Letter from Lower School Principal
Greetings from the Lower School at George Washington Academy!
Education is about the power of change, and at GWA we believe that students must be inspired, equipped, and empowered to affect change in the world around them and beyond. In order for students to be inspired the adults in their lives must be inspiring. That is our goal, and partnering with parents in this effort is essential. My primary role as Principal is to facilitate and foster relationships between teachers and students, and parents and teachers. Our partnership models collaboration for our children so that they can build similar skills with each other. We seek to equip adults and students alike in order to empower our community to make an impact on the world around us. Education is the avenue through which ideas are generated and change happens, and we do this together every day in the Lower School at GWA!
There are several program distinctives that set our school apart in the region, but chief among them is our multilingual literacy approach. GWA is committed to research-based best practices in instruction, and we know that students learn how to read best in their native language. Once students know how to read, they are able to transfer that skill to other languages with ease. Therefore, since over seventy percent of our families speak French, we teach literacy in French in PreK, Kindergarten, and First grade. We then transition literacy to English in Second grade, while maintaining French instruction through all of Lower School. We begin teaching oral Arabic in First grade, then add written Arabic in Third grade through Fifth grade.
Second, we believe that building character is an essential component of effective education. In addition to strong academics that equip students’ minds, GWA has an intentional and comprehensive character building approach in all grade levels. Individual character traits are highlighted each month, complete with learning activities, books, and an assembly. Our faculty and staff are committed to teaching the whole child, in addition to investing in each aspect of all students’ education and development.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or ideas that help promote GWA’s vision and our program distinctives. Open communication and ongoing dialogue are essential for us to carry out our mission. Thank you for partnering with us!
Lower School Principal