2017 Summer EVENTS at GWCS:
GWCS offers fun summer activities providing our students many opportunities to get together after school lets out. Click on the link below for the full summer events schedule which includes: Movie Marathons, National's Baseball Game, Yearbook BBQ, Bowling Bash, Book Discussions and more! Be sure to sign-up before the RSVP deadlines!
2017 Summer ROBOTICS Workshops at GWCS:
The GW Community School and Coyote Robotics, Inc. will be hosting Saturday Workshops throughout the summer. These are opportunities for past team members as well as other school and neighborhood students (rising grades 7-12) and adults interested in learning about robotics and our FIRST Tech Challenge teams. Each workshop will run from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and take place at the GW Community School.
2017 GWCS Summer READING Requirement:
Although GWCS does not require subject specific summer assignments, we do require that all students read the same books over the summer, one fiction and one non-fiction! These books will be incorporated into class discussions and future assignments in the upcoming school year. There will also be book discussions at the end of the summer. Click on the link below for everything you wanted to know about this summer's common book project.
2016 Summer Reading Includes:
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (All Students)
- GO - A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd (All Students)
- The Veldt by Ray Bradbury (All Students & Parents)
- Mindset - The New Psychology of Success (Parents)
Click on the link below for a full description of our common book project as well as the dates and times for this summers book discussions!
2017 GWCS Summer AP & HONORS Class Preparation Assignments:
The information below provides insight to the types of assignments, amount of work, skill prerequisites, and basic class assumptions of GWCS AP and Honors classes. After reviewing and completing some of these assignments, you may decide that you would like to take on the challenge of one or two AP or Honors courses, but not three, etc. We hope you find this helpful.
Merely completing the assignments will not guarantee your placement in a class, however. Again, we ensure that upperclassmen especially will have the opportunity to enroll in classes to keep them on track for graduation, but like with any academic institution, we can’t promise you all of your first choices. That said, we do aim to please.
The following classes require completed summer assignments to be eligible for placement:
- Honors Astronomy and Astrophysics
- AP Calculus
If you would like feedback on the work you complete, please turn in the assignments by August 1st. Completing these assignments either way will certainly add to your personal edification! It will be time well spent.
- AP Calculus AB [prerequisite: precalculus]
- AP Computer Science Principles
- AP Environmental Science (<-- click to download Word doc or print this PDF)
- AP Government
- AP US History
- Honors English World Literature II (9,10)
- Reading: From the Song of Roland
- Honors English African-American Literature (11, 12)
- Reading: Decolonizing the Mind
- Honors Astronomy & Astrophyics [prerequisite: completed summer assignment]
- Honors Physics [taken concurrently with precalculus or beyond]
2017 Summer Academic Classroom Options:
Below are links to alternative summer options for getting ahead academically, catching up or just for enrichment. If you have experience with a program you feel we should recommend, please send that information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Online Academic Options:
The online programs listed below are all accredited but they really vary in the way they are structured. Take the time to understand the fine print before registering for a class.
Questions to be considered before selecting an online course:
1. Dates - are there strict daily/weekly/course deadlines or is it very flexible?
2. Times - do I need to sign on every day at a certain time?
3. Grading - who grades the work? The teacher who teaches the course or others?
4. Enrollment - how many students can enroll? Is the class capped or can hundreds of students be enrolled in any given class?
5. Credit - is the class for one high school credit? Often classes are offered in two parts.
6. Grade/Transcript - how will you receive your final grade and transcript?
7. Access - am I able to correspond directly with my teacher?
8. Questions - what if I need extra help?
9. Books - do I need to purchase any textbooks or materials?
10. Technical Problems - how will I communicate with the school if there are technical problems?
11. Communication - how will I communicate with the teacher? Availability?
2017 Summer Enrichment Camps & Programs:
ACTING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE - GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
BACKCOUNTRY UNLIMITED - OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
NOLS - WILDNERNESS PROGRAMS
2017 Summer College Programs for High School Students:
SAT & ACT Prep Classes
4STAR SAT PREP (Uva, charlottesville)
Applerouth Tutoring Service (Reston & Bethesda)
College Board - (PSAT/sat/ap)
College Prep (Burke & ChantillY)
Dalby's inspiring test prep (McLean)
Excel Learning Systems (Fairfax)
Georgetown Learning Centers (Great Falls)
Hunt Course (Multiple Virginia Locations)
Huntington Learning Center (Multiple Virginia Locations)
Kaplan (Multiple Virginia Locations)
Mindworks Educational Services (Fairfax)
Princeton Review (Fairfax)