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Washington, DC
Students enrolled: 555
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2130 G St. NW
Washington, DC 20037

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(202) 645-9690
(202) 724-8536
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October 01, 2015
School without walls has a good reputation because the students that are accepted into the program are all excellent and independent. Nobody with less than straight A´s in middle school ever gets in. They have some good teachers but some very terrible ones too. An example is the AP Spanish teacher, who has been reported by parents and students in endless occasions. Despite being the AP Spanish teacher he has a very poor command of the language and he is a terrible educator. In addition he tends to bully students and plays favoritism in the classroom. Parents have been complaining for years and the principal, however, ignores all these complains and keeps him on board. Sadly, he is not the only teacher that bullies students. We are more than disappointed with the principal and his administration for ignoring what we all think are very valid concerns. Besides this, Walls feels more like a homework factory. Kids are overloaded with too much homework which often is just busy work or preparation for endless tests. This is not what I consider an excellent school.

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June 05, 2015
Walls has some very good teachers, who are passionate about teaching and truly caring about the kids. Unfortunately, there’s also a lot of dead wood among them, including counselors. These bad apples negate all the good work being done by others. So far my worst experience was with one of the French language teachers. She’s been treating my child as an annoyance and avoiding me like the plaque. It feels like she just doesn’t want to be bothered, except for traveling abroad on student’s dime. Of course there is always a struggle to keep the good ones and get rid of the bad ones. The status of the teaching profession in this country is not high enough to consistently attract the best and brightness. The school’s principal however, is responsive and approachable; it would be great if he could get more help and support. There are also good Math and Humanities teachers, who are effective and do have my child’s success as their priority. The school also has tons of extra activities, sports, clubs and outside opportunities, but all of it pales in comparison with the stress from a few poor performers

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April 18, 2014
Walls is an awesome school! I can't wait to go there next fall! Class of 2018!!!

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January 26, 2014
I love School Without Walls .... it is challenging, and so to those parents who want their child to do an outstanding job APPLY THEM AT SCHOOL WITHOUT WALLS, when they first start it might be a struggle to adjust but they'll get used to the work .

- submitted by a student

July 15, 2013
Work for the sake of work. It's not worth it. Wilson is just as good for self sufficient students.

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February 06, 2013
With two daughters one a sophmore and the other a junior currently enrolled, I know there is no better choice, public or private for their education and development as young leaders. Dedicated leadership and opportunities galore for those that want to learn and achieve ... the sky is the limit! Now expanding to a full k-12 program every parent of a motivated learner needs to get their child there!

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January 15, 2013
Four years of being a "Walls" parent has been outstanding! My daughter has transformed into the young lady I knew she would be. I love the location, I love the diversity, I love what they stand for, I love the challenge. What I've loved most for the past 4 years is the principal's motto. " If you need help with something, ask your teacher(s).....You have a right to demand your education". I think that should be every principal's motto. The students are definately prepared for the next level of college. I would highly recommend SWW to any student who is up for a challenge.

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December 23, 2011
Have your kid apply to Walls-forget Private School. I sent my daughter to three of them before realizing that their main interest was in raising money and keeping affluent families in their communities even if their children were awful brats. Walls isn't perfect but the students seem to understand that they can't treat people badly and get away with it and there are only a smattering of students with snobby attitudes. In addition, their expectations of students are higher and the students, by and large, live up to them without the private school spoonfeeding.

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March 16, 2011
This school is an excellent school with a diverse student body. The curriculm is challenging and definitely college preparatory. This is an excellent school if your child wants an excellent education and does want to attend college. The school also is very communicative and does use a lot of technology for students to submit some of their work, parents to see grades and weekly progress, this school also offers a wonderful partnership with GWU. This school is not for slackers but for students that is committed to getting a good education.

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October 05, 2009
School Without Walls is an Awesome school for kids to attend who want a good education. From the principal to all of the teachers, counselor and aides, everyones main goal is for all of the kids to attend college.

