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1 The George Washington University Early College Program GWECP “ A Recipe for Success” Dr. Sheila Mills Harris Director, GW Early College Program The George Washington University Washington, D.C

2 The GWECP Components GWECP offers structured programs for the enrollment of selected SWW students in GW courses on a tuition-free basis. It offers an unprecedented opportunity for SWW students to take selected courses for college credit, and to possibly complete an Associate’s degree from one of the most distinguished universities in the country. The GWECP will give selected SWW students the opportunity to enroll in GW courses in one of two dual-enrollment formats: The Exposure Program - allows students to select available GW courses to take for general college credit. The Exposure Program is open to any student who is in good standing, has earned a combined PSAT score of over 100, and has a GPA of at least 3.0. Provided that there is space in the GW classes, there is no limit on how many students may enroll in this program component. The George Washington University Exposure Program allows SWW students with qualifying GPA and PSAT scores to enroll in college courses beginning the summer after their sophomore year. Accepted students may take one course per semester and must reapply each semester. The Associate Degree Program - a directed course of study designed to result in an Associate of Arts degree (AA) or transferable college credits (to be used as a freshman or advanced freshman upon graduation from high school) and to satisfy DCPS/SWW graduation requirements.

3 Program Fundamentals Program Goal To inspire DC Public School students to matriculate to college through early college exposure at the George Washington University. GWECP At a Glance GWECP offers a “seamless transition” that better prepares students for the rigors of college study by maximizing the university experience through early college exposure. This dual enrollment program is designed as a coherent unit, aligns curriculum, program standards and objectives consistent with both DCPS/SWW and GW institutional requirements. Program participants will earn college credits and satisfy DCPS/SWW graduation requirements simultaneously (dual enrollment/dual credit). All 10 th grade students enrolled at SWW, display a sound academic foundation and demonstrate college readiness skills, will be eligible to apply for the GW Early College Program.

4 High school students must meet all appropriate admissions criteria to the university and adhere to all university and program regulations and policies. Parents will be required to complete parental consent forms. Participants are required to participate in a summer bridge program to include the completion of a university writing course for credit during the summer of the 10th grade year (rising juniors). Schedules are developed/classes chosen in preparation for continuance of college studies at GW or another institution after completion of the GWECP. GW advisor has been assigned to program participants and students are afforded the assistance of mentors/tutors throughout the school year. Program participants will be required to attend a weekly support seminar, during the course of the school year, which will provide ongoing academic, social and psychological support needed to successfully navigate through the program. The program director and governing advisory board comprised of school and university personnel oversee the program. Program Fundamentals Cont’d

5 Admissions Eligibility Admission to GWECP is selective and is determined by GW’s Office of Admissions. Students who wish to enroll in the GWECP-AA program must meet the eligibility requirements set forth by admissions and complete a GWECP application. All complete applications to GWECP will be reviewed by the Office of Admissions (in consultation with senior administration at SWW) from which the semi-finalists will be identified, and ultimately finalists after completion of the process. Accepted students are eligible to enroll in up to sixty-three (63) credit hours of GW courses tuition-free over approximately two calendar years. Eligible applicants must: Be enrolled as a sophomore at SWW (at the time of application) Have completed freshman year at SWW Be a DC Resident as well as a US citizen or permanent resident Be in good standing at the SWW academically and with no disciplinary record Have successfully completed, by the end of the sophomore year, the required high school courses listed below Prerequisite High School courses (minimum): −English (two years—Humanities I and II) −World History (two years) −Mathematics (two years with minimal completion of Algebra I and Geometry) −Foreign Language (two years of the same foreign language) −Science (two years selected from biology, chemistry, and physics )  Participate in an interview with a GW Admissions director  Notification of semi-finalist and finalist status will be the responsibility of GW Admissions

6 Curriculum Alignment Aligned Curriculum Policy guidance, issued by the District of Columbia Public Schools Office of Teaching and Learning, approves specific GW courses for dual-credit acceptance. A curriculum for the Associates Degree Program has been established, based upon that policy guidance, in consultation with GW and DCPS. Identified courses receive DCPS credit which will count towards the specific graduation requirement fulfilled by the particular course. The curriculum may be revised to conform to any changes in the DCPS Policy Guidance. Aligning of the curriculum is an arduous and time consuming process and all stakeholders must be involved in the process to ensure that graduation requirements of both institutions are met. Example of alignment: DCPS/SWW Requirement GWU Equivalent US Gov’tPolitical Science 1002: Amer Pol & Gov’t DC HistoryHistory 2020: DC History US HistoryHistory 1311: Intro to American History Humanities 3/English 3English 1320: Lit of the Americas

7 60+ Credits = AA Degree Sample Schedule – 11 th Grade Fall SemesterSpring Semester University Writing for Freshmen Calculus w/Pre Cal ICalculus w/Pre Cal II Biology of Nutrition & Health Intro American HistoryArt: Two Dimensional Design Elective (student choice) Literature of the Americas Personal Health & Wellness

8 Sample Schedule – 12 th Grade Fall SemesterSpring Semester Engl: 20 th Century Consciousness History 2020: DC History Creative Writing General Chemistry SEAS 1001: Engineering OrientationMAE 1001: Intro Mech Engineering Elective (student choice) Political Science: US Gov’t General Psychology

9 Bard College Barnard College Bates College Brown University Bryn Mawr College Catholic University Clark University Coastal Carolina College of William & Mary Cooper Union DePaul University Drexel University Duke University Elon University Emerson College Emory University Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Florida State Full Sail University George Washington University Georgia Institute of Technology Hawaii Pacific University Hofstra University Ithaca College Kent State University Lafayette College A Sample of Student Acceptances Northeastern University Randolph-Macon College Smith College Spelman College Temple University Trinity College University of California, Davis University of California, Irvine University of California, Riverside University of California, Santa Cruz University of Mary Washington University of Maryland, College Park University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Southern California University of Tampa University of Washington University of Wisconsin-Madison Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Polytechnic University Wellesley College Wesleyan University Winthrop University


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