Garfield Elementary

Summary:

Garfield Elementary is a public K-8 school in Alhambra, California, serving a diverse student population of 574. The school is part of the Alhambra Unified School District, which is ranked 281 out of 1,560 districts in the state and has a 4-star rating.

Garfield Elementary stands out for its exceptional performance with English Language Learner (ELL) students, ranking in the top 5% of California elementary schools for this subgroup. However, the school faces challenges, including a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 6.5% in 2017-2018 to 21.7% in 2022-2023. Additionally, Garfield has a relatively high percentage of students (54.88%) receiving free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a higher proportion of students from low-income families compared to nearby schools like Marengo Elementary and Valentine Elementary.

While Garfield Elementary's academic performance is generally on par with or slightly below the Alhambra Unified School District and the state of California averages, the school's diverse student population and its exceptional support for ELL students make it a unique and valuable asset within the district. Comparing Garfield to nearby schools, both within and outside the district, highlights the importance of considering the unique demographic and socioeconomic factors that can influence a school's performance.


Detail:

Public K-8

 110 W. McLean St.
       Alhambra, CA  91801-1364


(626) 943-3380

District: Alhambra Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
1667th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,404 Help


Students who attend Garfield Elementary usually attend:

High:    Alhambra High

Student/teacher ratio:  17.4 Help
Number of students:  574

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
56.8%
Asian:
32.9%
Two or more races:
4.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  54.9% Help


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Compare Details Garfield Elementary ranks better than 71.6% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 9th among 13 ranked elementary schools in the Alhambra Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 68.11. (See more...)
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Compare Details Garfield Elementary ranks better than 83.6% of middle schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 81.17. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (56.8%), Asian (32.9%), two or more races (4.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 54.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Garfield Elementary is 17.4, which is the lowest among 13 elementary schools in the Alhambra Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Garfield Elementary is $11,404. 8 elementary schools in the Alhambra Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Garfield Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Garfield Elementary 1667th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Garfield Elementary in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Garfield Elementary 458th of 2798 California public middle schools. (See Garfield Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Alhambra Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Alhambra Unified 281st of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Garfield Elementary

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 67.93 1464th 5113 71.4%
2008 76.74 1111th 5113 78.3%
2009 62.59 1784th 5193 65.6%
2010 67.72 1581st 5314 70.2%
2011 59.63 2058th 5377 61.7%
2012 69.40 1564th 5390 71.0%
2013 73.77 1391st 5530 74.8%
2015 65.61 1679th 5611 70.1%
2016 59.16 2030th 5614 63.8%
2017 74.15 1380th 5692 75.8%
2018 70.17 1563rd 5662 72.4%
2019 71.46 1540th 5789 73.4%
2022 66.43 1769th 5883 69.9%
2023 68.11 1661st 5848 71.6%
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Rank History for elementary school English Language Learner students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 79.75 318th 3275 90.3%
2022 66.99 542nd 3311 83.6%
2023 89.38 147th 3240 95.5%
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Rank History for elementary school Special Education students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 19.68 2208th 2416 8.6%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.11 524th 5084 89.7%
2019 83.49 564th 5173 89.1%
2022 76.85 876th 5264 83.4%
2023 76.42 916th 5355 82.9%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 66.67 1677th 5413 69.0%
2019 72.39 1396th 5492 74.6%
2022 63.85 1781st 5635 68.4%
2023 69.03 1539th 5595 72.5%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.06 1483rd 5431 72.7%
2019 67.66 1607th 5510 70.8%
2022 66.23 1675th 5663 70.4%
2023 63.04 1796th 5627 68.1%
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Rank History for elementary school Asian students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 57.62 582nd 1071 45.7%
2019 61.20 542nd 1149 52.8%
2022 54.53 669th 1154 42.0%
2023 69.18 420th 1183 64.5%
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Rank History for elementary school Hispanic students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 65.97 1327th 4830 72.5%
2019 63.00 1529th 4963 69.2%
2022 64.41 1408th 5084 72.3%
2023 57.52 1791st 5079 64.7%
See the entire list of Best California Elementary Schools for Hispanic Students!

Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Garfield Elementary

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Rank History for all middle school students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 64.42 597th 1999 70.1%
2008 63.27 632nd 2005 68.5%
2009 69.74 520th 2063 74.8%
2010 74.65 435th 2179 80.0%
2011 72.23 486th 2236 78.3%
2012 64.19 722nd 2259 68.0%
2013 74.45 472nd 2379 80.2%
2015 72.23 601st 2477 75.7%
2016 73.19 592nd 2497 76.3%
2017 78.77 491st 2508 80.4%
2018 82.71 395th 2480 84.1%
2019 85.64 350th 2715 87.1%
2022 75.36 579th 2740 78.9%
2023 81.17 458th 2788 83.6%
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Rank History for middle school English Language Learner students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 85.46 105th 1364 92.3%
2019 93.66 41st 1442 97.2%
2023 97.54 27th 1523 98.2%
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Rank History for middle school Special Education students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 43.70 686th 1532 55.2%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 89.49 134th 2230 94.0%
2019 93.50 90th 2369 96.2%
2022 82.78 249th 2458 89.9%
2023 95.45 78th 2535 96.9%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 76.73 469th 2262 79.3%
2019 82.09 389th 2380 83.7%
2022 76.62 500th 2509 80.1%
2023 81.64 405th 2535 84.0%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.96 324th 2273 85.7%
2019 86.42 313th 2407 87.0%
2022 70.89 602nd 2527 76.2%
2023 76.18 513th 2546 79.9%
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Rank History for middle school Asian students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 69.27 246th 700 64.9%
2019 68.64 263rd 745 64.7%
2022 60.14 337th 733 54.0%
2023 70.43 229th 717 68.1%
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Rank History for middle school Hispanic students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.17 325th 2072 84.3%
2019 86.17 191st 2213 91.4%
2022 69.52 511th 2359 78.3%
2023 75.96 383rd 2379 83.9%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Garfield Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2005 94 19 299 360 0 n/a n/a 0 772
2006 87 14 311 358 2 n/a n/a 4 776
2007 68 16 324 321 1 n/a n/a 2 732
2008 59 14 310 293 1 n/a n/a 0 677
2009 56 14 295 294 1 4 13 0 677
2010 51 17 285 305 0 4 12 0 674
2011 51 24 285 344 1 3 19 0 727
2012 41 28 280 363 1 1 24 0 738
2013 34 22 260 367 1 1 25 0 710
2014 32 17 244 372 2 1 33 0 701
2015 22 15 217 360 2 1 27 0 644
2016 23 13 213 359 2 1 30 0 641
2017 23 10 223 353 2 1 31 0 643
2018 30 13 198 327 1 1 30 0 600
2019 27 8 167 319 1 1 27 0 550
2020 30 2 178 311 1 0 24 0 546
2021 27 4 205 320 0 0 25 0 581
2022 23 8 198 337 0 0 26 0 592
2023 24 9 189 326 0 0 26 0 574

