George Washington is the premier school in DPS, and provides a world of opportunity for all who attend there. They have rigorous AP and IB coursework, many extracurricular / athletic offerings, and they have a passionate community who wants a unified, safe, and thriving school. The students who attend George from the surrounding neighborhoods are caring, intelligent, and generous leaders -- the most outstanding examples of DPS students. George's IB program is the longest running IB program in the state of Colorado, and now that all can access it, there is more reason to further support the school. I hope that households zoned for George take another look at this brilliant school, and choose to keep this neighborhood school going strong. Let's make George the #1 student choice in all DPS.
My 9th grade son is thriving academically, athletically and socially at GW. There is a wide array of extracurricular activities from which to choose. The Speech and Debate program, offered as a class, is phenomenal. The coaches of the sports in which he has been involved have a solid understanding of their sport while also focusing on respect and sportsmanship. He has been challenged academically and has found the homework load to be very manageable. The transition to GWHS has been very smooth.
I went to this school my 9th grade year (2 years ago) and the teachers are absolutely amazing and great with teaching. But some of the students are absolutely horrible. I don't believe in "this school is two schools in one" because I had friends that were in IB and they were some of the nicest people ever. I also had friends in traditional and they were super nice as well. This is honestly a good school but they need to control the students better.
I am also unimpressed by the current principal. But I blame DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg and his rubber-stamp school board for the destructive changes at GW. This is "school reform" politics, pure and simple.
I agree with last post. Administration 1 star and IB program 5 star. Yes, there is a clear division between IB and traditional, but I believe the biggest rift is caused by the lack of rules. It is no wonder students are leaving this school for other schools; there is a serious discipline problem here. My son will not even dare walk into the cafeteria for plastic ware if he forgets to pack a fork for his lunch. There is obscene language, obscene music, at every turn. Another issue, the new principal will destroy a 30 year tradition of Colorado s best and most rigorous IB program in the next couple years. Last year, I would have given it a 5 star review, but moving forward, with this principal, I can only give this school, as a whole, 2 stars. Our second child will NOT be attending this school. Why stay if the great teachers will leave? Such a shame what one man can do.
GW really is 2 schools in one, although there is a lot of overlap in sports and some of the activities. There are pockets of a great community in sports and on the debate team, but otherwise it is fairly fragmented. I have had 2 kids in the IB program, one is still there. It is a great program for the right kid, but it is not right for everyone. My older child struggled with the rigidity of the program. My younger child fits right in. I would rank it higher, but for the second time, DPS has chosen a principal who is authoritarian, unresponsive to parents, and teachers. Many of the faculty are leaving because of his management style. He is making radical changes to the IB program, and never once consulted with the IB parents association or the IB representatives on the Collaborative School Committee. He didn't even discuss it with IB staff until the last moment. I give the IB program 5 stars for the right student, but the administration 1 star at best.
As a student at GW, particularly in the IB program, I believe the school is great. There are many claims that it is "two schools in one," yet there are going to be different programs in any school, and are not unique to GW. If students are feeling that they are completely segregated by program, it is their own fault. I am great friends with people in and out of the IB program, showing that it does not limit students' ability to co-mingle. Although some students in the IB program are seemingly pretentious and uptight, they make up a minuscule percent of the population. There was a period of time where the school had a transitional principle who was trying to assimilate the school in a disastrous way, but the current administration is doing an excellent job at breaking down the barriers between the programs. Overall, the learning atmosphere is embracing and allows students to thrive, giving the best possible results. The school is great and has many bad rumors giving it a bad rep, but as a student, I can discount them by saying it is a great school with a nurturing environment full of assimilation. Hope this Helps!!
My daughter is a hard working freshman in the IB program. This is a good fit for her. She has met wonderful students that share a common interest in academics, sports and speech and debate. Her friends are ethnically diverse. My daughter and her friends appears to be thriving here.
This school is two schools in one after having two of my children shadow. They were not impressed by the outside/inside appearance of the school. Nor were they impressed by the lack of welcoming vibe that the school lacks as a community. George Washington unfortunately is our home school but we will choice into another high school that is more welcoming to everyone. This school lacks character development and has two different schools because of its IB program that segregates the students. Both of my kids would be in the IB program and don't want to be segregated by the school.
Unfortunately, it really is two schools. I have two children currently attending, one in IB the other in traditional but doing AP/honors courses. The IB program is good academically but according to the IB child, most students are almost actively demeaning/dismissive of traditional students. On occasions when parents of the IB students are together, many of the parents, too, have the same demeaning/dismissive attitude. I think many other IB parents were hoping for a well balanced progressive education experience that the students could benefit from a diverse environment...I truly think that, as it is now, you might be doing the opposite. In addition, the traditional school AP and Honors courses are *not* up to par relative to other DPS high schools....a real problem, for obvious reasons. In all, the school is dysfunctional and the traditional program is likely below average for the district.