GWUOHS Parent Newsletter Summer Edition


A Message from our Head of School


By Staci Kimmons

Dear GWUOHS Families,

Another great school year is in the books! We have many accomplishments to be proud of this year including:

  • Our middle school program has almost doubled in size, in only its second year.
  • Over ninety percent of our students passed all of their classes.
  • The average grade point average of GWUOHS students exceeds a 3.0
  • Our senior class of twenty-nine students has been awarded over one million dollars in scholarships/ awards. This is an outstanding accomplishment!
  • Eighty-six percent of our graduating seniors will be going onto four-year colleges/ universities including some very selective schools such as: New York University, Peabody School of Music, Syracuse University, The George Washington University, University of California at Berkeley and University of Southern California.
  • One of our 10th grade students was featured in the New York Times for her ballet performance at The Lincoln Center.
  • English Teacher, Cassandra Brownlow, was published in the International Writing Centers Association newsletter.

Thank you for your contributions toward making this a great year and GWUOHS an outstanding school!


On June 26th and June 27th we will celebrate our graduating seniors. We hope to see many members of the GWUOHS school community!

Capstone Presentations

June 26, 2015

10 am-5pm

The George Washington University

Marvin Center, Rooms 301 & 302


Commencement Ceremony

June 27, 2015 1 pm

The George Washington University

Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald



Did you know that GWUOHS offers free ACT and SAT Preparation?

ACT/ SAT Boot camp will be held August 3-12, 2015 from 9 am – Noon EST. These online sessions will cover topics including:

  • General Test Taking Strategies
  • Critical Reading, English, and Math Strategies
  • Writing Tips and Mock Essays

Please contact Mrs. Coyle at to enroll. Space is limited

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
Henry James


GWU Summer Immersion Program 2015

Summer Immersion Dates

(Mount Vernon Campus)

Session I July 5 – July 17

Session II July 19 – July 31

The Summer Immersion program is open to students in grades 9-11. This two-week highly-structured program provides interactive, non-graded experiential sessions that integrate lectures and seminars with applied activities and site visits. Courses are taught by GW’s faculty or expert practitioners. Class projects allow students to articulate their understanding of the field and demonstrate skills learned.

Areas of study include:

· The Arts

· Business & Economics

· English, Writing & Communications

· Engineering

· Medical & Health Sciences

· History, Culture & the Humanities

· International Relations, Law & Government

· Mathematics & Science

Co-Curricular Activities offer students the opportunity to experience college life in a vibrant and supportive community of peers. Students participate in workshops focused on U.S. higher education and the admission process, college and career readiness. During evenings and weekends, students participate in organized recreational social events, trips, and activities on campus and around Washington, D.C. GW Precollege students have full access to GW’s libraries, computer labs, health services, dining and recreational facilities. Students reside with other high school students in residence halls supervised by a Resident Advisor.

Application Deadlines

Priority deadline May 15

Early application is strongly recommended as courses fill quickly.

Late applications are accepted subject to availability

Application Fee Waived ($50)
Program Fees (tuition, program fee, supplies, room & board) $1929/session(reflects a @30% discount)
Financial responsibility per student Total $1929

For program information contact:

GW Pre-College Program c/o Sharon Testor


Phone: 202-994-6360


Spring Break Trip 2016

Our school mission emphasized the need for our students to be global citizens. Recently, ten GWUOHS students traveled to Ireland, Scotland and England for our annual Spring Break Trip. Among the many exciting experiences, student had the opportunity to tour Trinity College, the Edinburgh Castle, to visit Blarney Castle, and to go atop the Eye of London. It is experiences like these that set GWUOHS apart from other online schools.

The destination for our 2016 Spring Break Tour has been revealed! We will be traveling to Paris and the Riviera. Highlights of this our include a tour of the Palace of Versailles, a visit to the Eiffel Tower, a visit to the Louvre, as well as travel throughout Provence, Nice, Cassis, Cinque Terre, and Milan. We still have spots remaining! To learn more about this opportunity or to enroll for the tour, please click HERE.


Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. – Ray Bradbury


Looking Ahead to the 2015-2016 School Year

New K12 Online High School

As another successful school year comes to a close, many of our families are preparing to head off on what we hope will be a relaxing summer break. In the meantime, schools are completing their readiness checklists, champions and super users are continuing to familiarize themselves with the platform, training is opening up for our teachers, and our corporate teams are putting in place their final pieces to ensure a successful roll-out. Launch is just a couple of short months away!

Here is a preview of what is coming your way!

For more information about the New Online School be sure to bookmark our Parent Support and Communities Strong Start site.

In addition the the new Online High School, be on the lookout for invites, as we have a number of fun events planned including:

  • Back to School Assembly
  • Fall Meet & Greet in Washington DC, including a tour of the GWU campus and admissions presentation.
  • Study Days at GWU
  • Paris & the Riviera Spring Break Tour
  • NHS Service Learning Project
  • Capstone Presentations and Commencement

We also welcome your ideas for other events/ activities that you would like to see.

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
Yoko Ono

Thank you for all of the students who submitted photos for the 2015 issue of the GWUOHS Pioneer! Information for ordering your yearbook will be provided in the next issue of the parent/ student newsletter.


The mission of The George Washington University Online High School is to educate and inspire academically talented and motivated students who seek membership in a school community that values and cultivates hard work, integrity, appreciation of diversity, love of learning, compassion, and high personal expectations. Through intensive, interactive online collaboration, the GWUOHS experience prepares students to contribute significantly, responsibly, and respectfully in a global society.


Should you want to contact someone directly please feel free to contact rhilliard


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