School Details

Garfield Elementary School

420 Filbert Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 291-7924
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 250 students 15 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

57%
60%
56%
78%
71%
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
  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
54%
46%
88%
75%
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
  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
67%
65%
78%
74%
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
  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
65%
60%
90%
70%
65%
74%
61%
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
  • San Francisco 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 elementary school in San Francisco. The principal of Garfield Elementary School is Gene Barresi, whose e-mail is barresig@sfusd.edu. 250 children attend Garfield Elementary School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Unspecified. 46% of the Garfield Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 63% of the 250 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Garfield Elementary School is 15:1. Chin (John Yehall) Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin

Sports

  • P.E. classes
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 12%
Asian 53% 41%
Unspecified 5% 5%
Multiracial 4% %
Filipino 2% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% %
Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 56447%
White, non-Hispanic 14% 11%
Hispanic 13% 23%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63% 56%
Limited English proficiency 46% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Garfield is an AMAZING school located on Telegraph Hill in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. We love Garfield because the teachers are dedicated talented and engaging; the principal is warm and fun; and the community is diverse and involved. I have three boys who have attended Garfield in each grade Kindergarten through 5th. We have had a wonderful experience and I highly recommend this school to anyone. Why pay for private school when you can get highly qualified teachers small class sizes and a quality education at this outstanding public school!!

  • (6 months ago)

    My son is in the Cantonese Immersion Kindergarten class and I'm very happy he is able to attend this school. Some of the things I love about this school are - His current teacher Ms. Lun is passionate and gives 200% in everything she does for the students - The new principal is very enthusiastic and seems to really care about the school - All the parents I've met so far are so nice willing to volunteer and support the school - The location is awesome no traffic and beautiful view of Coit tower - The after school program is great because the teachers take them after school I get to pick him up at 6 PM the after school staff loves the kids provide snacks homework time lots of play time lots of projects and lots of clubs - The school's social worker seems to really care about the students and family because he seems to always be organizing things for them from signing parents up for programs to recommend helpful education tips their kids to organizing parents to volunteer in passing out fresh food to families - I love their mascot! A dragon!

  • (7 months ago)

    Garfield is a wonderful tight knit community of students parents teachers and staff. Before our daughter started kindergarten we had a number of the basic concerns and questions that I expect are common to parents with kids starting elementary school. We were very happy to find that Garfield is a small enough school that from the youngest students to the oldest kids know and look out for each other. The general education and Chinese immersion tracks are both great and the teachers in the two programs work together to promote a common school spirit and identity as the Garfield Mighty Dragons. Our daughter settled right into Garfield and got down to the business of learning growing and having fun!

  • (7 months ago)

    My daughter is in the first grade Cantonese immersion class. Though we only speak English and I can't help her study I am glad she has this opportunity to learn another language. She loves learning Chinese. Most importantly I find that the teachers are excited and empowered the principal is a fearless leader the PTO is active and involved and the kids are happy. It seems to be a secret how wonderful this school is but I wanted to share with other parents considering sending their child to Garfield.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am new to Garfield and am coming from a private immersion experience (PKS) that was FANTASTIC. We had the option to stay at PKS but despite loving it we chose Garfield. In addition to the financial benefits (we can afford a trip to China now!) I love the size the parents the teachers aftercare clubs walking to/from school grabbing dinner in NB after school and going to school w/neighbors. When we got in to the imm. prog. I sent a msg to PPS to connect me w/parents there & had 2 parent emails w/in 24hrs. The parent participation is AMAZING. The parents I spoke with were "my people " & I felt connected immediately. Yes there are also Cantonese speaking families there to whom I cannot SPEAK but I love that- more people for my child to hear the language from! That's immersion! I want to go on but this character limit won't let me... I'm only giving 4 stars just b/c I think this school has not reached its pinnacle yet- but it's already great. PS For you immersion parents though this is a new immersion program- they were a biliteracy school before so they're experienced in language learning and they did all of their homework when they designed the new program.

  • (1 year ago)

    Garfield is an amazing school. The principal teachers and staff are all very dedicated to education and helping the kids realize their full potential. The community and families are supportive and helpful. The kids are respectful and have such wonderful bonds with one another. This school is safe and caring!

  • (1 year ago)

    Garfield Elementary school is a gem and is located right beneath Coit Tower! Great principal and very supportive teachers. We are glad we chose this school for our child!

  • (2 years ago)

    Our son is a kindergartener in the Chinese immersion program and he is so happy at Garfield! We are amazed at how he is just thriving here but really it's no wonder given the community at Garfield. The teachers and principal are incredibly dedicated to the children. There seems to be a great deal of individualized attention on the teachers parts inside the classrooms and on the principal's part in the community space. We always see the principal out and about mingling among the children and she seems to know every one of them personally. The after-school program is also incredible! It is lead by a group of very dynamic teachers who keep the kids stimulated with various activities including field trips art projects language and other clubs theme days- complete with costumes and always some form of dancing and low-cost group lessons including piano and karate. The school itself is a sweet intimate campus at the foot of Coit tower. Overall all we just get a sense that the experience for our son is akin to him having a big supportive school "family" and this has lead to him excelling in academics as well as building social confidence. Couldn't dream of a better scenario.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child is in her second year at Garfield Elementary School. She could not be more proud of her school. Not only are the academics top notch the enrichment programs such as the After School program are great too. My child loves her teachers and I love that the school addresses social emotional and academic development. The Principal is a confident and skilled leader who understands what good teaching is. This school is a gem.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our son started Kindergarten at Garfield this year and we are thrilled with our choice! He is in Ms. Lun's Chinese immersion class and after two months is reading in English understanding Cantonese and speaking some too. Overall he is very happy at Garfield and confident in all his academic abilities. We are a family with no prior experience with the Cantonese language and as parents are very impressed with how much he's absorbed in a short period of time. The teachers at Garfield are a group of truly mission-driven people who know how to motivate students AND parents. And I could go on and on about Ms. DeArce Garfield's excellent principal! She is smart very well-informed respected by students parents and teachers and just inspires a great deal of confidence. We are very lucky to have her. Finally our first two PTO meetings have been packed this year - as a team we are off to a great start!!

