Garfield East Elementary students are aware of the importance of respecting the rights of others and being responsible to make good choices. Assembly programs as well as classroom activities are planned to discuss and reinforce character education and appropriate school behavior. The school employs a full-time Child Study Team and guidance counselor/social worker who leads the anti-bullying and character education programs.
The curriculum at Garfield East Elementary School is challenging and meaningful. Balanced literacy, incorporating authentic literature, is an integral part of the school’s reading program. Students are also instructed in the various components of the writing process. The mathematics and science programs provide students with challenging “hands on” experiences that promote critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students are given the opportunity to develop the concepts needed to provide a solid foundation for future learning. The social studies program includes a combination of projects and activities that are designed to enhance the curriculum and increase student understanding. Students work in cooperative learning groups in an effort to develop interpersonal skills that facilitate learning.
School spirit is high at Garfield East Elementary School. The first Friday of every month is “School Spirit Day”. Staff and students are encouraged to wear their school spirit wear and/or our school colors yellow and green! The PTA provides special cultural arts and educational programs for the students throughout the school year. Parents are encouraged to participate as volunteers in the classroom. Parent and community volunteers are encouraged to visit classrooms as “mystery readers” and surprise a class by reading a favorite book!