• Policy & Advocacy Institute

GDS Policy and Advocacy Institute

Launched in 2014, the GDS Policy and Advocacy Institute is a student-led, interactive learning experience, wherein fellows use their passion towards a subject matter to try to shape the world around them. For four weeks during June and July, High School students learn about pressing social justice issues, such as veteran homelessness and affordable housing, by meeting with advocates, engaging in conversation with policymakers and building relationships with individuals directly impacted by the issue they are examining. The Institute honors the humanity and dignity of persons impacted by inequity, injustice and oppression and strives to create a more socially just community and world.

The Policy and Advocacy Institute has been recognized by the Education Advisory Board (2016 Best Practice in Education), and fellows and teachers have presented about their work at national conferences, such as NAIS (2017) and the Private Schools with Public Purpose Conference (2015 and 2018).

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    Leigh Tait 

    Program Associate, Community Engagement and Experiential Learning


4530 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, Washington, DC 20007


4200 Davenport Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Georgetown Day School is a coed, preK-12, non-sectarian private school in Washington, DC with small class sizes and a diverse school community. Our comprehensive, innovative curriculum includes hands-on learning, honors and AP classes, as well as advanced-level math and STEM courses. An education is not just college prep and SAT scores. GDS teachers focus on providing the best education for each child, from elementary grades through high school. The school performing arts program includes theater, dance, and music. The athletics program offers competitive sports for student athletes, including cross-country, track, soccer, lacrosse, and crew/rowing. With our strong commitment to financial aid, an independent school tuition is affordable.