Though we are dedicated to staying small, we have big goals and big opportunities. We offer a wide range of extracurricular activities to keep up with the tremendous enthusiasm of our community members.
Students at GWCS have the opportunity to connect their world through internships, school trips, community service, sports and clubs.
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Through participation in a variety of student competitions involving the development of special devices such as robots or roller-coasters, students learn to apply their math and science skills in a hands-on manner and learn to work together as a team. Leadership and communications skills along with hands-on building and tinkering and team competition make this both a fun course and a valuable one. Our teams travel locally and internationally, competing and succeeding at the highest level.
R.E.A.L. Term Internships
Realistic Education and Authentic Learning is a hallmark of a GWCS education, this nine-week program (every Friday during the fourth quarter) allows GWCS high school juniors and seniors to actively participate in the world of work. Internships, job shadows, and volunteer positions are individually matched with our students according to their talents, interests, and skills.
Student Government Association (SGA)
The SGA organizes events and opportunities for students and runs a school store. Some favorite events include Coffee House, Movie Night, Holiday Events, Lost and Found Auction, and Video Game Competitions. Please check the school calendar for dates and times of events.
In the Theater Program at GWCS students not only develop their performance skills, they also gain confidence, learn to work as a team, and really take on an appreciation of the value of hard work. It's an all-around experience, offering opportunities for acting, directing, set design, costuming, and the technical work of the lighting, sound and backstage crews which bring performances to life.
Senior Beach Week
Senior Beach Week is something Coyotes look forward to for four long years. Each spring, after AP exams are over, after college acceptances have rolled in, and after such an intellectually challenging year, seniors and staff head for the Outer Banks to unwind, reflect, and solidify the bonds they have created.
Authentic. Autonomous. Ambitious. Each year Dr. Cox’s Honors Physics class culminates in students building a life-size boat out of cardboard. Students build the boat off-site on their own time and realize their level of success at Lake Accotink’s Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta. One student claims it was the best thing he ever did in school. This activity is what we all aim for at GWCS, one that is real, challenging and fun. Sometimes we win, sometimes we sink, but whatever the outcome, the experience is tops.
OBX (Out of the Box)
OBX, or Outside the Box learning is a series of adventures that celebrate collaborative teaching, experiential learning, and the richness of our local community. Each interactive Friday in the fourth quarter has been planned by groups of three GWCS faculty members and highlights interdisciplinary studies as well as the values that the school holds dear.
Class trips allow our students to bond and learn in a variety of settings. Our Student Government officers take freshman and sophomores camping, our juniors tour the battlefields of Gettysburg and our seniors participate in our college essay writing retreat in the fall and beach week in the spring. Our fall trip to the Black Friars in Staunton, Virginia is open to all students and parents.
At GWCS the world is our classroom. Our Coyotes have traveled to Canada, Costa Rica, England, France, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain. We take our sense of community with us wherever we go, enriching ourselves and the people that we meet. In 2015 we traveled to Italy. In 2016 we returned to Costa Rica for the third time.