Future Patriots


To select classes for the 2022-2023 school year, please click HERE

We offer a variety of academic selections to ensure that all students are prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. With a diverse set of course offerings across multiple programs, we have something for everyone!

All freshmen take 7 classes: English, Math, Social Studies, Science, and 3 electives. Below we have shared information about freshman core content courses you’ll be taking. To learn about elective options, check out our Course Catalog! Keep in mind that offerings to shift year-to-year to keep pace with student interests, so we will send you an updated course catalog for the 2022-2023 school year before you request classes.


Credit Type: English
Course Format Offered: Honors
Units: 1

This language arts course is designed to develop and challenge the student’s ability in reading, literary analysis, writing, and presenting at the high school level. Students develop strategic reading skills while investigating the literary genres of expository essay (including historical documents, poetry, short story) and the novel. Extended reading and literary selections are taken from adopted texts and the recommended reading list for grade nine. Students produce writing in a variety of formats and genres including well-developed paragraphs, literary response items, expository essays, short stories (narrative), historical documents, and technical documents. Students continue to develop skills in the correct use of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

Why 9th Grade Honors For All?
By enrolling each of our 9th graders in English 1 Honors, we are joining other Denver area high schools such as East High School, North High School, and Northfield High School in setting high expectations for every studentResearch has shown that when students are placed in a heterogenous classroom and given access to a rigorous curriculum, all students experience measurable gains in achievement.

Four years ago the GW English department aligned their English 1 and English 1 Honors classes. Students of all abilities were provided with the same rigorous and engaging curriculum in 9th grade, and outcomes improved across the board. In the years since this shift we have seen a measurable increase in 10th grade English honors enrollment. This re-calibration, paired with a passionate team of 9th grade teachers who believe in their students, made the English department a natural fit for an Honors for All course for 9th graders.

In order for this new program to be successful, it is imperative that we provide students with robust, innovative, and targeted academic support that is built into their school day. As we continue to plan for the ‘20-’21 school year, we will be restructuring our school resources to strengthen support for our 9th graders. We are committing to class sizes no larger than 25 students for our 9th grade core-contents to promote meaningful relationships between teachers and students and create an environment where teachers are empowered to differentiate their instruction. To support our teachers, we are mapping out additional time for planning, collaboration and training.

To read more about how George Washington High School is addressing inequity, please click HERE.

We will place students into a math class based on the math class in which they are currently enrolled and/or teacher recommendation.

If you are currently enrolled in:

  • 8th Grade Algebra – you will most likely be enrolled in Integrated Math 1, with an option to earn honors credit by completing enrichment opportunities to deepen your mastery of concepts learned in this course.
  • 8th Grade Algebra Honors – you will most likely be enrolled in Integrated Math 2 Honors.
  • Geometry (or its equivalent) – you will most likely be enrolled in IB Math.

If you are hoping to be placed in a different math class than listed here, or if you are currently taking a math class higher than Geometry, we will work with you during the spring course request process to ensure you are correctly placed. If you are interested in the full listing of math courses we offer, please look at our Math Sequencing and Course Descriptions.

We offer a placement confirmation assessment during Ninth Grade Academy for anybody who feels they may have been mis-placed as a result of challenges associated with remote learning.

If you currently attend a public middle school in Denver Public Schools:
Your teacher will automatically send us your recommendation. That recommendation is based on the class you are currently taking.

If you currently attend a charter school, private school, or an out of district school:
As part of the online course request form, you will be asked to submit your current teacher’s email address. S/he will fill out a recommendation for a class for next year. Talk to your teacher to ensure you are both on the same page!

Credit Type: Science
Course Formats Offered: Grade Level and Honors
Units: 1

This course is a standards-based study of living things: origins, structures, functions, heredity, growth and development, interactions among, and behavior of living things. Content is built around major biological concepts such as biochemistry and the biology of cells, genetics, evolution, ecology, physiologic systems, and the diversity of living things. Emphasis is placed on the utilization of mathematical, analytical, data acquisition, and communication skills as well as interdisciplinary approaches to discovery. Concepts and skills are reinforced by a strong emphasis on hands-on laboratory experiences and the integration of other branches of science. Applications to society, individuals, and the utilization of technology are included, as is consideration of the impact of human activity on biological systems. There is a focus on self-directed instruction and inquiry-based hands-on labs.

