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Washington George High School

Public | 9-12 | 2040 students

 

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Posted September 10, 2013

Great School! My son has gone for 4 years. Wonderful teachers and no violence. Good security and very helpful office staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

My school is number one. Its the best I've ever been in. There is no other school better than George Washington High School. Former Student; Lourdes Diaz


Posted May 23, 2012

(cont...) 2. Academics: GWHS is full of wonderful academic programs, some useless and some useful but all wonderful. The best program for the smartest students is the one and only IB Program which prepares students for college work. You get a roster in which your choice is not given any importance and you would get six torturing classes which you MUST take whether you are good at them or not. IB students do not get a lot of homework. They easily finish there homework till 2:00 AM mostly and also get time to go on the Facebook or procrastinate on Youtube. They don't have to do much. They just have to study for about five tests or quizzes everyday, prepare themselves for the unexpected pop quizzes, do 50 math problems everyday, write labs on their own without help from anybody, read boring english books, write billion essays, do 150 hours of community service, write 4000 word essay on the topics of their choice, try to absorb and understand the theory of knowledge and know if they really exist, give up their lunches to do their homework, run around their school for some advices, think about dropping IB every second. Not quite a lot right? We know u can do it. (... to be continued)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2012

Umm where should i start. Does school have anything to do with college. NO ! schools just help you get to college. it has nothing to do with the school. my kids actually love this school. if your child hates this school then thats because its strict. yes this school is preety strict and has alot of security. but in my opinion im actaully impressed by the schools education. I came here when i was a high schooler and now i put my children in here. if your child dislikes this school its obvious that your child just hates school. my child has a friend who goes here and says " i wouldnt go anywhere else " so never judge a school because of what students are saying. Actually alot of students rated this school 5 stars. yes this school is rowdy afterschool but hello one thousand and something kids what do you expect. GWHS is preety good school and has ALOT of sports and clubs. Its not dirty at all and the field is beautiful. This is the only popular school in philadelphia that has NEVER been on the "Philly's Most Dangerous Schools List". If you do not believe me then go right on ahead and research it yourself. I Like Washington and so do my kids. Gwhs is a good school. ^___^
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2012

If you want to know how horrible this school is talk to a student. I am sure no one will hesitate to tell you. Disgusting, poor excuse for a school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2011

My cousin had came to GWHS. He goes to Pennstate Now but im going to GWHS and im in 9th grade and so far i love this school..the security is nice to you...school isnt that strict but its still a very safe school... I <3 GWHS and all my friends there...the PSSA scores are starting to get higher...well thats at least what my teacher told me..and now everyone is doing good so we can get cool things...our school just got smartboards 2 years ago and they are so cool. Pros: Great School, Safe School, great Teachers, Fun sports, Good school if you want to go to college, People are nice, Neightboorhood is quiet. Cons: Bathrooms are never available because of cleaning :( i went to Edison High school but was thretend to get shot... so my mom transfered me to GWHS.. i feel safer now :D
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 1, 2011

from crushes.............to tutors.......I absolutely love my school I spent all 4 yrs there and its was great. The staff took there time to teach me and even help me with perosnal problems. During me junior and snior yr I had went thru the most depressing time in my life. My counselor helped me and that really touched my heart....thanks so much g-dub..ill never 4 get you...So proud to say that i GRADUATED FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2011

MY four years Spent there, where some of the best time of my life. The teachers give it there all, but it takes two to tango. Great staff, very joyful and out going. Great sports programs. Great School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 23, 2010

The school is not great at all. It may have been good in the past but currently it is a horrible school to attend, in my opinion. The teacher don't care at all it is in and out and what ever happens, happens. They don't take their time to teach us and help us individually. Then we a student ask for extra help they have a smart comment to say that is not needed. These teachers are no help and nothing gets done. AYP is not made and won't be made until these teachers take charge for once and not just show up to school. 25% of the teachers are good in the school the rest are bad and just don't care at all and is not right!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2010

