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Gar-Field High School

Public | 9-12 | 2547 students

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Posted July 22, 2014

This school is an interesting mix of culture, dynamics, and people. It is easy to talk down GFHS because of the swirling rumors of teenage pregnancy, ghetto and immature students, and the list goes on and on. In every high school there are good students and bad students and Garfield is no different. The IB program is one of the best in the world and the staff at GFHS provide the best enviroment for the program to succeed. Students come from a plethora of different backgrounds, experiences, and struggles but they unite in a cultural mixing pot of school. I have never felt in danger for my life or others because GFHS is a safe school. The majority of people are well behaved and civilized. It is only when the small percent messes up that the whole school is implicated badly. I wish it wasn't the case but students are adamant about remaininy themselves and the community chooses to remain ignorant and opinionated. It is not perfect but it is sure worth it. I would recommend anyone to try the IB program at Garfield and you will be amazed by the growth and oppurtunities you receive. You choose your own destiny and success, so instead of asking yourself "Should I?" Ask "Can I and will I?
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2013

The IB Program at this school definitely contained the rigor and quality of education necessary to prepare me for college. Although I will be going to college to study engineering, the interwoven material learned in each IB class taught me valuable communication skills when speaking and writing. My teachers were all incredibly passionate about their job, went out of their way to help students, and genuinely showed concern for the education of each and every student. The administration consistently keeps the students' interests at heart and regulates the great environment. I can confidently say that I felt safe at school everyday. When I walked in the doors, it was evident I was receiving a quality education. I highly recommend Gar-Field HS and its International Baccalaureate Program to anyone who desires a well-rounded high school education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2013

Currently I have two children attending this school, one is a Freshman and one is a Senior. I have never had issues with the leadership of the administration at this school. Their teachers are consistently helpful, usually available after school (either on scheduled days or by appointment). The relationship between my children and their teachers is fantastic! Teachers are genuinely concerned about the quality of education my children receive. Additionally, all of their IB teachers must be certified by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to be able to teach an IB course. As a result, I feel confident my children are receiving a challenging and fulfilling education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2011

The teachers are caring but the discipline in the school is weak at best. My child tells me of times when a student is sent out of the room for disrupting the class only to have the administration send him back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

This well-diversed school strives to make everyone reach beyond their goals whether it be academics, sports or clubs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Gar-field is a fab High School, teachers are great, the whole atmosphere is awesome, they really care!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2009

As an Alumni of Gar-Field Senior High School, I can say with confidence that it was one of the best experiences of my life. I am a self-proclaimed wall flower and I always have been. The USMC Junior ROTC program really brought me out of my shell and gave me the self confidence I never had. Roger Dallek was an outstanding principal (and college professor) and I'm sad to hear that he is gone. I occasionally go back to visit my old teachers and from what I understand, they are just as great as they were while I was attending school there. I can't wait for my 10 year reunion so I can reminisce with my old classmates. This is an excellent school!! Don't judge a book by its cover!


Posted January 15, 2009

I'm an Alumni of GF- I graduated in 2006. I loved the time I spent there, and after reading the reviews, I can address some of the issues that were stated- although I may be a little outdated. The counseling program will keep students at an arms length unless the students show an interest in communicating. I had a great relationship with my counselor. The principal I knew was very good at working with students and parents. The extracurricular programs are great for keeping students active and happy. Most teachers I dealt with tried very hard to challenge and help their students and, when asked, would always stay after school to help. Parents, if you feel the school isn't communicating with you, consider whether your student may be withholding. At least when I was a student, pamphlets, notices, and sheets were sent home with students several times a week.


Posted January 15, 2009

I'm a recent graduate of Gar-field High School and I must say it is an excellent school - in the sense of its IB standards. I was an IB Scholar and the academics offered through IB at Gar-field definitely prepared me for college. Although the work is sometimes stressful, you get a sense of time management from the amount of work given. As a freshman and sophomore at Gar-field, I took a couple non-IB classes and they were not as impressive. The only low ratings given to Gar-field should be primarily because of these classes. Most of the teachers, knowing the attitudes of the students, didn't feel the need to interact and teach the class to their fullest. It was almost as if they didn't enjoy their job of shaping young minds. The students in these classes are even less impressive. Either way, Gar-field's IB program is great!


