The GW Community School embodies a vision shared by teachers, parents, and students: A school committed to developing and optimizing the giftedness and intelligence of each student; allowing each student to connect with their school, their world, and themselves.



The GW Community School is a small, co-educational private, college preparatory high school in Northern Virginia serving students grades nine through twelve.  GWCS is owned and operated by teachers who understand the learning process, students' needs, and who genuinely enjoy teaching adolescents. They work closely with students and their families to maximize learning. 

Our Founders


Two talented and forward-looking teachers, Alexa C. Warden and Richard A. Goldie, actively sought a school where they could serve a specific population-bright, nontraditional learners, a population not well served in existing educational programs. A group of parents in northern Virginia recognized the need for a high school to serve their children whose abilities were not being developed. Circumstances and good fortune brought these two groups of people together to start a school to serve these students. Community High School Corporation was incorporated in June 1999 to open the GW Community School for the 1999/2000 school year.  By the way, the ‘GW’ stands for Goldie Warden not George Washington.

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Our Students

Our students are motivated and capable people who want to succeed. They flourish in a positive school culture where they can learn beyond the facts.

Our students are involved and engaged in their community. They participate in school-sponsored activities, clubs, teams, and community service opportunities.

Our students enjoy a genuine learning community where students and staff are connected by mutual respect and caring in an intellectually challenging environment.  

Current Enrollment:  55
Students Grades: 9 - 12

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We offer 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. They will participate in community service activities and benefit by having members of the community participate in school activities.

  • We offer a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum in a nurturing, collegial atmosphere.

  • We focus on thinking critically, drawing parallels, and questioning assumptions rather than merely memorizing facts.

  • Students develop skills that they will need to succeed at the university level and beyond. Giving presentations, writing proposals, and creating products makes learning valuable and meaningful.

  • Classes are small and student-centered. There is no "back of the room".

  • Master teachers lead core courses and an array of electives with an innovative spin, making
    learning come to life.

  • Students feel free to take risks in an environment where they can think out loud.

  • Students meet with faculty advisors for 20 minutes a day to plan for academic success and ensure community involvement.

  • Each student and faculty member is issued a laptop computer for use at home and at school. Our wireless network eases communication and instruction within our own community and the global community as well.

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  • Honors Courses

Our current honors course offerings include:  Physics and all levels of English.

  • Advanced Placement Courses

Our current AP course offerings include:  U.S. History, Government and Calculus.  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.

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Graduation Requirements

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

Grading System

The school year consists of four quarters.  Up-to-date grades and teachers' comments are communicated weekly to parents and students via CoyoteWeb - our personalized education portal.  Report cards are also available on CoyoteWeb at the end of each quarter.  Final grades are comprised of quarterly grades, midterms and finals. GWCS does not record class rank.   

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College Acceptances

One paramount concern of prospective students and their families is the question of preparation for college, both for admissions and subsequent achievement.  Each year varies a little approximately 85% - 90%% of our students continue on to a four-year college and the remaining 10% - 15% start off at a two-year community college.  

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GWCS has rolling admission.  If you are interested in learning more about our school please call to schedule an appointment / student interview with our Director, Ms. Alexa Warden.  This meeting will provide you an opportunity to ask questions, learn more about our school, visit classrooms and really get a feel for GWCS. Typically these meetings are scheduled for mid-morning Monday-Friday and last approximately one hour.  Afterwards, if you are interested and it seems like a good fit for both you and GWCS we will begin the application process.

The GW Community School is an equal opportunity employer and accepts students of any sex, race, color, and national or ethnic origin. The GW Community School is not a Special Education Facility.  Visit our Admissions Page:

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Tuition: The standard tuition for the school year 2018-2019 is $29,616. Please call 703.978.7208 to request additional information.

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GWCS is dually accredited with The Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

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GWCS VALUES:  Learning, Service, Kindness, Excellence, Investment, Team Play, Intellectual Curiosity and Responsibility