James A. Garfield Senior High

    5101 East Sixth St., Los Angeles, 90022























    Student body

    Student body ethnicity ?
    • Enrollment: 2,468 students
    • Free and reduced-price lunch: 91.8% ?
    • English language learners: 16.9%
    • Diversity rank: 1/10 ?
    Source: 2012-13 state data


    • Total teachers: 128
    • Student-teacher ratio: 19:1 ?
    Source: 2012-13 state data

    Schoolwide Performance

    Academic Performance Index (API) ?
    Unofficial Rank: 6/10 ?
    Source: 2008-2013 state data
    California Standards Tests (STAR) ?
    Students scoring "proficient" or above:






  • Students in advanced math: 27% ?
  • No Child Left Behind (AYP) ?
    Fail: Missed six of 18 federal targets for 2012

    Fail: Missed seven of 18 federal targets for 2011

    Fail: Missed 12 of 22 federal targets for 2010

    Fail: Missed 10 of 18 federal targets for 2009

    Fail: Missed five of 20 federal targets for 2008

    Fail: Missed six of 22 federal targets for 2007

    SAT Reasoning Test ?
    Source: 2011-2012 state data reported for 320 participants
    Math: 412   Reading: 393   Writing: 394
    Source: 2010-2011 state data reported for 308 participants
    Math: 418   Reading: 403   Writing: 403
    Source: 2009-2010 state data reported for 302 participants
    Math: 414   Reading: 410   Writing: 412

    Magnet: Garfield Computer Science Magnet

        This school         State avg. ?    
    California Standards Test (STAR) ?
    Students scoring proficient or above:
    Source: 2009 data from LAUSD

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      15 comments about James A. Garfield Senior High

      I'm a 77 yr. old white male anglo who doesn't speak Spanish, (just a little French). And I just watched again the film Stand and Deliver. I want to say the same thing I wrote to Spike Lee when he said over half of black American teenagers never finish high school, and I don't disparage the efforts of young people who try to better themselves.
      What if students in grammar school were given a choice of a college track or a trade track? Those who choose the trade track could be earning a wage at 16 and become apprenticed and then licensed in a trade by age 21 . They could go on to college or other advanced study later on if they want to, which is what many 20 or 30 year-olds are doing anyway. Many of those are paying top tuition prices to learn skills they could have learned years earlier for free in a public school that offered a "vocational" track.

      So I'm saying if Garfield H.S. and the LAUSD don't offer two tracks, now, at a time of crisis, would be a good time to start. May God bless the efforts of all of you to make your school succeed.

      — D. Gordon Jewett
      February 5, 2011 at 7:15 p.m.

      As a former student of this outstanding school, which I am deeply proud to be an alumni of. When i was a student I failed myself by not allowing those bright faculty and counselors to help me. Now after 7 years I'm getting the point, the stress that they put on myself and others when we were students. We do not have a real opinion that anyone can respect unless we educate ourselves. School isn't in easy task, but no one has to do it alone, students at Garfield High have all the resources and help they need.
      As I read the times and stay informed, I hope that matters do imporove for the faculty, students and administrators. That the current students realize the issues they are facing and make every effort to imporove that before it's too late.

      — Almuni
      March 16, 2010 at 2:49 p.m.

