About GWC

Our Vision 

Cultivate students' academic and personal potential through arts-fused learning 
centered on exploration, innovation, creativity, and empowerment.

Our Mission

Cultivate Growth.  Embrace differences.  Inspire creativity.

The G.W. Carver Elementary School, serving grades K-5, opened in August of 2017 as part of a grade restructuring in Kannapolis City Schools.  As an A+ Arts Magnet, we integrate arts into all curriculum areas. The aim for this school is to provide our students with a strong education that is rich in the Arts.

The Kannapolis City Board of Education has given us a very meaningful and historically important name: G.W. Carver Elementary School.  “The G.W. Carver name has such a rich history in Kannapolis,” School board chair, Todd Adams said. “We wanted to honor that heritage and embrace the legacy that the G.W. Carver name has in our community.” 

The current KIS building sits where the former G.W. Carver High School once stood. The original G.W. Carver building burned in 1975. The only remaining part of the original structure is now used by Kannapolis City Schools for office space. It also houses the district’s welding program.

The original G.W. Carver High School was open from 1937 to 1967 and served the African-American community prior to integration. However, the building has an even longer history. It first was used in 1923 as a school for African-American students. It was the first official school building for the children of color in Kannapolis. In 1937, an eight-room brick addition and auditorium were added to the building. At that time, the name was changed to honor the well-known black teacher and inventor, George Washington Carver. Even today, the area surrounding the G.W. Carver school site is known as the Carver Community.

Historical Photos of G.W. Carver School - courtesy of Kannapolis Historical Society

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