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Garfield Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 250 students

 
 
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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
Based on 7 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted February 16, 2014

Having just moved here from another city 7 months ago and reeling from an incredibly awful experience at the first school we were going to send our second grader to, the quality and level of dedication to the students at Garfield is exceptional and has made me feel like my husband and I really did make a good decision in moving 3,000 miles from the only city we had ever known! The students at Garfield are offered diverse and rich opportunities and encouraged to be intellectually curious about the world around them. The school is doing great things with language immersion so I think the next few years this little school is really going to hit its stride and become the talk of the city when it comes to great schools doing an incredible job preparing their students for the world beyond elementary school! Also - the principal is wonderfully engaged with the students and teachers and encourages them to pursue whatever inspires them most.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

I am new to Garfield, and am coming from a private immersion experience (PKS) that was FANTASTIC. We had the option to stay at PKS, but despite loving it, we chose Garfield. In addition to the financial benefits (we can afford a trip to China now!), I love the size, the parents, the teachers, aftercare clubs, walking to/from school, grabbing dinner in NB after school, and going to school w/neighbors. When we got in to the imm. prog., I sent a msg to PPS to connect me w/parents there, & had 2 parent emails w/in 24hrs. The parent participation is AMAZING. The parents I spoke with were "my people," & I felt connected immediately. Yes, there are also Cantonese speaking families there to whom I cannot SPEAK, but I love that- more people for my child to hear the language from! That's immersion! I want to go on, but this character limit won't let me... I'm only giving 4 stars, just b/c I think this school has not reached its pinnacle yet- but it's already great. PS: For you immersion parents, though this is a new immersion program- they were a biliteracy school before, so they're experienced in language learning, and they did all of their homework when they designed the new program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Garfield is an amazing school. The principal, teachers, and staff are all very dedicated to education and helping the kids realize their full potential. The community and families are supportive and helpful. The kids are respectful and have such wonderful bonds with one another. This school is safe and caring!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 26, 2013

Garfield Elementary school is a gem and is located right beneath Coit Tower! Great principal and very supportive teachers. We are glad we chose this school for our child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2012

Our son is a kindergartener in the Chinese immersion program, and he is so happy at Garfield! We are amazed at how he is just thriving here, but really it's no wonder given the community at Garfield. The teachers and principal are incredibly dedicated to the children. There seems to be a great deal of individualized attention on the teachers parts inside the classrooms and on the principal's part in the community space. We always see the principal out and about mingling among the children, and she seems to know every one of them personally. The after-school program is also incredible! It is lead by a group of very dynamic teachers who keep the kids stimulated with various activities, including field trips, art projects, language and other clubs, theme days- complete with costumes and always some form of dancing, and low-cost group lessons including piano and karate. The school itself is a sweet intimate campus at the foot of Coit tower. Overall all we just get a sense that the experience for our son is akin to him having a big supportive school "family", and this has lead to him excelling in academics as well as building social confidence. Couldn't dream of a better scenario.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2012

My child is in her second year at Garfield Elementary School. She could not be more proud of her school. Not only are the academics top notch, the enrichment programs such as the After School program are great too. My child loves her teachers, and I love that the school addresses social, emotional and academic development. The Principal is a confident and skilled leader who understands what good teaching is. This school is a gem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

Our son started Kindergarten at Garfield this year and we are thrilled with our choice! He is in Ms. Lun's Chinese immersion class and after two months is reading in English, understanding Cantonese and speaking some too. Overall, he is very happy at Garfield and confident in all his academic abilities. We are a family with no prior experience with the Cantonese language and as parents are very impressed with how much he's absorbed in a short period of time. The teachers at Garfield are a group of truly mission-driven people who know how to motivate students AND parents. And I could go on and on about Ms. DeArce, Garfield's excellent principal! She is smart, very well-informed, respected by students, parents and teachers and just inspires a great deal of confidence. We are very lucky to have her. Finally, our first two PTO meetings have been packed this year - as a team we are off to a great start!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2012

We moved to San Francisco from Florida and I was scared because most of the best schools that I had researched were on a wait list. So I put my daughter on the wait list for Lafayette Elementary and decided to research the few options available to me. I saw Garfield Elementary had an opening and although no one I asked knew about the school I went ahead and enrolled her here. I could not be happier, her teacher Ms. Bernardo is really sweet and seems to know what she does. My daughter is also taking Piano lessons at the school for a very low price. Today I received a call stating that Lafayette had and opening and when asked my daughter if she wanted to change, her response was no way. I think that my second grader is really wise. This school is a gem, has lots of warmth, and the teachers and principal seem to really love their job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2012

