - something to fuel your interests. You will be surrounded by people who either share your drive or will ignite it. From parents to faculty and staff to your fellow students, you'll have somewhere to turn.
"Over the last four years, this school helped me develop into exactly the person I wanted to be. The teachers and faculty were supportive of my ambitions and guided me down the path to success. I met a lot of good people who I can call friends and made plenty of memories. No matter where life takes me, I will never forget where I came from. I will be a bulldog for life."
- Jaden Spady, Class of 2020
"Hylton gave a lot of opportunities for me to grow as a person."
- Katherine Reedy, Class of 2020
"I love Hylton and all opportunities it has brought me! It has allowed me to interact with people of so many different backgrounds and has brought me my closest friends and staff members I can trust. It's been an honor to be a bulldog! :)"
- Hannah Palmer, Class of 2021
"The past four years at Hylton have helped to shape me into the person I am today. All of my teachers and coaches have always been so supportive and have always encouraged me to never give up or let my voice be silenced. I feel so lucky to be a part of the Bulldog family and I will definitely miss Hylton!"
- Brianna Guevara, Class of 2020
“Hylton had its diversity and culture aspect to it. While being in this school for four years defined who I am, it also let me learn true friendships, confidence, and love of learning. High school really defines and molds who you are and who you want to become.”
- Cesia Ramirez, Class of 2020
"My time at Hytlon High School was certainly unforgettable and I am glad to have met so many wonderful people."
- Emma Mantoan, Class of 2020
"My high school experience at Hylton was unforgettable. My teachers instilled in me a strong work ethic and passion for learning that will prepare me for college and beyond. It was wonderful to be part of such a diverse community."
- Ciara Miller, Class of 2020
Dear fellow Bulldogs,
What an adventure it has been at Hylton. It was a great honor to have been your representative for the Student Senate, though I’ve seen for myself that you guys don’t wait for a representative to speak your minds and voice your complaints. You take initiative anyway. Regardless, I did enjoy hearing and reading your opinions both inside and outside Senate duties. Never hesitate to want things to be better and point out the flaws in a system, regardless of the level or where it is, because those things can impact you in both small and life-changing ways. We all deserve the best in our homes, our communities, and our world, so never settle for less. Many of you don’t settle and that will reap benefits. Just you wait.
I could talk about what makes our school unique or why people should come to Hylton, but I already did that. However, I will share some of my time at Hylton. When I started my freshman year as a bulldog, I only had a few acquaintances. The friends that I knew since preschool and had grown up with me for 10 years were going to different schools, so I was the only one from my class going to Hylton. On top that, I came from a Catholic school - the same one for those ten years - so needless to say I was extremely anxious, if not terrified, of going to public school for the first time. The first month (okay, couple of months) was hard. I kept to myself, trying to remain stay invisible, often wondering to myself, "What if I just join my friends?" Thankfully, my loneliness wouldn't last after that. What would start as a compliment on my French-speaking ability, a shared love for certain shows or media, or two near-strangers deciding that then was the time to talk to each other would grow into friendships that I cherish with all my heart. I'm a bit of the sentimental type, but I truly believe that at Hylton I found friendships that would last if not a lifetime, then a long time. But it wasn't just my fellow students. The teachers and staff were and are incredibly supportive and admirable to the point where sometimes I bonded with my teacher/mentor more than I did my classmates. I can't wait to come back and show them how much I've accomplished because they mean that much to me. At Hylton, I was given so many opportunities to be a leader, a scholar, an activist, and a traveler, more so than I would have anywhere else, and for that, regardless of my highest highs and lowest lows, I'm incredibly grateful and proud to be a bulldog.
Advice to upcoming/current students: in short, be hardworking but don't stretch yourself thin and hold your value to numbers and letters. That was my mistake. Now here's the long part: Going into high school, I knew that I wanted to be at the top of my class and get as many 100s as possible (I know what you're thinking). Not only that, but I was already used to people having high and/or strict expectations of me, from my family to neighbors to friends and role models. I wasn't about to be less than the Teresa they thought I was. I wasn't going to be what I deemed as a failure. I ran myself ragged and stressed myself out to the max. The perfectionist in me took over. Things really started to get bumpy junior and senior year. I became an insomniac. I had to go to therapy due to stress and performance anxiety. I thought I heard people talking about me behind my back. And even though my family, my friends, and the faculty thought highly of me, their validation wasn't enough at times. I felt like a fraud and that it would only be a matter of time before everyone else knew that as well. I missed out as a result. Whether it was skipping lunch to study or not even socializing to get my work done or even almost missing school so I wouldn't have to face my "failures," I was starting to isolate myself and worry the people around me. So don't do that. Your high school experience is supposed to be a good one. While the future is important and you should work towards a good one, the present is equally important. If you don't take the time to enjoy these moments now, you're going to wonder where it all went. Also, doing your best doesn't make you a failure. Neither does asking for help when you know you need it. It's great to be a hardworking person and even an "overachiever" but never at the cost of your health and sanity or else you'll end up tripping over yourself (literally and figuratively). I'm still learning that. In the end, I didn't reach either goal. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a little bummed, but right now I'm too excited for college to dwell on it. Make your high school experience the best it can be.
My Social Media
14051 Spriggs Road, Woodbridge, VA 22193
Copyright © 2020 PWCS Student Senate - All Rights Reserved.
Powered by Students