The academy system in the school is basically a school within a school. In an academy, students attend several classes together, forming a tight sense of community with one another. When a student attends an academy program, they are not only getting their normal school credit requirements out of the way, they are also getting an in-depth look into a specific profession or industry. When a student applies to an academy, they can expect to have an additional elective class relating to their academy along with high school requirement courses. These classes count as a "G" elective of the A-G graduation requirements and feature job training, often smaller class sizes, more attention from your teachers, as well as any other planned activities provided by the academy. The academy also reserves seats in the San Francisco City College. These city college classes offer both High School and College credit, typically making these classes more if not equal in value to the AP classes offered in George Washington High School.
- Focused elective classes that are experiential and project-based
- Smaller class sizes
- A strong community that develops from attending cohort classes in English, Social Studies, and Hospitality and Tourism while sharing your Homeroom with your Academy classmates (AOHT only)
- 1-on-1 attention with the instructor
- Field Trips!
- Job-skill development
- Summer internships
- Early College City College (CCSF) classes reserved for students in the academy