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Dawg Days Winter Term

In January of 2019, GWA upper school students will have opportunities to gain real-world experience or study non-traditional topics during a three-week intensive winter term titled "Dawg Days."
During this time, students will take a departure from their regular courses and curriculum and will have the choice to participate in one of the following options from January 7-25:

Travel (10th-12th grades)

  • Belize
    • Students who have completed our Global Health course in the fall will travel to Belize to work alongside Duke University and Johns Hopkins University medical fellows in rural Belize, offering basic medical care to the local population.
    • Contact: Holly Atkinson,
  • Close-Up (Washington, D.C.)
    • “Immerse yourself in all that Washington, D.C. has to offer and explore the famous monuments, world-renowned museums, and hallowed institutions that define our past, inspire our present, and impact our future. Using D.C. as a living classroom, students will make personal connections with the people, institutions, and iconic sites that embody our nation’s past and present. Through meaningful conversations with students from across the country, this program helps young people find their unique voice.” Learn more.
    • Contact: Wrynn Carson,
  • Virginia
    • High school history students will go on a tour of historical sites surrounding our nation’s founding through the American Civil War. Highlights include Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Appomattox, UVA, and much more!
    • Contact: Katherine Meeks,
  • Spanish Exchange
    • GWA students who hosted our Spanish students in the fall will travel to Barcelona to stay with a Spanish family and attend classes at our partner school, St. Paul’s.
    • Contact: Femke Côté,

Internships (11th and 12th grades)


Cool Courses (9th-12th grades) 

A complete course list is currently in development, but students will have the opportunity to take courses like Magic Carpet Ride taught by David Harcourt. In this course, students will build and ride a disc that uses the concept of reduced sliding friction and air pressure. The disc will be of their own design and they will enjoy riding the “magic carpet” at the end of the session. Participants will learn basic concepts regarding the laws of motion and basic engineering principles. Students will be allowed to keep their product.


*And note that an additional opportunity will be offered for the Summer of 2019:

Galapagos Islands

  • Photography and science trip through EF Tours – more details to follow.
  • Contact: Brian Cole, or Tara Walker,