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Garfield Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 450 students

 

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Posted April 18, 2014

Best teachers in the area, hands down!!! Garfield Elementary school has teachers who give 120 percent and beyond daily for our children!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2012

I have been told by several people that Mr. Bates was a wonderful principal and I really wish I had the chance to meet him. I was really eager for my children to attend Garfield this year but I find myself starting to wonder why. I feel like my opinion doesn't matter. I often feel that the staff I have delt with has no compassion for single parents, maybe they don't know what it's like I don't know but compassion goes a long way...too bad that isn't something that can be taught, you either have it or you don't.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2012

Garfield Elementary School is an awesome school! Great teachers and an incredible principal that goes above and beyond! The teachers are very friendly and always make it a point to say hello to us everyday. Mr. Bates is the best principal, he knows the kids by name and really gets involved in their day to day lives. He plays outside on the playground everyday with them no matter what the weather! Go gators!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2009

We love Garfield school! I have 2 children attending Pre-K, & 1st Grade. Both teachers, Mrs. Gaglio & Mrs. Krantz are absolutely awesome teachers. They take the time & are great with communicating with parents. All the staff at Garfield makes us feel like family. I highly recommend this school to all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

Garfield is AWSOME! Our children love it there. Every teacher and the entire staff know our kids by name (even teachers they have never had). The Principle Mr. Bates is great he always takes the time to talk to us or our children. The office staff is friendly and helpful. Every teacher our children have had has been excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2007

Garfield staff is top notch! Every teacher we have had has gone above & beyond their job duties. The principal has to be the best in the district, very approacjable and you won't find him hiding in his office, he is very involved!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2007

A very good school; my kids don't attend it anymore, because we moved, but they've always missed it,since they were always very happy there. The school has an excellent principal, and also teachers that really care for the students; 1st grade teacher, Miss Sertyn and also Mrs. Eagan, some of the best teachers I've ever met.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2006

This is a wonderful school! I have been more than happy with everything about it. The teachers my kids have had are wonderful and caring. The principal, in my opinion, is the best principal I have ever come across. He's very involved and very friendly. My kids are very happy here. I couldn't have asked for a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2006

I have three children that attend Garfield.A first grader,a fourth grader and a fifth grader.I have had nothing but good expirences in my six years knowing this school.In six years I have not had one complaint.The teachers and all other staff are excellent and very caring.We actually moved to another school district two years ago and live right across the street from another elementary school.It would be very convienent to just let my children walk across the street everyday to get to school but I still drive them to Garfield because we love the school so much.We are losing a few great teachers this year due to cuts that couldn't be helped.Honesestly the level of parent involvement could be better but overall it's pretty good.I recomend this school all the time and the only few people I've talked to who didn't are people who have children with behavior problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2005

The teachers do seem to be caring. However the principal always seems overwhelmed and angry about his work. I am a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2004

This school is great, the teacher's get involved. The PTA gets involved.Both get involved in the Excellerated Reader's Program.Parent's involvement is important.Our school won a regional award for improvement fir 2003-2004.Now 2004-2005 can only become better with more parent's involvement.Take pride in our school, be a Garfield Gator.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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30%

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32%

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20%

2011

 
 
20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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38%

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68%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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27%

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35%

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2011

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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50%

2013

 
 
57%

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61%

2011

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
38%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
13%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
7%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

19%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 69%
African-American 11% 18%
Multiracial 8% 2%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Asian 1% 3%
Native Hawaiian 1% 0%
American Indian 0% 1%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

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

School Leader's name
  • Christine Santer
Fax number
  • (810) 272-4782

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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1221 Garfield Street
Port Huron, MI 48060
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Phone: (810) 984-6509

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