School News & Events
- January 8 - Welcome Back to School!
- January 12 - Spanish IS Fieldtrip to St. Augustine
- January 15 - Martin Luther King Holiday - A Moment to Reach Out to Others!
- January 19 - 8th Grader Fieldtrip to Islands of Adventure
- January 22 - Beginning of the 3rd Grading Period - A Fresh Start & a New Beginning!
- January 24 - PTSA General Meeting @ 8:30 AM
- January 26 - 7th Grader Fieldtrip to Dave & Busters
- January 31 - Shakespeare Showcase @ 4:30 PM
George Washington Carver Middle School is a Miami-Dade Public Schools magnet for international education and studies. All students who wish to attend must apply by completing the District’s magnet school application, meeting the academic criteria and being selected through the random selection process. Entry level for the Intenational Education Program is 6th grade only. Entry level for International Studies Program is 6th, 7th, and 8th grade(s).
The magnet application period for Miami-Dade County Public Schools runs from October 1st through January 15th each year.
It is important that you visit the “Magnet” section of this site for specific information about G.W. Carver Middle’s language magnet programs, selection criteria before completing the magnet school application online.
Students new to Miami-Dade County Public Schools will need the following before attending class:
- Birth certificate or legal proof of name
- Health and immunization forms
- Child’s Social Security Number
- Proof of residency
Students transferring from another Miami-Dade County Public School only need:
- A parent or legal guardian must present a valid withdrawal slip from the previous/sending school
- Proof of residency in the parent or legal guardian’s name.
Please contact the Lead Teacher at (305) 444-7388 for more information, or visit the MDCPS Parent Portal:
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MDCPS Parent/Student Handbook
Click HERE for the Carver Parent/Student Handbook.
Health Inspection Reports
Click HERE for the Health Inspection Reports.
Celebrating 30 Years International Studies International Education 1987 - 2017!
Greetings! Buenos dias! Guten Tag! Bonjour! Buongiorno!
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to G.W. Carver Middle School, Center for International Education/ International Studies. Our institution is nationally recognized by Magnet Schools of America as a School of Distinction. G.W. Carver Middle School has been honored as the number one traditional middle school in Florida for many years, and is rated an “A” by the State of Florida. G.W. Carver Middle School is the only public middle school recognized by the Spanish, German, Italian, and French governments. All students at G.W. Carver Middle School study Spanish, German, Italian, or French and their respective cultures at an in-depth level. All courses are taught at the honors or advanced level.
Our students enjoy a true middle school experience complete with clubs, after-school sports and exciting field trips. G.W. Carver Middle School strives to create a friendly, multi-ethnic environment that encourages student growth in academics, self-esteem, self-discipline and respectful understanding of different peoples and cultures. This environment provides an experience that prepares our students to meet tomorrow's challenges in the international arena. The faculty and staff are personally and professionally committed to our students. They provide students with outstanding educational opportunities and services. It is my goal to maintain G.W. Carver Middle School's outstanding achievements, and with the faculty and staff, I invite you to visit our school.
- Shelley F. Stroleny, Principal
We are Carver. We are Recognized.
Carver has been an "A" School for more than a decade! We are very proud of this achievement!
Carver School can trace its beginning to the private school for Coconut Grove black children that was founded by D.A. Dorsey in 1899. In 1901, the first public school was organized at St. Paul A.M.E. church under Rev. John Davis. The next year, the school moved to Thomas Avenue on land donated by patrons and friends. "The Little Schoolhouse", as it was fondly called, served the community until 1923 when the school was moved to Lejeune Road. In 1924, George Merrick, who was developing Coral Gables, offered the Board of Education five acres on Grand Avenue and Lincoln Drive, and a newly designed nine room Spanish building in exchange for the unfinished building on Lejeune Road. The new school, known as the Dade County Training School, housed elementary and junior high schools, and served black students from as far away as Homestead.
Mrs. Francis Tucker, a Tuskegee University graduate, and friend of Dr. George Washington Carver, became principal in 1929, and served until her retirement in 1956. Beginning in 1934, one high school class was added each year until the first senior class graduated in 1939. When Dr. George Washington Carver died in 1942, Mrs. Tucker led a movement to rename the school in his honor. By this time the school was severely overcrowded and many portable classrooms filled the school grounds. In 1950, the School Board acquired five additional acres and hired architect, Alfred Browning Parker to design a modern, new high school, which opened in 1952. Carver High graduated its last senior class in 1966. In the fall of that year, senior high students were transferred to Coral Gables Senior High, and the former high school became G.W. Carver Junior High.
