School Details

George Washington High School

701 Broad St, Danville, VA 24541
(434) 799-6410

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1363 students 15 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


Standards of Learning End-of-Course (SOLEOC)

In 2013-2014 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • Danville City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

George Washington High School is a public high school in Danville. The principal of George Washington High School is Mr. Christopher Carter. 1,363 children attend George Washington High School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 62% of the 1,363 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at George Washington High School is 15:1. Galileo Magnet High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 68% 68%
Hispanic 3% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 24% 24%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.07% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62% 75%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    This is a great school and the teachers and administrators do a fine job. My son is getting a good education.

  • (4 years ago)

    GWHS is the most horrible school in the city limits!!! The principal and staff there trys to go overboard ruling your child! Religion is not suppose to be in school but if your not a christian they will do everything they can to get your child out the door!!! Take it from me i've had three children go there and i have took them out and sent to another school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Not only am I a parent of a child who attends GW but I am also a former teacher. I rate GW as tops in the area. I must say that the teachers are great the administration is tops and the school is very safe. Principal Carter is very alert thanks to the Danville Police Department with what is going on in the community and how it impacts the school climate. While there are those who feel the security gates and cameras are extreme I feel better as a parent and former teacher knowing they are there. Based on stereotypes and how we tend to label people and schools one would have never thought Columbine or Virginia Tech would have been sights for tragedy. Proactive is always the best policy. What do these schools have now security and cameras. Students are able to get a diverse and great education.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is not a good school at all. Go to Galileo if you want a good education.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am the parent of two daughters one of whom graduated from GW in June (and who is now a college freshman doing very well at a challenging university) and one who started as a freshman this year. GW provides an outstanding college prep program and the most varied and exceptional extracurricular activites of any school in the area. The school is safe and filled with many wonderful faculty members. I also like that the school is very diverse; my children have had the opportunity to become friends with teenagers who are from every socioeconomic racial ethnic and religious background. They learn to respect one another and to work together - as one example just look at the award-winning marching band.

  • (7 years ago)

    GW is a school that has past its prime. The administration is weak and the superintendent even weaker. Security is the only thing good about the school. The once great GW is but a tarnished has been as it slowly sinks deeper. Only an overhaul of the administration and school board could save this school.

  • (10 years ago)

    As a former student I have the perspective to compare what GW was when I attended and what it is now. GW has always been a school that has made a lot from a little. We never get the best when it comes to funding but I know particularly while I attended GW was still one of the top high schools in VA if not number 1! There are various activities that student's can choose to be a part of to enrich their high school life and ALL of these activities area continuing tradition of success. There are also many different academic routes that students can choose to best fit their interests and concerns. GW and the Danville community have a lot of potential and often realize that potential in very surprising ways!

  • (10 years ago)

    I was a parent who was a bit reluctant to send my child to GW because I had heard so many rumors of how unsafe it is. My son will be graduating in June-in his 4 years at GW he has never been in an unsafe situation. Just like in life a lot depends on the people you surround yourself with- if you take the upper-level courses with other kids who want to be there you shouldn't have any problems. If a child is serious about their education and parents are involved its possible to get a good education. The AP classes/teachers are fantastic and there is such a variety of extracurricular activities that everyone should be able to find something that interests them.

  • (10 years ago)

    I'm a student that goes to GW High School and from my point of view the school isn't the best high school but it's the best in Danville. A lot of people say the school is unsafe and the students that go there aren't getting education. The school has great teachers that do the job and most of the classes are well-kept. The school activities vary so nobody is left out of interest. The guidelines are followed but a little too strict. The safety is ok but as said the gates around the school need to go because it's an obstacle in the way of escape from danger. My overall viewing of this school is about 4-stars.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a former student at G.W and it was not the most serene environment but it was school. As a teenager the cameras and security guards at every turn and corner were kind of scary and uncomfortable. Although the high security was probably needed it doesnt make the students feel any more safe just violated.

  • (11 years ago)

    I feel that GW would be alright if it wasn't for all the security. For instance the gates which is a fire hazord and they don't even unlook if we have a fire drill. I recently heard they were going to get rid of Ms.Hoffman but as a student I feel that she is a great principle that they need to keep. The laws they make are kind of silly like for instance on Valentine's day they want if let u take balloons on the bus which isn't hurting anyone. Then at lunch when its cold outside they don't want you to anywhere else but the cafeteria but Gw is a big school and all of us cannot fit into that cafeteria.

  • (11 years ago)

    This school has good teachers but a terrible environment for a child to work in. The school is full of dangerous people and becomes more and more like a penitentiary every day. The school has brand new cameras and tall fences(Which have done no good) but ten year old books.

  • (12 years ago)

    GWHS is a great High School. Supportive staff and great students. The GWHS Marching Band is the highlight of the school!! GW is definitely the place to go if you move to Danville.

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