GWUOHS Parent Newsletter April 2017

A Message From Our Head of School


Greetings GWUOHS Parents, Learning Coaches, and Families,

As we officially enter our re-enrollment season, I want to thank you for the confidence and support you have demonstrated toward GWUOHS over this past school year.  You have been an integral part in the continued efforts to make our school the best it can be.

With the support of the dedicated GWUOHS staff and learning coaches, our students have exceeded our expectations this school year, inside and out of the classroom.  Our passing rates and engagement-levels continue to be impressive; our students are actively involved as leaders in our clubs and activities; many have inspired us with the impact they made on individuals in need via service-learning events;  and we have had numerous students publicly acknowledged for their amazing extracurricular work.  Also, our seniors’ acceptance rates at major colleges and universities continue to be outstanding, as well as the impressive scholarships that are being offered to our 2017 graduates.  I feel all of these successes are reflective of the incredible community we have built – together.

We could not value our current students more, as they form an experienced base for our school, serving as “leaders” and role-models to the new students who will join us in the Fall. In addition, we value you, our returning families, as you contribute to the ever-growing sense of community at our school.  I sincerely hope that you will join us for another exciting and fulfilling school year.

All my best,
Alison Mistretta

College Counseling Corner

Lisa Bell, College Counselor

It’s hard to believe we are so close to the end of the school year! We still have a lot of great topics upcoming in Journeys!

  • The Transition to High School
  • Financial Aid
  • High School Portfolio
  • Understanding EA, ED, RD
  • Common Application
  • Internet Safety
  • And many, many more! 

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:

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

All remaining Capstone assignments are due on MAY 17th.

Virtual Capstone Presentations will run between May 26th-June 2nd. Please have your student sign up for a date and time if they have not done so already.
All seniors are required to present their capstone virtually.

Postsecondary Plans and Scholarships!!

Kudos to Our Seniors!! Several have already confirmed their postsecondary plans! Some of the colleges are students will attend are:

Rochester Institute of Technology, Penn State University, Marymount University, University of Washington, UC Berkeley, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Concordia University, Fordham University, Pace University, New York University, Towson University, University of Michigan, and more!

As of April, our Seniors have surpassed 2.5M in scholarships! Way to Go!

Graduation Weekend (GWU Foggy Bottom Campus)

Evites have been sent, please RVSP by June 9th.

June 23rd Capstone Day

June 24th Commencement Ceremony

Please order your cap/gown/tassel from the Jostens website. The link should be available on or before May 1st. If you have any issues with your order, please contact our Registrar:

News and Announcements

 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

  • GWUOHS student Nicholas Robertson was recently drafted in the 1st round of the OHL Hockey Draft! Please join us in recognizing his accomplishment and hard work.

Fall 2017 Course Selection

Believe it or not, it is already time to begin making course selections for the upcoming Fall 2017 semester. Over the next few weeks, your advisor will be speaking with you about your course selections, and will also provide the 2017-18 course catalog and course listing for the fall. The plan is for us to have all fall courses finalized by Tuesday, May 23rd. You may reach out to your advisor with any questions you may have regarding course selection for the fall term.

 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!

GWUOHS Yearbook
Joseph Chernich

We’re really excited about this year’s George Washington University Online H.S. yearbook. Why? Because you can add your own photos and memories to your personalized copy. All you have to do is create a free account with TreeRing.

TreeRing is a yearbook publisher that is focused on helping students and parents preserve their memories as much as it’s focused on helping schools preserve their history. So, the yearbooks have a more personal touch.

Your book includes two, free pages for you to personalize with your own photos and memories. The personal pages are totally optional, so if you just want the more traditional yearbook, that’s okay, too.

Whichever you choose, you can click here to purchase a yearbook for $9.99.

If you are going to use the personal pages, please have them done and buy your copy of the yearbook by May 6, 2017.

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.

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


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.

Learn2Serve Service Project
Angela Anderson

GWUOHS’s Learn2Serve club will be participating in an upcoming service project on Thursday, June 22nd in Washington, DC. This project is open to all GWUOHS students. Learn2Serve members will be serving lunch to those in need, as well as working in the gardens for KidPower DC, a nonprofit which provides after-school tutoring and activities for students in the DC area. Please contact Dr. Anderson at if you are interested!

GWUOHS Summer Academies

GWUOHS provides a variety of academies to keep students engaged throughout the summer. These academies are taught by our own GWUOHS staff and offered to current and newly-enrolled students. The workshops cover many facets for academic growth, including sessions for science/math, Advanced Prep, college-prep, academic success, and liberal arts. Please see below for the Summer Academy sessions that we plan to offer, and reach out to your advisor with any questions or if you are interested in participating!

Science and Math

  • GWUOHS Summer STEM Academy
    • Dates: July 24-28 (5 days – virtual)
  • Learning Physics with Rockets Academy
    • Dates: August 7-11 (5 days – virtual)
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective Math Students Academy
    • Dates: August 21-25 (5 days – virtual)
  • AP Math and Science Prep Academy
    • Dates: August 28-September 1 (5 days – virtual)

Academic Success

  • Getting Started: Keys to Success for the Online Learner
    • Dates: August 30-September 1 (3 days – virtual)


  • Foundations of Leadership – Examining Your Leadership Style
    • DatesJuly 31-August 2 (3 days – virtual)

Liberal Arts

  • Today’s Social Media and Its Impact
    • Dates: August 9-11 (3 days – virtual)

College Preparation

  • Writing College-Admissions Essays Academy
    • DatesAugust 14-18 (5 days – virtual)

Partnering with GWU

  • GWU Summer Immersion
    • Dates: Various
    • Grades: Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders
    • Description: Summer Immersion is a full-day, rigorous, noncredit program for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors at GWU’s Washington, DC, campus. Participants enroll in two-week programs that integrate lectures with guest speakers, experiential and applied activities. Students expand and deepen their knowledge of a topic through collaborative learning and an exploration of the diverse intellectual and cultural resources of Washington, DC (for more information, visit:

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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