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2011-2012 School Profile

2011-2012 School Profile

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GEORGE MASON HIGH SCHOOL
7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia 22043 Phone: (703) 248-5500 Fax: (703) 248-5533 www.fccps.org/gmCEEB Code: 470795 VA DOE Code: 109-0251
2011-2012 SCHOOL PROFILE
Tyrone Q. Byrd, Principal – (703) 248-5505Timothy M. Guy, and Kenneth L. Siekman, Assistant Principals – (703) 248-5543 Amy S. Kurjanowicz, Director of Counseling – (703) 248-5525Valerie Chesley, Nancy Goldman, Bradford McAdam and Marcia Schumann, Counselors – (703) 248-5525 Judy Bracken, College and Career Specialist – (703) 248-5531 Asheesh Misra, International Baccalaureate Coordinator – (703) 248-5590Tom Horn, Athletic Director – (703) 248-5598 Jonathon A. Pepper, Dean of Students (703) 248-5543
THE SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY
Falls Church is a suburban village of approximately 11,000located seven miles from Washington, D.C. Citizensdetermined to improve the quality of the local schools led asuccessful effort to separate Falls Church from FairfaxCounty in 1948, making the City of Falls Church the onlyknown community to establish itself as a city in order toprovide an independent school system. The high quality of the school system has long been the priority of the citizensof the City of Falls Church. The school system comprisestwo elementary schools, one middle school, and GeorgeMason High School.Accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the SouthernAssociation of Colleges and Schools and the InternationalBaccalaureate Organization, George Mason High School isan 8-12 comprehensive public high school of approximately875 students.The school has a multicultural population and aninternational feel, with over 25 different nationalitiesrepresented.
THE ACADEMIC CHALLENGES
George Mason High School is strongly committed toappropriately challenging all of its students and has beenrecognized locally and nationally for doing so. The schoolhas been rated at or near the top of all public schools in theWashington, D.C. metro area by
The Washington Post 
 
Challenge Index
each year since 1998. In
 Newsweek 
’s and
US News and World Report 
national indexes, George MasonHigh School has consistently ranked among the mostchallenging public schools in the USA.A broad range of academic and vocational offerings allowsstudents to pursue many different educational and careergoals. George Mason offers students these diploma options:the
Standard 
and
 Advanced Studies
 
 Diplomas
and the
Standard 
and
Advanced Technical Diplomas
of theCommonwealth of Virginia, as well as the
 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
. All students earn one of theVirginia diplomas and many also earn the
 IB Diploma
.In the Class of 2011, 23% of graduates earned the Virginia
Standard Diploma
, and 76% earned the Virginia
 Advanced Studies Diploma
. Twenty-three percent of seniors earnedthe prestigious
 IB Diploma
and an additional 60% of seniorsearned one or more IB Certificates.
GPA
George Mason does not rank its students
.
 
19% of the Class of 2011 earned a GPA of 4.0 or above.The median GPA was 3.44. The middle 50% of studentshad GPAs between 3.87 and 2.92.
GRADING SYSTEM
Grade Scale Quality PointsA 90 100 4.0B 80 89 3.0C 70 79 2.0D 60 69 1.0F 59 0 0P 60 100 0Students take a maximum of seven courses per year, with.50 credit earned for the successful completion of eachsemester of course work. All high school classes areincluded in computing grade point average. InternationalBaccalaureate and AP courses are weighted with anadditional 1.0 quality point in grade point averagecalculations. For example: A = 5.0; B = 4.0; C = 3.0; andD = 2.0.

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