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Garfield Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 363 students

 

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Posted August 19, 2012

i remember the days back in the 80s when this school was filled with fun adventure and lots to learn helpful teachrs and a pricipal that would have fun with students... but i see times have changed..


Posted July 10, 2011

I had my daughter enrolled in this school and within a month I had to pull her back out due to her 3rd grade teacher not being a good teacher. The teacher was not able to explain things to me about my daughters school work or the school work of his classroom. He was rude to both me and my husband and treated my daughter rudely also. I also witnessed him being mean to other students and not understanding of why the child was upset. My child loved going to school and always looked forward to going until I enrolled her in this school and got that horrible teacher. I had to build up her confidence level due to this bad rude teacher
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2011

We are in our second year at Garfield and my daughter loves her second grade class! She's had the benefit of looping with the same teacher and class, and has made great progress in her reading and writing. I value the diversity in the classroom and the strong teacher that she has. Garfield also has a great many energetic volunteers and interns through partnerships with the local colleges - they've done some great afterschool programs and provided extra help in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2010

Garfield elementary is a poorly run school. The teachers and staff are disrespectful to the students, volunteers, and other staff. Teachers seem to regard little value in the students as people. The academics are mediocre. The principal does not show strong leadership, and seems to be apathetic about what happens in the school. Though there are a few good teachers, overall, they seem to lack respect and often gossip about the students with other teachers.


Posted October 8, 2010

I'm a proud parent of a new kindergartner and this school has been wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2010

From what I have observed during my daughter's kindergarten and first grade year, Garfield is an excellent school. I do not know the principal very well yet but he appears friendly and my daughter likes him. He speaks calmly with students who are misbehaving. My daughter's teacher Mrs. Sheafe is amazing and thankfully my daughter has had her two years in a row due to the school looping teachers up through grades. I do not know if the parental involvement is higher than average as my daughter is my oldest, but from what I have seen, numerous parents are very involved and even teach optional after-school enrichment programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

Garfield is a wonderful school with caring teachers and staff, it's a great community to be a part of!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2008

This school has some big work to do with its neighborhood community. Its not a one size fits all neighborhood yet you wouldn't know it by they way its run.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2008

Over the las three years the community feel to this school has diminished which is sad. I can no longer recommend it as better than the others nearby because of that. The message to parents:'You're family here (principal's slogan) and stay out of our way and let us do our jobs...' Lets just say, its an okay school, has some great teachers and its not really a 'community.' Sad truth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2008

I'm sad this school has lost vast community involvement over the past few years. The garden has no life or help, GRUB dropped plans to partner, the auction dwindled to nothing, GELO disappeared, no foreign language help, the comm'ty energy is gone & discouraged by the principal's inaction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2008

Great school-- love the after school fun offerings and the half-day art things that used to happen- Only drawback is the open reputation it used to have for a cohesive and welcome community has changed the past couple years-- very, very good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2007

Oh, this school is heaven. What great teachers they have. They start out from kindergarden and throw a big party for the fifth graders at the end. This school is the best elementary ever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

If you love your children, do send them to Garfield! It is an excellent school which stresses academics and physical and emotional health and respect for others. If I have any complaints at all about Garfield, they have to do with some of the parents who do not bother to teach their children about being respectful to others. I see this every day in the parents who drive in a reckless manner, speed in school zones, drop their kids off on the wrong side of the street and allow them to cross in front of traffic. The principal and the teachers can only do so much. Molding our children in to learned and decent human beings begins with the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2007

The extracurricular activities that others spoke of are an amazing service provided by parents and really have little do with the school and absolutely nothing with the classroom. Yes the teachers are nice but it seems to make little difference. It is still a school where children are bored to tears, loaded down with homework, and stressed out. My son would beg not to have to go to school. Since switching to a different school he doesn't even want to stay home on a snow day. If you love your children's spirits don't send them there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2006

excellent extracurricular activities, outstanding parent involvement, superior teaching staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2006

This school is wonderful. The staff has been great to all students. They really take care of their students and listen to each one. The academics they teach are the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2005

My first-grader feels comfortable here, and looks forward to going to school everyday. She will have the same teacher for both first and second grade, which gives us the added benefit of getting to know her teacher and classmates better, and gives her the chance to adjust and thrive in a familiar, supportive learning environment where her teacher understands her as an invidual. I have been amazed by the level of reading, writing and math she has achieved this past year, and am impressed by the amount of participation and group cooperation that goes on in the classroom. Our principal compses a cover letter for the seasonal newsletter, and his points are always well worth reading and thinking over. The kids love him, and he greets both students and parents alike with a wave of recognition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2005

Garfield is an excellent school! It provides a warm environment and encourages students to achieve to their highest ability!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2004

Garfield has a group of excellent teachers and a generally supportive administrative staff. It suffers from substantial overcrowding in classrooms. There were ways that the school could have alleviated the stress on both teachers and students in the fourth grade in the 2003-2004 school year. The school chose to put three classrooms full of 28-29 students each with one teacher each, as opposed to overloading one class and adding an educational assistant or second teacher. They did attempt to alleviate the stress in the classrooms by pulling small groups of children out into the pods for reading, math, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2004

Garfield is a wonderful school. I have 3 children attending this year. We have had nothing but wonderful experiences with the staff since we moved to Olympia in 2000. Not only are they very professional and do their job well, they are compassionate about the kids individually. Mr. Walton, teachers, office staff, the learning environment, and the encouragement of essiential lifeskills are excellent. As my oldest moves on to middle school next year, I look forward to bringing my youngest in to join the Garfield family. -Lisa-Marie Lewis
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 65% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
34%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students84%
Female86%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income74%
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female86%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income74%
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students85%
Female79%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic87%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income77%
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female88%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic87%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income79%
Not low income96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students65%
Female70%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income47%
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students82%
Female88%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income71%
Not low income96%
Special education54%
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income79%
Not low income100%
Special education62%
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students76%
Female76%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income63%
Not low income93%
Special education46%
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 63%
Asian 11% 7%
Hispanic 9% 18%
Two or more races 9% 5%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 156%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 28%N/A8%
Special education 227%N/A13%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 14N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 67%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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325 Plymouth St NW
Olympia, WA 98502
Phone: (360) 596-6900

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