School History & Culture
George Washington Academy celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2017-2018. Since its founding, GWA has served the metropolitan area of Casablanca, Morocco with an innovative, affordable, preschool through 12th Grade education grounded solidly in 21st Century American pedagogy and built around a multilingual program. GWA students come from Morocco, the United States, and more than three dozen other countries in the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Likewise, GWA’s faculty represent a mix of expat and Moroccan educators, with all classes taught in the native language of the teachers teaching them. While most students come from international business and upper-middle to upper class families, GWA’s financial assistance program helps foster socioeconomic diversity in the student population.
Our student body counts approximately 900 learners, from Nursery to 12th grade. We have over 40 nationalities represented on campus. The overall student body is 75% Moroccan and 25% American and other nationalities.
GWA’s American high school diploma has been granted equivalency with the Moroccan baccalaureate, allowing graduates to pursue higher education opportunities in Moroccan public and private universities and higher education institutions. GWA offers a curriculum aligned to CCSS Standards, along with AP courses/tests in 12 subjects.
In grades PK-8, students take required coursework in English, French and Arabic. The High School requires four credits of English and four credits of French or Arabic to prepare students, through language study and other rigorous coursework (including honors and Advanced Placement) for admission into post-secondary education in the United States and other countries.
Accreditation and Memberships
In 2016 the Middle States Association Commission on Elementary & Secondary Education (MSA-CESS) renewed GWA’s accreditation through 2023. GWA is a member of the Mediterranean Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), and of the global communities using WIDA and MAPGrowth assessments.
Faculty and Staff
GWA has over 200 staff, mainly Americans and Moroccans and including staff from multiple countries on several continents. The majority of our administrative and instructional staff are from North America. Our teachers conduct instruction in their native tongue, so French and Arabic classes are taught by native French and Arabic teachers. Teachers are professionally qualified, with roughly three-quarters of the teaching staff having five or more years teaching experience. The academic administration includes a Head of School who oversees all academic functions of the school as well as two Principals.
Our Lower School Principal leads:
-The Pre-school program: Nursery through Pre-Kinder
-The Elementary School program: Kinder through 5th grade
Our Upper School Principal leads:
-The Middle School program: 6th through 8th grade
-The High School program: 9th through 12th grade
Over twenty faculty members directly assist students in roles such as: Guidance Counselor, Library staff, Learning Specialist and Teacher’s Aide.
George Washington Academy participates in opportunities for professional development as a member of the Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS).
The GWA High School program provides a varied and challenging curriculum designed to meet the needs of a diverse learning community. Our core academic program includes a wide array of Advanced Placement (AP) and pre-AP courses. Classes in English, French, and Arabic support our commitment to producing multilingual graduates. And as part of our effort to provide a well-rounded, American-style education, we offer numerous electives in the areas of visual and performing arts, computer technology, social sciences, and physical education. English is the predominant language of instruction.
During their high school career, the Class of 2019 will have completed a minimum of 27 credit hours. We follow a semester schedule, and 150 hours of instructional time constitutes one credit hour. Students enroll in 7.0 credits each year.
Graduates attend colleges and universities worldwide. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, our program and the resulting American diploma prepare our students for entry into some of the world’s most prestigious institutes of higher learning.
Students seeking more rigor may choose Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Currently we offer English Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition, Biology, Calculus AB, Statistics, Chemistry, French Language and Culture, Comparative Government, Computer Science A, World History, U.S. History, and Psychology. Some courses are offered in alternate years.
George Washington Academy is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. The school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy: a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education, which 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.
Capstone Research Project
All students complete an in-depth capstone research project during their senior year. Coursework includes instruction in conducting research, analyzing statistics, academic writing and source documentation. Under the guidance of an advisor, students produce and present a final paper on a topic of their choosing.
Grading and Ranking Procedures
End of year grades incorporate four quarter grades, a midterm, and a final exam. The cumulative weighted grade point average is calculated by averaging the point values on a 4.0 scale earned for all GWA courses taken in grades 9-12. AP Courses and Honors courses earn an additional grade point for grades above “C.” Transfer credits are not included in the cumulative GPA.
Extracurricular Sports and Organizations
GWA student athletes compete in the Maroc-American Schools Athletic Conference (MASAC) in the following sports: Boys/Girls Basketball, Boys/Girls Soccer, Boys/Girls Volleyball Boys/Girls Track, Badminton, and Swimming. Student Clubs and Organizations include the following: First LEGO® League Robotics, Green Council, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Speech & Debate, Interact Rotary, Drama/Musical, Technology Club, Mustang Athletic Council and more.
GWA Graduate Profile
GWA graduates will be…
Global citizens. They will contribute to the world as citizens who interact respectfully and productively with their community, the environment, different cultures, and beliefs in a compassionate way.
Academically prepared. They will be equipped to academically succeed in university because of GWA’s comprehensive curriculum and excellent instruction, opening doors to pursue their chosen career.
Critical thinkers and collaborative problem solvers. They will identify problems, generate novel solutions, collaborate well with others, and contribute to the completion of tasks through effective application of resources.
Effective communicators. They will clearly express ideas and information confidently and creatively in multiple languages through different modes of communication.
Committed to a healthy lifestyle. They will demonstrate the self discipline to pursue physical, emotional, and mental health as a lifelong commitment.
Lifelong learners. They will be inquisitive, self reflective people who take initiative to passionately pursue their life interests and seek new learning opportunities.
GWA Distinctives: What’s Unique About Us
- A quality American PK-12 curriculum
- A High School program that includes Advanced Placement (AP) courses
- Solid French and Arabic programs
- Early English Immersion Language Resource Teachers at every grade level
- Commitment to a well rounded, quality education in all core subjects including drama, music, art, and physical education
- Small class sizes across all grade levels
- A wide variety of enriching classroom and extracurricular activities
- Opportunities for involvement in the major competitive sports
- Appropriate interventions to meet individual and group needs
- After school clubs and activities
- Current technological and instructional strategies implemented across grade levels
- Affordable tuition costs relative to the regional American and International schools
- Parent participation encouraged in all school activities
- 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, and excellence
- A new and well equipped school campus, basketball courts, volleyball, full size track and beautiful football field