We are very happy with Garfield. The school has a beautiful, spacious campus with bay views, wonderful dedicated teachers, a regular P.E. teacher, music (weekly piano lessons), art, a partnership with the SF Symphony, an active PTO and a very diverse student body. The onsite afterschool program is very good and is free! Last but not least-an amazing, energetic, dynamic Principal who provides excellent leadership for the school. My child started learning on her first day of school and she loves it. Go Dragons!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2012

Garfield Elementary is a tight-knit community of parents, grandparents, and other caretakers who want the best for our children. The teachers are kind but firm, and the kids' progress is noticeable as the school year goes by. We love it and our daughter does too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2012

This is our first year at Garfield. Our son is in Kindergarten and enjoys going to school. The school is small and intimate - the teachers know all the students. The principal and teachers are supportive and willing to work with the students to teach to the level of each child. The parents we are working with on the PTO are very involved, energetic and committed to supporting the school and the Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2011

2 of 2 Reviews regarding Peanut Allergy. Principal Ana's good friend is an emergency room chief at CPMC. She even talked to the ER cheif regarding our daughter. After only the first week of school, Garfield's principal Ana created a designated peanut table and monitor those students to wash their hands immediately after eating lunch. Good habits and hygiende too! Our classroom parents are very helpful and considerate of this matter, and they even learned how to use EPIPEN from us for our daughter! When we were going on school tours, we were very concerned to send her to a public kindergarten, but now we feel very safe to bring our daughter to Garfield!! Thank you very much to all parents, teachers, and special thanks to Principal Ana!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2011

I was very inpressed Garfield's school curriculum. At kinder level, they not only study and learn English, Math, PE, but also there are social studies, Science, Music, Art, Cooking, Journal class using a computer. All children get along very well, and also parents communicate very well, too. After school program is quite enriched, such as art, basketball, science, poetry, origami, cooking, volleyball, Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, Hawaiian, Japanese, Dance, Gardening, Yoga, Girls soccor, and so on. Our daughter is taking a piano lesson once a week. She really enjoys school and playing and studying with her friends!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2011

1 of 2 Reviews regarding Peanut Allergy. Our daughter has a life-thretening Peanut allergy. I went to visit more than 40 SFUSD schools, and I found out some schools had a designated peanut table. Only a few schools would allow to have EPIPEN in the cafeteria. Most schools hold EPIPENs in their office only. Very few schools would allow to hold EPIPEN in the classroom at teacher's desk. In case of emergency, our daughter can't wait that long time to go get EPIPEN to the locked cabinet in an office. Garfield is the only school that would allow to carry EPIPEN on our daughter's person, in a fanny pack. Also at the Garfield school office, the administrator holds an EPIPEN for her, and Kindergarten classroom teacher Ms. Kelly holds for our daughter as well!! Principal Ana informed the entire school teachers and staff how severe of a peanut allergy our daughter has even before school started this Fall. Principal Ana even contacted the Fire Department in advance of school starting to alert the local fire station and gave them our allergy note we made. So when she went to school 1st day, everybody knew about and were aware of our daugher's condition!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2011

I made a sudden and unplanned move to SF in March 2011 with my kindergarten-age son from Japan; I went to the Board of Education at 555 Franklin St to see which schools had immediate openings for my son. We got a list of 6 or 7 schools. Of course, none of the highly sought out schools (Alamo, Clarendon, etc) were on the list. One of the schools was Garfield. I visited with my son, and first, we fell in love with its locale - it is literally at the foot of Coit tower, with a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Magical. I decided to enroll my son in Garfield for the remaining 6 weeks of school, and then try getting him into a "better" school for the fall. But, during those 6 weeks at Garfield, I became a huge fan of the school. I think the biggest factor is the principal: she has a clear vision for the school, and she is patient, a fantastic listener, and respected by the children and teachers alike. Garfield is like a diamond in the rough. As another parent wrote, it doesn't have all the clubs and after school activities of other "hot" schools; but it has a lot of potential, and North Beach is a very nurturing community and a great place to raise children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Wonderful home-school communication. All the teachers work together to ensure our children are doing well. I also love the way the integrate the regular ed with the special ed kids on a daily basis. They really celebrate diversity!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2008

