George Washington Carver High School for the Sciences

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Veterinary program, internships and paid employment opportunities

The Downside

Some safety concerns in Springfield Gardens complex

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)

About the students

Enrollment
493
Asian
6.3%
Black
77.5%
Hispanic
12.2%
White
1.0%
Other
3.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
74%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
5%
Male
52%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Springfield Gardens Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
73%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
27%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
50%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
47%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
43%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
12.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
75%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
72%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
82%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
68%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
64%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Media arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Visual arts (part-time) and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
63%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
39%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
68%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
86%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
17%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
6%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
35%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
32%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
72%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
67%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
58%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
76%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
89%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
94%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
67%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Veterinary Science Institute
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Carver Research Institute
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

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

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Stunt

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Location

143-10 Springfield Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY 11413
Springfield Gardens (District 29)
Trains:
Buses: Q3, Q77, Q85

Contact

Phone
718-525-6439
Principal
Janice Sutton
Parent Coordinator
Sandra Welch Dorsett