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About This School

George Washington Carver Academy is a charter middle school in Highland Park. The principal of George Washington Carver Academy is Mrs. Celestine Sanders and can be contacted at csanders@gwcarveracademy.org. 432 students go to George Washington Carver Academy and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 93% of the 432 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at George Washington Carver Academy is 16:1. Henry Ford Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 100% 100%
Hispanic 0.2% %
White, non-Hispanic 0.2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 93% 94%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    I believe George Washington Carver Academy provides quality education. Change has been implemented -change is good- and with that comes many challenges. However the safe environment and positive atmosphere at this school indicates that our children will come out on top. Parent involvement great leadership and quality educators produce youth who are geared toward high academic achievement. No school is perfect all schools can improveme in one way or another. So if you happen to be one of those unhappy parents **POSITIVELY INVOLVE YOURSELF** with your child's educational experience. OUR CHILDREN ARE A REFLECTION OF WHO WE ARE!!! My son completed 3rd grade believing that he can become the President of the United States and is now in 4th grade. He is very excited about his education and always eager to learn. His favorite subject is science but he enjoys all subjects. Very seldomly does he come home with a complaint. We do not live in the Highland Park district but the drive to this school comes with no regrets. We've had a great experience and as a parent I look forward to continuing my child's educational journey at George Washington Carver Academy.

  • (2 years ago)

    I love my school and anybhody who disagree can just get off this site. they dnt belong on this site

  • (3 years ago)

    My children has been at GWCA since kindergarten and they love their school. They know who their prinicpal is by name. They can go into her office and ask her anything. Most kids can't tell who their prinicpal is. She expects a lot out of the students and staff. She truly wnat these children to succeed. She believes in teaching to master not to memorize and important. It is a global economy that are kids are going to have to compete in.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a teacher at this school who has been asked to return in the fall. If I could find another job I'd walk out the door and never look back. Most of the "issues" at this school are caused by the incompetence of the management company and the administrators. This school is run on personalities and numbers it has no heart and no brain. If you're one of the "in" crowd"and your salary is not too high then you'll have a job and get good reviews. But if you speak your mind as a professional educator and point out problems or suggest other ways of doing things and/or you're getting paid a proper salary then you're history around here. I kept my poorly paid mouth shut but as a teacher I'm just "phoning it in"-this place is a terrible school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Kids are great....It's a tough world...Yes our kids are tough...parents are tough but somehow the kids come together and get things done. All those bake sales were for the kids. This school year marked by far the most field trips ever taken by this school. Ask the kids who their principal is and if she cares about them and they will tell you Ms. S. Ask them about any other CAO/principal and they won't be able to tell you.

  • (3 years ago)

    Two other schools with the same mismanagement style of the CAO/principle have been closed for this reason. It's obvious to staff the great potential to bring the school to its final demise. Unfortunately whoever runs the school does not know how to run a school effectively! More teachers were laid off in a cruel manner on the last day of school/ budget cuts(soon you'll see more new teachers to replace them) . But it is never understood how these selections are made (not seniority not poor performance. Teachers are dismissed people that the CAO does not like have opinions and are seeking further advancement for their careers. A "real" leader would embrace these employees but not exhibits diabetic up)/diabetic down) attitude. Favorites are selected and pitted against each other depending on their skills just to keep morale low i.e. against experienced teachers. CAO/Principal is also severly distorted.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a substitute teacher @ GWC and I enjoy my assignments there. There are problems just as any other has but the difference here is that the teachers and administration genuinely care about the students. I believe more parent involvement would make the difference. Parents volunteer in your child's classroom and observe what the teachers and administration have to deal with on a daily basis with YOUR CHILD! I think you will leave with a different perspective.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love the teachers at GWAC however they are not appreciated or given much incentive. These are people who are teaching our children and need the support of administration and board members. I volunteer frequently and have one child enrolled at GWAC. I don't think he will be back in Sept of 09 which is sad because I really care about the students and the teachers. I served on the school improvement board with disappointing results. Mr. Gordon is a very sincere hard working principle who greeted the parents and thanked them for bringing their kids to school I sure hope he stays. He is very compassionate and caring. The management and board members need to listen to the teachers and the parents.