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September 02, 2009
One of DC's best public high school, attracting top middle school students. Unfortunately, the administration and teachers at the school do not seem to appreciate the intellectual calibre of the student body and so the instructions and extra-carricular activities available are mediocre at best.

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May 05, 2009
Schools Without Walls-translation: School Without Boundaries! I love it! SWW is the best school in the Metropolitan area. SWW allows students to become educated without being limited to resources, knowledge, and growth. The structure of SWW is the strongest I've seen in a school in a very long time and the teaching style is phenomenal! My nephew will be graduating from SWW next year and he already knows where he's going, what he will become, and why he chose to fly without boundaries; literally, as he has just returned from a trip to France with SWW. SWW has left an ever-lasting impression not only on my nephew, but with me as well. I highly recommend SWW to any child who is approaching high School. Bridgette, aunt of a student

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August 12, 2008
SWW is the best and will remain the best public high school in Washington,DC. The teacher-student ratio is great. The work is challenging, yet, rewarding . This school gives you freedom. It teaches you make your own decisions furtherwise teaching you be responsible for your actions. There is never any violence, which is a major thing in comparison to other district school. I am currently a senior at the school and my years here thus far have been great. My favorite thing about the school is the diversity and freedom, which prepares you for your future life. I highly recommend this school for any high school scholar!

- submitted by a student

March 17, 2008
SWW is a great school and deserves its place at the top of DCPS. It is much better then Wilson SHS, also in D.C. Walls has benefited a lot from the new principal, Richard Trogisch, whom a majority of the students love. The classes are challenging, and usually small, therefore rivaling private schools, at no cost except taxes. However, the education depends on the teachers you get. I have definitely been the victim of vindictive teachers, but I have many more teachers that I love.

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January 24, 2008
I really love this school. The work is hard but it teachers you to really think and take responsibility for you actions. I am a freshman and i've already learned a lot. Three more years of fun and hard work are on the way!

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December 23, 2005
SWW was a great experience. I graduated in 2001 and I was more than equipped to handle college both academically and socially. I graduated from the University of Maryland in 05, and I am currently a fifth grade teacher, so I can appriciate the value of a good education. Teachers like Mr. Ishmeal, Mrs. Stenstrom, and Mrs. Issacs left lasting impressions on me and I hope to do the same for my students.

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October 21, 2004
School W/Out Walls is an exceptional high school. It has demonstrated to be not only one of the high ranking schools here in Washington,DC but also nationwide. The environment of the school is wonderful. As far as the condition of the school goes,its not all that great.Although, the fact that the school does not have many stable constructions, it has partnerships with George Washington, UDC, etc. My son is a sophomore this year and will be graduating with his class in '2007'. The involvement of the scool in its community is FANTASTIC!!! I am estatic for having my son to be there. School W/Out Walls and its students is a justifiable reason why it is the 'core jewel' of DCPS high scools.

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September 04, 2003
Going to this school was one of the best experiences in my life. The curriculum fosters responsibility and the small size allows for a familial feeling among students and teachers. By the time I graduated I had few of the anxieties that my friends from other schools had about going to college because I'd already been attending college classes for a year along with my high school classes.

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August 19, 2003
I liked how the class schedules were set up like colleges. They used the city as a class room, for example, Zoology class was conducted at the zoo. Internships with lawyers,senators and other professionals were possible.It was also a great advantage to have the school located on G.W. campus were students could take college courses and get a head start on credits.

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School Without Walls prepares students to become global citizens, able to work and get along in any environment. School Without Walls is a high-performing college preparatory environment. The school has a global focus and hosts numerous foreign exchange students each year. Additionally, the school encourages international experiences for students.

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School Without Walls High School
2130 G St. NW, Washington, DC  20037
(202) 645-9690
Last modified School Without Walls High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
School Without Walls High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top