School Details

Garfield High School

1255 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 525-2059
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 378 students 13 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.
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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
  • San Diego Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Garfield High School is a public high school in San Diego. The principal of Garfield High School is Jolie Pickett, whose e-mail is jpickett@sandi.net. 378 children attend Garfield High School and are mostly Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 31% of the Garfield High School students have "limited English proficiency." 92% of the 378 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Garfield High School is 13:1. San Diego Early/Middle College School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 86% 44%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 13%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 25%
Filipino 2% 7%
Asian 2% 9%
Multiracial 1.0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 129055%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.5%
Unspecified 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92% 63%
Limited English proficiency 31% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Great teacher Mr. Sawyer taught me a lot how to study and concertration. My summer school was great at Garfield caring people.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love attending Garfield. I came from a "good well ' known school and i was doing horrible. now that i come here im doing good and actually feel like im learning something new everyday and getting good grades. (

  • (3 years ago)

    As a former student I loved that school. I excelled there and the teachers were awesome. I had SO many more opportunities opened to me than I ever would have had at a regular High School. If I had known I would've gone there sooner. I made awesome friends that i am still close with today. The CMC (City Middle College) program made me learn so much more about myself and my classmates.The mantra that we memorized "I can I will I must" is something I use in my everyday life. Thanks so much for everything Garfield! I'm going to make you proud.

  • (4 years ago)

    Excellent school. My son is about to graduate from Garfield Oracle Program. I am so proud of him. The teachers are really great. They are available and they allow you to be involved with your child's education.My wife calls to see our son's status and his teacher is happy to share the information. The receptionist is very friendly too.

  • (5 years ago)

    has helped my daughter out better than anyone she finished school a year earlier and finished with the best of grades she now has a 3.90 GPA.the teachers are wonderful.

  • (7 years ago)

    I was a former student at Garfield enrolled in the Pregnant Minor Program I later was enrolled in the regular day program there. The teachers who are untraditional in their ways of teaching are like none that I have ever seen in traditional schools. The opportunities that this school provides is unlike any other.

  • (8 years ago)

    Garfield's low teacher to student ratio and it's partnerships with San Diego City College makes it a great school for students who need to learn in a small environment and want to pursue college.

  • (9 years ago)

    Good school overall. Not bad teachers. MAde a lot of friends.

  • (11 years ago)

    Garfield high School is a gem in its downtown area. The's school's genuine interest in its students is highly recommendable. They have a variety of programs that could fit any student's needs. They collaborate with San Diego City College which provides for a unique academic atmosphere and beneficial connections. Moreover they have an ORACLE program an independent study program that let's students enrolled work at a pace they're comfortable with. Many students are able to accelerate and graduate early through the program. The principal I knew Ms. Joan Zeno has retired but I have been told that the new principal Ms. Pickett is an excellent addition to the faculty. You should seriously consider Garfield High School!

  • (11 years ago)

    Garfield is a top-notch school is so many ways. The principal Ms. Zeno was an excellent leader. She provided the spark in this school.

  • (11 years ago)

    I thought the principal was a most effective and lively person. I think she created a wonderful atmostphere at the school. Students performed well under her leadership. They enjoyed school at Garfield when she became principal.

  • (11 years ago)

    I love Garfield! I went to this school because I got pregnant when I was young and they really helped a lot! They have a Pregnant Minor Program (PMP) and the teachers there are really great very understanding and helpful. If I found out about this school earlier and knew what it felt like to be at Garfield I would've switched right away. This school also gave me a chance to finish one year early because the teachers believed in me and knew that I could do it. It also gave me a chance to spend more time with my son while doing homework at the same time. I'd recommend this school to anyone who needs to catch up are pregnant everybody! Thanks Garfield!

  • (11 years ago)

    This school has a nice pregnant minor program for all those teens who are pregnant and need to finish school. They have very nice teachers in there too that make you feel at home. Go lions!

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