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5225 North Oak Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656

(773) 534-1185
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June 07, 2014
Garvy is a great school that does not get the accolades it deserves. The teachers are involved and care for their students. The administration is top notch. There is a small but dedicated group of parent volunteers. This would be my only concern is the need for more parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2014
I have 2 boys at Garvy age 11 and 12 who have been there since primary. Garvy is like a 2nd family to them. The teachers and principal look after them like thier own.Great PTA, who work very hard to support the kids with fundraising. Both have made steady improvements acedemically. Zero tolerance for bulling. I appreciate the multicultural enviornment. Good extra curicular and sports programs. My boys have participated in drama, basketball, soccer and book club which has definitely enriched thier experience. Awesome new backyard, with playground, soccer turf, and basketball hoops! Kudos to Mrs Mc Glade, principal, Ms. Ress (5th grade LA), Mr. Joseph (drama) and Coach Kelly (Soccer). Glad to see Garvy's rating go up from 7 to 8 this year, it definitely deserves it!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
My child has gone to this school for 6 years until i decided that I did not want him to be in this environment. I think i waited to long. The teachers don't make any special relationships with their students and do not do anything about bullying, NOTHING. My child was bullied, he kept telling the teachers but they didnt do anything. They would just nod and wouldn't say anything to the bully. When my child told me this i was furious. I told the principal and the teachers said that they didnt know anything about the bullying that was going on. It was ridiculous. Don't send your child here, I regret not sending my child to Oriole or any other school but Garvy.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2013
Garvy is a terrific school. The staff is friendly and the student's teachers are very helpful and understanding. The PTA is incredibly generous. The school has many extra curricular activities that help the students get a broader education. Personally, I love Garvy! Everyone is so kind that they are like a family there. It's just such a bright school that enlightens ones spirits and provides a terrific education. I suggest Garvy because it doesn't get better than this.

- submitted by a community member
August 27, 2013
John W. Garvy is a GREAT school. The principal has old fashion methods and very stress out last year. She lets out the children for recess in 30 degrees Fahrenheit when it will be winter. Winter temperatures like 30 degrees Fahrenheit is too cold for kids/students. All year round, there should be a study hall for students who need it during recess. The teacher assistants and volunteers can watch the students in study hall. Students can study better and catch up on homework too.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
Garvy is my school. I love John W. Garvy. The staff is friendly and forgiving. They work hard, but no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes during their lifetime. Who is actually perfect?No one. We all need to be humble and learn from our mistakes. I had great experiences from their staff and volunteers.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2013
I needed to move to this area and begrudgingly sent my kids to Garvy, thinking it was, at best, an average school. I was pleasantly surprised at what a great school it is! The principal is great with the kids, the teachers are pretty intelligent and caring, support staff is very friendly, and all students are really pretty fantastic! (Bullying is minimal at most.) The school hasn't gotten the best "grade" in the state but, honestly, they have really challenged my children. I don't mind if they don't focus entirely on grades because my children have a great work/life balance. Although parent participation overall is pretty low, the parents that do participate have done an A-MA-ZING job! If you're thinking of sending your children to Garvy, your children will love it! My 8-yo wants me to add "I love Garvy!"

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2013
I have 2 kids going to Garvy and we love this school. They have excellent teachers and challenging academic program, plus they still have time to always do something fun. There is always something going on at school, that makes my kids look forward to waking up in the morning and going there. We would not change in for any 10 out of 10 school.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
Garvy,I thought was a good school,however,my child has ADD and is on a 504 plan and they don't accommodate him. This will be my child's last year at this school because they don't help/care unless your child is a normal straight A student.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2012
I have no words to describe how great this school is this is my son's 3rd year there and since he started coming here we saw a huge change on him.. he loves going to school. he loves his teachers. I remember when he started they were all concerned. I love this school and the staff.. they all work very hard to help the kids and they dont give up on them and thats what i like about Garvey

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2012
5- of my grandchildren attend Garvey School and are getting a superior educational experience that will help them achieve what it needed to succeed in life!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2012
The only thing I have to say is that I'm glad I don't go here anymore.

