The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) system works so well at Carver Middle School that AVID, a global nonprofit, selected Carver as a National Demonstration School in 2016, making it the first site in Spartanburg County. Several times a year, educators come to Carver to witness AVID in action and ask our students questions directly, and Carver has supported the launch of other AVID school programs by serving as a model resource. AVID has also selected Carver as a national Schoolwide Site of Distinction, an award recognizing the highest level of AVID implementation and excellence in promoting college readiness schoolwide. These honors are reserved for only 2% of the 6,000 AVID schools nationwide. Learn more about the AVID program here.
Carver Middle School was named the nation's first Learning Forward School. Standards for Professional Learning outline the characteristics of professional learning that leads to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results. Learning Forward is the only association focused solely on the most critical lever in improving schools - building the knowledge and skills of educators. Through the Standards for Professional Learning, Learning Forward leads the field in understanding what links professional learning to improved student achievement. We assist classroom, school, and system leaders in solving their toughest problems of practice. Learning Forward members experience practical learning opportunities, receive timely publications, and connect to like-minded educators from around the world. Learn more about the Learning Forward intiative here.