  • (2 years ago)

    We moved to San Francisco from Florida and I was scared because most of the best schools that I had researched were on a wait list. So I put my daughter on the wait list for Lafayette Elementary and decided to research the few options available to me. I saw Garfield Elementary had an opening and although no one I asked knew about the school I went ahead and enrolled her here. I could not be happier her teacher Ms. Bernardo is really sweet and seems to know what she does. My daughter is also taking Piano lessons at the school for a very low price. Today I received a call stating that Lafayette had and opening and when asked my daughter if she wanted to change her response was no way. I think that my second grader is really wise. This school is a gem has lots of warmth and the teachers and principal seem to really love their job.

  • (2 years ago)

    We are very happy with Garfield. The school has a beautiful spacious campus with bay views wonderful dedicated teachers a regular P.E. teacher music (weekly piano lessons) art a partnership with the SF Symphony an active PTO and a very diverse student body. The onsite afterschool program is very good and is free! Last but not least-an amazing energetic dynamic Principal who provides excellent leadership for the school. My child started learning on her first day of school and she loves it. Go Dragons!

  • (2 years ago)

    Garfield Elementary is a tight-knit community of parents grandparents and other caretakers who want the best for our children. The teachers are kind but firm and the kids' progress is noticeable as the school year goes by. We love it and our daughter does too.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is our first year at Garfield. Our son is in Kindergarten and enjoys going to school. The school is small and intimate - the teachers know all the students. The principal and teachers are supportive and willing to work with the students to teach to the level of each child. The parents we are working with on the PTO are very involved energetic and committed to supporting the school and the Principal.

  • (3 years ago)

    2 of 2 Reviews regarding Peanut Allergy. Principal Ana's good friend is an emergency room chief at CPMC. She even talked to the ER cheif regarding our daughter. After only the first week of school Garfield's principal Ana created a designated peanut table and monitor those students to wash their hands immediately after eating lunch. Good habits and hygiende too! Our classroom parents are very helpful and considerate of this matter and they even learned how to use EPIPEN from us for our daughter! When we were going on school tours we were very concerned to send her to a public kindergarten but now we feel very safe to bring our daughter to Garfield!! Thank you very much to all parents teachers and special thanks to Principal Ana!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    1 of 2 Reviews regarding Peanut Allergy. Our daughter has a life-thretening Peanut allergy. I went to visit more than 40 SFUSD schools and I found out some schools had a designated peanut table. Only a few schools would allow to have EPIPEN in the cafeteria. Most schools hold EPIPENs in their office only. Very few schools would allow to hold EPIPEN in the classroom at teacher's desk. In case of emergency our daughter can't wait that long time to go get EPIPEN to the locked cabinet in an office. Garfield is the only school that would allow to carry EPIPEN on our daughter's person in a fanny pack. Also at the Garfield school office the administrator holds an EPIPEN for her and Kindergarten classroom teacher Ms. Kelly holds for our daughter as well!! Principal Ana informed the entire school teachers and staff how severe of a peanut allergy our daughter has even before school started this Fall. Principal Ana even contacted the Fire Department in advance of school starting to alert the local fire station and gave them our allergy note we made. So when she went to school 1st day everybody knew about and were aware of our daugher's condition!

  • (3 years ago)

    I was very inpressed Garfield's school curriculum. At kinder level they not only study and learn English Math PE but also there are social studies Science Music Art Cooking Journal class using a computer. All children get along very well and also parents communicate very well too. After school program is quite enriched such as art basketball science poetry origami cooking volleyball Chinese Spanish French Italian Hawaiian Japanese Dance Gardening Yoga Girls soccor and so on. Our daughter is taking a piano lesson once a week. She really enjoys school and playing and studying with her friends!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    I made a sudden and unplanned move to SF in March 2011 with my kindergarten-age son from Japan; I went to the Board of Education at 555 Franklin St to see which schools had immediate openings for my son. We got a list of 6 or 7 schools. Of course none of the highly sought out schools (Alamo Clarendon etc) were on the list. One of the schools was Garfield. I visited with my son and first we fell in love with its locale - it is literally at the foot of Coit tower with a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Magical. I decided to enroll my son in Garfield for the remaining 6 weeks of school and then try getting him into a "better" school for the fall. But during those 6 weeks at Garfield I became a huge fan of the school. I think the biggest factor is the principal she has a clear vision for the school and she is patient a fantastic listener and respected by the children and teachers alike. Garfield is like a diamond in the rough. As another parent wrote it doesn't have all the clubs and after school activities of other "hot" schools; but it has a lot of potential and North Beach is a very nurturing community and a great place to raise children.

  • (5 years ago)

    Wonderful home-school communication. All the teachers work together to ensure our children are doing well. I also love the way the integrate the regular ed with the special ed kids on a daily basis. They really celebrate diversity!

  • (6 years ago)

    Garfield Elementry was awesome! I was there for only the first year in 5th grade after moving from Daly City. The first year I learned alot. I learned more then the schools in Daly City. The teachers were awesome! Go Dragons! =D

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