- submitted by a community member
September 15, 2010
I am very impressed with what the PTA donates to the school and to the teachers. The administration works well with parents to keep them in the loop and are great with the kids. My family is happy here and I feel blessed that my kids go to this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2010
With one child attending Garvy and one that graduated a few years ago I have seen a decline in the quality of teaching. Garvy needs to work on the upper grades and offer all the children the same quality education. Garvy has an accelerated program and children are picked purely on test score not report card grades. The difference in expectation and quality of teaching for the two groups is unacceptable and needs to be fixed. Garvy will be getting an addition soon which will help will the overcrowding. Garvy is a very middle of the road school with room for improvement. The principal does the best she can with what she s given but needs to be more in touch with what goes on in the classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Garvy school is run by the most amazing group of administrators and teachers. It is a large crowded school but somehow they make you feel like your kids is the most important. I am so proud to send my children to Garvy and I know they will benefit from it. Of course we are so excited for the much needed addition and green space!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
We moved to this neighborhood so that our daughter could attend Garvy, I am excited about the new addition and am looking forward to being involved in my daughters education!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
I love Garvy Elementary because of the excellent staff - teachers and administrators. Despite the obstacles, like overcrowding, everyone works together to provide a great learning experience for the students. Whether your child needs extra help or extra challenges, the teachers find a way to make sure each child gets exactly what they need. They also provide 'non-academic support' which is so crucial during elementary school. When the teachers receive adequate space with the upcoming addition, it will only get better!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
I love Garvy School, because my children are so happy there!! They love their teachers,friends,subjects etc. The Teachers /Principals are always willing to help. They have a great PTA. Garvy is very informative, and has many family functions/outings. Garvy is striving because of great families/friends who care about our school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Garvy has an amazing group of teachers,staff and administrators. Despite the overcrowding, the academic success of our students is a testament to our teachers and parents. The new addition and green space is going to be great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Despite over crowding and growing yearly census are children still get educated and 1 on 1 attention. They have done a remarkable job!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 15, 2009
My family has a long history at Garvy. In fact, my 82 year-old monther in law went to Garvy. We are proud of our connection with Garvy school and I hope that my grandchildren will attend Garvy. Mrs. McGlade and most of the teachers at Garvy have a 'students first' attitude and it shows. We are a neighborhood school with neighborhood pride. Keep up the good work!!

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November 07, 2008
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October 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 16, 2008
Great school, great teachers, great admin

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2008
The principal is awesome!!! very good school

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2008
My nephews were students at this school during the 90's & both boys were night & day. The eldest was always an honor roll student & excelled in school. He was challenged & enjoyed the staff and surroundings. His younger brother did not have the same drive & did not do well academically. The staff was very supportive of him & their counselor Mrs. Panos is amazing! She always had time for him & did everything she could do to help him. Ms. McGlade was their teacher for some time until she became principal. My son has been attending the school since 2005 & LOVES it! He loves the teachers, is an honor roll student & has been since kindergarten. Ms. McGlade has on more than one occasion stood up for my son & been an amazing principal with a no-nonsence attitude. Safety is a prority there!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2008
the school is very informative and staff is always available for questions or concerns. My daughter always comes home with lots of fun stories and is very excited about learning new things! I couldnt be happier! I cant wait for the many years to come!

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December 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
Overall,I think the school does what it needs to do to 'just get by'.Academically, I'd rate the school as fair. I don't think the kids are being exceptionally challenged, but they are learning what they need to.I'm very disappointment with teacher/parent communications and I think the involvement with the parents leaves a lot to be desired.I would love to see a 'quality' language program in the school. Although they have offered Spanish as an afterschool program in the past, it was awful and the kids walked away with not even basic knowledge of the language. if I had another choice for a local public school I would move my child into a school where they are more challenged and the focus is on nurturing the kids & continuing to expose them to academics, sciences, the arts and music.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2004
The principal and staff at Garvy are wonderful. The teachers care about their students and are always willing to talk to parents. I have two children at Garvy, and I am very satisfied with the school. The only problems are beyond the school's control - i.e. not being able to obtain funds from Board of Ed. for a permanent addition to the school, and not having enought funds for a larger sports program. It should be noted, however, that there are some extracurricular programs, including a couple of sports teams. I have chosen Garvy over the neighborhood catholic school. I am very happy with my decision!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2004
Garvy School is probably one of the best Chicago public schools on the northwest side. They have a brillant young principal and she has a great staff. We are very lucky to have excellant teachers, a LSC that cares, and a strong PTA. All we need is the board of education to provide some financial help on the northwest side to improve over crowding, and materials our school needs to better educate our children.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2004
My grandchildren attend Garvy. I truly believe that this school is on top of every students educatonal performance. My grandchildren thought that it would be a breeze but soon they found out that if they did not perform well in school the parents would be notified. I applaud the school for this action. They are progressively getting better and are learning that they can not get away with not trying hard or doing there homework. We are very happy that we have been fortunate to be able to have our children in this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2004
I am a parent of a student that goes to that school. My sun seems to be getting more vialant by day, and the teachers in there are so mean and I think they are discusted by are children. Ms. Mcglade [princapal] is very mean towards the boys and if they get in trouble with girls the boys always get the detentions and the girls that had a part in the problem do not get anything. My opinion is that this school is not safe for students and should be put under new managment.

- submitted by a parent
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Garvy J Elementary School
5225 North Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL  60656
(773) 534-1185
Last modified Garvy J Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Garvy J Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top