      Everyone is right, it is time for change!!
      There is no dening the fact that Garfield High School is an underperforming school. But these facts are also true: Garfield is also one of the largest high school in the country- for a school built to house about 2700 students, we have almost double; also, there has not been a new high school built in East L.A. in over FORTY YEARS!! Now i dont know about you, but as for me i think that has to be, byfar, the stupidest mistake LAUSD has made. This is the biggest community you serve, so why did it take so long to realize we needed another school built?
      It amazes me how, when all our representitives on the board are up for re-elcetion they decide to take action. Great political move! Its not all-of-a-sudden our schools are failing, this has been going on for years. Garfield is not a campaign board, we are a school, a PUBLIC school that serves the public community of East L.A. Samething with Esteban Torres High School, it is a PUBLIC school, with no room for uneducated organizations such as: Green Dot and Parent Revolution. Organizations that provoke, insult, and try to belittle students who are expressing their free-speech! Private organizations that can deny any student enrollment to their shcools.
      For there to be noticable change, there has to be time. Garfield is taking steps in the right direction, but nothing happens overnight. We are improving and doing everything in our power to get better. To the board, "Dont say you guys care about education but more importantly the students you work for. Because if you did, our schools would not be failing and our PEOPLE would be the majority in college, not rarer than a lunar eclipse! We are not a campaign poster we're a school with high hopes and aspirations. So just sit back, the way you have been for years, and watch us pull ourselves to success!"

      p.s. To the bald dude from parent revolution, this is a personal invitation to my high school graduation, and then my college graduation! Because im not going to end-up like you, NO WAY!! Im going to be much better, and i'll see you in ten years when im signing your checks!!!

      -Student Body President/ Garfield Senior

      — David Soto
      February 11, 2010 at 9:05 a.m.

      I suppose Garfield has seen better years. I am an 87 alumnus of the computer science magnet. I truly believed Garfield academically peaked with the Class of 1987 when Jaime Escalante was still there.

      — Benjamin
      December 10, 2009 at 3:53 p.m.

      Students Should Get Involve With Their Parents And Fight These.

      — Greg
      September 28, 2009 at 9:22 p.m.

      James A. Garfield High School is a GREAT SCHOOL! a second home for the students. Yes it might be an over populated school,with low test scores. But the school pride is there, students with the help of counselors will get together to fight for the TRUTH! AND TO SAFE OUR SCHOOL.

      — CHELY R.
      September 28, 2009 at 2:48 p.m.

      Wow.....HIgh drop out rate.....hhhmmmm lets see. first of all Garfield has a 9th grade student enrollment of maybe 1400. Within four years of that about 800 graduate. Why? Some students transfer to other schools, Some drop out (for whatever Reason), and others transfer over to a different district. This is what is included in the drop out rate. How many of those 1400 really drop out? It is not even investigated because the numbers would really be low. We may have a high rate of drop outs but we also have a higher rate of student enrollment. Get your facts stright LAUSD boardmembers......remember elections are not that far away.....

      — Alumni/Parent
      September 28, 2009 at 1:28 p.m.

      The district and state need to start acknowledging the bigger problem: parent involvement and student motivation. The administration, faculty, and staff at Garfield have stressed enough the importance of education. However, as soon as the student leaves campus, all those values are pushed out the door. Parents need to make sure that their son or daughter is doing his/her part. As for student motivation, there is a lot more that can be done. Students are rarely exposed to all the great opportunities this world has to offer. Enough of these excuses for not attending a 4 year college. Students NEED to receive more opportunities to experience what's really out there. Without a purpose, students don't find a reason to succeed in their studies. I speak as a recent alumni of Garfield High School's Class of 2009. Yes, there are hardships in our school and community that affect our education, but never would I blame Garfield for not preparing me well enough to succeed. It is the student's responsibility to make the best out of what they are given. Garfield has an abundance of intellectuals willing to lend a hand. They are passionate about what they do. Parents need to pay as much attention to their child's education as faculty does. Like mentioned above, Garfield is not a daycare. If a student decides to fail, he/she will. However, if a students strives to succeed, he/she will reach that ultimate goal.

      -Student Body Vice-President/Class of 2009
      -Duke University/Class of 2013

      — Biridiana Rodriguez
      September 27, 2009 at 11:43 p.m.

      Garfield's API score went up tremendously for two straight years. It happened under the leadership of Mr. Omar del Cueto. He was getting it done! UTLA fought him, BUT he still managed to overcome the challenges because he knows what he is doing. Imagine if UTLA cooperated with him instead?!

