7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia 22043 Phone: (703) 248-5500 Fax: (703) 248-5533 CEEB Code: 470795 VA DOE Code: 109-0251

Tyrone Q. Byrd, Principal – (703) 248-5505 Timothy M. Guy, and Kenneth L. Siekman, Assistant Principals – (703) 248-5543 Amy S. Kurjanowicz, Director of Counseling – (703) 248-5525 Valerie 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) 248-5590 Tom Horn, Athletic Director – (703) 248-5598 Jonathon A. Pepper, Dean of Students (703) 248-5543

Falls Church is a suburban village of approximately 11,000 located seven miles from Washington, D.C. Citizens determined to improve the quality of the local schools led a successful effort to separate Falls Church from Fairfax County in 1948, making the City of Falls Church the only known community to establish itself as a city in order to provide an independent school system. The high quality of the school system has long been the priority of the citizens of the City of Falls Church. The school system comprises two elementary schools, one middle school, and George Mason High School. Accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the International Baccalaureate Organization, George Mason High School is an 8-12 comprehensive public high school of approximately 875 students. The school has a multicultural population and an international feel, with over 25 different nationalities represented. the Standard and Advanced Studies Diplomas and the Standard and Advanced Technical Diplomas of the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. All students earn one of the Virginia 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 earned the prestigious IB Diploma and an additional 60% of seniors earned one or more IB Certificates.

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 students had GPAs between 3.87 and 2.92.

Grade Scale 90 – 100 80 – 89 70 – 79 60 – 69 59 – 0 60 – 100 Quality Points 4.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 0 0

George Mason High School is strongly committed to appropriately challenging all of its students and has been recognized locally and nationally for doing so. The school has been rated at or near the top of all public schools in the Washington, 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 Mason High School has consistently ranked among the most challenging public schools in the USA. A broad range of academic and vocational offerings allows students to pursue many different educational and career goals. George Mason offers students these diploma options: A B C D F P

Students take a maximum of seven courses per year, with .50 credit earned for the successful completion of each semester of course work. All high school classes are included in computing grade point average. International Baccalaureate and AP courses are weighted with an additional 1.0 quality point in grade point average calculations. For example: A = 5.0; B = 4.0; C = 3.0; and D = 2.0.

Approximately 92% of the George Mason Class of 2011 took the SAT I. Historically, George Mason students have consistently scored well above state and national averages. Critical Rdg. Math Writing 599 592 583 512 509 495 497 514 489

athletic training programs enhance the overall athletic experience for our students. The GMHS Scholastic Bowl team won its 5th state championship, making 8 of the past 10 years with a top two finish in the state. The team also won its 7th Region B championship and dominated Bull Run District competition winning its 11th title in 12 years. They also won a national title as winner of the small schools division at the prestigious NAQT High School National Championship Tournament. The GMHS Music Dept. achieved superior ratings from 4 national adjudicators in the most challenging level of music at VBODA for the past 10 consecutive years. The jazz ensemble and symphonic band won the “Grand Champion” award at Fiesta Val Competition receiving the highest score of all participants. The chorus also received superior ratings at this competition. A GMHS senior won the “Cappie” Award for the best male vocalist from “Les Miserables”. GMHS students also compete in the following: FIRST Robotics, VA Math League, Poetry Out Loud, National Foreign Language Exam, Model U.N., Chorus, O.M., Shakespeare Competition, and Yearbook.

GM Class of 2011 Virginia Avg. National Avg.

Approximately 41% of the GM Class of 2011 took the ACT, earning an average composite score of 26.8. The average state composite score was 22.3 and the average nationwide composite score was 21.1.

Since 1981, the most rigorous course of studies offered to the students of George Mason High School is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. This program of advanced internationally recognized syllabi and external examinations offers a rigorous, comprehensive and world-class education during the last two years of high school. The IB Diploma requires students to study in six core areas: English, foreign language, social science, science, mathematics, and the arts or an elective. For the IB Diploma, a candidate must successfully complete the following: earn a minimum of 24 points on six examinations graded on a scale of 1–7; complete a 4000-word extended essay in one of the content areas; complete the Theory of Knowledge course; and submit reflections of approximately 150 hours of Creativity, Action and Service. In 2011, George Mason seniors posted a 97% success rate in achieving the IB Diploma and achieved Diploma average Scores well above the international average. Students not wishing to fulfill all of the requirements of the IB Diploma are strongly encouraged to take individual courses in the IB curriculum to help them prepare for future education. These students thus earn IB certificates. More than 83% of the school’s students enroll in one or more IB courses during their junior and/or senior years.

Each year most George Mason graduates pursue some type of post-secondary education. From the Class of 2011, 77% are enrolled at four-year colleges/universities, and 17% are attending two-year programs. Of those entering four-year programs, sixty-five members of the Class of 2011 are attending colleges in Virginia. Forty-three students matriculated in 20 other states, the District of Columbia, and internationally. The most commonly selected four-year colleges in Virginia were:
Virginia Polytechnic Inst. & State University Virginia Commonwealth University James Madison University The College of William and Mary University of Virginia 11 10 7 7 6

Out-of-state colleges/universities included:
American Univ. Brigham Young Univ. Cal. Polytechnic State Univ. Claremont McKenna College Columbus College of Art & Des. Duke Univ. Grinnell College Guilford College Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania International Christian Univ. Loyola Univ. Macalester College Marshall Univ. Mount Holyoke College Northeastern Univ. Ohio Wesleyan Univ. Pennsylvania State Univ. Polytechnic Institute of NYU Princeton Univ. Rice Univ. Sarah Lawrence College Savannah College of Art & Design Skidmore College St. Lawrence Univ. St. Petersburg College Texas Christian Univ. The College of New Jersey The College of Wooster The Ohio State Univ. The Univ. of Tampa Union College U. S. Military Academy Univ. of South Carolina Univ. of Southern Cal. Univ. of Tennessee Univ. of Vermont West Virginia Univ.

During 2010-2011, George Mason Athletics completed our 10th consecutive year finishing in the top 5 of the VHSL Wachovia Cup standings for overall athletic excellence among all public schools. GM was the Wachovia Cup winner in 2009 and 2010, and won 4 team state championships in 2010-2011, bringing our two-year total to 10! In 2009, GM was recognized by Sports Illustrated as VA’s top athletic program. GM is also a 2-time recipient of the VHSL Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award presented to member schools whose programs make sportsmanship a priority and an expectation. We offer the most comprehensive program in VA Group A, with 21 varsity and 13 sub-varsity teams – nearly 50% of the student body participates in our athletic program each year. Yearround strength and conditioning, nutrition education, and

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