At a Glance

Susan Thompson | E-mail

Assistant Principals

Lori Riggs | E-mail

Anthony Pitasakis | E-mail

Kamala Kandi | E-mail

Yaasiyn Muhammad | E-mail

Melissa Green | E-mail

IB Coordinator
William Marchio | E-mail

CTE Coordinator

Jeremy Beatrice | E-mail

Phone: 215-400-3100
Fax: 215-400-3101

10175 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19116

SEPTA Routes: 58, 67

Mission & Approach to Learning

The mission of the George Washington High School is to provide all students with learning opportunities that match their abilities and desired outcomes through the International Baccalaureate Program, AP coursework, Dual-Enrollment, internships, apprenticeship programs, hands-on learning activities and industry recognized certifications with 21st century skills. The George Washington staff is committed to preparing, ensuring, and empowering all students of diverse backgrounds to achieve their full intellectual and social potential in order to become lifelong learners and productive members of society.

Points of Pride

  • Students come from 70 countries
  • 40 languages spoken
  • Championship sports teams
  • International Baccalaureate Program
  • Certification Programme of International Baccalaureate
  • Extensive elective choices and levels
  • Aspen Challenge Winners 2017
  • Dual Enrollment Program
  • Award Winning DECA program
  • Designated Mayor’s Office Community School
  • 12 AP courses offered (24% of students participate)
  • Partnership with Heights Philadelphia
  • Piloting new 4-year Computer Science Program in the 22-23 School Year
  • Computer Science CTE program beginning 24-25 School Year

What We Offer

Courses & Program Highlights

Advanced Placement Program: Advanced Placement (AP) is the curriculum administered under the auspices of the College Board. These courses prepare a student to take the Advanced Placement Examination in a particular subject area in May. Success in this examination process may generate college course credit. GWHS offers the following AP courses:

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Physics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Studio Art Drawing
  • AP U.S. Government and Politics
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP World History

Dual-Enrollment Program: Dual enrollment with Community College of Philadelphia (Center City and Northeast Campus) offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to experience the rigors of college courses while still in high school. The school may cover up to two (2) courses per semester, tuition-free. Also, students have the flexibility of choosing the courses based on their interest.

Career & Technical Education Program: Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways at GWHS are designed to prepare students for careers of the future. Our CTE pathways provide hands-on, relevant training and highly-employable skills, specifically for STEAM careers.

  • Accounting & Financial Services – an instructional program that introduces students to the accounting principles for various business owners. From journals, ledgers, worksheets and financial statements, to taxes and banking, the program covers both the knowledge and hands-on skills of accounting basics. Instruction in QuickBooks is one of the valuable skills students can take into the workforce, as well as the ability to track financial details from journal entry to closing a fiscal year.
  • Culinary Arts – a program that focuses on the study of cooking and related culinary arts that may prepare students for a variety of jobs within the food service industry. The coursework is designed to prepare students for jobs in institutional, commercial or self-owned food establishments, or other food industry occupations. Instruction and specialized learning experiences include theory, laboratory and work experience related to planning, selecting, preparing and serving quality food, nutritive values, use and care of commercial equipment, safety and sanitation precautions.
  • Sales, Marketing & Entrepreneurship – a program that prepares high school students for a coveted career in the sports industry, with many options for professional development. Students receive in-depth instruction in entrepreneurship, management concepts, business economics, business law, marketing concepts, finance, business ethics and communication. Internships are a vital and exciting hands-on feature of


The International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a comprehensive two-year curriculum which promotes student autonomy, independent research, and a rich, post-modern educational environment. In the ninth and tenth-grade students will have a full roster of advanced and honors classes so that they will be adequately prepared for the expectations of the Diploma Program years.

To earn an IB diploma, students must take a challenging liberal arts course of studies and pass examinations in six academic subjects

  • IB Language A: Literature – HL1 and HL2
  • IB Mathematics – SL and SL2
  • IB Chemistry – SL
  • IB Physics – SL and SL2
  • IB History – HL1 and HL2
  • IB Psychology – HL1 and HL2
  • IB Language B: Spanish – SL and SL2
  • IB Language B: Russian – SL and SL2
  • In addition, students are required to take the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course that investigates the nature of knowledge in various disciplines; participate in Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) to achieve eight learning outcomes, undertake original research, and write an Extended Essay of 4,000 words. Students successfully completing the program earn a George Washington High School diploma in addition to the internationally recognized IB diploma. Students who complete this program are more likely to move on to prestigious universities and colleges.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Bible Club
  • Black Student Union
  • Change the Culture (CTC)
  • Chess
  • Choir
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dance
  • DECA
  • Fashion Show
  • Film Club
  • GSA
  • Literary Magazine (The Lantern)
  • Math Club
  • MSA
  • Multicultural Show
  • Musicals/Drama
  • Muslim Student Association
  • National Honor Society
  • Peer Group Connection
  • Photography Club
  • Robotics
  • Silkscreening Club
  • SOCA
  • Student Government
  • Students Run Philly Style
  • Web Design
  • WHYY Media Club
  • Yearbook
  • YMCA After School Club
  • Youth Court

Sports Teams

  • Badminton—Boys & Girls
  • Baseball—Boys Varsity
  • Basketball—Boys & Girls Varsity
  • Bowling—Boys & Girls
  • Cheerleading—Boys & Girls
  • Cross Country—Boys & Girls
  • Field Hockey—Girls Varsity
  • Flag Football —Girls
  • Football—Citywide Varsity
  • Lacrosse—Boys & Girls
  • Soccer—Boys & Girls Varsity
  • Softball—Girls Varsity
  • Tennis—Boys & Girls
  • Track & Field—Coed


  • AccessMatters
  • Center for Literacy
  • College Possible
  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • CORA
  • Deloitte
  • Eat.Right.Philly
  • Free Library of Philadelphia – Bustleton Branch
  • F.S. Investments
  • Heights Philadelphia
  • JEVS Human Services
  • JFCS
  • Just Leadership USA
  • Kleinlife
  • Lutheran Settlement House
  • Mayor’s Office of Education
  • MuralArts Philadelphia
  • New World Association
  • Orleans Technical Institute
  • Office of Adult Education
  • Office of State Representative Kevin Boyle
  • Office of State Representative Martina White
  • Office of Congressman Brendan Boyle
  • PHAN (PA Health Access Network)
  • Philadelphia Academies Incorporated
  • Philadelphia Department of Streets
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Proclamation Community Church
  • 7th Police District Advisory
  • Temple University
  • UESF (Utilities Emergency Support Fund)
  • The Wharton School
  • YMCA

Admission Criteria

For the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

  • Grades: As, Bs, and one C
  • Attendance: 90%
  • Standardized Test: 50th Percentile in ELA and 50th Percentile in Math