Monthly Archives: March 2017

GWUOHS Parent Newsletter March 2017

A Message From Our Head of School


Greetings GWUOHS Parents, Learning Coaches, and Families!

I want to start by saying “thank you.”  Over the past month, the enthusiastic support of the GWUOHS parents has been astounding and such a motivational force to our school, students, staff, and me.

We reached out to our parent community to ask for help with our Speaker Series, which are sessions for our students regarding different college and career paths.  Many of you immediately and willingly volunteered your own time to speak with our students.  This led to incredibly worthwhile presentations, which covered the military, medicine, and education fields.  Each of our presenters discussed their impressive careers and backgrounds; and, they also included motivational life lessons, which inspired us all.  A huge thank you to all of our speakers for sharing your stories with us – I am confident that you made a lasting impression on our students and community.

Also, many of you have taken the time to share your ideas on how we can increase our visibility with potential families.  This has led to productive discussions filled with creative strategies and a dedication to grow our school.  You want other families to experience this incredible premiere program, and your contributions will help us in spreading the word to those families.  I encourage all parents to reach out to me to continue these school-growth conversations ( – I welcome all of your ideas.

Once again, thank you for your support, dedication, and commitment to our students and school.  GWUOHS would not be the extraordinary program that it is without you.

All my best,
Alison Mistretta

College Counseling Corner

Lisa Bell, College Counselor

Hope all of you are enjoying your Spring semester so far!

Spring Journeys focuses on many great topics!

  • Time Management
  • Financial Aid
  • Friendships
  • Choosing a College
  • Respect
  • Internet Safety
  • And many, many more!

We have also been doing a series of units on the College Essay in 11th grade, and Service/Volunteering in 10th!

 Taking the SAT/ACT/AP Exam(s)?

  • Don’t forget our CEEB Code! 471066

Seniors/Senior Parents!

  • Please keep me informed of:
    • College Applications-where are you applying, acceptances, denials, waitlist
    • Scholarships/Grants received
    • Where are you planning to attend
    • If not college, what are you after high school plans? Gap Year? Other?
    • Don’t forget to update your Family Connections with this information!

 Notes about Capstone/Graduation:

Parents-please remind your students that Capstone assignments are NOT subject to rolling deadlines. Due Dates are firm.

Graduation information will start being detailed in April and May

College Acceptances and Scholarships!!

Kudos to Our Seniors!! Several have already been accepted into college! Some of the acceptances received so far: Pace University, Siena College, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, New York University, George Mason University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame, Miami University-Oxford, Radford University, George Washington University, University of Connecticut, New York Institute of Technology, and more!

As of March, our Seniors have surpassed 1.8M in scholarships! Way to Go!

Virtual Admissions Presentations!

So far, we have been fortunate to have had UC Berkeley, GWU, University of Arizona, St Mary’s College of Maryland, and Virginia Tech present for our students. We may have one or two more before the close of the semester, so keep your eye out!

News and Announcements

Please Welcome Finley Elizabeth Coyle!

Our Associate Head of School, Maria Coyle, and all of us here at GWUOHS, are happy to welcome her daughter Finley, who made her debut at 7 a.m., Tuesday, March 14th. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Coyle and her family on their new arrival!

GWUOHS Graduate Success

Curious to find out where our students go after they graduate from GWUOHS? Look no further! 100% of our graduates are accepted to one or more colleges, including schools such as Harvard or UC Berkeley. Additionally, our students received $2.8 million in scholarships, both in 2015 and 2016. As both our profile and population grows, we look forward to seeing what our 2017 class is capable of! Best of luck during this college application season, seniors!

