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Carver High School of Engineering and Science

Mission Statement:
A school for students interested in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, technology, and medicine. Our goals are to prepare our students with the skills for collegiate success and the social and leadership skills to be lifelong learners and productive citizens.
Accredidations and Awards:
2015 city leader, School District of Philadelphia's School Progress Report; 90.6 academic score on Pennsylvania's School Performance Profile, 2014-15; 2013 Governor's Award for Academic Excellence; 2010 Middle States Accreditation; 2011 National Academy Foundation Accreditation; ranked 74th among Pennsylvania high schools, U.S. News & World Report, 2015; ranked 1739th among U.S. high schools, Newsweek, 2013; ranked 75th among Philadelphia-area high schools, Philadelphia magazine, 2012
Points of Pride:
$12.3 million in scholarships earned by Class of 2015; rigorous academic program; dual enrollment; approved Engineering CTE program; academic competitions: 1st place citywide calculus competition, 1st place computer programming at Computer Science Fair; placed in several categories at the MESA National Prosthetic Arm Engineering Design Competition; partnerships with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ACE Mentor Program, Outward Bound, Turner Construction, Naval Sea Systems Command, Temple, University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel
AP Courses:
Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Environmental Science, Government & Politics, Physics B, Psychology, Statistics, U.S. History, World History
Other Special Academic Offerings:
1) Engineering: Four-year sequence. Courses: Engineering Survey, Introduction to Engineering, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, Civil Engineering/Architecture, Senior Engineering projects. This is a state-approved CTE program in which students can earn college credit. Partner organizations provide mentors, speakers, field trips and internships. (2) Biomedical: Three-year foundation program for college pre-medical programs or science research. (3) Advanced Computer Programming: JAVA, Digital Editing, Web Design, and AP Computer Science. (4) Environmental Science: Partnership with Delaware Valley Green Building Council Association. (5) STEM: Forensics, AP Statistics, Astronomy. (6) Humanities – Law, Psychology
Foreign Languages:
Spanish, Chinese
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
Peer mediation; expanded school counseling program; Homework Zone; college preparation expectations
Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association, School Advisory Council, afterschool volunteers
Arts Activities and Classes:
Instrumental music classes; jazz; other instrumental ensemble; dance; film/video instruction; pep squad; visual arts instruction
Activities and Special Programs:
Chess team (2015 state champions); National Honor Society; National Society of Black Engineers; student ambassadors; Alumni Association Career Day; robotics team and club; science fair club; Envirothon; anime club; moot court; debate team; student government; yearbook; Homework Zone; peer mediation; Technology Student Association; Outward Bound; Red Cross club; Gift of Life club; weight room club; internship opportunities with Army Corps of Engineers, Turner Construction, NAVSEA, Pennoni Associates, ACE Mentor Program
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track & Field, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Indoor Track & Field, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field, Volleyball, Cheerleading*
Septa Routes:
2, 4, 16, 23, 33, 39, Broad Street subway
Contact Information
1600 W. Norris St., 19121
Ted Domers, Principal
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School: Special Admission
2014-2015 Enrollment: 740
Grades Served: 7-12
Admission Reqs: As and Bs in major subjects, one C acceptable in a minor subject; no failures in any subject on the most recent final report card; 85th percentile or higher on standardized tests; excellent attendance and punctuality; no negative disciplinary reports; writing sample required
ELLS: 3%
Special Education: 3%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 67%
Waiting List? Yes, 125
Racial Demographics: African American – 77% Latino – 7% Asian – 9% White – 467% Other – 3%

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