2019 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: Freedom 5K, Tubing the Shenandoah River, Two Movie Marathons, an Air Guitar Workshop, Yoga & Tea, a National's Baseball Game, the annual Yearbook BBQ, Common Book Discussion, and, as always, the end of the summer Bowling Bash! Be sure to sign-up before the RSVP deadlines!
2019 GWCS Summer READING Recommendations:
Summer is a great time to keep your brain active and engaged and step up your critical thinking skills. In the summer you can slow down and really process what you're reading. That’s the type of reading you need to cultivate for success in college. GWCS teachers and staff recommend that the following books be considered for your summer reading! (Print: Recommended Reading & Listening List.)
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2019 GWCS Summer PODCAST Recommendations:
Many of the books on our recommended reading list (above) are also available in audio format. Audio books are a great way to share the experience while driving to the beach or wherever your adventures may take you this summer. We have also compiled the following list of podcast recommendations! Research has shown that listening to audio books and podcasts increases listener’s comprehension and allows students’ to absorb material that is up to three grade levels higher than their reading comprehension. (Print: Recommended Reading & Listening List.)
our top-twenty Podcast Recommendations:
2019 GWCS Summer AP & HONORS Class Preparation:
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. We hope you find this helpful.
GWCS class schedules are not finalized until mid-to-late August due to our rolling-enrollment. If you are interested in any of the AP or Honors classes offered at GWCS, we HIGHLY recommend you take on the challenge of the assignments provided below. Completing these assignments over the summer will certainly add to your personal edification! It will be time well spent.
Although we can not guarantee your placement in a class, 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.
Honors English - American Literature (grades 11 & 12)
Reading: Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
Honors Physics [taken concurrently with precalculus or beyond]
2019 Summer Cove Middle School Summer Camp
"Summer Cove is dedicated to providing an environment that promotes creativity, innovation, and individuality. As one of Northern Virginia's top Summer camps for three consecutive years, we strive to create specialized camp programs that we feel are geared towards children in grades 6 - 9, an age group that we feel is seriously neglected when it comes to summer camps. Our program works to engage students in ways that force them to think outside of the box and give them a place where they can truly grow as a person. We offer programs ranging from specialized camps such as film-making and photography, as well as high energy camps like The Amazing Race and How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse and the list goes on.”
Location: Summer Cove Camp is using the GWCS facility to run a series of camps.
Ages: Middle School - Grades 6-9
Dates: Offering seven separate one-week sessions of many different creative camp choices from June 24-August 16, 2019
2019 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
2019 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?
2019 Summer Enrichment Camps & Programs:
2019 Summer College Programs for High School Students:
SAT & ACT Prep Classes
4STAR ACT & SAT (Uva, charlottesville)
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)