Carver Elementary School recognized twice for high achievements

This year, Carver Elementary School in Maplewood received two formal recognitions of excellence.

For the fifth year in a row, Carver was named a “Reward school” by the Minnesota Department of Education. Also, for the first time, Carver was presented Minnesota Business Partnership’s 2016 Minnesota’s Future Award and a check for $50,000.

“A core value at Carver Elementary is that every child can learn,” said Principal Gena Abrahamson. “This notion is upheld by the staff on a daily basis in many ways. Carver staff is committed to doing what needs to be done for students to succeed.”

It is this notion that led to Carver Elementary’s success.

“Reward schools are public schools that have demonstrated exemplary academic achievements in state exam proficiency, student growth, graduation rates and closing achievement gaps,” states the Minnesota Department of Education website. It said  that the title of Reward school is only given to the top 15 percent of schools with Title I funding, in other words, schools with high numbers of students living in poverty. 

This year, Carver Elementary was one of 103 schools that received the Reward school designation, and one of only 18 schools to have received it five times.

The Minnesota’s Future Award was presented to Carver Elementary for similar reasons. 

“Carver Elementary is a high-performing, diverse learning community dedicated to academic excellence,” Abrahamson explained. 

The Minnesota Business Partnership website states, “Nearly 60 percent of Carver’s students come from low-income households, two-thirds are students of color, and 20 percent have limited English proficiency. 

“Impressively, Carver has repeatedly outperformed the statewide average for student achievement, both overall and among all student subgroups.”

“This award will make a difference in the lives of so many students. For that, I am forever grateful,” Abrahamson said. “Carver [faculty are] taking their time and really looking at data to help drive our decision on how we will be spending the money.” 

She added that some considerations for ways to use the $50,000 include technology for the classrooms to support enrichment and interventions, building-wide initiatives and more focused learning.


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