Educating Our Students
Carter G. Woodson’s educational model is built upon educating the whole child. Every day we educate students through real-world experiences with the importance of timeless values, such as hard work, respect, decorum, mental fortitude and humility. We stand boldly in our belief that character education is critical for the development of children. Most importantly, we are intentional in educating children to become productive citizens in society. Education is a pathway to economic freedom. It is the foundation of our political-economy in America. We strive to make academic excellence the standard. We strive to excel not to equal.
Our Growth Target
At Carter G. Woodson, we stand by best practices in teaching. Academically, our students are required to take all state End-of-Course and End-of-Grade tests. For the last five years, Carter G. Woodson has met and/or exceeded all of our growth targets. Here at our school, we focus on growing our students academically. We mark our success through academic growth. The state of North Carolina measures academic success by student growth and student proficiency, which is the number of students that pass End-of-Course and End-of-Grade tests.
Every district and charter school receives an A-F letter grade which is based 80 percent on the school’s achievement score and 20 percent on students’ academic growth. Even though North Carolina emphasizes how many students pass the End-of-Grade and End-of-Course Tests, at Carter G. Woodson, we focus on every student growing and improving academically from year-to-year, no matter where they started academically. For the 2017-2018 school year, we had some of the greatest academic growth of any school in North Carolina.
Proficiency or Growth?
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Our Pedagogical Approach
At Carter G. Woodson, our pedagogical approach is rooted in the philosophy of the preeminent scholar, Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Pedagogy is simply the way a teacher – teaches. We believe that all children must be taught their history and culture. All children deserve to have cultural pride. Cultural and heritage pride enables students to achieve greater academically. All teachers at Carter G. Woodson are required to go through extensive training in culturally relevant pedagogy.
Carter G. Woodson School has met and exceeded academic growth yearly.
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