Garfield Elementry was awesome! I was there for only the first year in 5th grade after moving from Daly City. The first year I learned alot. I learned more then the schools in Daly City. The teachers were awesome! Go Dragons! =D
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2008

The curriculum is full speed ahead. Children learn fast at higher levels than most kids there age. My child always has way too much homework. Depending on your expectations in a school it could be good or bad. The bad side of having too much book work is that there young creative sides are not only deprived but are also not able to grow and explore. Garfield is a small school. Between being a small school and having very few as far as parent participation don't expect much more than the basics, if even that. There is no after school clubs, nor sports. Just two after school baby siting type programs. If you need to settle for something that's 'ok for now' to stay clear of something worse, than this is a good school. Otherwise keep looking for something with more stability, art, clubs, sports, and parent participation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

Garfield is a great school, my son is in 1st grade and is benefiting from a solid education. He is taking free Mandarin Chinese lessons after school and is learning his regular curriculum rather quickly. If there is one thing that we would benefit from it is more parent involvement although the numbers seem to be growing this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2008

Garfield elementary school is one of the 'hidden gems' in the public school system. My son is in second grade but is doing fourth grade work. I have been very pleased with the Garfield teachers, administration, and staff.The student body reflects a broad cross section of San Francisco.It's a cheery environment to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


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API score

828

Change from
2012 to 2013

-34

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


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API score

828

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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8 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

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72%

2011

 
 
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70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students57%
Femalesn/a
Males44%
African Americann/a
Asian50%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner46%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students78%
Femalesn/a
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian81%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner85%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students57%
Females55%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asian63%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state45%

Math

All Students88%
Females84%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner96%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate83%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students62%
Females68%
Males54%
African Americann/a
Asian59%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner40%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state47%

Math

All Students78%
Females84%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian77%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner73%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students71%
Females77%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian72%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented85%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students90%
Females92%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate83%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students74%
Females77%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asian76%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian 69% 11%
White 13% 27%
Black 7% 7%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hispanic 4% 51%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Title Achieving School Award (2005)
  • Title Achieving School Award (2006)
  • Title Achieving School Award (2007)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Speech and language impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 a.m.
School end time
  • 1:50 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ana de Arce
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (415) 291-7916

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Standards-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Moderate street parking. Muni: 30
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Library

Garfield Elementary School Afterschool Enrichment Program (ExCEL Program) (after school program)

About the program
  • The After School Community Enrichment (ACE) Program serves approximately 93 youth on a daily basis in the areas of academic assistance, recreation, service learning, and enrichment.SFUSD ExCEL after school programs ensure involvement of teachers from students' schools to make sure that after school academics are aligned with the school day curriculum. Every school with an ExCEL program partners with a nonprofit community based organization to run activities and build bridges to the neighborhood.
Operated by
  • Community Youth Center
Days offered
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
End time
  • 6:00 pm
Is enrollment limited to students who attend the school?
  • Yes
What grades can participate?
  • 1-5
Is there a fee for the program?
  • Yes
Website

Summer program 1

About the program
  • Each program has an academic, enrichment and physical activity component. The programs are based on a youth development model and include project based learning activities. The summer programs are operated by community based organizations that are contracted by SFUSD to provide the services based on grants to the school from California Department of Education. Each organization has a site specific enrollment process. Priority enrollment goes to the students from the school site. Students from other SFUSD schools are eligible to apply though in many of the elementary schools there is more demand than available slots. Funding changes year to year and program offerings change.
Types of activities
  • Academic
  • Arts
  • Athletic
Operated by
  • Community Youth Center
Days offered
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
Phone number
  • (415) 576-1265
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Parents are elected to serve on our ssc/elac, help write the site plan and volunteer in various aspects of our school program. they are invited to attend workshops and meetings which are conducted trilingually. parents are encouraged to volunteer in classrooms, on field trips, and share careers, talents, and cultural heritages.
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Garfield is a four-time recipient of the California Academic Achievement Award, and an Award for Excellence from theCalifornia Business Council. We have shown improvement in student achievement for seven consecutive years. Our clean and safe environment that is highly conducive to learning. Our students are always meaningfully engaged in learning activities throughout the school day.
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Francisco Middle School
Marina Middle School
Roosevelt Middle School
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420 Filbert Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Phone: (415) 291-7924

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