School Details

Garfield Elementary School

110 West McLean Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 308-2415
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 674 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

65%
71%
56%
80%
80%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alhambra Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
59%
46%
86%
79%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alhambra Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
72%
65%
70%
80%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alhambra Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
67%
60%
84%
76%
65%
75%
68%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alhambra Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
70%
60%
62%
70%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alhambra Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
69%
60%
76%
69%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alhambra Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
71%
50%
77%
70%
57%
20%
16%
31%
69%
59%
52%
82%
76%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alhambra Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Garfield Elementary School is a public middle school in Alhambra. The principal of Garfield Elementary School is Anna Kuo and can be contacted at kuo_anna@alhambra.k12.ca.us. 674 students attend Garfield Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 39% of the Garfield Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 68% of the 674 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Garfield Elementary School is 22:1. Leeway School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 7% 4%
Hispanic 47% 40%
Asian 39% 52%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 0.7%
Multiracial 3% %
Unspecified 2% 2%
Filipino 1% 1%
Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 18213%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68% 67%
Limited English proficiency 39% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Going good so far my two kids attend Garfield and I am a Parent volunteer. We moved from LA to here for a better school and environment for the kids. And I am trying to make a difference also. a little high on the fingerprint fees but worth it. my ratings for teacher quality is at 4stars since we are new parent involvement is at 4 do to the fees so low turn out BUT we need more parents. and Principal leadership is at a 5 currently for her approachability.

  • (1 year ago)

    A yard duty by the name of Mercy Pope has been at Garfield for far too long. She is a bully to the students and has been warned on several occasions by all of the past principles that have been there. In the mornings when she's too busy talking to some of the parents we've heard her bad mouth her co-workers students and other parents. Parents including myself have parked or walked by to watch her work and she is no where to be found or she is way too busy sitting down chatting with other employees and has no time to keep her eyes on the students. If she happens to see another employee walking on to the playground I have seen her start yelling at the students to the point where they start crying to pretend that she's working. How can someone like that be allowed to work there? Parents have complained about her over the years and all she gets is a slap on the wrist. She keeps it up because she thinks that she's untouchable. This yard duty needs to be stopped! We don't want her at Garfield anymore. If other parents reading this feel the same way please feel free to go see Gary Gonzales at HR to file a complaint about the way she treats our children. Something has to be done.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have to say the following GREAT School GREAT parents GREAT Staff and GREAT Teachers!

  • (2 years ago)

    I agree with what many of the parents are writing about in regards to Garfield school. My children do not feel safe at this school. In the two years that my children have attended Garfield getting bullied was a daily part of their school day fights between students have been a regular occurance the teachers in the lower grades accused parents of not being active participants in our children's learning process when in fact both my husband and myself have never worked harder with our children they also intimidated students in the classroom with their demeaning personalities higher grade teachers focused too much in science and math but reamed students in their performance in English. This school taught my children to hate school. It was an easy decision to enroll my children in private school toward the end of this school year. I would highly recommend families in the Alhambra area to exercise the districts open enrollment policy and find another Alhambra school if private school is not an option. They also do not support Gate students transferring from another district and two employees were in the news this year for arrests directly related to the school. Yikes!

  • (3 years ago)

    The administration has changed and along with it the teachers have become divided. My two daughters' teachers are expecting me to be their educator. Both of my daughters get 2 hours worth of homework each night. In addition my 3rd grader's teacher expect my daughter to complete her reading and online reading assessment at home. They have computer labs for this purpose but it never seems to get done there. My 1st grader's teacher never seems to know what is going on in her 1st/2nd grade combination class. Her class is a mess and the kids' desks are a mess. It is only the 3 month and I feel it has been a waste of the school year. This will definitely be our last year at this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    1) The school is known for bullying. 2) It lacks leadership. 3) Racism is alive and well at Garfield School. 4) While all this is going on you have some of the teachers trying to relive their childhood and acting like children. WOW!

  • (4 years ago)

    Teachers principal and district don't care about your child's education. My 1st grader was placed in a 1st-2nd combination class 3 weeks into the school year due to overcrowding. The district had assigned a 5th grade teacher to the class! The math homework was too advanced and the classwork consisted of mostly coloring. I spoke to the new principal Mrs. Kuo about my concerns she told me she would conference with the teacher to ensure more appropriate curriculum. Also she told me how good combo classes are yet she reassured me that it is their policy to make sure that students are not placed in combo classes year after year. If combination classes are so good why were they only implemented as a result of overcrowding and why the effort to keep students from being subjected to them year after year?

  • (4 years ago)

    alas continuing from my post it is also this school has taught students to not trust have bullying and bitterness. Having good grades from garfield you won't in san diego. Even the TEACHERS make fun of you to ''help others learn''. Their exercise program is inefficient. I didn't feel that much belonging at the school. And yeah along with parent issues my depression progressed. Even after garfield. Funny garfield looks at emotions other than anger as weakness. Self injury depression suicidal attempts getting into an acute mental hospital can be rooted partly in parent issues and garfield.

  • (4 years ago)

    If you plan on being an involved parent you will be disapponted with Garfield Elementary School. There is minimal parent participation. The teachers and principal are resistant to parents that want to be involved. Involvment to them means joining the PTA. The quality of education is entirely based on your child's teacher. The school lacks leadership. There have been three different principals in the last five years.

  • (5 years ago)

    My kids were students at Garfield Elementary School since Kindergarten now they are in college and still one of my kids in Garfield. I consider it the best school around the city and always has been a magnificent safe and enjoyable place to learn. Even the school has grown a lot the staff always remains being excellent and the teachers really care about their students.

  • (6 years ago)

    I attended this school for eight years and in general my eight years there have been a memorable experience of my life.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter attended Kindergarten in this school and I can say that when it comes to learning teachers are trying their best to make their students excel.... parents wants best education for their kids but of course education start at home...over all this school is highly recommened!

  • (6 years ago)

    As a mother of two kids this was a my daughters first year at Garfield Elem so far i am very pleased with the school. My daughter seems to love it and that really matters. Not to happy about her k teacher but she can be replaced. As for PTA meeting would love to attend one but they have them in the morning's i am a working mother and i will not miss work just for that they should consider having them in the afternoon when working parents get out of work.

  • (8 years ago)

    As a mom of a kindergarten student I have found Garfield to be a very positive place. Not all teachers are 'warm and fuzzy.' Prinicipal is exceptional and truly cares. PTA is lacking in participation but those there are very dedicated.

  • (9 years ago)

    The quality of academic programs is less than average. Teachers don't spend as much time with the students as needed. My son attended this school from K-4th grade and had mediocre grades. We moved to Orange County and he attended Jefferson Elementary for his 5th grade year and he excelled at that school and received a great report card at the end of the year. Moved back to the Alhambra district and he attended Garfield again for 6th grade. He started struggling again and complaining about the teachers' ability to help the students understand the subjects. There was a big difference in his attitude grades and eager to learn when he returned to Garfield school. Availability of music and sports activities offered are good.

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