George W. Carver Elementary School – Richmond, VA

Award Year 2016

Exemplary High Performing Schools

George W. Carver Elementary School

1110 West Leigh Street
Richmond, VA, 23220-3142

(804) 780-6247

Dr. Kiwana Yates, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Richmond Public Schools

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Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 94%
  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 98%


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Active Engagement at G. W. Carver Elementary

Active Engagement at G. W. Carver Elementary


This mission of G.W. Carver Elementary School, an oasis of infinite possibilities for the Carver community, is to prepare students to become tomorrow's leaders by developing intrinsic motivation for lifelong learning that garners integrity, critical thinking skills, and engaged learning by highly qualified, passionate educators in partnership with families and community. One of the many challenges that our school has faced was negative phenomena. We overcame it through evolutionary adaptation such as community stakeholders, parents, and intentional partnership. Relationships are fostered with students and parents. The innovative and trailblazing attitudes epitomize our personnel. There is an emphasis of all hands on deck, having a structured climate of creativity and high expectations.

Our school follows a state-mandated curriculum, but at Carver, we include the benefit of exploration through mathematics and science. Students are instructed in ways that encompass a variety of artistic mediums, many that overlap with traditional curriculum and allow for self-directed learning opportunities.

Technology has immensely helped to improve academic success. Considering that students are faced with technological updates often, we strive to keep the students actively engaged and abreast of new advances. With the proliferation of laptops, makerspaces, mimeo boards, tablets and phones, our students are provided with the opportunity to utilize a variety of media to compete academically.

We have learned to meet our students where they are. It is easy to complain about the negatives, but staff members at Carver recognize the positive attributes. The students realize that everyone cares and we are a family. Individuals do "what you inspect, not expect." We set high expectations for the students and inspect student work on a consistent basis.