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School Vision/Mission/Goals


Dr. George Washington Carver Middle School’s Vision: Everyone in the Carver Middle School community will aspire to become responsible and productive 21st Century learners, leaders, and citizens.


Dr. George Washington Carver Middle School’s Mission: Carver Middle School provides a nurturing learning environment where everyone can be productive citizens and self-advocates.


Dr. George Washington Carver Middle School joined the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools network at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. Named after Dr. George Washington Carver, a noted African-American scientist, the school is located in the South Park district of Downtown Los Angeles near the Gilbert Lindsay Community Center Park. It provides instruction to about 760 students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades.


Dr. George Washington Carver Middle School embodies the rich diversity of its South Los Angeles neighborhood. The majority of Carver students come from Hooper, Harmony, 49th Street, Sally Ride and Ascot Elementary Schools. For the most part, they continue on to Thomas Jefferson High School or Santee Educational Complex. Our current enrollment of 760 students reflects the profound shift of the neighborhood composition from a historically African American community to a mostly Latino community. Carver Middle School is identified as high needs given that 96% of our student population participates in the free and reduced lunch program, and a number of our students are identified as homeless or in foster care.


Grade Levels Served: 6, 7, 8

Principal name: Latasha Buck

Number of Certificated Staff Members: 45

Number of Classified Staff Members: 37

Student Population: 760

Asian: less than 1%

African American: 7%

Latino: 91%

White/Other: 2%

Special Education: 15%

English Learners: 30%

GATE: 5%


In an effort to promote a nurturing learning environment, Dr. George Washington Carver Middle School caters to the wide varying interests of students by offering art, band, Black Student Union, gardening, jiu jitsu, K-Pop Club, Leadership, and Students Run LA. During the 2019 – 2020 school year, we’ll expand our electives to include Korean Language Class, Marine Biology and Robotics.