Posted June 28, 2008

I am a senior at Gar-Field and ive been there all four years since my freshmen year. I love that school. It is one of the few diverse schools in PWC. The sports and activity programs there are really good and it keeps us from getting into trouble. I dont care what anybody says i love that school and i would rather be at Gar-Field than any other school
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 24, 2008

As a parent of a sophmore, I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I was afraid to send my child to Gar-Field, Sure that what people had been telling me would make my kid into a delinquent. Well, it is just not true. My child is doing exceptionally well in the IB program, though I have to admit he has to work very hard to do so. I suggested that he didn't have to take all IB classes, maybe he could take an easier class, and he declined. He would rather not join a 'regular'class because he feels the students in those classes just don't care about learning as much as he does. Due to a recent illness his grades dropped, I emailed the teachers, and principal. They responded quickly, but the first one to write back was the principal! That was great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2008

Iam a senior at Garfield and i dont like the school. The guidance counsolers dont even know my name or that iam a senior. They dont really care about you. The administrators dont do anything but give out referrals and you have no say about it your always wrong. There is a new policy there that test/quizes count as 90% of grade and homework 10% so you dont have to complete homework to past and some teachers are cool most are mean
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2008

Gar-field high school truely is the school of champions. I've been the doing the IB program for 3 years, and though it is hard at times, it is defenitly worth it. It is a great program that really gets you ready for college. And yea sometimes the administrators are the best, but you can talk to them and reach them if you really wanted to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2007

The IB program at Gar-Field creates a 'school within a school'. The IB and pre-IB classes are great but the standard classes are terrible. Keep your child in the IB program and they'll get a first class education. They even have IB PE now. If your child is not ready for the rigor of the IB program, look elsewhere for a school (like Osburn Park or Forest park).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2007

i am a student at gar-field and this is my sophmore year there.unlike others, i think it is a great school. the administration does their best and i hate to hear that parents think they dont. this year has been tough for the administration since a new principal this year then had to leave for medical reasons. gar-field has some problems but its a great school and i personally wouldn't want to be at any other school. it is extremely diverse, has a very challenging IB program, has several sports that overall seem to improve each year, and for the most part a great staff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2007

The school doesn't meet the expectations. I'm very involved in my daughter's education, check grades everyday, if something doesn't seem ok I contact the teachers. Twice last year I tried to contact the teacher by e-mail because I was worried about my daughter's progress, I thought there was something that I could do to help her improve but I never got any response from the teacher. This year I was concern about my daughter switching to another class. I called the counselor twice and guess what? She never called me back. There is a minimum control during the extra curriculum activities, since Potomac Mills Mall is front to the school. Kids are supposed to be in the activities, but they go to the mall and when is time to pick them up they wait for the parents front to the school. I have more to say but no more space.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2007

the teachers let students get away with far to many things, and it's a very disruptive environment to learn in. However, I am a transfer student from potomac district and I only go to GFHS for the IB program, if not for that I would refuse to go to any public school in this area. The sports programs are very nice though. I do drama in the fall, wrestling manager in the winter, crew in the spring and summer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2007

I have two children that attended this school year. I was very disappointed with the teachers and consoler's response to my request that I be contacted if any drastic changes took place. I found it very hard to contact either counselor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2006

This school is a huge disappointment. They do not give out an adaquate amount of information regarding parent envolvement, instead, you have to hunt down other parents that are involved in school activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

A decent school, pretty average. Some really good teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


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  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

618 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
91%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 76% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

721 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 83% in 2013.

457 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
85%
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 89% in 2013.

584 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 87% in 2013.

589 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

630 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
76%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

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n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

565 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
94%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 85% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
World History I

The state average for World History I was 84% in 2013.

494 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
n/a
World History II

The state average for World History II was 85% in 2013.

438 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students52%
Female students56%
Male students49%
Black students46%
Asian students71%
Hispanic52%
Multiracial63%
White students51%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English52%

Algebra II

All Students74%
Female students78%
Male students70%
Black students70%
Asian students85%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial67%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English75%

Biology

All Students70%
Female students70%
Male students69%
Black students65%
Asian students90%
Hispanic66%
Multiracial74%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students59%
Proficient in English75%

Chemistry

All Students89%
Female students88%
Male students91%
Black students89%
Asian students97%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial95%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students86%
Proficient in English90%

Earth Science

All Students77%
Female students73%
Male students80%
Black students72%
Asian students69%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial76%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English80%

English: Reading

All Students80%
Female students82%
Male students78%
Black students77%
Asian students81%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial83%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English88%

English: Writing

All Students83%
Female students89%
Male students77%
Black students81%
Asian students81%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial82%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities51%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students61%
Proficient in English88%

Geometry

All Students58%
Female students58%
Male students59%
Black students53%
Asian students72%
Hispanic57%
Multiracial62%
White students64%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficient students52%
Proficient in English60%

History and Social Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Math

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Virginia and United States History

All Students82%
Female students82%
Male students82%
Black students75%
Asian students88%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial89%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students66%
Proficient in English85%

World Geography

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black students100%
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%

World History I

All Students75%
Female students73%
Male students77%
Black students71%
Asian students79%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial83%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English79%

World History II

All Students82%
Female students80%
Male students85%
Black students79%
Asian students84%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial74%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students77%
Proficient in English84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia 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: Virginia Department of Education

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  • Italian
  • Spanish

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  • Mr. William G Bixby

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  • Italian
  • Spanish

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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf

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14000 Smoketown Rd
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Phone: (703) 730-7000

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