Georgetown Day School
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|Georgetown Day School|
|Head of School||Russell Shaw|
|Average class size||16|
|Student to teacher ratio||6:1|
|Campus||10 overall acres
|Color(s)||Green and White|
|Athletics||14 Interscholastic Sports
63 Interscholastic Teams
|Athletics conference||Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (Boys)
Independent School League (Girls)
Georgetown Day School (GDS) is an independent coeducational PK-12 school located in Washington, D.C.. The school educates 1,075 elementary, middle, and high school students across two campuses in the city's Northwestern quadrant.
Founded in 1945 as Washington's first racially integrated school, it is known for its progressive climate and dedication to social justice. Students call teachers by their first names, and the high school allows students to leave the campus during school hours.
The school is known as one of the city's most academically rigorous and selective institutions, and it has educated the children of several high-ranking government officials, including former United States Attorney General Eric Holder, Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, and Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu.
GDS offers 18 Advanced Placement courses. High School features a comprehensive curriculum covering the humanities, mathematics, sciences, and the arts. Students are required to take 4 years of English courses and a freshman seminar focusing on diversity issues.
The school enrolls approximately 1,075 students and graduates about 130 seniors in any given year. As a college preparatory school, GDS sends 100% of its graduates to four-year universities. The most frequently attended universities for GDS alumni include Harvard, Washington University in St. Louis, Wesleyan and Yale. The 25th to 75th percentile SAT scores for the 2015 senior class at GDS are CR (630 - 760), M (590 - 740), W (620 - 740). The Class of 2015 includes 11 National Merit Semifinalists, 27 Commended Students, 3 National Achievement Semifinalists, and 1 National Hispanic Scholar.
Each year the school sponsors the Ben Cooper Lecture in memory of a student killed in a car accident in 1997. Past speakers have included immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist Michele Norris, journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer-brothers Franklin, Jonathan, and Joshua Foer (all three alumni), journalist David K. Shipler, feminist Zainab Salbi, civil rights activist Julian Bond, fraudster Greg Mortenson, historian John Hope Franklin, political scientist James C. Scott, architect William McDonough, author Sherman Alexie, Senator George J. Mitchell, journalist Anna Quindlen, author and humanitarian Elie Wiesel, poet Maya Angelou, scientist Harold Varmus (a GDS parent), and historian Taylor Branch.
- Elliot Ackerman, decorated veteran and author
- Kelly AuCoin, award winning actor
- Sean Fine, documentary filmmaker, best known for the Academy Nominated War/Dance
- Ruben Fleischer, American film director.
- Franklin Foer, The New Republic editor
- Jonathan Safran Foer, novelist and professor of creative writing at New York University.
- Joshua Foer, freelance journalist and author of Moonwalking with Einstein
- Matt Jackson, 4th longest winstreak on Jeopardy!
- Ben Mankiewicz, producer and actor
- Thurgood Marshall, Jr, partner at Bingham McCutchen, LLP, chairman of the Board of the Governors USPS, Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Cabinet at Clinton Administration.
- Judith Martin, American journalist, author, and etiquette authority.
- Sam Means, comedy writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 30 Rock, and Parks and Recreation. Currently a producer on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
- Guy Picciotto, American singer, songwriter, guitarist, musician, and producer most widely known for his role as guitarist and vocalist in Fugazi and Rites of Spring.
- Paul Shapiro, Vice-president of farm animal protection for the Humane Society of the United States
- Sarah Stillman, American journalist and winner of the 2012 George Polk Award and the 2012 Hillman Prize
- Olivia Wilde, film and television actress, starred in House
- Judy Kuhn, Tony-nominated theatre actress, known for her originating roles in Les Misérables, Chess, and Fun Home, as well as being the singing voice for Pocahontas in the Disney film, Pocahontas.
- Schuyler Bailar, first openly transgender NCAA Division I swimmer
- Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author and activist
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