My experience with this school was...lacking, at best. While it has a great history behind it, I feel extremely sorry for those who believe what's written here. The truth is, it's got its good sides and the bad sides--but the bad sides just shadow the good. Most teachers are careless. They just don't care enough--they're getting paid even if students fail, and because the school's already a 'questionable' school, they can simply shrug off their inability to teach and blame it on the students. The truth is that we haven't passed the AYP tests in about eight years, and we're in danger of being changed into a reinassance school. Teachers feel its their job to remind us of how we failed to bring the school up, even though their inability to teach brought them so low. This isn't to say there aren't great teachers there--there are, but most aren't as useful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2010

When I went there it was a good school.My son also went there as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2010

Learning process cannot solely depend on teacher. The student has to want to learn and participate. Curriculum is above other schools, i hear this from my friends who atten other schools. Some of my friends would like to attend washington. School police, i agree do patrol halls and outside i feel safe. I can go to a school police and discuss problems, as they will listen
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 16, 2010

The school might have been a great school to attend many years back, but somewhat recently the school allowed any student from around the city to attend the high school, and since then everything has gone downhill. The school itself isn't terribly bad, it just depends who your child decides to hang around with. The teachers hardly care to teach anymore, and students don't really learn much and the curriculum is extremely slow. This has a lasting effect on the students, making the students not wanting to even focus on their studies. The IB program is even a joke, if you plan for your child to attend a prestigous college, I strongly recommend you choose some other school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 6, 2009

School police provide a very safe enviorment. Patrols , door cover and on very good terms with students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2008

Safety and discipline are real strong! Students ere uniforms and there is a strict code for cutting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

The principal was nominated for the best princiapl of the year. The community needs know that gWis changed
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2007

I had a very disturbing experience about this school. staffs are disoriented, they eye service, i feel a sense of separation. some of the staffs put the laws into their hands, & want 2 decide for u which school suites or what kind of education your child should get. they seems not to want certain ethnics of children. The most advanced country in the world, children been deprived of their eds. most teachers are doing great things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2006

Working as a TSS (one-on-one care in school for a child in the special education program), I have had the opportunity from an outsiders view, to observe how the special education classes are organized and the quality of the academic programs. I have been very disappointed in the lack of quality education my client is receiving in a program that is supposed to be geared towards his individualized plan of education. The classrooms are very chaotic, the students are often rude and disrespectful and teachers are not following through with disciplinary action. Many of the special ed students received all F's on their report card and I wonder if some of the parents are aware, or care, of their child's lack of acceptable performance in class.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted January 10, 2006

My oldest child went to Washington and needless to say that it is not the same school I graduated from 20 years ago. Its a little bit more rowdy but the teachers are still good. It has great extra-curricular activities and Great programs. I would say the parents are pretty involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2005

If your child is in the IB program or at least some of the higher level classes, you need not worry. The education they will recieve is incredible. However, even some of the rapid classes do not offer a high value education, mainly because of the students' lack of interest and partly because of the teachers'nochalant attitude towards their work. I would still strongly recommend attending Washington. It's an all around great school that lets you pursue any career even outside academics.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

357 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

362 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

338 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
12%

2009

 
 
11%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

370 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
65%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students42%
Female40%
Male43%
Black25%
Asian64%
Hispanic35%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners27%

Reading

All Students56%
Female59%
Male53%
Black49%
Asian61%
Hispanic64%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
English language learners16%

Science

All Students10%
Female6%
Male13%
Black1%
Asian17%
Hispanic11%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White10%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners6%

Writing

All Students54%
Female62%
Male46%
Black36%
Asian70%
Hispanic51%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
English language learners44%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 43% 71%
Black 30% 15%
Asian 15% 3%
Hispanic 12% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

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  • Choir / Chorus
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Philadelphia, PA 19116
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