Our School

The George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS) is an independent private school for academically talented students in grades 8–12 who seek a rigorous yet flexible college preparatory program and are motivated to prepare for a life in which they can contribute significantly, responsibly, and respectfully in a global society.

Our Partnership with The George Washington University

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. GWUOHS is a partnership between The George Washington University—a prestigious national university located in Washington, D.C.—and K12, the foremost provider of online education for grades K–12 in the U.S. and around the world. Both organizations are committed to delivering world-class, individualized education with the singular goal of helping each student reach their true personal potential.

The outcome of this partnership is a college preparatory, independent online middle and high school that delivers a rigorous, engaging education emphasizing theory and practice and integrity.

Our students and families also benefit from our university partnership in the following ways:

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GWUOHS Meet and Greet is held each fall on the GW Foggy Bottom campus. Students and families can tour the GW campus, meet with our GWUOHS assigned admissions advisor, meet with other GWUOHS students and faculty, and enjoy lunch together.

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The GW admissions advisor assigned to GWUOHS offers an online presentation for all GWUOHS students annually in the fall.

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GWUOHS students have the opportunity to dual enroll in courses at GW.

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GWUOHS students may apply for summer programs at GW at a discounted rate with the application fee waived.

Our Mission & Accreditation

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There are a number of reasons why choosing GWUOHS might be the right move for your student.

Top Notch College Preparation & Personalized Guidance

Students seeking admission to top-tier universities will benefit from GWUOHS’s outstanding college prep curriculum, extensive teacher support, and personalized step-by-step college counseling.

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 prepared for their academic and professional pursuits beyond graduation.

High-Quality Curriculum

GWUOHS uses the curriculum developed over the past ten years by K12. All courses meet or exceed national and state standards that align with broadly accepted curricular best practices. K12 has curriculum experts who continually review and improve course content as standards change and evolve. Adaptability is a distinct advantage: our curriculum is flexible, so 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.

Opportunities for Academic Challenges

The GWUOHS Student Experience


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Hear From Our Students & Families

We’re so gratified by the great things we hear from parents and students about our school. Hear more from those who know GWUOHS best.

Student Outcomes

One of the pillars of our mission is preparing our students for success after high school graduation. In our 2022 graduating class, 98% of our seniors graduated, and 100% of our students completed their postsecondary plans. We’ve had students accepted at American University, Barnard College, Columbia University, Harvard University, University College London, and more!

A Welcome From Our Head of School

Welcome to The George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS). As you explore our website, we hope you can glimpse the unique spirit that characterizes our school.

The mission of The George Washington University Online High School is to educate and inspire academically talented and motivated students who value hard work, integrity, appreciation of diversity, love of learning, compassion, and high personal expectations. GWUOHS prepares students to contribute significantly, responsibly, and respectfully in a global society.

It is a school that encourages the extraordinary in its students; a school that provides the core academic building blocks essential for success beyond high school; a school that provides critical life learning; a school that fosters smart intellectual risk-taking in a safe, tailored learning environment.

GWUOHS aims to prepare students beyond what they can achieve in traditional schools by providing an individualized education attuned to their needs and goals through regular support from nurturing teachers and college counselors.

We use the widely acclaimed, market-leading curriculum, technology, and services from K12 to help GWUOHS students reach their highest personal potential. Our curriculum and superb instructors challenge each of them to think deeply and critically about a wide variety of subjects as they prepare to become leaders of the next generation.

We welcome highly talented students with diverse interests and talents. You will find learning marked by joy, energy, curiosity, and enthusiasm here. The learning opportunities at The George Washington University OHS are virtually limitless. I hope you join us on the journey to discover your extraordinary qualities.

Best Regards,

Alison Mistretta

Head of School

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