Veterinary program; a lab filled with animals
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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Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
PhysicsNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
AP/IB Math or Science
MusicNot offered in 2019-20
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Veterinary Science Institute
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
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
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.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
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
Contact & Location
143-10 Springfield Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY 11413
Buses: Q3, Q77, Q85
This school shares the Springfield Gardens Educational Campus with three other schools