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Admissions FAQ

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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?

Absolutely! We have many after school activities, everything from crafts and cooking, to sports and homework club. See our After School Activities page

Is there a PTA?

Yes, it is called Better Together. Better Together is a collection of parents who are working to better the school, through events and many other opportunities. See our Better Together page

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.

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.

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GWA Field

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.

Security

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 2016-17

Middle School & High School:
Semester 1: Aug. 31 – Jan. 27
Semester 2: Jan. 30 – June. 16

School Hours

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

IB vs AP

George Washington Academy offers the Advanced Placement Program for those students desiring a greater academic challenge, among other significant benefits. The courses are designed to be the equivalent of university level courses, and as such are more demanding than a typical high school course. Both AP and IB classes are taught at first-year university level and are eligible for college credits. For example, a student who took AP “Calculus BC” and a student who took IB “Mathematics HL” would both be eligible to skip Calculus I at 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 the programs and know what the results mean. See our AP Program page for more details.

Why AP Suits More Students

The IB is a holistic program. You are either in or out. All of an IB student’s classes are integrated and demanding. The AP program offers specific courses and exams on a course-by-course basis. Students can choose the areas they want to accelerate in. 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 those unique students who do accelerate and excel in multiple arenas, the College Board offers the AP International Diploma – an additional marker of significant achievement along with their US high school diploma.

The AP and IB programs are not for every student; however, if it is true academic excellence which you wish to attain, then consider the options, consider the strengths of your child and consider where in the world they want to pursue their studies after high school.

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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 840 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.

Contact Info

Please go to our Contact Us page.

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