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George Washington Carver Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 963 students

 

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Posted June 12, 2014

This is a magnet school with advanced level for each class. My son is a 7th grader in IE French program and mastered the language in two years thanks to his teachers and self motivation to learn French. He had excellent teachers in French, Science, World History, Gifted, and Algebra. The school provides the opportunity to advance further into math and science if the student passes a test. I strongly recommend this school for kids who get bored in regular classes and are willing to learn/improve a second language (French/Spanish/Italian/German).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2014

i'm a sixth grader and some of my teachers did not help and would call us names and scream at us. Overall 2 out of 10


Posted December 1, 2013

I'm currently an 8th grade student at Carver Middle. It was the best decision I could've made. In all three years that i've been here they prepare for highschool. We do get a lot of homework but in the long run it's worth it! I highly reccommend this school to any one applying to this school. The teachers care so much about an education. I've had some classmates throw away this opportunity from doing things they aren't supposed to and they made a big mistake. And if you love sports Carver offers a great athletic program. When i leave this school i'll remember it forever.


Posted July 26, 2013

George Washington Carver Middle School is amazing! My daughter loves it. As a parent, I am so impressed with their academics and athletics programs. The German program is superb!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2013

I'm a student who just graduated carver and I have to say going to carver was the best decision I've ever made In my life. I have made the best friend ships with students and even teachers and administrators and the security guards! There was little to no bulling in all my 3 years which is amazing and everyone was friends with everyone of course there were many different social groups but at the end of the day all the students were very respectful. You could tell that the kids came from good and loving homes and it was a perfect learning environment as well. Carver is very challenging, rigorous and there are hours of home work but in the long run it definitely pays off. If you are even thinking about sending your kid to carver do it and I know for a fact you won't regret it. If they make it through 6th grade they're good. Don't let them quit before then! I will remember this school forever and how wonderful it was the carver family is an amazing one!!!


Posted May 27, 2013

My son is graduating from Carver this year and I have nothing but praise but it's administration and teachers. There has been a couple of bumps along the road but I can say that it provides and excellent academic and social environment for any child. Carver is at the top for academics and encourages children to learn in the most creative way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2011

I am currently a junior in high school and I have to say I think Carver prepared me extremely well for the workload this year. I go to a private school where a lot of the kids were babied from grades 6-8 and now have no idea how to handle the heavier workload - I was well prepared. I had some amazing teachers at Carver, but I also had some terrible ones - you have to get lucky to get the good ones. I was in the IE Spanish program and every year I had one great spanish teacher and one really bad spanish teacher, so I was always learning what I needed to know one way or the other. The principal is arrogant and not the greatest, and the administrators in general were disliked by the student community, but they did their jobs ok. I also appreciated the fact that there was no lack of diversity at Carver... a lot of kids at my private school have been living in a bubble for their entire lives, which I can say was definitely not the case at Carver: there were kids from every background imaginable, and though there were some who were cliquey, there is definitely a social group for everyone.


Posted November 19, 2010

I am a student now in 7th grade spanish program and i think that even tho everyother person says this school is excellent, i believe its okay from my experience. The principal makes a big deal out of uniform and some of the parents even thought that. There is a lot of stress and I am very tired; sleeping around 11 oclock at night. Even though, they say that the homework isnt supposed to be a lot and that ur supposed to sleep at 9 or so oclock (in the agenda). If you put ur child in this school, ur child will be influenced (changing their look). In the Student Code of Conduct, it states that you cannot hug or show any "affection" to your peers and look at what the student do all the time? I believe that i only went to this school so i can go to a good highschool.


Posted May 15, 2010

This school has been ALL that I expected and more! My daughter is in 8th grade IS French and now she is fluent in three languages Spanish, English and French. Great teachers, great academics and leadership. I wish they had a high school......Unfortunately, my daughter was placed in waiting list in MAST and Coral Reef HS/IB Programme so we have enrolled her in La Salle, which I hope will give her the same quality education. I recommend this school to every student that wants to attend a good high school and a good university. Good luck!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

best school my son has been learning more things lately I love it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

