School Details

Garrison Elementary School

1200 S St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 673-7263
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 237 students 14 students/teacher (DC avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

44%

District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS)

In 2011-2012 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10. In 2010-2011 students were tested in science in grades 5, 8 and high school. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • District of Columbia Public Schools average
  • Washington, DC state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

29%

District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS)

In 2011-2012 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10. In 2010-2011 students were tested in science in grades 5, 8 and high school. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • District of Columbia Public Schools average
  • Washington, DC state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Garrison Elementary School is a public elementary school in Washington. The principal of Garrison Elementary School is Collin Hill, who can be contacted at collin.hill@dc.gov. 237 students attend Garrison Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 20% of the Garrison Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 59% of the 237 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Garrison Elementary School is 14:1. Seaton Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 7% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 69% 75%
Hispanic 22% 13%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.07%
Multiracial 0% %
Asian 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 59% 70%
Limited English proficiency 20% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    Garrison is a great school. I attended this school as well as my oldest child. Garrison has change for the better. Its a great school for families moving into the neighborhood. I like Garrison because of all the great teachers and the principal. The only improvement would be more parental involvement.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has gone to Garrison since she first started school in kindergarten. At first I was skeptical about the school mainly because of certain staff. I felt like they didn't have the necessary tools and experience to make Garrison number one for me but now I can honestly say what a big difference I can see with my own eyes. When they announced the school might be closing I saw the principal put a lot of effort to keep for that not to happen. I saw constantly on facebook and fliers about the closure which I think helped alot of parents to be involved. Seeing the attitude of the staff and especially the passion that you can see in the principal I believe is what motivates the team to work hard for their students. I am happy with Garrison and I have no doubt they will be successful in the future. I look forward for my daughter's academic years at Garrison.

  • (1 year ago)

    We live in the neighborhood and have been very impressed with the community engagement at Garrison. The strong leadership from Principal Hill as well as the PTA not only helped to keep Garrison open but is transforming every aspect of the school. Our daughter is in pre-school and is loving it. The teachers are great and there is a strong community spirit. We are proud to be part of the Garrison family!

  • (1 year ago)

    Garrison Elementary is an excellent neighborhood school. My daughter is 3 years old and started PreK-3 there this Fall. We benefit from engaged and interested teachers and staff and a diverse student body. My daughter is excited to go to school and I am grateful that there is this option in my neighborhood.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is our first year hear (our child is in PK). She loves it and we love the community and the motivated principal and staff. This school is going places!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is in 2nd grade and has been at Garrison for four years. He is reading above grade level and excelling in math thanks to all the great teachers he's had since we've been at the school. I love that he has a very diverse set of classmates who directly mirror the urban neighborhood in which we chose to live. This year we have a full-time on-site music teacher so orchestra was introduced as an afterschool activity for 2nd-5th graders. My son who hates anything "artsy-fartsy" now LOVES music and is learning the cello. A concert was held recently and it is amazing how quickly the students learned to play string instruments in 5 weeks. They are so proud and it adds a new level of interest and activity for them.

  • (1 year ago)

    I really like this school. Great Job Keep up the good work. Garrison has a good parent net-work.

  • (1 year ago)

    So far so Good!! I love the neighborhood! and when I went to a meet and greet all of the teachers were very nice! the principal was great as well! I am looking forward to having my children attend school on monday!! )

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has done a 180 degree turn in the last 2 years with the momentum for change lead by a small but strong and involved PTA the hiring of a new dynamic principal and a teacher base that is experienced engaged and developing constantly. I have 2 daughters aged 4 and 3 that currently attend PS and PK at Garrison. They are excited to go to school most ( if not every ) ) morning and be with their teachers Ms Lo and Ms Christian; the Tools of the Mind Curriculum is teaching them key concepts like self regulation and my 4 year old is beginning to read ! With field trips to Whole Foods Sweet Greens The Shaw Library; And Fall Festival activities Doctor Seuss Day celebrations my children are getting the best possible education that I can hope for.

  • (1 year ago)

    I was hesitant to have my child in any DC school (DCPS or charter) but ended up sending my son to our local elementary school Garrison (preschool program). I have been very surprised and delighted by the quality of the education the new principle and the PTA. This is a school that has a lot to offer and is at the tipping point of becoming amazing. On the plate for Garrison in the next two-to- three years is new programming new fields/exterior spaces and new interiors (just to mention a few things). All of which are in the planning and development phases. Parents' opinions and energies are full appreciated and often implemented. Being a DCPS parent is not the easiest path to take but this is one school that has the potential to be something the system can be really proud of. I can't wait to give the school the full five stars.

  • (1 year ago)

    Hurrah for neighborhood schools! The teachers are great motivated and warm. The principal is able present and inspiring. The parents for the most part know each other and get together. Heck - they are neighbors! The PTA simply rocks. The latest example is a sort of "walk to school pool" to ensure all children can get to school even if say a parent is stuck in bed with the flu. All this school needs now is for DCPS to add the Spanish language program the parents have been demanding and finally modernize the premises. Yes we all know esthetics are not as important as content but we sure would love to have a better looking school! I am so glad we no longer have to leave this amazing neighborhood! Especially since the new coffee place opened just around the corner from the school. The stars are aligning for downtown mothers;-)

  • (1 year ago)

    great teachers great new principals - now scheduled for much overdue grounds/facility work - growing PTA and located in a phenomenal community

  • (4 years ago)

    we love garrison oh yes we dooooo we dont love any school as much as you when were not near you were blue oh garrison we love youuu!

  • (7 years ago)

    i'm a student and has been going to garrison since 1999 wich is pre k the school had been a great teachers but the food is ok it cn be better. i'll give a 10

  • (7 years ago)

    My son has been attending garrison elem school since the kindergardin and now he is in the 4th grade. Garrison has a wonderful afterschool and aftercare program they have the kids into classroom and also garrison has a outstanding summer school my son learn alot. Overall I from a rating from 1-10 I would give garrison a '10'. Thank you robin yarbrough

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