Washington George High School

10175 Bustleon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19116
(215) 961-2001

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Public Grades 9-12 1921 students 18 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

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Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
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About this school

Washington George High School is a public high school in Philadelphia. The principal of Washington George High School is Ms Kathy Murphy, who can be contacted at aliebowitz@phila.k12.pa.us. 1,921 children attend Washington George High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 40% of the 1,921 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Washington George High School is 18:1. Swenson Arts & Technology 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
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 42% 14%
Black, non-Hispanic 28% 56%
Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 7%
Asian 15% %
Hispanic 13% 19%
Multiracial 0.7% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40% 75%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    We just moved here and the School has been great so far. My son is special ED and they have counselors right in school that help them with everything from choosing classes to transportation and they really seemed to care about him. he is transitioning better than I expected.

  • (2 years ago)

    Great School! My son has gone for 4 years. Wonderful teachers and no violence. Good security and very helpful office staff!

  • (2 years ago)

    My school is number one. Its the best I've ever been in. There is no other school better than George Washington High School. Former Student; Lourdes Diaz

  • (3 years ago)

    (cont...) 2. Academics GWHS is full of wonderful academic programs some useless and some useful but all wonderful. The best program for the smartest students is the one and only IB Program which prepares students for college work. You get a roster in which your choice is not given any importance and you would get six torturing classes which you MUST take whether you are good at them or not. IB students do not get a lot of homework. They easily finish there homework till 2 00 AM mostly and also get time to go on the Facebook or procrastinate on Youtube. They don't have to do much. They just have to study for about five tests or quizzes everyday prepare themselves for the unexpected pop quizzes do 50 math problems everyday write labs on their own without help from anybody read boring english books write billion essays do 150 hours of community service write 4000 word essay on the topics of their choice try to absorb and understand the theory of knowledge and know if they really exist give up their lunches to do their homework run around their school for some advices think about dropping IB every second. Not quite a lot right? We know u can do it. (... to be continued)

  • (3 years ago)

    Umm where should i start. Does school have anything to do with college. NO ! schools just help you get to college. it has nothing to do with the school. my kids actually love this school. if your child hates this school then thats because its strict. yes this school is preety strict and has alot of security. but in my opinion im actaully impressed by the schools education. I came here when i was a high schooler and now i put my children in here. if your child dislikes this school its obvious that your child just hates school. my child has a friend who goes here and says " i wouldnt go anywhere else " so never judge a school because of what students are saying. Actually alot of students rated this school 5 stars. yes this school is rowdy afterschool but hello one thousand and something kids what do you expect. GWHS is preety good school and has ALOT of sports and clubs. Its not dirty at all and the field is beautiful. This is the only popular school in philadelphia that has NEVER been on the "Philly's Most Dangerous Schools List". If you do not believe me then go right on ahead and research it yourself. I Like Washington and so do my kids. Gwhs is a good school. ^___^

  • (3 years ago)

    If you want to know how horrible this school is talk to a student. I am sure no one will hesitate to tell you. Disgusting poor excuse for a school.

  • (3 years ago)

    My cousin had came to GWHS. He goes to Pennstate Now but im going to GWHS and im in 9th grade and so far i love this school..the security is nice to you...school isnt that strict but its still a very safe school... I <3 GWHS and all my friends there...the PSSA scores are starting to get higher...well thats at least what my teacher told me..and now everyone is doing good so we can get cool things...our school just got smartboards 2 years ago and they are so cool. Pros Great School Safe School great Teachers Fun sports Good school if you want to go to college People are nice Neightboorhood is quiet. Cons Bathrooms are never available because of cleaning ( i went to Edison High school but was thretend to get shot... so my mom transfered me to GWHS.. i feel safer now D

  • (4 years ago)

    from crushes.............to tutors.......I absolutely love my school I spent all 4 yrs there and its was great. The staff took there time to teach me and even help me with perosnal problems. During me junior and snior yr I had went thru the most depressing time in my life. My counselor helped me and that really touched my heart....thanks so much g-dub..ill never 4 get you...So proud to say that i GRADUATED FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL!

  • (4 years ago)

    MY four years Spent there where some of the best time of my life. The teachers give it there all but it takes two to tango. Great staff very joyful and out going. Great sports programs. Great School.

  • (4 years ago)

    The school is not great at all. It may have been good in the past but currently it is a horrible school to attend in my opinion. The teacher don't care at all it is in and out and what ever happens happens. They don't take their time to teach us and help us individually. Then we a student ask for extra help they have a smart comment to say that is not needed. These teachers are no help and nothing gets done. AYP is not made and won't be made until these teachers take charge for once and not just show up to school. 25% of the teachers are good in the school the rest are bad and just don't care at all and is not right!

  • (4 years ago)

    My experience with this school was...lacking at best. While it has a great history behind it I feel extremely sorry for those who believe what's written here. The truth is it's got its good sides and the bad sides--but the bad sides just shadow the good. Most teachers are careless. They just don't care enough--they're getting paid even if students fail and because the school's already a 'questionable' school they can simply shrug off their inability to teach and blame it on the students. The truth is that we haven't passed the AYP tests in about eight years and we're in danger of being changed into a reinassance school. Teachers feel its their job to remind us of how we failed to bring the school up even though their inability to teach brought them so low. This isn't to say there aren't great teachers there--there are but most aren't as useful.

  • (4 years ago)

    When I went there it was a good school.My son also went there as well.

  • (5 years ago)

    Learning process cannot solely depend on teacher. The student has to want to learn and participate. Curriculum is above other schools i hear this from my friends who atten other schools. Some of my friends would like to attend washington. School police i agree do patrol halls and outside i feel safe. I can go to a school police and discuss problems as they will listen

  • (5 years ago)

    The school might have been a great school to attend many years back but somewhat recently the school allowed any student from around the city to attend the high school and since then everything has gone downhill. The school itself isn't terribly bad it just depends who your child decides to hang around with. The teachers hardly care to teach anymore and students don't really learn much and the curriculum is extremely slow. This has a lasting effect on the students making the students not wanting to even focus on their studies. The IB program is even a joke if you plan for your child to attend a prestigous college I strongly recommend you choose some other school.

  • (6 years ago)

    School police provide a very safe enviorment. Patrols door cover and on very good terms with students

  • (7 years ago)

    Safety and discipline are real strong! Students ere uniforms and there is a strict code for cutting.

  • (7 years ago)

    The principal was nominated for the best princiapl of the year. The community needs know that gWis changed

  • (8 years ago)

    I had a very disturbing experience about this school. staffs are disoriented they eye service i feel a sense of separation. some of the staffs put the laws into their hands & want 2 decide for u which school suites or what kind of education your child should get. they seems not to want certain ethnics of children. The most advanced country in the world children been deprived of their eds. most teachers are doing great things.

  • (9 years ago)

    Working as a TSS (one-on-one care in school for a child in the special education program) I have had the opportunity from an outsiders view to observe how the special education classes are organized and the quality of the academic programs. I have been very disappointed in the lack of quality education my client is receiving in a program that is supposed to be geared towards his individualized plan of education. The classrooms are very chaotic the students are often rude and disrespectful and teachers are not following through with disciplinary action. Many of the special ed students received all F's on their report card and I wonder if some of the parents are aware or care of their child's lack of acceptable performance in class.

  • (9 years ago)

    My oldest child went to Washington and needless to say that it is not the same school I graduated from 20 years ago. Its a little bit more rowdy but the teachers are still good. It has great extra-curricular activities and Great programs. I would say the parents are pretty involved.

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