In February, 1970, the Federal court ordered the Dade County School system to desegregate all the faculties, and the following fall paired G.W. Carver Junior High with Ponce de Leon, making the school a 7th grade center. The court also ordered Carver Elementary paired with Sunset, Coral Gables and Merrick Elementaries making G.W. Carver Elementary a kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade school. Since integration, Carver has added a proud heritage of being a model multi-racial, multi-ethnic school serving students from Miami, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables and Key Biscayne. During 1985-86, Carver's population dropped to 53% of capacity. After many meetings with community and school officials, Carver requested to become a magnet school in international education, an idea that was initiated in 1982, at the Southern Governor's Conference.
The first International Studies classes came to Carver in the 1987/88 school year. Since then, Carver has become a magnet school housing both the International Studies Program for students continuing their studies from Sunset Elementary School as well as the International Education Program for students beginning their study of foreign language at G.W. Carver in the sixth grade. G.W. Carver offers advanced placement testing in Spanish, German Italian and French. On May 31, 1994, governor Lawton Chiles proclaimed International Studies Day in honor of the first sixteen graduates of the International Studies Magnet program.
School Hall of Fame
Please click HERE to download the G.W. Carver Middle School Hall of Fame Nomination Form.
To provide Miami-Dade County's multicultural and multilingual population with an advanced educational program, George Washington Carver Middle School will follow state benchmarks and meet the academic standards of France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The school will offer a curriculum to prepare students to meet the future needs of major industries, international trade, finance, and tourism.
Reflecting the needs of Miami-Dade County's diverse community, George Washington Carver Middle School, Center for International Education, will prepare all students to be multilingual and multiliterate. All stakeholders of the school will implement technological innovations to enhance the strong multilingual academic program, thus ensuring each student success in the competitive environment of the 21st century. The school will provide a rigorous, diverse curriculum that meets world-class standards for a multicultural world.
We believe George Washington Carver Middle School to be a student-centered academic institution where teachers and staff are role models whose excitement and energy promote academic excellence. George Washington Carver Middle School is a place where parental support is not only encouraged but is essential to the students' success and where the administrative team provides constructive support focusing on critical aspects of successful teaching to students, faculty, parents, and the community. Our school is a multi-national school where competency-based curriculum is emphasized along with the academic standards of the ministries of France, Germany, Spain and Italy. It is a school of facilitators who go out of their way to solve problems while creating a positive work climate. As a school of tomorrow where students complete courses that will enable them to function in a multicultural society, we promote technological competence and believe George Washington Carver Middle School to be Miami-Dade County Public Schools' best middle school.
There is probably no factor more important to successful school progress than regular school attendance. Students who are absent excessively from the instructional program will fall behind in academic achievement. Excessive school absenteeism can result in course failure.
The attendance policy is established by the School Board. Highlights of the attendance rules are as follows:
1. A secondary student accumulating ten or more unexcused class absences in an annual course or five or more unexcused absences in a semester course will be subject to the withholding of final credit, pending a student/parent requested administrative screening and/or review of all absences by the attendance review committee.
2. An attendance review committee is established in each school. The committee consists of three or more school personnel who have the responsibility to review student attendance petitions during the last week of the course(s) and recommend the:
- A. Issuing of final credit
- B. Temporary withholding of final credit pending makeup assignments;
- C. Permanent withholding of credit.
3. The following are considered excused absences: student illness, medical appointment, death in family, observance of a religious holiday, mandated religious service, and a school sponsored event or activity previously approved
4. All other absences not listed above in item 3 are considered unexcused
*Excerpt from School Board Rule 6Gxl3-5A-l.04
School Grounds & Hours
G.W. Carver Middle School has a closed campus policy. Students must remain on the school grounds from the time tey arrive (even if the first period has not yet started) until dismissal. Florida Statute states that schools are responsible for students 30 minutes before school and 30 minutes after school. This means no students should be on school grounds before 8:35 AM or after 4:20 PM. Students are not permitted to play football, softball, soccer, etc. before or after school. At the end of the school day, if students are not involved in a supervised school activity, they must leave the grounds by 4:20 PM. Parents - for the safety and well-being of all children, it is strongly encouraged that transportation arrangements be made so that no child is left unsupervised on school grounds after 4:20 PM.