      The school's API went down this year. Sure, teachers were happier. They felt very supported by the new principal. Morale was better. But, our scores went down. What does that tell us?

      I know what it tells me. Let's remember what our former principal was saying about teacher collaboration, making decisions based on student needs instead of what teachers want, using research-based strategies. Let's remember, teachers, that GHS is not there to serve our personal needs; GHS is there for US to serve the students of the community. It's not about what we want to teach; it's about what the students need to learn to succeed outside of East Los Angeles. Our job is to make sure that our students, who we all claim to care for, are ready to compete with students from South Pasadena and San Diego. Remember what WASC said to us last year, people! What have we done to make sure that we are doing what they recommended for us to do? These WASC people and that SAIT lady were all telling us the same thing. Have we done something to listen to them? People are trying to help us. They were advising us, and many ignored them. If we listened, we may not have been on this list.

      Are we taking responsibility for our actions? We are quick to point fingers are parents who are not active and at students who do not want to do the work. But have we taken a hard look at ourselves?!

      WASC is coming next year. Are we going to wait to loose accreditation before we admit that we are wrong and maybe,we don;'t know what is best, so we should maybe listen to WASC and our admin who I can see are really trying right now. Maybe, not all of them know what they are doing either, but there's a couple who do. Listen to those.

      Focus on what we have to do now so we do not loose accreditation on top of all this. Quit crying and whining.

      Only two people from the administration have been here for a long time. Everyone else is new. Look at the new leadership. See what they are offering. And if it's possible, ask for Mr. Del Cueto to come back and do the magic that he did for us two years in a row. That's what we need. Magic, miracle, innovative and courageous leadership! Let's look for those leaders in our administrators. Status quo MUST stop, and we all have to TEACH ALL KIDS. No more excuses.

      — Sand Castles
      September 27, 2009 at 1:06 p.m.

      I’m currently a teacher at James A. Garfield Senior High there are many forces at work here that contribute to our API score. I’m not going to blame parents, blame students, blame teachers, blame administrators or blame the district. There is enough blame to go around, but when news came today September 25, 2009 that Garfield will be one of twelve schools up for bid many of my students who noticed their teachers as well as myself very sad today apologized for not taking the CST test seriously. I responded don’t worry theres always next year. I just hope there is enough time left that we could come together as a school to once again Stand and Deliver.

      — Hector Guillermo Schmidt
      September 25, 2009 at 10:20 p.m.

      I would like to say that If We had more parental involvement, things would be different. Stop putting the blame on people, and start being accountable for our children. Garfield is not a daycare for students. Some parents never come to school to check on their children, but yet those are the ones that are quick to blame the school and staff.

      — Someone from within!
      September 7, 2009 at 7:12 p.m.

      Garfield is a good school.Sure we may not have good scores and yeah we are getting there by ourselves. We do not need anybody to do better we could do it by ourselves and only ourselves. Garfield does not want to be taken over by organizations we are not their puppets that they could treat us like we don't matter.We do!! And were going to fight until the end and stay public. SI SE PUEDE!!


      — Bernice Rivera
      August 21, 2009 at 5:47 p.m.


      — DON'T EVEN TRIP!
      August 19, 2009 at 10:36 a.m.

      Garfield has seen its test scores rise higher than most other schools in LA. 55 points in three years, pretty impressive. Let's not forget, the school is one of the largest in the country. Last year the school had one of it's largest graduating classes (in the 800's). The school's api score is over 600. Way to Bulldogs!

      — comm member
      August 14, 2009 at 7:06 p.m.

      Garfield may not have the most impressive scores but we're on our way!
      Some say it's not enough. I say
      it's a start; a start that's going to go long. One thing that no graph can show is the inspiring impact (to do better in life and pursue a good future through college) teachers have on many students at this school. I know Garfield can and will do better. Things take time...


      — Marielena Sosa
      July 31, 2009 at 10:51 p.m.

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