George Washington Carver High School for the Sciences

143-10 SPRINGFIELD BOULEVARD
QUEENS NY 11413 Map
Phone: (718) 525-6439
Website: Click here
Admissions: Queens; limited unscreened
Principal: Janice Sutton
Neighborhood: Springfield Gardens
District: 29
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: SANDRA WELCH DORSETT
Science & Math
Animal Science

Buses: Q3, Q77, Q85

What's special:

Veterinary program, internships and paid employment opportunities

The downside:

Some safety concerns in Springfield Gardens complex

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

At George Washington Carver High School students care for small animals, learn to do independent research, and conduct hands-on lab-work such as analyzing blood samples and x-rays. The school, opened in 2005, is housed in the Springfield Gardens Educational Campus.

The school has a partnership with the Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education, which helps students prepare for careers in science. Students work with professors at Queens College, participate in science fairs and competitions and are placed in science-related internships during the school year and summer. GW Carver is also one of 40 city high schools selected to participate in the Expanded Success Initiative, a program to improve college and career-readiness rates for black and Latino boys. The school received a $250,000 grant to develop strategies to improve achievement and better outcomes for its male students.

Most students give high marks to their teachers on the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey (LES), but roughly half responded that there is not enough variety in courses and activities. Most students also reported some instances of bullying and at least a third said they do not feel safe inside the school or on school grounds.

Teachers say Dr. Janice M. Sutton, who has a PhD in science education, communicates a clear vision for the school and is good at conveying expectations and instructional goals, based on responses to the survey. Some give her lower marks on her management skills. Sutton is GW Carver's founding principal and a former assistant principal at Springfield Gardens High School, where she headed a veterinary program that was a precursor to Carver.

Incoming students enroll in either the Carver Research Institute or Veterinary Science Institute, and stay with their program for all four years. The main difference between the two programs is the required themed course students take each year on top of the academic program, according to a school staffer at the high school fair. For instance, students in the research program take a four-year course sequence of progressively more advanced research classes that culminate in independent research projects. In the veterinary program students take classes covering topics such as marine life, domestic animals and lab work. They also look after a small menagerie of animals.

There are Advanced Placement (AP) courses in calculus, biology, economics, English, and American history. Very few students who take AP exams earn at least a "3", the minimum grade needed to earn college credit. College Now courses are offered at York College. Spanish is the only foreign language taught.

All schools in the Springfield Gardens Educational Campus share the media center, gymnasium and cafeteria. Students must pass through metal detectors when entering the building.

Students can participate in campus-wide PSAL sports teams. Other extra-curricular activities include student newspaper, science and culture clubs, internships and part-time, paid employment as small animal laboratory and veterinarian assistants.

Special education: There are Integrated Co-Teaching) classes, with two teachers, one a specialist in special education.

College admissions: The school encourages graduates to go to college. However, many must take remedial courses at CUNY because of low scores on Regents exams.

Admissions: Priority to Queens residents or students who attend an information session. (Laura Zingmond, statistics, news reports and interviews, November, 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Springfield Gardens Educational Campus with three other schools

Number of Students 499

Average Daily Attendance 91%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
9%

Black

  
77%

Hispanic

  
11%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
72%

Special ed

  
14%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.39 2.39 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

57% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

75% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

73% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

27% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

74% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

17% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

92% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

6% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

4%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

13%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

23%

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

28% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

428
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

66% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

439
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Veterinary Science Institute

Limited Unscreened

Carver Research Institute

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Economics, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Statistics, AP US History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Carver Student Council, Multicultural Club, Extended Day, National Honor Society, Gateway Student Council, Veterinary Science Club, Peer Mentorship Program, Peer Tutoring, PM School, Senior Council, Young MenŒÍs Leadership Program, Leadership Program

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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