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  • Carver Dual Language Building
    Carver Dual Language is a K-6 dual English and Spanish language school. Students are immersed completely in Spanish in all classes in grades K-1. In second grade, students are taught to read in English. The goal is for students to leave sixth grade bilingual and bi-literate in both English and Spanish. As a Kansas City Public Schools Signature school, students attending Carver are bussed in from all over the district. Students are expected to wear district uniform daily including khaki or navy bottoms with white or navy tops.
  • Michael Coulter
    Michael Coulter is principal at Carver Dual Language. He has been with the school and the district for several years. 
  • Carver Dual Language
    When families walk through the door, they are greeted in English or Spanish by the receptionist. 
  • Carver Dual Language
    As a part of Kansas City Public Schools, breakfast and lunch are free to all students at Carver Dual Language. Before and After school care are free to all as well. 
  • Carver Dual Language
    In art class, students explore different forms of creative expression like this one. All students go to art class weekly.
  • Carver Dual Language
    In music class, Kindergarten students sing along with their music teacher. All classes go to music class once each week.
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    Students have a small green space as well for games like kickball.
  • Carver Dual Language
    In addition to the playground, students have a large blacktop where they play basketball and other games.
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    Outside, Carver Dual Language students play with their teacher at recess. 
  • Carver Dual Language
    In class students sit in a circle and take out their notebooks to begin their whole group writing workshop.
  • Carver Dual Language
    In this fifth and sixth grade classroom, Mr. Wiggins greets each child at the door after recess with a hug or a handshake before getting starting on writing practice.
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    Fifth and sixth grade are combined at Carver Dual Language, these students check in with their classroom teacher and ELL support teacher during community circle time.
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    In this fourth grade classroom, students watch while their teacher shows them how to solve a problem on her SMART board. Technology is available to all students as needed at Carver Dual Language.
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    In fourth grade, students practice a Spanish chant with their teacher.
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    In all classes, students have cubbies like these where they can store their belongings.
  • Carver Dual Language
    In this third grade room, students are working individually to finish their work.
  • Carver Dual Language
    In addition to ELL support teachers, families at Carver Dual Language have Marta Martin. She is a full time Parent Liaison and helps families with clothing, food, and other needs. Here Marta stands next to uniforms saved for students in need. 
  • Carver Dual Language
    In this third grade classroom, students go through a Spanish fluency exercise with their teacher and English Language Learner (ELL) support staff.
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    In this second grade classroom, students are working on their writing skills in table groups.
  • Carver Dual Language
    In this second grade classroom, students practice their Spanish vocabulary along with their teacher.
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    In the library, these first grade students get a character education lesson (in English) from their school counselor. Carver Dual Language focuses on building a culture of caring. Here, students are learning about how to be good friends to classmates. Students go to the library with their classes once each week.
  • Carver Dual Language
    In this first grade classroom, students are working in centers with classmates to complete a writing assignment.
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    In first grade, students are listening to their teacher give instructions for the lesson in Spanish. Notice students have their work completely in Spanish on the chart to the right. Carver Dual Language does full Spanish immersion through second grade. In second grade, students begin to have some classes in English.
  • Carver Dual Elementary
    Comfortable reading chairs and welcoming rugs like this are features of the Kindergarten hallway. Teachers can bring their students out of the room for lessons if they choose.
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    At Carver Dual Language, all communications come in two languages. Here is a parent involvement board in English and Spanish.
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    This student works on his own to master his vowel sounds in Spanish.
  • Carver Dual Kindergarten
    While these Kindergarten students work in an art center during choice time.
  • Carver Dual
    In this classroom, students are working in small groups on their iPads to practice their sight words.
  • Carver Dual Elementary
    In this Kindergarten class, students are working together to read books in Spanish.
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    At Carver Dual Language, the gym doubles as the auditorium. Children play organized games in gym class each week and families gather here for important school events as well. 

