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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/gm
CEEB Code: 470795 VA DOE Code: 109-0251

2010-2011 SCHOOL PROFILE


Tyrone Q. Byrd, Principal – (703) 248-5505
Timothy M. Guy, Kenneth L. Siekman and Paige E. Whitlock, 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

THE SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY

Falls Church is a suburban village of approximately 11,000 options: the Standard and Advanced Studies Diplomas of
located seven miles from Washington, D.C. Citizens the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as the International
determined to improve the quality of the local schools led a Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. All students earn one of the
successful effort to separate Falls Church from Fairfax Virginia diplomas and many also earn the IB Diploma.
County in 1948, making the City of Falls Church the only
known community to establish itself as a city in order to In the Class of 2010, 19% of graduates earned the Virginia
provide an independent school system. The high quality of Standard Diploma, and 81% earned the Virginia Advanced
the school system has long been the priority of the citizens Studies Diploma. Twenty-two percent of seniors earned the
of the City of Falls Church. The school system comprises prestigious IB Diploma and an additional 58% of seniors
two elementary schools, one middle school, and George earned one or more IB Certificates.
Mason High School.
GPA
Accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Southern George Mason does not rank its students.
Association of Colleges and Schools and the International
Baccalaureate Organization, George Mason High School is 14% of the Class of 2010 earned a GPA of 4.0 or above.
an 8-12 comprehensive public high school of approximately The median GPA was 3.172. The middle 50% of students
800 students. had GPAs between 3.823 and 2.704.

The school has a multicultural population and an GRADING SYSTEM


international feel, with over 25 different nationalities
represented. Grade Scale Quality Points

THE ACADEMIC CHALLENGES A 90 – 100 4.0


B 80 – 89 3.0
George Mason High School is strongly committed to C 70 – 79 2.0
appropriately challenging all of its students and has been D 60 – 69 1.0
recognized locally and nationally for doing so. The school F 59 – 0 0
has been rated at or near the top of all public schools in the P 60 – 100 0
Washington, D.C. metro area by The Washington Post
Challenge Index each year since 1998. In Newsweek’s and Students take a maximum of seven courses per year, with .
US News and World Report national indexes, George Mason 50 credit earned for the successful completion of each
High School has consistently ranked among the most semester of course work. All high school classes are
challenging public schools in the USA. included in computing grade point average. International
Baccalaureate and AP courses are weighted with an
A broad range of academic and vocational offerings allows additional 1.0 quality point in grade point average
students to pursue many different educational and career calculations. For example: A = 5.0; B = 4.0; C = 3.0; and
goals. George Mason offers students these three diploma D = 2.0.
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM SCORES George Mason’s Scholastic Bowl team is the only Group A
team to reach the VHSL state tournament for the past 9
Approximately 82% of the George Mason Class of 2010 consecutive years, winning our 4th state title in 2009-2010,
took the SAT I. Historically, George Mason students have and 6th Region B championship. The team has dominated
consistently scored well above state and national averages. Bull Run District competition, winning 10 of the last 11
championships.
Critical Rdg. Math Writing
GM Class of 2009 598 603 594 The GMHS Music Dept. was awarded the VA Music
Virginia Avg. 512 512 497 Educator’s Association Blue Ribbon Award for super
National Avg. 501 516 492 performance at district competitions. They also competed at
the Disney Festival in FL and achieved superior ratings. The
Approximately 48% of the GM Class of 2010 took the ACT, GMHS bands achieved superior ratings in the highest level
earning an average composite score of 26.0. The average of difficulty for the 9th consecutive year at VBODA
state composite score was 22.3 and the average nationwide competition.
composite score was 21.0.
GMHS students also compete in the following: FIRST
THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE Robotics, VA Math League, Poetry Out Loud, National
PROGRAM Foreign Language Exam, Model U.N., Chorus, O.M.,
Shakespeare Competition, and Yearbook.
Since 1981, the most rigorous course of studies offered to
the students of George Mason High School is the MATRICULATION
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. This
program of advanced internationally recognized syllabi and Each year most George Mason graduates pursue some type
external examinations offers a rigorous, comprehensive and of post-secondary education. From the Class of 2010, 80%
world-class education during the last two years of high are enrolled at four-year colleges/universities and 9% are
school. The IB Diploma requires students to study in six attending two-year programs.
core areas: English, foreign language, social science,
science, mathematics, and the arts or an elective. For the IB Of those entering four-year programs, seventy-two members
Diploma, a candidate must successfully complete the of the Class of 2010 are attending colleges in Virginia.
following: earn a minimum of 24 points on six examinations Fifty-five students matriculated in 20 other states and the
graded on a scale of 1–7; complete a 4000-word extended District of Columbia.
essay in one of the content areas; complete the Theory of
Knowledge course; and submit reflections of approximately The most commonly selected four-year colleges in
150 hours of Creativity, Action and Service. In 2010, Virginia were:
George Mason seniors posted a 100% success rate in
completing the IB Diploma and achieved Diploma Scores Virginia Polytechnic Inst. & State University 17
above the international average. Thirty-two members of the Virginia Commonwealth University 12
George Mason University 11
class of 2010 completed the IB Diploma.
James Madison University 8
University of Virginia 4
Students not wishing to fulfill all of the requirements of the University of Mary Washington 4
IB Diploma are strongly encouraged to take individual Christopher Newport University 4
courses in the IB curriculum to help them prepare for future
education. These students thus earn IB certificates. More Out-of-state colleges/universities included:
than 75% of the school’s students enroll in one or more IB Bowdoin College Rice Univ.
courses during their junior and/or senior years. Brigham Young Univ. Savannah College of
Brooklyn College – CUNY Art & Design
INTERSCHOLASTIC COMPETITION California State Univ, School of Visual Arts
Clemson Univ. Sewanee Univ.
College of Charleston Swarthmore College
During the 2009-2010 school year, George Mason Athletics
Duke Univ. George Washington Univ.
won its 2nd VHSL Wachovia Cup as the state’s most Grinnell College Univ. of North Carolina
successful Group A athletic program, our 9th consecutive top Grove City College at Chapel Hill &
5 finish. GM also won an unprecedented 6 state Guilford College Greensboro
championships in 2009-2010, and was recognized by Sports Hamilton College West Point
Illustrated as Virginia’s top athletic program. GM is also a 2- Howard Univ. Univ. of Oregon
time recipient of the VHSL Sportsmanship, Ethics and Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania Univ. of Pennsylvania
Integrity Award presented to member schools whose Kenyon College Univ. of Pittsburgh
programs make sportsmanship a priority and an expectation. McDaniel College Univ. of Rochester
Methodist Univ. Univ. of South Carolina
We offer the most comprehensive program in VA Group A,
Miami University Univ. of South Florida,
with 21 varsity and 13 sub-varsity teams – nearly 50% of the Millersville Univ. of Pennsylvania Tampa
student body participates in our athletic program each year. Minneapolis College of Art & Design Univ. of Southern
Year-round strength and conditioning, nutrition education, Montana State Univ. California
and athletic training programs enhance the overall athletic New York Univ. Utah State Univ.
experience for our students. North Carolina State Univ. Valdosta State Univ.
Oberlin College Washington Univ/St. Louis
Oregon State Univ. Wesleyan Univ.