Carver High School is Awarded A National Blue Ribbon for Excellence

(Photo: “I had potential I did not realize I had. Now, [after being at Carver] I do know.” – Aziz McDaniels, Senior at Carver High School)

Today, it was announced that George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science was one of only two schools in the city, and one of just 362 schools nationwide, to be awarded a 2019 National Blue Ribbon for exemplary high performance. The U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

PSP granted nearly $350K to Carver High School in 2015 and 2016 to extend their awarding-winning educational program to middle school grades. Now seniors at Carver, Aziz McDaniels and Azja Shields, spoke at the celebratory assembly about how they have changed as students, and as people, after being among the first 7th graders to attend Carver’s middle school program.

Below are highlights from The Philadelphia Inquirer’s story about the announcement.

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12 National Blue Ribbon Schools Named in Philadelphia Region
Kristen A. Graham
The Philadelphia Inquirer
September 26, 2019
Twelve local schools won the U.S. Department of Education’s top honor Thursday, designated by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Less than one percent of schools nationwide receive the award, which is given in recognition either of overall academic excellence or success in narrowing achievement gaps.

“[Carver] students are on par with anyone in the country.”

The Philadelphia School Distict’s two winners — George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science and Joseph Greenberg Elementary School — were in a state of excited joy Thursday morning, preparing for ceremonies celebrating their wins.

Ted Domers, who’s in his seventh year as principal of Carver High School of Engineering and Science, presides over a school of nearly 1,000 seventh through twelfth graders. Most live below the poverty line. Sixty-seven percent will be the first in their family to attend college.

One secret to Carver’s success is its robust menu of offerings. It has 15 Advanced Placement classes and over 50 after-school clubs and sports teams.

“Every student is attached to something — everyone has a touchstone,” Domers said. “Our students are on par with anyone in the country.”

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