Carver Dual Language School (Pre-K-6)

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4600 Elmwood Ave
Kansas City, MO 64130
816-418-4925 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Michael Coulter, Principal
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2021-2022
  • Transportation provided
  • Before and After-Care Available

Quick Facts

Our Mission

By providing a comprehensive state of the art dual language program to all students, Carver will assure that students are bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish and prepared for work and higher education and a global, diverse society.

Points of Pride

  • Carver's students leave sixth grade truly bilingual and bi-literate in both English and Spanish.
  • Students in Kindergarten and Grade 1 receive virtually all of their core instruction in Spanish. In grades 2-6 Mathematics and Science are taught in Spanish, while English Language Arts (Reading and Writing) and Social Studies are taught in English. Special classes (Music, Art, Physical Education, Computers, and Library) are primarily taught in English. Spanish literacy is maintained in grades 2-6.
  • Carver is proud of the diversity of its students with families having heritage from many cultures and countries. Carver's parents are very supportive of their children's education.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 9:15 am - 4:15 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: 7:00 am
  • After Care Hours End: 6:00 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: Information not shared with SMKCS
  • Total Enrollment: 388
  • Specialized Focus: Dual Language
  • Affiliation: KCPS-Neighborhood
  • School Type: KCPS-Signature

Tuition

  • Tuition: NO Tuition

Our Demographics

6.4%

Receive Special Ed Services

65%

English Language Learners

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Programs and Features

Specialized Programs

  • Bilingual
  • Language Immersion

Arts Programs

  • N/A

Sports Programs

  • Football
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)

Clubs + Activities

  • Chess Club
  • National Honor Society

Family Engagement

  • Evening Family Events
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Application Process

Application Details

Although many schools have application deadlines, most continue to accept applications for available seats on an ongoing basis.

  • Application Open: December 5, 2019
  • Application Close: February 14, 2020
  • Kindergarten Cutoff: July 31, 2020
  • Offer Date: March 1, 2021
  • Residence: Students must live within KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

Enroll online on the KCPS website

Applications for signature and neighborhood schools open on December 14, 2020

The initial round of applications deadline is February 15, 2021

The week of March 1st, initial seats will be offered, and parents will need to complete the registration form.

You can still apply after the deadline, seats will be offered at a later date.

Submit applications online or in person at the Board of Education building, 2901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109. Applications CANNOT be submitted at schools.

Grades 2-6: Students entering after 1st grade must be able to speak Spanish and have basic reading skills in Spanish. They will take a grade level appropriate reading screen/test in Spanish and visit informally with a Carver teacher to evaluate Spanish language in general.

Submit applications online here login or in person at the Board of Education building, 2901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109. Applications CANNOT be submitted at the school.

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Student Performance

Standardized Test Results

English

Math

Why It Matters

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests are scored (or graded) according to four achievement levels: Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. The number shown here is the percentage of students who scored Proficient or Advanced. When comparing scores between years, please remember that the test Missouri gives has changed several times.

Please note that private schools are not required to participate in these exams.

In 2019, the average English score in Missouri was 48.7%; the average Math score was 41.9%, source

Attendance Rate 90/90

90.7%

Why It Matters

Schools strive to have at least 90% of their students achieve a 90% attendance rate because kids learn best when they’re in school.

In 2019, 87.3% of Missouri students were in attendance at least 90% of the time, source.

Third Grade Reading Scores

0%

Why It Matters

Third grade is the important time when kids switch from learning to read to reading to learn and is an important benchmark for a student’s educational development.

In 2019, the average 3rd grade reading score in Missouri was 48.7%, source

Student Growth

English Language Arts

On Track

Why It Matters

This data determines if individual students, compared to their peers, are making achievement gains over time in English Language Arts.

There are three categories possible: Floor (minimum), On Track (doing just fine), and Exceeding (outperforming their peers).

Mathematics

On Track

Why It Matters

This data determines if individual students, compared to their peers, are making achievement gains over time in Mathematics.

There are three categories possible: Floor (minimum), On Track (doing just fine), and Exceeding (outperforming their peers).

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Parent Perspective

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