As a foundation for students to pursue 21st century careers in STEM-related fields, Carver STEM Academy offers students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade a curriculum rich in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.
Not only does the staff and administrators at Carver STEM Academy work diligently to ensure that their students receive a rigorous education designed to prepare to compete in the global-arena, they are equally as committed to creating opportunities for their students’ to build self-efficacy and esteem in their abilities to accomplish the goals they set for themselves. To that end, every member of the school’s community as fosters a spirit of having “Carver PRIDE: Producing Respectful Individuals Determined to Excel.”
What is STEM Education?
STEM education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the rigorous content and skills of academic learning with real-world scenarios, thereby, challenging students to employ science, technology, engineering, (the arts) and mathematics to synthesize solutions that can potentially alter the social, political, and economic structure of education and society as well as public and private enterprise.
Guided by the District’s adoption of this national initiative, the stakeholders at Carver STEM Academy has moved to incorporate more Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics into daily instructional goals. The school’s staff and administrators have fashioned its educational program focus after the philosophies embraced by the school’s namesake—educator, scientist, inventor, and engineer, George Washington Carver.
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Posted on December 3, 2012
Making changes for the better and believing the “mission is possible” is the motto Principal Sabrina Evans had in mind when she was named principal of Carver Elementary-Middle School in 2012.
As the former principal of Beard Elementary School for four years, serving Prekindergarten to first grade students, Evans admits it was a challenge leaving her “babies” to work with the “big kids” at Carver, but the challenge has been rewarding.
The new Carver STEM Academy
The first change implemented by Evans was a proposed name change: Carver STEM Academy. She selected a STEM-focused curriculum to model the district’s successful STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program, and also to honor the legacy of George Washington Carver, the renowned agricultural scientist, educator, and humanitarian for whom the school was named.
Evans also implemented a new model of learning with six hours of academic-focused course work and one hour of enrichment each day for middle school only.
“Our kids are so talented and gifted; one of the first things I wanted to do when coming to Carver is change the culture and climate…do things differently so that our students are excited to learn,” Evans said.
A new school song was also created by Principal Evans, Tricia Cunningham-Barnes, Instructional Specialist, and melody by Carmyn Brown, Music Teacher, titled, “Carver PRIDE: Producing Respectful Individuals Determined to Excel.”
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Academic Incentive Programs:
Academic Enrichment Administrator (AEA) Club
Academic Engagement Administrator Award
National Junior Honor Society
Staff Incentive Programs:
Teacher of the Month Gift Card Program
Fine and Performing Arts:
Detroit Symphony Orchestra SPHINX Program
Extracurricular Clubs and Programs:
Lit Girls Literary Club
Tuskegee Airmen Aviation Club
Banking On Our Future Financial Literacy Program
First Robotics Lego Club
Detroit Area CEP
Green Living Science Recycling Program
DPS Go Green Science Club
Green Economy Leadership Training
Greening of Detroit Urban Agriculture and Gardening Project
WCSA Broadcasting Club
STEM Engineering in a Box (grade 3)
STEM My Mind (grade 3-4)
Green Living Science Recycling Program
Detroit Public Library Book Mobile
Cranbrook Science Institute
Math Bees Math Club
Detroit Zoo- Science for Tomorrow’s Leaders
Home and School Connections
Onsite Parent Resource Room
Carver Chronicle Newsletter
Target Food Pantry Program
Detroit Parent Network
DPS Parent Advisory Committee for Student Achievement
Bright Smiles Mobile Dentistry
Gleaners Food Bank
SPECIALIZED STUDENT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Resource Coordination Team:
Speech and Language Pathology
School Social Work
High Quality Special Education:
Special Education Resource Room
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Classrooms for Prekindergarten through 8thgrade
High Quality Pre-Kindergarten
We offer a high quality early learning experience for special needs and general education students 4 years. Detroit Public Schools’ Pre-K classroom curriculum is aligned with the National Early Childhood Standards and Michigan State Board of Education’s Early Childhood Standards of Quality.
Our vision at George Washington Carver STEM Academy is one where our students are educated through a collaborative effort inclusive of: parents, faculty, students, and community partners. Through the innovation of our STEM curricular program model, we will forge a new and powerful model of education, ensuring a bright future for each of our students. We envision an environment where our students are motivated, recognized, and celebrated for their willingness to learn and grow through the use of quality instruction and leading-edge technology. We see our students embracing challenges as opportunities for achievement guiding them toward becoming self-directed, life-long learners which permeates the expectations of our Carver STEM Academy Family.
The stakeholders at George Washington Carver STEM Academy believe that students should learn to work together collaboratively with the support of the school, community, and their parents. Therefore our mission is to provide our students with quality educational opportunities within a safe, nurturing, and interactive environment. We further believe that all students should have the right to gain access to the technologies that are representative of a premier education. Therefore, we endeavor to develop our students into life-long learners through the cultivation of a strong sense of academic excellence rooted in science, technology, engineering, (the arts), and mathematics. We believe that individuals and society benefits with when schools and classrooms are genuine communities of respect and learning. We thrive to create a school-wide culture that supports our students’ growth and development into productive, contributing, college/career-oriented members of society ready to act as change agents in a diverse and changing world.
We believe we are productive citizens and positive, contributing members of society.
We believe our goals, dreams and destinies are obtainable—We are college bound!
We believe “The Mission is Possible!”
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