This school was the worst school that i would not recommend any parent on having there kids going to . Since my son started the 9th grade i asked for help and only one time did he get counciled. He was bullied all though his high school years there. I spoke to his magnet counselor and she never helped. The attendance staff lacks office skills ,customer service asap. The principal has a great challenge ahead of him in order for Garfield to be the best with that staff it will never happen.
As a former student of Garfield,I too think it is a great school. The AP classes and teachers are excellent,I had the good fortune to be taught by some of those teachers. Overall it is a good school and I had a great time there as a student but if there was one negative it would be the lack of teaching skill of some of the other faculty (non-AP)is not up to par.
Garfield high offers large selection of AP courses, clubs, sports, and other resources. Naturally so, it's student population is extremely large for a school the size of Garfield. There is no racial diversity which doesn't help in preparing students for the 'real world'. However, a student with enough drive can certainly make his experience at Garfield well worth it in terms of preparation for college, and/or life. As a recent Garfield alumni, I know that there are great teachers who really care about their students. The question resides in whether the students care about themselves.
Garfield is really what you make of it. There are the top students which is reflected highly which clubs such as Academic Decathlon or those who are 'demos' always struggling to get their high school diploma. I'd say the resources are there, but you have to look for them. The college center is always open and should become a student's best friend. There are alot of available clubs and that is just as essential to colleges -especially privates- as are grades. Of course it depends on the student's ambition and drive. The teacher's for the most part are friendly. For those lucky students, you experience teachers who have worked for 41 years+. I was able to take 9 AP courses throughout my high school hm I guess life but I had to cross-track. I would say there is a lack of diversity since it is predominant Hispanic.
Garfield is one of the top schools in the eastern region of los angeles. There are many extracurriculars, and many Oppurtunities such as scholarship available. The only thing necessary is for the student him/herself to go and find/ sign up for them. Garfield is a year-round school, so it does sometimes get a little crowded. Just needs to be more diversed in population. I would say; Garfield, great school, just all depends on what the students have ambition for and incline towards.
The Advance Placement courses offered are diverse from Sciences to Foreign Languages and everything in between. Courses are designed to prepare students for the exam, as well as the content of what college courses will demand. GHS is one of the few high schools in a predominately low income sector of Los Angeles County that exceeds in the expectations of their students. Believe in the students, while demanding more from them results in confident prepared college bound students.
Overcrowded, lack of teacher support and encouragement.... I would not recommend sending any child to this school! Teachers do not inform the students of things such as the SATs, ACTs, provide them with post-secondary exposure, etc. Please think about your children's future and look elsewhere.