Where Do Century Kids Really Go To School? Most Don’t Attend Carver/Century

May 19, 2008


As the Escambia County School Board considers Superintendent Jim Paul’s proposal to close Carver/Century K-8 school, a recurring question is where are the children?

Most are not at Carver/Century. Over half the elementary age and middle school age children that live in Carver/Century’s district do not attend the school.

Because Carver/Century is rated as an “F” school that does not make “AYP” — Adequate Yearly Progress — students in the Carver/Century school attendance zone are eligible to transfer to other schools, often with transportation at the district’s expense.

Numbers NorthEscambia.com obtained late last week from the Escambia County School District indicate that of the 314 elementary age children in the Carver/Century attendance zone, only 126 actually attend the school. Almost 40 percent of them, 121 in all, attend Byrneville Elementary School, a public charter school.

Another 48 attend Bratt Elementary School, and 11 attend Molino Park. There are three at Jim Allen Elementary School, three at Ensley Elementary School, one at N.B. Cook Elementary and one at Warrington Elementary School.

For elementary age children in the Carver/Century zone, the school district provides transporation to Bratt Elementary or Molino Park Elementary.

On the middle school side of Carver/Century, about 56 percent of the students that live in the Carver/Century district do attend the school. The school district reports that of the 159 middle school students in the zone, 89 do attend Carver/Century. Another 68 go to Ernest Ward Middle School and two attend Ransom Middle School.

These numbers do not account for students that may live in the Carver/Century school zone that are home schooled, attend a private or church school, may attend school across the state line in Alabama, or that may attend school in Santa Rosa County.


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