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Carver Elementary

Carver Elementary School is an urban school in west Montgomery. It came into existence when parents living in the Mobile Heights and Carver Park communities expressed concerns about the distances their children were required to walk to school. These concerned parents requested an elementary school closer to their homes. The request was granted, and the building was completed in the summer of 1952 on the campus of Carver High School. The school remained on this site until the new school was constructed at 3100 Mobile Drive. Carver Elementary opened for the 1989-1990 school year with a Creative Arts Magnet program added to the existing neighborhood school. A new addition was completed in the summer of 2001adding eight classrooms to the campus. The school continues to serve the community and the system by meeting the needs of the community and providing the elementary arts components.

Carver Elementary and Arts Magnet School is staffed by a principal, one counselor, 25 certified classroom teachers, 8 artists and 9 specialists, and three teacher aides. In addition there is one itinerant professional and support personnel including two secretaries, seven lunchroom workers, and three custodians.

The media center for the school is centrally located to serve the total population of the school. The media specialist and assistant manage the media center using a fully automated system. The library houses 10,264 volumes, an extensive audio/visual collection, pertinent computer software and a large research area. A flexible schedule, Star Reading, Star Math , Star Early Literacy, and Accelerated Reader Programs have been implemented. The media center also serves as host for virtual learning field trips.

Carver Elementary and Arts Magnet School is composed of two programs housed as one elementary school. These are Program A (traditional) and Program B (creative arts magnet). Prior to 2001 both the A and B Programs served K-6. Currently, with the institution of the Middle-School approach and the addition of a Pre-Kindergarten program, Carver Elementary serves grades Pre-K through 5. Grades K-2 are self-contained, and grades 3-5 are departmentalized.

Program A is composed of neighborhood children within walking distance of the school. They receive instruction from specialists in physical education on a daily basis. Students also attend counseling, library, and the computer lab on a weekly basis. These students can also attend the Extended Day classes offered in all arts components throughout the year.

Program B consists of an academic curriculum infused with the arts. This population represents children from throughout Montgomery County. Student enrollment in Program B is based on scores received from interviews/auditions, academic performance, and conduct. All academic classes are served by the physical education specialists on rotating schedule. Students also attend counseling, library, and the computer lab on a weekly basis. These students as well as other students from within the county can attend Extended Day classes.

The arts instruction is conducted during the school day, and during Extended Day classes, by practicing artists in the following arts areas: Classical Guitar, Band, Strings (violin, viola, cello & bass) Piano, Choral Music, Drama, Classical Dance, and Visual Art. Program B students in grades K-1 attend all eight areas on a rotating schedule throughout the school year. Program B students in grades 2-5 concentrate on two arts components on a rotating schedule throughout the school year.

Students with special needs are educated in an inclusive environment with the help of a specialist and/or paraprofessional. This creates a positive social, emotional, and mental environment for all students as their needs are met. ELL students are served in the regular classroom and by an ELL specialist.

Carver Elementary is unique in that it is the only school in the Montgomery County School System that serves both zoned students and county students. It is also unique because students and parents can participate in all art components after school through the Extended Day program.

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