  • (4 years ago)

    GWCA is the worst school ever. When I first put my child in this school was when they had trailers outside of the school and they were building to look as it does now. But they have had may of people come and go teacher and a principals and the whole I care for students have gone down. There may be some who care but some whom don't. I'm Glad that my child is leaving the school this year and she been there since K-8. This school needs lots of work with Teachers and students learning. I will never tell anyone how good this school is. Due to it's not.

  • (5 years ago)

    Not a good school. They have the lowest score in Michigan. The teacher sat around and talk all day. They can not keep a pripincal. Parking is crazy. These charter schools need to do better. Now my daughter is attending a new school this year and so far we love it. They have more things for the students and parents to do.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think it is a great school! They have a lot of new programs for the students there!

  • (5 years ago)

    A small group of parents 4 or 5 meet every few weeks to discuss the quality of this school. Together we have about 10 kids in the school from 2nd through 7th grade. We make it a point to attend board meetings visit with administrators and talk with the teachers. The school has many problems; the board and teachers blame the administration the administrators blame the teachers etc. There's a new management company and a few new board memebers they need to do a clean sweep of the anministration and cut loose a few of the teachers. As a parent group we're giving this school one last chance if there's no improvement we're taking our kids out before count day. Some things are great but it's taking too long to correct the problems.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have three kids at this school and agree that the 2007-08 was pretty bad. The administration promised new books new technology and new programs-nothing was delivered! The Principal was always in her office the kids didn't even know her. The Assistant Principal was so inconsistent he was ineffective. There's a new management company taking over now hopefully they will bring in some professional administrators. Our kids deserve better.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have two students at this school; 7th and 2nd graders. The quality of the school really slipped this year. They've had three different principals in the last two years. The current administratiors show no vision or leadership they seem to be overwhelmed and just going through the motions. Usually out of sight in the office not out and about the school. This apathy is apparent in the teachers and trickles down to the students. Minimal afterschool programs that only a few attend. Afterschool tutoring is more like playtime. Middle school kids are out of control. Of course the school did not make AYP.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have 3 children that attend George Washington Carver Academy. I enrolled my children there because I heard that it was a good school. So far my children have had academic success far beyond what they achieved at their other school. As I read the other comments I would have to totally disagree with most of the statements. The change in administration has proven to be a wise choice! The previous Principal was Lawyer and this administration is made up of seasoned educators. We cannot be swayed by people who have personal agendas against 'GOOD' people. The Administrators have always helped me with any issues that I have had. Mr. W is as stern as a rattlesnake but the kids know that he genuinely cares about them and their academics! It is OUR responsibility as parents to raise our kids NOT the schools that they attend.

  • (5 years ago)

    2007-08 school year was a disaster. New Principal seems to be trying to recreate the DPS school she came from-No leadership at all. Alot of promises but no follow through. New Assistant Principal seems dazed and confused; one day harsh and strict the next day he's the kids best buddy. This school needs new administrators professionals with a vision. Right now the rough kids are running the school the teachers are caught in the middle and the best students are loosing out.

  • (6 years ago)

    So far my son is doing very well in this school. Compared to the last elementary school he went to which was a public school he has improved his grades and they seem to be more patient. I look forward to seeing how the rest of this school year will turn out.

  • (6 years ago)

    Carver Academy has more successes than failures. During the 2006-2007 academic year 33% of the 8th graders were accepted into either Cass Renaissance and King. That has to say alot for the quality of education that exists at the academy. The % of Highly Qualified teachers has risen drastically over the last two (2) years at Carver. Carvers Robotics and Rocketry Teams have competed in Washington D.C. The only ALL African American Rocketry program in the city! No school is perfect most people 'downplay' schools by word of mouth without ever stepping foot on the schools grounds! Carver is ACHIEVING!!

  • (7 years ago)

    Hi I graduated from Carver in June of 2005 and during the time I attended Carver to the time I left the school administrative seemed as if they couldn't accommodate the students. Every year after sixth grade the school became more deteriorated than the year before. The teachers became unsuccessful at controlling the students and the learning environment declined.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is really on a downward spiral. The principal is more concerned about keeping the students in the building for the money they get from funding rather than disciplining students with behavior problems. My child was bullied on a daily basis and the principal did not discipline the child for fear that the parent would remove her child from the school.

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