GWUOHS In the News

NHS/NJHS DC Service Learning Trip

Last month, a group of GWUOHS students in our National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society traveled to Washington, DC to participate in our annual service learning trip. This year, we worked with Bread for the City, an organization which provides food and clothing to the needy. Please see the following link for our video feature on this event:

GWUOHS Marketing

As we work to keep our school community vibrant and growing, GWUOHS is always looking for any ideas that may help us better market our school to prospective students and parents. If you have any suggestions (or would like to contribute to our marketing efforts), don’t hesitate to reach out to our marketing team at

GWUOHS Annual Virtual Science Fair
Whitney Keaton

ž  This spring, all honors science students will be completing modified honors projects that will be entered into a Virtual Science Fair.ž These projects will allow students to research and design an experiment (or invention) that they are interested in. A presentation will be created at the end of the project to be entered into the fair. We will be using judges from all fields of science to judge the projects in various categories.

ž  The judging will take place during the week after projects are due followed by an awards ceremony.

ž  Dates:

›      Final Projects – due 6/16
›      Judging – 6/19-6/21
›      Awards Ceremony – 6/22

  • If you are not in honors science, but are interested in participating, contact Mrs. Keaton ASAP!
  • Parents – if you are in the science field and are interested in judging, please contact Mrs. Keaton!

Yearbook Club
Joseph Chernich

The Yearbook needs photos of you!  Please send in an individual picture of yourself.

We also want to see you out in the world doing the things you enjoy: sports, theater, hiking, field trips, picture with your pets… We want to see you doing the activities you love.  We are also collecting photos of artwork and poetry.  And if you want to help edit, join the club!  All submissions are due May 1st.

K12 Online ACT/SAT Test Preptestprep_k12courses_carousel

One of the items within the college preparation list is taking the SAT or ACT exam.  This exam, along with your child’s courses, grades, and extra-curricular activities will help determine the colleges they apply.  To help your child prepare for the SAT/ACT exams, K12 is now offering Test Prep courses.  The Test Prep sessions are adaptive online prep courses which can help strengthen a student’s performance on the SAT or ACT exams.  Each session occurs right before the test date to ensure your child feels prepared and ready to take the exam.  We offer 2 different types of sessions throughout the school year:

 Instructor-Led sessions COST $899

  • Synchronous Sessions with experienced, energetic, certified teachers
  • 3 one hour English sessions and 3 one hour Math sessions
  • Asynchronous Lessons with practice questions, quizzes, and easy to understand explanation videos
  • Access to library of video resources
  • Individual help sessions by appointment
  • 3 full length practice tests

Guided, Self-Study sessions COST $299

  • Asynchronous Lessons with practice questions, quizzes, and easy to understand explanation videos
  • Access to library of video resources
  • Drop-in help desk sessions
  • 3 full length practice tests

Visit or call 855-534-6298 for complete details and ordering information.

SAT Test Date SAT Prep Session
May 6, 2017 Mar 20-Apr 28
Jun 3, 2017 Apr 17-May 26
ACT Test Date ACT Prep Session
Jun 10, 2017 Apr 24-Jun 2



2016-17 School Calendar

Be sure to bookmark this year’s school calendar, linked above. The calendar provides our complete schedule for the year, along with holidays, dates on which our terms end and begin, exam dates, and upcoming events.



GWU Corner

During the 2016-17 school year, GWUOHS staff have been finding ways to incorporate GWU events and resources into their courses.  This is to recognize the essential partnership we have with The George Washington University, and provide opportunities for students to engage in in-person events relevant to their learning.  Some activities that have been included in our own GWUOHS courses consist of:

  • Incorporating recordings from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health’s YouTube channel into our high-school science classes.
  • Providing students information on relevant webinars offered by the GWU Lecture Series.
  • Coordinating a GWU Med School tour.
  • Distributing information regarding “Future-Careers Day,” which is coordinated by GWU’s Medical School.
  • Discussing with students pertinent information regarding GWU’s Young Scholars Program for future mathematicians and engineers.
  • Sharing worthwhile and relevant events that are taking place on GWU’s campuses (from debates to films and more).

We look forward to incorporating more events and resources into our own school community to continue to strengthen our partnership with The George Washington University!

Has your student recently accomplished or participated in something particularly noteworthy? We’d like to know! Feel free to send information and/or pictures to for possible inclusion in a future 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.

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