School Details

William Foster Elementary School

12801 Bangor Ave, Garfield Heights, OH 44125
(216) 475-8123

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-3 750 students 21 students/teacher (OH avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade


Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Garfield Heights City Schools average
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

William Foster Elementary School is a public elementary school in Garfield Heights. The principal of William Foster Elementary School is Sandra L. Powers, who can be contacted at 750 children attend William Foster Elementary School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 51% of the 750 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 72% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at William Foster Elementary School is 21:1. Maple Leaf Intermediate Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 63% 59%
Multiracial 4% 5%
Hispanic 4% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 28% 32%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72% 70%
Economically disadvantaged 51% 51%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    The school is good at teaching the kids.But if you have a problem don't ever go to Mrs.Powers or Mrs.dimarco both very rude can't talk to them they yell.It's better to go to the board of education and get your problem resolved with Dr.Dupree who will listen and get it resolved.

  • (4 years ago)

    They are great with the children!

  • (4 years ago)

    I love William Foster. This year I will have a child in 1st K and pre-K. I absolutely love their peer-model program. My daughter was a peer model last year and my youngest will be one for the 2010-2011 school. My son had Mrs. Frognowski for Kindergarten. I loved her. I felt that she was tenderhearted but also good with boys. My son was the oldest in the class so he knew more than other students. She recognized this and didn't let him get bored. I appreciate this school so much.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child did not learn a thing attending this school. I do believe this is on of the worst schools around. I give it a 1 star

  • (5 years ago)

    these teachers are wounderful. my son is in first grade when he had started at this school it was a little rocky for him but thanks to his teacher mrs. dettling and the rest of the staff at william foster he is much inproved.i thank you all and know you truly care for your students and there family's.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is an excellent school. My grandchild came from Shaker and South Euclid which has been rated high. I felt l was down grading and l was completely wrong. This is a close net environment. Which every parent should look for. Hat's off to Mrs. Butzer.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son started here last year for kindergarten. I was a little reluctant to send him to a public school since I went to Catholic schools all 12 grades but with the economic situation all families are going through we thought we would try it. He had a new teacher right out of college. I thought great a breath of fresh air. He was just that and more. He was the best and most wonderful teacher ever. He made my son's first year of school so pleasant and he loved going every day just to see him and to learn. It also made it much easier for me as a parent sending my baby to school for the first time knowing he was in good hands. We are pleased with the school and hope his next couple of years here are like his first.

  • (6 years ago)

    my younger son has been here for 2 yrs coming from a private school hes has been doing great here in all areas he loves it here and im involed the teachers and staff have been doin great..... there good and bad where ever you send your kids

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is turning disruptive very quickly. My daughter attened this school 3 years ago. It was a great experience. Now my son goes here. What a difference! I came to volunteer and witnessed students talking back to teachers. I saw a big fight being broken up. Sadly this school is going down hill.

  • (8 years ago)

    I don't think this school has anything to offer. They need more teachers that are dedicated to teaching. Mrs. Flood is one of the best teachers there. If they had more teachers like her it would be better. I feel the student teacher ratio is higher than Cleveland Public Schools and they wonder why our children don't do well. I also think it is no coincidence that the black children are not doing as well as others in that school. I feel some of the teachers are unwilling to go the extra effort to help students even when the parents are. I believe this school is more concerned with hiding what's going on in the classrooms than actually teaching.

  • (9 years ago)

    My Grandson came to William Foster in the middle of second grade. He had been in the Parma schools and prior in North Royalton schools. At William Foster he has brought his grades up with a great deal of help from the teachers and the comunication with me. They have done a great job of identifying his week spots and assisting him in improving. i am very pleased with the extra work and attention. Of all the schools I feel that they aremore open to the oppinions of the parent and willing to try. i aur case it has opened up a whole new world of learning for him. The principal and assistant pricipal are very committed and always open to any care giver that take s the interest in the childs education. And thats the real problem so many parents don't get involved.

  • (10 years ago)

    I'm her because im running for president in my government class. I have to write about where I use to go to school and things like that. I came here to see if anything has changed and looking back I don't think much has. I wish I could go back to school here. No worries and so much fun. But now I'm all grown up going to be graduating next year from parma senior high. And a long time ago a very special teacher told me that if I believed in myself I could do anything. Thank's to that very special lady I have achieved more than one could imagine. Thank you.

  • (11 years ago)

    I feel that mrs.Reed is doing a great job not only with her staff but also her students.

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