Characterized by the spirit of an experienced, energetic, enthusiastic staff, a network of PTA volunteers/supportive parents, and an excited, eager to learn student body, the George Washington Carver Institute of Science and Technology community strives to foster an exemplary elementary school. Carver's Pre-K - Grade 5 educational program is designed to master the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. Our administrator and staff engage in continuous professional development in order that we are equipped to effectively lead, teach, uphold and enhance the rigorous curriculum.
There is a productive atmosphere at Carver. A recent survey of staff revealed that the morning is the time most enjoyed by the majority of staff. This is the time when we greet parents and students and the alliance between home and school is strengthened. A strong work ethic is apparent throughout the school day. This is largely the result of a staff which is 100% "Highly Qualified". The staff is encouraged to demonstrate a desire for excellence. A deep commitment is placed upon providing unique professional development opportunities. These professional learning opportunities are often embedded in the daily instructional activities.
At Carver, Science and Technology are integrated throughout the curriculum. Cross-curricula instructional strategies are utilized in a student centered, problem solving, and project-driven instructional approach. There is an emphasis upon the assessment of and teaching to learning styles of each and every child. An analysis of the 2017-2018 school-wide Learning Styles Inventory, administered at the beginning of the school year revealed that almost half of our 323 students are visual learners. In response to this analysis, our teachers' lesson plans and classroom instruction reflect more use of artifacts, pictures and video clips. The use of Smart Boards in math and literacy instruction and more visualizing/verbalizing techniques further individualized instruction.
Literacy is the major event of the day. We strive to foster a balanced literacy program, which focuses on Guided Reading and Writing throughout the curriculum. An analysis of student assessment data highlights students' strengths and/or areas needing improvement Students are held accountable for high standards of performance and achievement.
We are happy to report that the STEM/Robotics (Gifted and Talented) Program at Carver will expand this year. Our enrichment program will now include students in Kindergarten – grade 5 who meet the criteria for the program.
We are proud to report that our school was acknowledged by the Superintendent Dr. West for great increase on the ELA part of the PARCC Test, last spring. Data analysis for the past three years has revealed that teaching and student achievements continue to show improvement at Carver.
Carver boasts, "Parents are Always Welcomed". Our "Back to School Night" as usual was a great success. Parents are invited to and are presented in impressive numbers at all student achievement assemblies. Grade level theme assemblies, Science and Math fairs, and parent workshops are also well attended. Our PTA is growing stronger and is becoming more active. We are grateful for our parents' participation which has contributed positively to the overall school climate.
Should you have any questions about George Washington Carver Institute of Science and Technology Report Card, please contact the school at 973-266-5860 or email Dr. Davis at S.Alsbrook@eastorange.k12.nj.us