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Partnership and Traditions

Learn more about the partnership that created GWUOHS, and the stimulating traditions our school members are creating.

The vision of GWUOHS was to create a premier online middle and high school, designed to provide a personalized educational experience that prepares students for success in high school, college, and life.

The partnership between the George Washington University and K12 is a unique collaboration. Students benefit from two organizations that are experts at providing outstanding academic experiences.

The outcome is a college preparatory independent high school that delivers a rigorous, engaging education with an emphasis on theory and practice, along with integrity.

GWUOHS uses curriculum developed over the past ten years by K12, the world leader in K–12 online education. All of the courses meet or exceed national and state standards that align with broadly accepted curricular best practice. K12 has curriculum experts who continually review and improve course content as standards change and evolve. Adaptability is a distinct advantage: our curriculum is so flexible, we can update it quickly, unlike traditional brick-and-mortar schools that rely on textbooks. As a result, GWUOHS is ahead of the curve in curriculum development.

In addition to the ability to create and maintain superior content quality, the K12 curriculum uses state-of-the-art technology for an engaging, interactive experience. The courses are composed of carefully sequenced lessons that assure student mastery as they make their way through each course. The educational environment has students engaged in a mix of teacher-led (synchronous) and online lessons (nonsynchronous).

GWUOHS students are given the opportunity to work toward mastery levels of learning to suit their educational interests. For example, we offer AP courses that are College Board approved.

We know our students well. We use this knowledge to mentor, encourage, and champion their intellectual and social development. The result is thoughtful, critical, and reflective students.


Although a young school, The George Washington University Online High School has already established traditions and laid a foundation for more to come. We look forward to students collaborating with Faculty to build the school’s legacy.

Established Traditions

Spirit Week: GWUOHS students take part in Spirit Week, where some activities like Pajama Day, Movie Night, Spirit Writing, and the popular GWUOHS Scavenger Hunt take place. During this time, each grade level works on a special project which builds community. Some projects have included: a photo mosaic, a music playlist (with proceeds to benefit charity), a school pride song composition, (complete with video) and the development of an anti-bullying website.

Poetry Out Loud: Poetry Out Loud is a nationally-based recitation contest that supports and awards students who perform pre-selected poems in front of a panel of judges. GWUOHS winners move on to compete at a state level and national level. The winner of the GWUOHS Poetry Out Loud contest is awarded a partial scholarship to a summer program of their choice.

Commencement Weekend: On Commencement Weekend, Juniors and Seniors are invited to The George Washington University campus, where they have their Capstone Project Presentations and Graduation Ceremony. Students are joined by GWUOHS and GWU faculty members and are given a stole that signifies their concentration of study along with their high school diploma.

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