Our student body counts more than 900 learners, from Nursery to 12th grade. We have 40 nationalities on campus – the overall student body is 60% Moroccan, 20% American and 20% other nationalities. (See list of student nationalities and pie chart)
In grades PK-8, students take required coursework in English, French and Arabic. The High School requires four credits of English and four credits of French or Arabic to prepare students, through language study and other rigorous coursework (including honors and Advanced Placement) for admission into post-secondary education in the United States and other countries.
GWA has just over 200 staff, mainly Americans and Moroccans and including staff from 10 other countries. A majority of our administrative and instructional staff are from North America. Our teachers conduct instruction solely in their native tongue. Teachers are professionally qualified and the vast majority of our instructional staff come with significant previous classroom experience. The academic administration includes a Head of School who oversees all academic functions of the school as well as two Principals.
Our Lower School Principal leads:
-The Pre-school program: Nursery through Pre-Kinder
-The Elementary School program: Kinder through 5th grade
Our Upper School Principal leads:
-The Middle School program: 6th through 8th grade
-The High School program: 9th through 12th grade
Over twenty faculty members directly assist students in roles such as: Guidance Counselor, Library staff, Learning Specialist and Teacher’s Aide.
George Washington Academy participates in opportunities for professional development as a member of the Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS).
The GWA High School program provides a varied and challenging curriculum designed to meet the needs of a diverse learning community. Our core academic program includes a wide array of Advanced Placement (AP), pre-AP courses. Classes in English, French and Arabic support our commitment to producing mulitlingual graduates. And as part of our effort to provide a well-rounded, American-style education, we offer numerous electives in the areas of visual and performing arts, computer technology, social sciences, and physical education. English is the predominant language of instruction.
During their high school career, the Class of 2017 will have completed a minimum of 27 credit hours. We follow a semester schedule, and 150 hours of instructional time constitutes one credit hour. Students enroll in 7.0 credits each year.
Graduates attend colleges and universities worldwide. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, our program and the resulting American diploma prepare our students for entry into some of the world’s most prestigious institutes of higher learning.
Students seeking more rigor may choose Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Currently we offer English Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition, Biology, Calculus AB, Statistics, Chemistry, French Language and Culture, Comparative Government, Computer Science A, World History, U.S. History, and Psychology. Some courses are offered in alternate years.