Known for its depth and exceptionally high standards, the IB Diploma Program has a high quality curriculum designed to encourage critical thinking while encouraging an international perspective. George Washingtons IB Diploma Program is recognized worldwide and has a 100% college acceptance rate.
The idea of an International Baccalaureate was first conceived in the early 1960′s by a group of teachers in the International School of Geneva in conjunction with other international and national schools in New York, Copenhagen, Wales, Paris, Frankfurt, Tehran and Montevideo. The founders of the IB were most concerned with the ever-increasing emphasis on education as the mere delivery of information, the fragmentation of knowledge, and the crowding out of aesthetic and creative experience. In 1965, the International Baccalaureate Office was established in Geneva. An experimental project was launched in 1967 and offered for use in 20 schools in 1970. In 1984, Lawrence Corsa, the Principal of George Washington High School, applied to the International Office and was granted permission to offer the program.
In 1985, GW became the first high school in Colorado to offer the IB program. Since 1987, twenty more programs have been established in the state. There are more than 475 IB Diploma programs in North America, and over 1,357 worldwide.
George Washington’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program ranks at the top. Our AP program equips our students with the academic behaviors required for our students to be college and career readiness.
AP courses offered at GWHS include: AP Language and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, AP European History, AP U.S. History, AP Psychology, AP European History, AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP French, AP Spanish Language, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC.
Based on student performances on the Advanced Placement exam and the college s/he has applied for, students maybe able to waive those courses in college saving valuable time and tuition dollars.
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program
This is an academic support program designed to prepare academically average students for college eligibility and success by placing them in advanced classes. The program levels the playing field for minority, low-income and other students without a college-going tradition in their family. Over 70% of AVID students were accepted to a four-year college.