Credit Type: Social Studies
Course Format Offered: Grade Level and Earned Honors
Units: 1

This course is divided into two semesters. In Geography students will study themes of geography related to understanding Earth as the home of humans. The units of study set the stage for human life. Students will understand these broad concepts and apply them to specific areas of the world where they apply. At the end of the course, students should be able to explain the broad theme being discussed and show their understanding by applying that theme to a specific area of the world. The teacher should use current case studies to allow students to practice the application of concepts. Civics teaches students how to develop research skills, formulate positions and engage in appropriate civic participation to address local, state and national issues or policies through understanding purposes of and limitations on government foundations, structures and functions. Students also analyze how public domestic and foreign policies are developed at local, state and national levels and compare how policy making occurs in other forms of government.

What is Earned Honors?
In these courses with an Earned Honors opportunity, all students have the opportunity to earn an honors credit by completing and passing extension projects or assignments outside the classroom. These assignments will deepen students’ content knowledge, and prepare them for upper-level courses. If students complete and pass all parts of the honors extension assignments, they will earn honors credit for the course which will be identified on their transcript and will result in an elevated GPA.

Athletics and Activities

Our students are engaged both in and outside the classroom. 75% of our students participate in an extracurricular club or play on one of our athletic teams.

Students are encouraged to join and start clubs by attending an Activity Fair at the start of every school year. With over 50 registered clubs, there is something for everyone! LEARN MORE

GW offers three seasons of athletics with multiple levels for all levels of players! Our student athletes are committed on and off the field! LEARN MORE


Student Supports

Student support is integrated throughout our building and classrooms, but the main hub is our Success Center. Located on our 1st floor, this is where you’ll find our counseling team, social emotional health team, and college advising.

Students are assigned a counselor based on their last name, and will remain paired with them throughout their four years. Additionally, we have one counselor who is dedicated to supporting students with the transition from 8th grade to high school. To learn more about our counseling team, CLICK HERE.

Social Emotional Health Team
Our social emotional health team is focused on supporting the whole child. They advocate for students to receive appropriate mental health support and obtain equal public education in a safe and secure environment. To learn more about our social emotional health team, CLICK HERE.

Student Support Coordinator 
The Student Support Coordinator develops and delivers support services and programs, intended to improve student performance. The Student Support Coordinator advocates and collaborates to promote equity and access to all students, but specifically under-represented and underserved  populations, by connecting students to resources that promote both academic and social success. To learn more about student support services, CLICK HERE

Denver Scholarship Foundation
The Denver Scholarship Foundation operates Future Centers in 14 Denver high schools including GW. Each is staffed by a DSF College Advisor who will help you plan and pay for college. Ms. Carlson the College Advisor at GWHS, supporting students in earning millions of dollars in scholarships for college, in addition to helping to navigate their post-secondary options upon high school graduation. DSF also provides 4-year renewable need-based scholarships. To learn more about our DSF Future Center, CLICK HERE.

City Year
GWHS is proud to partner with City Year, a nationwide youth development organization, to further enrich the learning experience of our students. City Year creates environments where young people feel like they belong so that they can fulfill their potential. City Year is embedded in our 9th Grade English Honors and Integrated Math 1 classes, essentially learning the same material taught in class with students and providing tutoring four days a week.

Denver Health
GW is proud to announce that in partnership with Denver Health, our School-based Health Clinic opens in January 2022! They offer medical, mental health, dental, health education, and family planning, as well as insurance enrollment and advising services. The type of services available to students may include physical exams, immunizations, prescriptions, reproductive health care, mental health and substance use counseling, consultations on sick visits, and much more! These services are available at NO COST to all DPS students.


We have compiled below some Frequently Asked Questions for you to browse through. If you are still wondering about something, please submit a question below and we will use it to guide additional FAQ additions!

