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George Washington Carver High School for the Sciences

Grades: 9-12

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. (Melanie Quiroz, web reports and interview, October 2018)

School Stats


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How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
624 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

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How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science



Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
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College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 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.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


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

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


143-10 Springfield Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY 11413

Trains: N/A

Buses: Q3, Q77, Q85


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

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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