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GW Community School offers an innovative college preparatory curriculum that emphasizes application of knowledge, not merely assimilation of information. Courses are student-centered and designed to equip students with the skills they will need to succeed in life and in institutes of higher learning. Students will practice peer mediation and develop leadership skills in a structured environment. They will participate in community service activities and benefit by having members of the community participate in school activities.

GWCS Courses & Classes

Our course offerings change from year to year.

Click on the class link below to go to the teachers' webpages and their couse descriptions.










Personal Fitness 
(PF News Article)

Political Geog.


Student Publications*

Studio Art* 



Biological Psych.


Env. Science

AP Env. Science*


Hon Physics 





Algebra I 

Alg II / Trig

Trig/Analytic Geometry 


AP Calc AB 


9-World Lit I  
   Pereira -or- Shumard

9-Hon World Lit I

10-World Lit II
   Pereira -or- Shumard

10-Hon World Lit II

11-American Lit 

11-Hon Amer Lit

12-Senior Seminar

12-Hon Senior Sem



World Civ/Geog I 

World Civ/Geog II 

US History 

AP US History 


AP Government 









Honors Courses: Our current honors course offerings include: Physics, American Literature, World Literature I & II and English Senior Seminar.

Advanced Placement Courses: Our current AP course offerings include: U.S. History, Government and Calculus AB. Advanced Placement courses at GWCS are not weighted differently than any other courses.  Students may register for and take AP exams even if that course is not offered during the current school year.

*Courses not offered 2013-2014 

Summer School:  Click Here

Grading System

The school year consists of four quarters.  Up to date grades are communicated weekly to parents and students via emailed status reports.  Report cards are emailed to parents and students at the end of each quarter.  Final grades are comprised of quarterly grades, midterms and finals. GWCS does not record class rank. 

97-100% 93-96% 90-92% 87-89% 83-86% 80-82% 77-79% 73-76% 70-72% 67-69% 63-66% 60-62% 0-59%
4.33 4.00 3.67 3.33 3.00 2.67 2.33 2.00 1.67 1.33 1.00 0.66 0.00

Graduation Requirements

GWCS curriculum meets or exceeds Virginia's Standards of Learning.

22 Credit Standard Diploma24 Credit Advanced Diploma
English - 4 Credits English - 4 Credits
Math - 3 Credits Math - 4 Credits
Lab Science - 3 Credits Lab Science - 4 Credits
History - 4 Credits History - 4 Credits
Health and PE - 2 Credits Health and PE - 2 Credits
Art - 1 Credit Art - 1 Credit
Electives - 5 Credits Electives - 2 Credits
Language - 0 Credits Language - 3 Credits*

*Three years of one language or two years each of two different languages.

Note:  The Virginia Department of Education now requires all students pass a one credit History & Social Science course called Economics & Personal Finance beginning with the graduating class of 2015. This course will be in addition to the above mentioned graduation requirements.

GWCS CEEB Code: 472138
Learning,      Service,      Kindness,      Excellence,      Investment,      Team Play,      Intellectual Curiosity,     Responsibility