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George Washington Carver High School for the Sciences

Grades: 9-12
143-10 Springfield Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY
Phone: 718-525-6439

Our Insights

What’s Special

Veterinary program; a lab filled with animals

The Downside

Safety concerns, metal detectors

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.

Starting in 10th grade, children interact with animals in a lab on-site that houses hamsters, mice, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rabbits, parrots, pigeons, tortoises, geckos and more, according to assistant principal Magdalena Bellamy. Some children have gone on to colleges that have veterinary programs, such as Mercy College, Cornell University and LaGuardia Community College.

The high school offers two programs for students, both with an emphasis on science and research. Veterinary Science Institute offers teens a chance to work towards a certification in Small Animal Science, which gives them a leg-up, whether they are applying to college, or to work in a pet store. Carver Research Institute has a broader science focus. Teens pick a topic and complete a research project by the end of junior year; one child extracted DNA from a strawberry, another studied the impact of mold on the environment. 

Once children are accepted to either program, they may apply for a small honors track (Gateway), which has about 100 students school-wide, Bellamy said. This group must maintain a high grade point average and be involved in community service. A staff member supports them and keeps close tabs on their progress. 

The school has a strict dress code but no uniform. The focus is on academics, Bellamy said. There are a few clubs, such as photography club, young women’s leadership and a multi-cultural club. 

George Washington Carver shares the Springfield Gardens Educational Campus with three other schools. The schools share facilities including the media center, gymnasium and cafeteria. The building features a spacious outdoor field for football and track. Advanced Placement courses are open campus-wide.

The school struggles with safety like other schools on campus, with students report feeling unsafe in hallways and bathrooms at higher rates than the citywide average. Teachers also report that order and discipline are not maintained. Bellamy said teachers are getting training on how to de-escalate behavior but not all have it yet. Students must pass through metal detectors when entering the building. 

Admissions: In recent years, this school has had room for every student who wants to attend. (Melanie Quiroz, web reports and interview, October 2018)






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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
65%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
83%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
47%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
87%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
93%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
15.1

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
72%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
47%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
15%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
65%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
390
Asian
4%
Black
70%
Hispanic
17%
White
2%
Other
8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
69%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
2%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
85%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
37%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
44%
66% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Veterinary Science Institute
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Classes stress genuine hands-on experiences with theory. Students will engage in the theory and practice of Veterinary Science laboratory techniques and the use of technology through hands-on activities and simulations. Students will also participate in field experiences and problem solving. Our facility houses a selected variety of species of animals, where students learn humane care and become proficient in the handling, care and maintenance of small animals.

Pre-Nursing Institute Program
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Pre-Nursing Institute Program is designed to provide students with an in-depth, well-rounded and thorough college preparatory education. At all levels of training, classroom teaching and learning will be complemented with foundational core courses that are theoretically based coupled with clinical practicum experiences, clinical internships and rotations, simulations and job shadowing that are appropriate to the specialty. Students enrolled in the program will develop skills in attention to detail, strong communication skills, and an energetic passion for helping others are among the many traits needed for professionals working in healthcare. Hence, the Pre-Nursing Institute Program will guide students in attaining the content-specific knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills and values that are essential for professional nurse leaders, managers, other health-related professions, including the ability to make sound judgement and address the health needs of diverse cultural groups within the urban community.

Carver Research Institute
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This program is a comprehensive program that allows students to pursue interests in Science, Math and their related fields. Particular emphasis is placed on skills in measurement, journaling, observation, prediction, experimentation, use of science tools, and formulating questions. Students will be expected to conduct research and participate in field experiences, symposia, expositions, and competitions.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science

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

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

Springfield Gardens (District 29)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q3, Q77, Q85

Contact

Principal
Janice Sutton
Parent Coordinator
Sandra Welch Dorsett

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Springfield Gardens Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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