George Washington Carver High School for the Sciences
Veterinary program, internships and paid employment opportunities
Some safety concerns in Springfield Gardens complex
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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Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Macroeconomics, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History
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