About us

Welcome to Carver Elementary PreK-5

This is an excellent place to learn. Carver PreK-5(kindergarten through 5th grade) is small school nestled on a scenic hillside in the heart of the Oak Park community. We educate students from infants and prekindergarten through fifth grade, so they truly feel at home here. The school is beautiful, well maintained and borders lovely Chollas Lake Park. There is a sense of order and safety in a friendly environment conducive to teaching and learning. We're truly a neighborhood school.Because Carver is special many of our 250 students chose to come here from all over the district as well as those who live in the neighborhood. Students come through Enrollment Options as well through special education services.

Carver Elementary Students

Our student population is diverse culturally and linguistically. Family backgrounds include diverse Hispanic, Asian and African cultures as well as Caucasian and African-American. More than 50% speak a language other than English. Students engage in a variety of programs to help them become fluent and meet English language standards.Carver prepares students for successful transition to middle school. Our goal is to help each student build a solid foundation for quality of life after completing school. We believe that how we teach influences how students learn and behave. We teach so students achieve academically and build self-confidence and self-reliance. Come see Carver in action.

Our Mission

"It is our mission to educate all students in a diverse setting to become literate and critically thinking individuals who thrive in an environment of high expectations."

We've Got History

Our school is named for one of the greatest agricultural scientists in American history. He was born into slavery in Missouri and it was on the plantation that he observed what it took to make successful planting work. At a time when most Americans raised their own food, his contributions literally changed the world.

He is the father of crop rotation. In the past, farmers would plant their crops until the soil was ruined and would yield poor crops, because they had not learned to let the crops take turns and let the soil replenish itself with nutrients. Carver changed all that.

He also aimed his discoveries as a way to help the poor Southern farmers, the people he knew and loved, to feed themselves. He found 300 uses for the common peanut -- including peanut butter!

He also developed ways to use common plants like soybeans, pecans and sweet potatoes for alternatives for everything from food to grease and shoe polish.

His owner, Moses Carver, worried that his slaves would run away so as an infant George and his mother were kidnapped by Confederate night-raiders and sent further south. He returned to the plantation after the South lost the Civil War, but never found his mother again. He was sickly and artistic but already showing promise for his gift with agriculture. They called him "the Plant Doctor."

G.W Carver

George Washington Carver (1864-1943) He revolutionized agriculture and invented peanut butter, too!

He left the plantation at age 12 to seek an education, a challenge for even though slavery had finally been banished, the country still segregated black people in schools and most of daily life.

He moved to southwest Missouri, where he worked as a farm hand and studied in a one-room schoolhouse. He went to Kansas for high school. Finally at age 30 he gained acceptance to Simpson College in Iowa, where he was the first black student.

Carver had to study piano and art and the college did not offer science classes. Intent on a science career, he later transferred to Iowa Agricultural College (now Iowa State University) in 1891, where he gained a Bachelor of Science degree in 1894 and a Master of Science degree in bacterial botany and agriculture in 1897. He started teaching at Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanics.

In 1897, Booker T. Washington, founder of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute for Negroes, convinced Carver to come south and serve as the school's Director of Agriculture. Carver remained on the faculty until his death in 1943.

At Tuskegee Carver developed his revolutionary crop rotation method, which saved and revived Southern agriculture. He educated the farmers to alternate the soil-depleting cotton crops with soil-enriching crops such as; peanuts, peas, soybeans, sweet potato, and pecans.

Carver also worked at developing industrial applications from agricultural crops. During World War I, he found a way to replace the textile dyes formerly imported from Europe. He produced dyes of 500 different shades of dye and he was responsible for the invention in 1927 of a process for producing paints and stains from soybeans. For that he received three separate patents.

In 1943, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a Democrat, honored Carver with a national monument dedicated to his accomplishments.

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