Mission, Vision & History

Mission Statement

Our mission is to work together to build a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment where students are experiencing academic rigor and high expectations -- through trust, belief as intellectuals, and being composed of many individuals of strong character.




To produce a learning environment that all stakeholders are excited and desire to be a part of. An environment where students are being academically, socially, and emotionally cultivated as they blossom.

School’s Belief/Instructional Focus
Every student in every classroom, every day, will receive high quality tier 1 instruction that demonstrates trust and belief in students as intellectuals -- and people of strong character.

The expectations of our Carney Academy students are to shine like a STAR:
S-Show Kindness
T-Take Responsibility
A-Act Safely
R-Respect Everyone



The Sgt. William H. Carney Memorial Academy, which opened its doors in 1977, is named after New Bedford native William H. Carney.  In 1863, Carney entered the army and was assigned to Company C of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, the first regiment composed of black men in the state.  During the battle at Fort Wagner on July 18, 1863, Color-Sergeant William H. Carney performed one of the most heroic deeds of the Civil War - earning him the Congressional Medal of Honor for most distinguished gallantry in action. 

The Carney Academy, a Pre-School through Grade 5 elementary school serving a diverse population of approximately 850 students, was founded in 1977 as a magnet school with the goal of racially balancing the neighborhood.  The focus of the magnet school has changed over the years from a theme of communications to our present theme of reaching extraordinary abilities in children through advanced means of teaching and learning (REACH).  The staff at Carney works collaboratively to create a positive and nurturing environment dedicated to maximizing each student’s growth and potential.