Carver has been the best school of Florida 3 years in a row !!!! I'm so proud to be a student at this school. I'm in the course of IS French, as many people have said it's pretty intense because of the bar that many students have to reach. But either way it's a really fun school, everyone is well behaved and the teachers are great. For me the French program is kind of hard because I don't speak french at home. I wouldn't say it is excruciatingly hard, like many people are saying, I say it's easy/medium. Carver has helped me so much, that my GPA is now a 3.7. I would never forget this school, and I'm looking forward for my children to go and enjoy this magnificent school as I did .... :D.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 5, 2009

i am currently in 7th grade taking spanish IS and love this shool! :) the only thing is that there are many wannabees but besides that the school is great! also they leave you tons of homework. at first it will feel like if it is too much but hen you'll get used to it. really recomend it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2009

My daughter goes to this school. She is in the IE Spanish Program and this is her last year here. She loves this school. They have an amazing staff and good students. They will provide your child with everything they need and its just a fun to school to go to. They have great events and socials. Carver middle prepares you for high school by placing your child in all honors high school courses. But if your child is struggling they will provide the attention needed. Great attendance and its the school where you need to be if you want to suceed. I would recommend this middle school to any child entering middle school. Its been an 'A' school for over the past 5 years and Im positive they will keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

It's an all-AP school which is the middle school track for the international studies program in Miami-Dade County (1/2 day intensive language study in either Spanish, French or German). Teacher availablity and involvement is tops. I have twins in the German program (6th year) and the homework load is heavy as are academic expectations. A good percentage of students are European. But for those kids with good organizational and study skills and motivation, success if there. Heavy parental involvement is welcome and needed. Great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

I'm currently attending Carver Middle and I'm proud to say that it's the number one public school in the state of Florida. It has great teachers and amazing staff. You get extra credits high school because of the fact that the classes are all advanced!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 11, 2008

As a former student of G.W. Carver Middle Schools I.S. program and current graduate student in Education, I must cite certain things about educators at G.W. Carver. Several during my experience at Carver were not certified in the specific areas of knowledge and expertise they were expected to teach. The pressure to be academically perfect is immense and stress management is poorly encouraged by the staff moreso, maintaining its status of 'perfection.' After learning to be fluent in a language I grew to despise it and later dropped out of the program due to the immense pressure put upon by most teachers. G.W. Carver also possess a great deal of children from Miami's elite aristocratic families who greatly influence school happenings. Meaning, those children recruited to G.W. Carver (because they're smart!) face a greater deal of adversity from many of Miami's elite children who snobbishly remind peers of their status.


Posted June 10, 2008

I went to this school and it was the best I am looking foward that if ever I have children they will go to this school .I love the teacher s you get attached to them emotionally .The acedemic is unbelievable. they are not strict and the students are still well behaved they have the top of the class education i just LOVE IT
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2008

Excellent school, my daughter is in the IS French program and they do have a lot of homework, however she likes it there. I wish they had the time and the funding to have some phys. Ed though. She is taking the Arts elective and they say most children from Carver with an art elective can easily enter the best HS in this field afterwards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2008

In my opinion the best Middle School in Miami, Florida. They have a two language program which my daughter took Spanish...all her teachers were GREAT. She exceeded in all her subject clases. This is like a private school. She is now in CGSH International Baccalaurette Progran which I am proud to say there are only 80 students. Thank you Carver
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2007

G. W. Carver is a great school. Class sizes are small and the curriculum is very challenging. There are two language programs at the school; one is the IS program, in which math is taught in a foreign language and the second is the IE (Int'l Education)(which has two levels in the Spanish program, one for Spanish speakers and one for non-speakers). In the IE program, math is taught in English. If you want your child to become fluent in a foreign language and at the same time study an advanced, pre-IB/AP curriculum, this is the place for you.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

326 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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2012

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

326 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
95%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

273 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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97%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

346 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

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2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

280 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

255 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

280 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
99%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

341 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
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100%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

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Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 59%
White 35%
Black 4%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 135%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 23%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 52%58%61%
Master's degree 46%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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School social worker/counselors(s)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Merit Award, Magnet Schools of America, School of Excellence Award (2007)
  • #1 Middle School in the State of Florida (2007)
  • "A" School (2007)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:45 pm
School Leader's name
  • MS. SHELLEY F STROLENY
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (305) 529-5148

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
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4901 Lincoln Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33133
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