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  • What’s the difference between AP and IB?


    The College Board’s mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity, and is committed to excellence and equity in education.

    Students can select AP classes that fit their strengths and that are independent of one another.

    AP classes are taught over one-year, and move at a rapid pace, similar to college entry-level survey classes.

    Any student may take AP exams; specific courses are taught but are not a prerequisite for exams.

    AP scores are based solely on the AP exam performance. The score is on a scaling of 0 to 5. AP students with exam scores of 3, 4, or 5 have the potential to earn college credit or advanced placement. (Colleges set their own policies.)


    The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

    A cohort of students wherein they all take classes from six different subject areas in addition to completing additional core requirements.

    IB courses are taught over a two-year period, to include in-depth research, inquiry, and analysis.

    Only IB students enrolled in IB courses may take IB exams or receive IB credit. AP students cannot take IB exams without taking the IB course.

    IB scores are based on internal assessments scored by the student’s teacher and on IB external exams taken in May of their junior and senior year. The score is on a scaling of 0 to 7. DP students who earn their IB Diploma are guaranteed at least 24 credits at a Colorado public university. DP students with individual exam scores of 4, 5, 6, or 7 have the potential to earn college credit or advanced placement. (Colleges set their own policies.)


    Students have access to college level work that could end in college credit.

    Each program asks challenging questions, and develops students critical thinking and analysis skills.

    Students develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture.

    Students develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.

    Students gain the edge in college preparation by having a head start in college-level work.

    Students develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work.

    Students stand out in the college admissions process, as they are taking the most rigorous course load offered at GW.

    Each program broadens a student’s intellectual horizons.

    Teachers work as a team that meets on a regular basis to support students and to connect the curriculum across disciplines.

Choice Process

  • The Round One Choice form doesn’t have anything about specific programs at George. How do I make sure that my student is able to participate in IB, Advanced Placement, CareerConnect, or other programs at George?


    You and your student will be meeting with your student’s school counselor this spring to select courses. At this time you will discuss your program interests and the counselor will make sure that your student is registered for the correct courses.

  • GW is not our home school. What do I do?

    Fill out the Round One Choice form and wait to hear from the DPS Choice Office in March!

  • My student is currently at a private school, but GW is our home school. Do I need to participate in Round One Choice?

    Yes! You won’t have any problems getting a spot at George, but the district needs you to participate in Round One Choice so that we can officially get you on our roster.

  • My student is currently attending a DPS middle school and George is our home school. Do we need to participate in Round One Choice?

    No, you do not need to do anything. However, if you do not fill out a Round One Choice Form, you will not receive information from the district confirming that your student will be attending George in the fall. The first communication you receive will be from GW this spring when we send you instructions for course registration. You are welcome to complete the choice process for this extra confirmation.

High School Transition

  • How will I choose my classes?

    In the spring, after Round 1 of School Choice is complete, we will send information to all incoming freshmen with instructions on how to complete the online course request form. Advisors will review all requests and build schedules over the summer. Schedules will be available to students the week before school starts.

  • What is the orientation experience like for incoming freshmen?

    Held in August before school starts, 9th Grade Academy is the ultimate orientation for our incoming freshmen. Over four days students will have a chance to make positive connections with other ninth-grade students, student leaders at George, and GW’s faculty and staff. Designed to help students build a foundation for successfully navigating high school, 9th Grade Academy will prepare students by sharing homework and academic support tips, how to use Infinite Campus to monitor grades, who and where in the building to ask for anything, and how to sign up for clubs and sports.

    Students will earn 2.5 elective credits for completing the NGA, and receive incentives and a small backpack full of school materials as well as receive free RTD coupons for those who need transportation to and from GW.

Future Patriots and families in the Class of 2027, please join us at GWHS for our Fall Showcase event Wednesday, December 7 from 5:00 to 6:30pm! Families and potential students will have a chance to hear from students and staff, learn more about our programs, and enjoy a campus tour. Don’t miss this fun evening!

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