School Details

James A. Garfield Senior High School

5101 East Sixth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 981-5500
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2535 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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.
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  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

James A. Garfield Senior High School is a public high school in East Los Angeles. The principal of James A. Garfield Senior High School is Jose Huerta, whose e-mail is jose.huerta@lausd.net. 2,535 children attend James A. Garfield Senior High School and identify as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 16% of the James A. Garfield Senior High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 87% of the 2,535 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at James A. Garfield Senior High School is 19:1. Alliance Media Arts And Entertainment Design High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 99% 73%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 0.5% 9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.2% 0.7%
Asian 0.1% 4%
Multiracial 0.07% %
Filipino 0.04% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.04% %
Pacific Islander 0.04% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.03% 646343%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87% 75%
Limited English proficiency 16% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    This school was the worst school that i would not recommend any parent on having there kids going to . Since my son started the 9th grade i asked for help and only one time did he get counciled. He was bullied all though his high school years there. I spoke to his magnet counselor and she never helped. The attendance staff lacks office skills customer service asap. The principal has a great challenge ahead of him in order for Garfield to be the best with that staff it will never happen.

  • (3 years ago)

    As a former student of Garfield I too think it is a great school. The AP classes and teachers are excellent I had the good fortune to be taught by some of those teachers. Overall it is a good school and I had a great time there as a student but if there was one negative it would be the lack of teaching skill of some of the other faculty (non-AP)is not up to par.

  • (5 years ago)

    Garfield high offers large selection of AP courses clubs sports and other resources. Naturally so it's student population is extremely large for a school the size of Garfield. There is no racial diversity which doesn't help in preparing students for the 'real world'. However a student with enough drive can certainly make his experience at Garfield well worth it in terms of preparation for college and/or life. As a recent Garfield alumni I know that there are great teachers who really care about their students. The question resides in whether the students care about themselves.

  • (5 years ago)

    Garfield is really what you make of it. There are the top students which is reflected highly which clubs such as Academic Decathlon or those who are 'demos' always struggling to get their high school diploma. I'd say the resources are there but you have to look for them. The college center is always open and should become a student's best friend. There are alot of available clubs and that is just as essential to colleges -especially privates- as are grades. Of course it depends on the student's ambition and drive. The teacher's for the most part are friendly. For those lucky students you experience teachers who have worked for 41 years+. I was able to take 9 AP courses throughout my high school hm I guess life but I had to cross-track. I would say there is a lack of diversity since it is predominant Hispanic.

  • (5 years ago)

    Garfield is one of the top schools in the eastern region of los angeles. There are many extracurriculars and many Oppurtunities such as scholarship available. The only thing necessary is for the student him/herself to go and find/ sign up for them. Garfield is a year-round school so it does sometimes get a little crowded. Just needs to be more diversed in population. I would say; Garfield great school just all depends on what the students have ambition for and incline towards.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school for our kids to attend. The school is nice and clean and they have a great lunch program. I recommend parents to think about it an sign up their children to this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    good school for advance plcements and the diversity is an example how this High school works with diferent kids

  • (6 years ago)

    The Advance Placement courses offered are diverse from Sciences to Foreign Languages and everything in between. Courses are designed to prepare students for the exam as well as the content of what college courses will demand. GHS is one of the few high schools in a predominately low income sector of Los Angeles County that exceeds in the expectations of their students. Believe in the students while demanding more from them results in confident prepared college bound students.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is very overcrowed but has very great programs such as AVID and Gear Up

  • (6 years ago)

    Overcrowded lack of teacher support and encouragement.... I would not recommend sending any child to this school! Teachers do not inform the students of things such as the SATs ACTs provide them with post-secondary exposure etc. Please think about your children's future and look elsewhere.

  • (7 years ago)

    I had the best teacher and I learned a lot not like other schools that you not learn. This is one of the best school you could send your child .

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a great school. I had the best teachers anyone would want to have- Pescatello & Escalante along with Mr. Gradillas and Mr. Morasic- career counselor. Also many many great students.

  • (7 years ago)

    This pretty good school.Theres alot of sports and activities students can do.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love this school. The entire student body and teacher staff are amongst the best people I know. The teachers really care about the education of the students and really try to make their students interested in learning. The students although most seem to not care are committed to their education.

  • (7 years ago)

    Garfield is a tradition rich school. The teachers really care and most of the student population is involved in some type of extra curricular activity. Where else can you find aluni such as Oscar De La Hoya and Carlos Mencilla.

  • (9 years ago)

    Garfield is not a stereotypical 'hood' highschool but a school with a very rich heritage and strong school spirit

  • (9 years ago)

    Garfield is a great school with great teachers. Not only did I learn academics I learned values and met great administrators that helped me along the way.

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