Who can be accepted at GWA?
Any child that fulfills the admissions requirements, Nursery-12th grade. See our Considerations Per Grade page for more details.
Does GWA teach 3 languages?
Yes, English is the primary language, French begins in Pre-K, and Arabic in 1st grade.
Does my child have to learn all 3 languages to graduate?
Students need to have 4 language credits in order to graduate, this does not mean they need to be proficient in all 3 languages. Moroccan students are required to have Arabic in high school.
Are there extra-curricular activities at GWA?
Is there a PTA?
Yes, it is called the Parent Club. It is a collection of parents who are working to better the school, through events and other opportunities.
Is GWA a private school?
GWA is a not-for-profit association and is a private, American school .
Is GWA accredited?
Yes, George Washington Academy is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). Accreditation was a four-year process that was successfully recognized and awarded by MSA with full accreditation in November 2009. GWA was fully re-accredited in 2016. See Accreditation.
GWA is an IB World School offering the Diploma Programme starting 2020-2021.
What universities can GWA graduates be accepted to?
The short answer is all universities! The American diploma earned at GWA opens up higher education doors in universities worldwide including Morocco.
GWA graduates can apply seamlessly to all American universities and colleges since we follow the exact same application process as other American high schools in the United States . High school students at GWA take American college admission tests : SAT, ACT and can earn college credits with the AP (Advanced Placement) before setting foot in college.
The American diploma awarded at GWA allows graduates to pursue their higher education in universities worldwide. GWA alumni attended universities in the UK, Canada, Europe, Asia and in Africa according to their personal choices and preferences. For non American college applications, graduates will follow the application procedure of the college of their choice.
See our School Profile for a non exhaustive college acceptance list.
Do we provide a full lunch program?
Yes, GWA offers a full lunch from Nursery through 12th grade. Kindergarten lunches are served in their classrooms. All other classes enjoy their lunches in the Multi-Purpose Room. View sample Cafeteria Menus.
What is the MPR?
MPR stands for Multi-Purpose Room and is the space where the school holds lunch, assemblies, drama productions, school dances and many other GWA functions and exhibitions.
We are very proud of our soccer field, it is the largest soccer field in any school in Morocco, and we take great care in providing excellent physical education using this pristine field.
Do we teach Religion?
In high school we have one elective of World Religions, where the teacher provides an objective view on many world religions.
Our campus is a gated community that is staffed by multiple guards. GWA has a security plan in place and follows a regular schedule of emergency drills.
Do you have Transportation?
We provide a bus service for our families and the price is dependent on distance from the school. See our Bus page.
School Calendar 2018-19
Preschool: 8:30 to 3:00
Elementary: 8:00 to 3:15
Middle School: 8:00 to 3:25
High School: 8:00 to 3:25
Advanced Placement vs International Baccalaureate
Parents face many difficult decisions when helping their children prepare for their future. Of course, all parents want the best for their children, but sometimes knowing what is best is not easy. Many parents wonder about the choice between the AP and the IB programs. Getting good information about the options is often the best place to begin when faced with a difficult decision. “As an example, consider a father named Harlan Hanson – during his career he served as both the Director of the AP program for the US College Board and later served in another role in which he was instrumental in advancing the IB Program in the United States. Hanson has four children and gave each of them the facts about the two programs and let them decide. Two of his children chose the IB and two of his children chose AP. In each case, Hanson said, they made the right decision.”
Both AP and IB classes are taught at the first-year university level in the United States, and are therefore eligible for college credit. For example, a student who takes AP “Calculus BC” and a student who takes IB “Mathematics HL” will both be eligible to skip Calculus I in university. Both programs are rigorous. They offer a true college experience in high school. Universities want to see that students are challenging themselves – both AP and IB allow for that kind of rigor. Universities know both the programs and know what the results mean.
History and Background
The International Baccalaureate was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968. The program fit the need for a common pre-university curriculum and a common set of external examinations for students in schools throughout the world. As diplomats and business people relocated from country to country, IB created consistency among programs at the international schools their children attended. The Advanced Placement program was founded by the College Board in New York, USA in 1965. It was born out of a report by top high schools and Princeton, Harvard and Yale Universities that recommended that an advanced curriculum with external exams be created for high school students to earn university credit. IB was created to allow mobile students a common program – but the rigor of the program has qualified it for gaining university credit. AP was started to challenge high school students with advanced university course work – but the popularity of that approach means that there are American curriculum schools all around the world that teach AP courses therefore also allowing for mobility.
The IB Diploma Programme is designed to be an all-inclusive program; you are typically either in or out. All of an IB student’s classes are integrated and demanding. The AP program allows greater flexibility as it offers specific courses and exams on a course-by-course basis. Students can choose the areas in which they want to accelerate. If Math and Science are their specialties then they can choose to advance in those subjects. Similarly, if languages or Humanities are preferred, students can choose those realms. Students can advance in one or all of their courses.
For more information about AP, please check out www.collegeboard.com as well as an intro video put out by College Board: AP Course Overview.
George Washington Academy is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education - that we believe is important for our students.
* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.
As GWA moves through the IB Candidate School process, please feel free to speak with us about which track would be the best program for your son or daughter. To learn more about IB, please check out http://www.ibo.org/benefits/benefits-for-students/ and this PDF regarding the Diploma program.
Do you have help for those with special needs?
For elementary school we have a Student Support Service Team which includes ESL, reading specialists, and learning therapists. For middle school we have ESL teachers as well as school counselors. In High School there is a resource center for French and Arabic, as well as school counselors. In addition to these options we also have after school tutoring and homework club.
Elements which distinguish GWA:
Committing to a quality education with relatively small class sizes
Providing a variety of enriching classroom and extracurricular activities
Offering appropriate interventions to meet individual and group needs
Keeping abreast of improved technology and instructional strategies as these become available
Keeping tuition costs low relative to the average cost of American and International overseas schools
Encouraging parent participation in school activities
Following a trilingual program which teaches students not only English, but also Arabic and French
Hiring instructional staff who are native speakers of their languages of instruction
Studying and celebrating the history, geography and culture of both Morocco and the United States
A commitment to traditional Moroccan and American values such as respect, compassion, integrity, excellence, wisdom and faith.
Useful School Info
George Washington Academy is a not for profit school founded in 1998 by Global Education, www.global.org.ma. Today, GWA is recognized by both the Moroccan and United States governments as an accredited, American school. Our student body counts more than 900 students, from Nursery to 12th Grade. We have over 40 nationalities on campus – roughly 60% Moroccan, 20% American and 20% others. View our School Profile for more information.
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