What is a charter school?
There are three basic principlines that govern all charter schools:
- Choice: Parents select the school their child attends. Teachers and principals choose to work in the school.
- Flexibility: Charter schools are free to make decisions about curricula, the school day, and hiring teachers in order to best meet the needs of their students.
- Accountability: Charter schools operate within a multi-tiered accountability system – to parents, to authorizers via a performance-based contract, to the state and donors – that leads to quality schools and high achievement.
How are charter schools funded?
Like all public schools, charter schools receive public funding on a per-pupil basis. Most charter schools, such as Collegiate Academies’ schools, are organized as nonprofit corporations and can supplement their public funding with private donations. All public charter schools are tuition free.
What is a charter management organization?
All charter management organizations (CMO) differ slightly. Generally speaking, CMOs are organizations that work with individual schools to deliver management services. Collegiate Academies works with each of our schools to ensure academic, operational, and fiscal success and consistency. We aim to develop and support open enrollment high schools actively working to close the achievement gap.
What makes schools within Collegiate Academies different?
Every Collegiate Academies school holds high four commitments that make our schools unique:
- Growth Mindset: Scholars and adults at Collegiate Academies pursue new and greater achievements daily and work to eradicate beliefs in the limitations of children, adults, and all people.
- Professional Development: To support our growth, adults at Collegiate Academies invest in more than 550 professional development hours each year.
- Driven by Data: Academic and behavioral data help us track student growth and allow teachers to pinpoint the needs of each individual scholar.
- Beyond Academics: Each scholar is unique. Our opportunity is to know their strengths and areas of growth and to help them become their best selves. Advisory, co-curricular activities, summer internships, college trips, and mental health supports are just a few of the ways we strive to provide our scholars with holistic high school experiences.
What is the relationship between Collegiate Academies and Carver Collegiate?
Collegiate Academies is the charter management organization dedicated to supporting G.W. Carver Collegiate Academy and ensuring that all scholars are prepared for college success, equipped with the passion and tools to begin innovative and world-changing pursuits. At Collegiate Academies, our schools always come first, and all central office staff work to serve the needs of our teachers, school leaders, and students. Our charter management organization exists to streamline important functions, increasing efficiency and providing vital supports--from operations to fundraising, communications to instructional coaching--for our schools.
What other schools are in the Collegiate Academies network?
Collegiate Academies operates three high schools in New Orleans. In addition to Carver Collegiate (CCA), we operate Sci Academy and Carver Preparatory Academy (CPA). Both CCA and Sci Academy are located at 5552 Read Blvd in New Orleans East. Along with CPA, CCA opened with an inaugural 9th grade class in the 2012-2013 school year. Over the next four years, they will grow by a grade each year, and will both serve scholars in grades 9-12 by the fall of 2015.
What is the leadership structure at Carver Collegiate?
The principal of Carver Collegiate, Jerel Bryant, leads all teachers and is responsible for setting the culture and vision of the school. In addition to the principal, a Director of Curriculum and Instruction is responsible for developing and supporting teachers and ensuring that the academic program meets the needs of the students at Carver Collegiate. Each grade level team is led by a Culture Dean, who is responsible for setting and maintaing the culture and expectations for each grade, and each academic subject team is led by an Academic Dean who supports each teacher within that discipline and designs and oversees the curriculum to ensure that students are prepared for the end of course exam (EOC). Additionally, the operations team at Carver Collegiate--including the Director of Finance and Operations and the Operations Manager--is responsible for the financial, budgetary, and operational decisions at the school.
How do I enroll my child at Carver Collegiate?
All students in Orleans Parish are able to attend Carver Collegiate. We accept the Recovery School District's OneApp. For more information on how to enroll your child at Carver Collegiate, please click here.
When will Carver Collegiate have a permanent facility?
The Recovery School District is currently in the design phase of our permanent facility plans, and expect to break ground on the new facility in the upcoming school year. As the facility timeline changes, we will update new information here!
What is the discipline policy at Carver Collegiate?
For information about Carver Collegiate's discipline policy, please consult the Carver Collegiate Family Handbook.
Does Carver Collegiate require its students to wear a uniform?
Yes, all scholars are required to wear a uniform. All new students are provided with one complementary uniform, and additional uniform vouchers are available for scholars who qualify. While the uniform is different for each grade level, there are several rules that govern all uniforms at Carver Collegiate:
- All shirts must be purchased from official school vendors and display the Carver Collegiate logo.
- All pants must be khaki and have no more than two pockets in the front and two pockets in the back.
- All scholars must wear a leather belt that is solid black or brown, with black, brown, gold, or silver buckles.
- If socks are worn, they must be black and white or a combination of black and white.
- Boys must wear black, white, green, or orange low top or high top shoes, black Airwalk shoes, or black dress shoes and girls can wear either black , white, green, or orange low top or high top shoes, black Airwalk shoes or Oxford black and white saddleback shoes.
For specific details on the uniform policy at Carver Collegiate, please consult the Carver Collegiate Family Handbook.
Is transportation provided to students at Carver Collegiate Academy?
Yes. All students at Carver Collegiate are provided with transportation to and from school, at no cost to parents. Scholars must live within Orleans Parish, and will be assigned a bus stop within 1 mile of the scholar's residence.
Is Carver Collegiate a member of the LHSAA?
Yes. Carver Collegiate is a member of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. G.W. Collegiate Academy and G.W. Carver Preparatory Academy both compete together as one team: G.W. Carver High School.
What are the demographics of the student body at Carver Collegiate?
Carver Collegiate serves a student body that is reflective of the demographics of the Recovery School District as a whole. 97% of our students are minorities, 94% qualify for free or reduced lunch, and 15% have special education needs.
How can I get involved?
At Carver Collegiate, we know that we wouldn't be successful without the dedicated and generous support of our many volunteers, partners, and donors. For more information on how you can support Sci Academy, please contact Allison Zimmer, Development Associate, at email@example.com