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..
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
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.
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.
I'm a proud parent of a new kindergartner and this school has been wonderful!
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.
Garfield is a wonderful school with caring teachers and staff, it's a great community to be a part of!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
excellent extracurricular activities, outstanding parent involvement, superior teaching staff
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.
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.
Garfield is an excellent school! It provides a warm environment and encourages students to achieve to their highest ability!
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.
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
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