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Garfield Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 772 35.0 22.1 65.7
2006 776 32.0 24.3 69.9
2007 732 32.0 22.9 67.1
2008 677 33.0 20.5 68.8
2009 677 29.0 21.8 66.6
2010 674 26.0 25.9 67.1
2011 727 n/a n/a 68.4
2012 738 28.8 25.5 n/a
2013 710 24.6 28.7 73.4
2014 701 26.0 26.8 63.3
2015 644 26.0 24.7 68.8
2016 641 25.0 25.6 67.4
2017 643 26.0 24.6 61.3
2018 600 24.0 25.0 67.7
2019 550 22.5 24.4 58.2
2020 546 n/a n/a 57.3
2021 581 29.0 20.0 53.2
2022 592 32.8 17.9 50.3
2023 574 32.8 17.4 54.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Garfield Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 772 35.0 22.1 65.7
2006 776 32.0 24.3 69.9
2007 732 32.0 22.9 67.1
2008 677 33.0 20.5 68.8
2009 677 29.0 21.8 66.6
2010 674 26.0 25.9 67.1
2011 727 n/a n/a 68.4
2012 738 28.8 25.5 n/a
2013 710 24.6 28.7 73.4
2014 701 26.0 26.8 63.3
2015 644 26.0 24.7 68.8
2016 641 25.0 25.6 67.4
2017 643 26.0 24.6 61.3
2018 600 24.0 25.0 67.7
2019 550 22.5 24.4 58.2
2020 546 n/a n/a 57.3
2021 581 29.0 20.0 53.2
2022 592 32.8 17.9 50.3
2023 574 32.8 17.4 54.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Garfield Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201291.0%5.0%0.0%5.0%92.0%94.0%94.0%91.0%95.0%
201394.0%4.0%0.0%2.0%96.0%96.0%94.0%96.0%96.0%
201495.0%3.0%0.0%2.0%97.0%95.0%97.0%95.0%95.0%
201591.0%2.0%0.0%7.0%91.0%98.0%98.0%91.0%91.0%
201698.0%2.0%0.0%0.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%
2017≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
2018≥95.0%≤5.0%≤5.0%≤5.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%
2019≥95.0%≤5.0%≤5.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%
202194.7%0.0%1.8%94.7%94.7%96.5%94.7%
202296.1%0.0%0.0%97.4%96.1%97.4%97.4%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Garfield Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $11,404

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Garfield Elementary

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1540th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 1661st of 5848 Elementary schools
 1.8%
Ranks 350th of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 458th of 2788 Middle schools
 3.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Garfield Elementary)5049.3
 0.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Alhambra Unified)61.356.3
 5.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Garfield Elementary)54.656.5
 2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Alhambra Unified)67.360.8
 6.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Garfield Elementary)51.666
 14.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Alhambra Unified)59.557
 2.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Garfield Elementary)52.460.4
 8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Alhambra Unified)59.556.9
 2.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Garfield Elementary)58.648
 10.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Alhambra Unified)6059.2
 0.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Garfield Elementary)52.533.3
 19.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Alhambra Unified)5046.7
 3.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Garfield Elementary)44.125.5
 18.6%
   5th Grade Science (Alhambra Unified)40.639.4
 1.2%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Garfield Elementary)67.760.7
 7.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Alhambra Unified)59.661.6
 2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Garfield Elementary)69.447.5
 21.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Alhambra Unified)52.450.9
 1.5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Garfield Elementary)65.164.6
 0.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Alhambra Unified)66.568.5
 2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Garfield Elementary)65.656.7
 8.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Alhambra Unified)56.157.5
 1.5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Garfield Elementary)68.759.4
 9.3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Alhambra Unified)68.470.1
 1.7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Garfield Elementary)56.742.2
 14.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Alhambra Unified)5856
 2%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Garfield Elementary)44.840.6
 4.1%
   8th Grade Science (Alhambra Unified)49.550.8
 1.3%
   8th Grade Science (California)30.828.8
 2.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students550574
 4.4%
African American89
 12.5%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian167189
 13.2%
Hispanic319326
 2.2%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White2724
 11.1%
Two or More Races2726
 3.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients58.2%54.9%
 3.3%


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Students at Garfield Elementary are 57% Hispanic, 33% Asian, 5% Two or more races, 4% White, 2% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 574 students attended Garfield Elementary.

Garfield Elementary ranks 1667th of 5868 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Garfield Elementary usually go on to attend:

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