School Details

Garvy J Elementary School

5225 North Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60656
(773) 534-1185
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 712 students 19 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

68%
42%
55%
74%
45%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago Sd 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

69%
51%
60%
67%
46%
59%
81%
74%
81%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago Sd 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
50%
59%
56%
44%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago Sd 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
52%
60%
79%
49%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago Sd 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
53%
59%
73%
52%
59%
84%
73%
79%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago Sd 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
54%
59%
72%
53%
60%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago Sd 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Garvy J Elementary School is a public middle school in Chicago. The principal of Garvy J Elementary School is Julie Ann McGlade. 712 students go to Garvy J Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 22% of the Garvy J Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 41% of the 712 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 46% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Garvy J Elementary School is 19:1. St Monica School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 62% 9%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 26% 41%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.3% 47%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46% 73%
Limited English proficiency 22% 14%
Economically disadvantaged 41% 85%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Love love Garvy! My child has made wonderful friends the teachers and administration are caring and invested in the school. We have been here for 4 years. My son looks forward to going to school everyday. There is a strong commitment by a wonderful group of parents to safety fundraising and social activities. This school and friendships from it is the only reason we consider NOT leaving the city.

  • (11 months ago)

    My child has gone to this school for 6 years until i decided that I did not want him to be in this environment. I think i waited to long. The teachers don't make any special relationships with their students and do not do anything about bullying NOTHING. My child was bullied he kept telling the teachers but they didnt do anything. They would just nod and wouldn't say anything to the bully. When my child told me this i was furious. I told the principal and the teachers said that they didnt know anything about the bullying that was going on. It was ridiculous. Don't send your child here I regret not sending my child to Oriole or any other school but Garvy.

  • (1 year ago)

    Garvy is a terrific school. The staff is friendly and the student's teachers are very helpful and understanding. The PTA is incredibly generous. The school has many extra curricular activities that help the students get a broader education. Personally I love Garvy! Everyone is so kind that they are like a family there. It's just such a bright school that enlightens ones spirits and provides a terrific education. I suggest Garvy because it doesn't get better than this.

  • (1 year ago)

    John W. Garvy is a GREAT school. The principal has old fashion methods and very stress out last year. She lets out the children for recess in 30 degrees Fahrenheit when it will be winter. Winter temperatures like 30 degrees Fahrenheit is too cold for kids/students. All year round there should be a study hall for students who need it during recess. The teacher assistants and volunteers can watch the students in study hall. Students can study better and catch up on homework too.

  • (1 year ago)

    Garvy is my school. I love John W. Garvy. The staff is friendly and forgiving. They work hard but no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes during their lifetime. Who is actually perfect?No one. We all need to be humble and learn from our mistakes. I had great experiences from their staff and volunteers.

  • (1 year ago)

    I needed to move to this area and begrudgingly sent my kids to Garvy thinking it was at best an average school. I was pleasantly surprised at what a great school it is! The principal is great with the kids the teachers are pretty intelligent and caring support staff is very friendly and all students are really pretty fantastic! (Bullying is minimal at most.) The school hasn't gotten the best "grade" in the state but honestly they have really challenged my children. I don't mind if they don't focus entirely on grades because my children have a great work/life balance. Although parent participation overall is pretty low the parents that do participate have done an A-MA-ZING job! If you're thinking of sending your children to Garvy your children will love it! My 8-yo wants me to add "I love Garvy!"

  • (1 year ago)

    I have 2 kids going to Garvy and we love this school. They have excellent teachers and challenging academic program plus they still have time to always do something fun. There is always something going on at school that makes my kids look forward to waking up in the morning and going there. We would not change in for any 10 out of 10 school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Garvy I thought was a good school however my child has ADD and is on a 504 plan and they don't accommodate him. This will be my child's last year at this school because they don't help/care unless your child is a normal straight A student.

  • (2 years ago)

    5- of my grandchildren attend Garvey School and are getting a superior educational experience that will help them achieve what it needed to succeed in life!

  • (2 years ago)

    I have no words to describe how great this school is this is my son's 3rd year there and since he started coming here we saw a huge change on him.. he loves going to school. he loves his teachers. I remember when he started they were all concerned. I love this school and the staff.. they all work very hard to help the kids and they dont give up on them and thats what i like about Garvey

  • (2 years ago)

    The only thing I have to say is that I'm glad I don't go here anymore.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am very impressed with what the PTA donates to the school and to the teachers. The administration works well with parents to keep them in the loop and are great with the kids. My family is happy here and I feel blessed that my kids go to this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    With one child attending Garvy and one that graduated a few years ago I have seen a decline in the quality of teaching. Garvy needs to work on the upper grades and offer all the children the same quality education. Garvy has an accelerated program and children are picked purely on test score not report card grades. The difference in expectation and quality of teaching for the two groups is unacceptable and needs to be fixed. Garvy will be getting an addition soon which will help will the overcrowding. Garvy is a very middle of the road school with room for improvement. The principal does the best she can with what she s given but needs to be more in touch with what goes on in the classrooms.

  • (4 years ago)

    We moved to this neighborhood so that our daughter could attend Garvy I am excited about the new addition and am looking forward to being involved in my daughters education!

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Garvy School because my children are so happy there!! They love their teachers friends subjects etc. The Teachers /Principals are always willing to help. They have a great PTA. Garvy is very informative and has many family functions/outings. Garvy is striving because of great families/friends who care about our school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Garvy Elementary because of the excellent staff - teachers and administrators. Despite the obstacles like overcrowding everyone works together to provide a great learning experience for the students. Whether your child needs extra help or extra challenges the teachers find a way to make sure each child gets exactly what they need. They also provide 'non-academic support' which is so crucial during elementary school. When the teachers receive adequate space with the upcoming addition it will only get better!

  • (4 years ago)

    Garvy school is run by the most amazing group of administrators and teachers. It is a large crowded school but somehow they make you feel like your kids is the most important. I am so proud to send my children to Garvy and I know they will benefit from it. Of course we are so excited for the much needed addition and green space!

  • (4 years ago)

    Garvy has an amazing group of teachers staff and administrators. Despite the overcrowding the academic success of our students is a testament to our teachers and parents. The new addition and green space is going to be great!

  • (4 years ago)

    Despite over crowding and growing yearly census are children still get educated and 1 on 1 attention. They have done a remarkable job!!

  • (5 years ago)

    My family has a long history at Garvy. In fact my 82 year-old monther in law went to Garvy. We are proud of our connection with Garvy school and I hope that my grandchildren will attend Garvy. Mrs. McGlade and most of the teachers at Garvy have a 'students first' attitude and it shows. We are a neighborhood school with neighborhood pride. Keep up the good work!!

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