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2240 Baltic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90810

(562) 424-8167
(562) 595-8823
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May 30, 2015
Garfield is a horrible school to send your child. High descrimination, bullying and disrespect towards the students and parents. Students are treated very unfairly by the staff and teachers. It is not a safe environment. As parents we don't believe the teachers are properly qualified to teach our children academically. If we could change our child to a different school, we would, but unfortunately our local schools in the west side of Long Beach are highly neglected by the school district.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
May 30, 2015
Overall, Garfield is a horrible school. The teachers threaten their students with having their parents reported to social services for yawning in class. Teacher tells her students, they suck at reading. Students have been told to not tell their parents about the threats against them. Staff and teachers do not speak or give respect to students. Students are always approached by screaming teachers and staff. That school has a high rate in bullying, the staff and teachers are the #1 bullies. They made the students believe that's ok because they're the adults. Students bully each other and teachers tell the students being bullied to stop being "tattle tell". The children do not feel safe at Garfield. The school's very neglected, restrooms are dirty and unsafe, no supervision near by. Majority of the water fountains don't work and they don't have a/c or heating units. A/C should be priority if they expect the students to learn. The principal Ms. Alvares looked like she was making many changes when she came to Garfield, but many of us parents have realized that the one that was making alot of good changes for Garfield students was VIPS parent Jessica Alvarez. (She knew who to go to to get us the food bank from target, donated bikes for the children, along with many other things) Ms. J. Alvarez was very involved in motivating the students to come to learn and getting more parents involved in school events, volunteering and council meetings. Ever since she's gone, the school is going back to being the worst school in the LBUSD, and many of the parents that are VIPS are being kept from volunteeering after they'd complained about a teacher or staff. There's too much descrimination at Garfield, avoided by all means possible.

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2011
If you have a child w/ a disability or have a 504 Plan in place they will discriminate against your child. If you fight for your child's rights your child will not be treated fairly. Your child will not be allowed to attend field trips & they will find any way to get your child not to participate in any type of school activity yet not help provide accomodations. From what I have researched & after speaking to advocates for children with disabilities, this school has violated SECTION 504 & compliance. They will tell you that there is no funding for evaluations so that your child will not get evaluated or have a request put in to get him evaulated. The only way they will do it or meet with you is if you fight & speak to the district. They do not have anyone who has any experience with children with ADHD & OCD nor will they get the district to make accomodations for your child. They will treat/say ADHD is a behavior issue & not a disability. They will tell you their psychologist is on maternity leave instead of getting the district to place a temporary psychologist to assist & evaluate your child. Make sure you make everything in writing as far as requests as they will drag you on.

- submitted by a parent

June 27, 2011
My daughter has been attending this school since kindergarten. We have always had pleasant experiences with the school staff. They are always helpful and supportive. One particular instance, my daughter was bullied before school on a Friday. I emailed the principal as soon as I found out (it was on a Friday evening). The principal took care of the situation immediately Monday morning. This is a caring and nurturing school!

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January 19, 2011
The Teachers at this school are a very committed group of people who a driven to help their students be successful.

- submitted by a parent

March 11, 2010
I have two students at this school. It seems as if they focus more on the ESL Students than the English students. I know that it's really just on the location of the school. The counselor is very rude to the students. I was pretty upset to see her yell at one of the little girls in kindergarten for sitting on top of a table that was in the hall way. Also seems that the teacher are inexperienced with dealing with children who may be a little more active. The teachers do not handle stress well either. The Magnet Teacher is pretty helpful and seems like he's the only one that cares,

- submitted by a parent
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Garfield Elementary School
2240 Baltic Avenue, Long Beach, CA  90810
(562) 424-8167
Last modified Garfield Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Garfield Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 8 reviews. Top