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School Profile

George Washington High School

600 32nd Avenue

San Francisco, California 94121

Business: (415) 750-8400

Fax: (415) 750-8417


2016-2017 School Year Profile



The Staff: 






Susan Saunders


Assistant Principals: 

Paul Fan



Erin Lynch



Patrick West



Vivian Chinn



Jay Kozak



Patricia Jump



Efrain Orozco


  Chatree Touch


  Teyanna Walker


AP Coordinator

Greg West


Number of Teaching Faculty: 106






Background Information:


Total Enrollment:  2020

Senior Class:           486

Type of School:       Public (San Francisco Unified School District)

Accreditation:          Western Association of Schools and Colleges

CEEB Number:        052950


Pattern of school year:  Two semesters, each 18 weeks; modified block bell schedule

Community:  Socio-economically and ethnically diverse; urban


Ethnic/Racial Composition:  African American 4%, Chinese 49%, Filipino 4%, 

Japanese 1%, Vietnamese 5%, Other Asian 5%, Other Non-White 5%, Other White 8%,

Hispanic 15%, Declined to State 4%


Free/Reduced Lunch:  60% of student body qualifies




Special Features of the Curriculum  


Advanced Placement Courses**:  English Lang & Comp, English Lit & Comp, US History, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Economics (Macro), Calculus (AB and BC), Statistics, Psychology, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, Spanish Language, Chinese, Japanese


Honors Courses**:  Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Chemistry, English 2, American Democracy, World History, Japanese 3, Spanish 3,  Chinese 3, French 3


**Students are permitted to take no more than 3 AP/Honors courses per semester.


Significant College Related Instructional Characteristics


Marking System:  Grades are A, B, C, D, F.


Graduation Requirements:  English 4 years; Mathematics 3 years,  Lab Science 2 years;  Physical Education 2 yearrs; World Language 2 yrs.; Visual/Performing Arts 1 year; World History 1 year; U.S. History 1 year; American Democracy/Economics 1 semester of each;  Health Education 1 semester;  College/Career Education 1 semester; Electives or additional advanced level course, 2 years.


Other Requirements:  Earn 230 credits


Method of Computing GPA:  A=4 points, B=3 points, C=2 points. D=1 point, F=0. 

All grades except PE are given numerical value, added up and divided by the number of courses attempted.  Grades in some Honors and all AP classes are weighted 1 additional point.


Class Rank:  Grades for all courses taken in 10th and 11th (excluding PE) determine class rank. Grades in some Honors and all AP classes are weighted.


SAT Scores:  Class of 2016         SAT Math Average:  517            SAT Writing Average:  449         SAT Critical Reading Average:  458

ACT Scores:  Class of 2016        English Average:  20.3                 Reading Average:  21.3               Math Average:  22.9        Science Average:  21.3


Graduates (Class of 2016):        503            College Acceptances:  98%


Four Year Colleges:      51%

University of California: 19%     State University:  25%     Independent Colleges:  7%       Community Colleges/Vocational Schools:  49%           







George Washington is a four-year comprehensive high school. The school, from its inception, has been dedicated to the philosophy that every student entering its halls has the right to an education to maximize his/her potential.



Located in the outer Richmond district with breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands, the campus includes the main classroom building, shop building, library, five fully-equipped computer labs, an auditorium, dance studio, and athletic facilities.



George Washington High School's comprehensive curriculum educates students for the twenty-first century. A distinguished faculty, including Fulbright Scholars and National Board Certified Teachers, is dedicated to academic excellence. More than 100 different courses are offered to students each year from ten departments.


Special Programs

The school's AP and Honors program is the largest of the city's comprehensive high schools. Presently 49 honors and Advanced Placement class sections are being taught daily. Other academic programs offered include AVID and the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism.  Non-native English-speaking students' instructional needs are provided through ELL classes. A Special Education program is available to students who meet admission criteria.


Scholastic Excellence

The college acceptance rate for the May 2016 graduating class was 98%.  Each year GWHS grads successfully compete on the UC campuses, in private schools across the nation, in California State Universities, community college programs, the military, or directly in business.  Results from AP exams administered in  May 2016 resulted in 124 students honored by the national College Board as Advanced Placement Scholars. GWHS academic program is ranked 97th  in California and 579th  nationally.  


Extra-Curricular Activities

The extra-curricular program at GWHS provides something for everyone. Broad-ranged student interests, from dragon boat to Ultimate Frisbee, from forensics to robotics are met through student clubs.  School dances and athletic events are held regularly. Students participating in athletics, JROTC, or visual and performing arts earn regular distinction.



Visitors are welcome to George Washington High School. Individual tours can be scheduled during the months of October and November. Please call for an appointment. (415) 750-8400.