“You can’t work your way out of poverty by plugging away at low paying jobs, day after day. That’s a myth. You have to leap out. Education is the

force to propel you into a better life.” 
~ Hazel Mack, Founder, The Carter G. Woodson School

Life is full of choices. Choose wisely.

At the Carter G. Woodson School every student – without exception – has an equal chance to succeed. And they do. Our goal is for every child at our school to graduate from high school AND go onto college.   Many years, 100% of our high school students graduate*, and over 94% of those graduates are accepted into college.

We measure our success by the steady and sustaining advancement of our students. It takes time. It takes commitment. It’s challenging, but it can be done. And we’re doing it.

The Carter G. Woodson School welcomes each student who comes to our doors, regardless of his or her background or performance history. We partner with parents and earn their trust, creating a learning community across culture and race.

To be successful in today’s complicated and ever-changing global culture, students need a special kind of teacher and classroom experience. The Carter G. Woodson School provides that.

We respond to each student’s learning style. We provide a rigorous academic program. And we give our students the nurture and support they need within a structured environment.

We are dedicated to giving our students an opportunity to not just meet, but surpass expectations.  That’s what the Carter G. Woodson School means by our motto, “striving to excel, not just equal.”

We offer our students and their families a long-term relationship:  Our 17 years of educating children have shown that the longer students attend Carter G. Woodson School, the better students – and better adults – they become.

Life is full of choices. 

Choose to attend a public charter school. Choose Carter G. Woodson School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


*High school graduation rates are based on “cohorts” (i.e. students who have been at CGWS for three years or more).

No employee or applicant for employment in the Carter G. Woodson School shall, on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age (under certain conditions), marital status, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any circumstances. Compliance is coordinated by the School Director.