Academics at George
We offer a variety of academic offerings 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.
Core Content Course Offerings
Why Honors for All
9TH GRADE ENGLISH 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 student. Research 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.
Credit Type: English
Course Format Offered: Honors
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.
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 then 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 click HERE.
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
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.
GEOGRAPHY AND CIVICS
Credit Type: Social Studies
Course Format Offered: Grade Level and Earned Honors
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.