A new approach to schools.

The School Without Walls High School is located in Washington D.C. on the campus of George Washington University. The collegiate environment is a result of the long-term partnership with the university that has yielded many benefits SWW_entrance_photo2
for both communities. The newest manifestation of this partnership is the joint Associate of Arts program. Select students can spend their junior and senior years as full-time George Washington University students and earn both a high school diploma from School Without Walls and an Associates of Arts degree from GW. Learn more »

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Walls: Still WAY on Top!

Our school is one of only eight public high schools in the Washington region (and the only one in the city) to rate an A+ overall in the Niche ranking system. Within DC, we’re the top-ranked public high school. Nationally, Walls ranks 116th out of 14,431 public high schools, which puts us well within the Read more »

Open House for New Student Recruitment

Our open house for new student recruitment was held on Thursday, November 13, 2014. You can download the presentation from the Open House here: Admissions Slide 2015_2016 (2). For more information about the admissions process for the 2015-2016 school year, visit Admissions Requirements and Timeline. Admissions questions may be directed to Richard Trogisch-Principal, Sylvia Isaac-Associate Principal, Shanna Read more »

Debaters Continue Convincing Streak!

Our debate team keeps on winning awards. On Nov. 15, Walls joined 30 other DC metro area high schools (214 teams total) at South Lakes High School in Reston for the Washington-Arlington Catholic Forensic League’s second debate tournament for this year. Teams debated the following resolution: “On balance, the benefits of genetically modified foods outweigh the Read more »

New Student Trip: Europe in Spring 2016

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, ITALY and FRANCE March 2016 (dates TBD per DCPS calendar) Faculty leaders: Adebayo Thorpe and Mamadou Diagne (others TBD) This 12-day tour is organized by EF Educational Tours to bring students’ classroom lessons to life by experiencing new cities, iconic monuments, and distant cultures firsthand. The estimated cost is $3,435. Enrolled by December Read more »

Model U.N. Team Competes (and Wins!) at Top Conference

Congratulations to the 13 Walls students who attended the William and Mary High School Model United Nations conference in early November, including award winners Max Mellott (Best Delegate), Nico Stauffer-Mason and Will Bates (Outstanding Delegation), Brian Contreras (Honorable Mention), and first-time competitors Savannah Touré and Montana Lee (Verbal Commendations). Congratulations also to first time competitors Read more »

Bringing the Ancient World into the Classroom

In October, students in Carolyn Schulz’s Humanities class participated in an exciting virtual exchange with students at Sagesse High School in Beirut, Lebanon, via webcast. Moderating was Dr. Catherine Foster, an archeologist who specializes in Mesopotamia and works for the State Department’s Cultural Preservation Center. Students from both schools learned about her work and had Read more »

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