Choosing Carter G. Woodson
We understand the importance of making the best decision when it comes to enrolling your student in school. That is why we’ve taken the time to answer a few important questions to help you decide if Carter G. Woodson is a good fit for you and your student.
1. What is Carter G. Woodson’s philosophy and mission?
Education and citizenship are our vital concerns. The Carter G. Woodson School is a place where every child is taught in a challenge-friendly, nurturing, and constructive learning environment. At Carter G. Woodson, every child is respected and is expected to learn, grow, and be the best he or she can be.
2. What curriculum is used?
At Carter G. Woodson, we follow all the education requirements dictated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). Therefore, we follow the standard course of study and Common Core. As a charter school, we are mandated to be innovative to reach our academic targets. We implore a culturally relevant and student-centered approach in our curriculum which highlights our students’ heritage instead of placing their heritage at the periphery of the program. We place our students’ backgrounds within its proper socio-historical context. Research has shown that such a direct in curriculum helps children to become even better academic students.
3. How do you support a variety of learning styles?
At Carter G. Woodson, we train our staff to employ different teaching styles to accommodate how children learn. All teachers use these research-based strategies. Our Curriculum Coordinator monitors teachers to ensure that all teachers differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of the students.
4. Do you offer AP classes?
Yes. We offer AP courses. Currently, we are offering AP US History. In addition, about 25% of our high school students are dually enrolled and taking college courses at Forsyth Technical Community College. Community college courses are counted as AP courses on student transcripts.
5. What type of professional development is offered to your teachers?
Carter G. Woodson requires that teachers attend bi-weekly in-house professional development. In addition, we have a partnership with the Department of Education at Winston Salem State University for additional professional development throughout the year.
6. How is technology integrated into academics?
At Carter G. Woodson, we have wireless internet for the entire campus. We have two full-computer labs. In addition, we use iPads and tablets. Plus, we have two mobile carts of laptops, with a total of 50 laptops. All teachers have computers and monitors in their rooms. In addition, all high school students take at least one course online.
7. What type of academic focus do your top students generally have?
At Carter G. Woodson, our top students are very focused and competitive. Many of our top students participate in the dual enrollment program, whereby they are taking college courses at Forsyth Technical Community College. They are also accepted at some of the best colleges in the State of North Carolina.
8. What are the school hours?
School hours are 7:30 to 3:05.
9. Do you offer after-school programs?
At Carter G. Woodson, we offer several after-school activities. We offer dance, music, art, and poetry programs after school.
10. Do you offer tutoring?
Carter G. Woodson offers an intervention block of tutorial services with students as preparation for End-of-Grade Testing. This service is offered during the school day.
11. How do you prepare students for college?
At Carter G. Woodson, we prepare all of our students for a Future-Ready high school program. Future Ready is the designated course load for high school students desiring to enter into a four-year university. Even though many students have other career aspirations, we prepare all of our students, academically, for the Future-Ready Curriculum. In addition, we have a director of Guidance Services that assists all students in completing Financial Aid information, completing college applications and finding scholarship money.
12. What’s the student to teacher ratio/class size?
For the 2018-2019 school year, the average class size is 13-1. Our average class will not exceed 19-1 on average.
13. What type of extracurricular activities do you offer?
At Carter G. Woodson School, we offer a plethora of extracurricular activities. Students can engage in athletics with our boys’ and girls’ soccer teams. We have boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. We offer an art club. Students can participate in an orchestra or band. We have dance club and choir clubs.
14. How many expulsions do you average during a school year and how do you handle misbehavior in the classroom?
At Carter G. Woodson, we ensure that students have a pristine and vibrant academic environment. Carter G. Woodson does not have data on the number of expulsions or suspensions due to the low number of students that are suspended or expelled. We have a suspension rate of .05% for a given calendar year. When students have issues that inhibit themselves and / or other students from trying their best academically, we intervene with the family to discover the root of such problems. At Carter G. Woodson, we deal with students’ actions from a holistic perspective. We set high expectations for student behavior and decorum. We teach our expectations everyday. When students fall short, we remind the students of who they are and their purpose for attending school and we begin the process to work closely with the parents to improve our students socially and academically.