GWUOHS Parent Newsletter May 2017

A Message From Our Head of School


Greetings GWUOHS Parents, Learning Coaches, and Families,

As summer is quickly approaching, the GWUOHS staff has been busy planning some exciting events over the next few months.  I wanted to highlight some of these “happenings” for all of you, since I know you are also preparing for your summer:

Graduation preparations are under-way, and we are so excited to welcome our graduating class and families on GWU’s Foggy Bottom campus.  In addition to the commencement ceremony, we have activities planned for our students, including our Capstone Presentations and community-service events in Washington, DC.  For more information on graduation weekend, please access the announcements on your landing page or contact me at

The GWUOHS staff also has been designing a variety of Summer Academies to keep students engaged in learning throughout the summer.  These fun workshops will cover many facets for academic growth, including sessions for science/math, Advanced Prep, college-prep, academic success, and liberal arts.  For complete information, please visit (go to “Supplementary” and then “Online Summer Academies).  Feel free to refer any interested friends or family members, too!

And, finally, please don’t forget about our current re-enrollment promotions, which will be occurring through the end of June.  We would like nothing more than for you to join us for another exciting and fulfilling school year.

Here’s to the start of a wonderful summer!

All my best,
Alison Mistretta

College Counseling Corner

Lisa Bell, College Counselor

It is hard to believe we are so close to the end of the semester! Good luck to all as you wrap up!

The last Journeys classes for the semester will be the week of June 5th! We will review items covered this term, and talk about summer plans!

Seniors/Senior Parents! If you student has not yet updated me on their postsecondary plans, please have them do so ASAP!

Graduation Items:

Please be sure to RSVP for Graduation by June 9th!

Capstone Day will be June 23rd at GWU’s Foggy Bottom Campus

Graduation will be June 24th at GWU’s Foggy Bottom Campus

Don’t forget your Caps/Gowns/Tassles!

Our Seniors are going Places! Some have elected to take a gap year, many will be attending college this fall! Some of the schools our seniors are planning to attend: Penn State University, Pace University, University of Washington, University of California-Berkeley, New York University, University of Maryland-College Park, Rochester Institute of Technology, and many more!

As of May, our seniors have earned more than $2.8 million in scholarships!

News and Announcements

 GWUOHS Graduation Reminders

Seniors–please be sure to RSVP to the e-vite, which you should have received via e-mail, if you plan on attending graduation. Please respond no later than June 9th, as we are working to pin down our final numbers for graduation attendance.

Introducing Our 2017 Graduation Speaker…
Vendela Dente

I’m Vendela Dente. I have been doing online schooling for all my four years of high school. I started GWUOHS in sophomore year because I needed more of a challenge.  At GWUOHS, I have been able to explore my interests. I have taken an average of 8 classes per semester – with an extra year of Math and Spanish. I am a part of the school newspaper “YAWP”, and  the Medical Team. I am an editor at the Writing Center, and I am the NHS President.  Given the flexibility that was granted through online schooling, I have been able to travel the world with my dad for his business, volunteer weekly at the Red Cross, and take classes at my local state university to further my interests and develop a sense of self before I leave home for college.  For my next four years, I plan on studying International Political Economy in the 3-3 law program at Fordham University on the Loyola Scholarship and the full grant.

Re-Enrollment for 2017-18

If you have not yet made our enrollment team or your student’s advisor aware of your intention to re-enroll for next year, please do so! Through June 30, 2017, re-enrolling families are eligible for $500 off tuition. Please contact your student’s advisor for details.

 GWUOHS Annual Virtual Science Fair
Whitney Keatonž

The students in honors science courses have been working on science fair projects all semester.  These projects will be turned into 5 minute presentations that will be sent to judges during the week of June 19th.  An Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 22nd (time TBA) to announce the winners and the whole school will be invited to attend.  We are excited to see all the interesting projects that our students have been working on!

GWU Medical School Field Trip
Whitney Keaton

On Friday April 28th, 13 of our students and many parents, along with Mrs. Keaton and Mrs. Mistretta gathered for a field trip in Washington DC.  The group toured the GWU Medical School, had lunch and enjoyed some time at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. A great time was had by all!

GWUOHS Yearbook
Joseph Chernich

The Yearbook Club has sent final yearbooks out for publication and delivery.  If you would like to order one for $10, you can place a late order at  and enter the Private School code: 1013476472804867.  Have a great summer and snap some photos to share next year! If you are interested in being in the club, or in the open Editor-in-Chief position, please reach out to Dr. Chernich.

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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