Garfield Elementary

Summary:

Garfield Elementary is a public elementary school in Oakland, California, serving 498 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school is part of the Oakland Unified School District, which is ranked 1152 out of 1560 districts in the state and has a rating of 1 star out of 5.

Garfield Elementary has a diverse student population, with a high percentage of Hispanic (57.03%) and Asian (17.07%) students, as well as a significant African American population (18.07%). However, the school's academic performance is significantly lower than the district and state averages. In the 2022-2023 school year, only 14.8% of Garfield Elementary students were proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy, compared to 33.06% for the Oakland Unified School District and 46.66% for the state of California. The school also faces a concerning increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 11.4% in 2017-2018 to 64.1% in 2022-2023, which is significantly higher than the state average.

When compared to nearby schools, such as Manzanita SEED Elementary and Franklin Elementary, Garfield Elementary is underperforming academically. These nearby schools have significantly higher proficiency rates in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. Additionally, Garfield Elementary's low performance for Hispanic, English Language Learner, and Low Socioeconomic Status student groups suggests that the school may be struggling to provide equitable educational opportunities for these historically underserved populations.


Detail:

Public K-5

 1640 22nd Ave.
       Oakland, CA  94606-4710


(510) 879-2118

District: Oakland Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
5518th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,844 Help


Students who attend Garfield Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Roosevelt Middle
High:    Oakland High

Student/teacher ratio:  22.1 Help
Number of students:  498

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
57.0%
African American:
18.1%
Asian:
17.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  96.2% Help


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Compare Details Garfield Elementary ranks worse than 94% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 32nd among 49 ranked elementary schools in the Oakland Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 12.52. (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 Student population at Garfield Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (57%), African American (18.1%), Asian (17.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 96.2% 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 22.1, which is the 16th best among 49 elementary schools in the Oakland Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Garfield Elementary is $6,844, which is the 16th highest among 49 elementary schools in the Oakland Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Garfield Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Garfield Elementary 5518th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Garfield Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Oakland Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Oakland Unified 1152nd 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 students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 21.82 3803rd 4809 20.9%
2005 22.06 3826th 4822 20.7%
2006 24.43 3694th 4818 23.3%
2007 18.72 4398th 5113 14.0%
2008 13.98 4718th 5113 7.7%
2009 12.93 4854th 5193 6.5%
2010 23.34 4346th 5314 18.2%
2011 27.89 4140th 5377 23.0%
2012 13.74 5034th 5390 6.6%
2013 14.23 5096th 5530 7.8%
2015 18.26 4812th 5611 14.2%
2016 13.79 5154th 5614 8.2%
2017 15.08 5107th 5692 10.3%
2018 12.41 5295th 5662 6.5%
2019 17.25 5053rd 5789 12.7%
2022 13.50 5494th 5883 6.6%
2023 12.52 5498th 5848 6.0%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.76 2739th 3246 15.6%
2019 46.28 1427th 3275 56.4%
2022 34.80 2217th 3311 33.0%
2023 29.25 2575th 3240 20.5%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 18.95 2232nd 2416 7.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.76 4669th 5084 8.2%
2019 25.06 4224th 5173 18.3%
2022 15.38 4948th 5264 6.0%
2023 15.33 4998th 5355 6.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 12.18 5120th 5413 5.4%
2019 18.34 4767th 5492 13.2%
2022 17.39 4949th 5635 12.2%
2023 18.59 4814th 5595 14.0%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.83 1934th 2128 9.1%
2019 18.09 2489th 2585 3.7%
2022 23.86 1805th 2227 18.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.97 5031st 5431 7.4%
2019 17.74 4843rd 5510 12.1%
2022 10.91 5509th 5663 2.7%
2023 9.84 5507th 5627 2.1%
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Rank History for Asian students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 2.48 1043rd 1071 2.6%
2019 6.05 1070th 1149 6.9%
2022 5.68 1072nd 1154 7.1%
2023 4.89 1105th 1183 6.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 14.86 679th 700 3.0%
2019 19.94 664th 747 11.1%
2022 31.89 442nd 663 33.3%
2023 27.74 496th 657 24.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Garfield Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.97 4553rd 4830 5.7%
2019 20.84 4314th 4963 13.1%
2022 12.12 4946th 5084 2.7%
2023 12.08 4932nd 5079 2.9%
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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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Facebook Profile Picture by a parent on FaceBook
Monday, July 25, 2011

Open Quote I Attended Garfield School Back in the 1980. Started in 4th Grade with Mrs Walker. Cool Bad @$$ teacher with A Cool Vive and A Bunch of Cool Students, 5th Grade With Mrs Churchill Beautiful Teacher who Wouldn't Fall in Love At that Age and as Beautiful she Was (I Was One Of them lol). 6th Grade Mrs Frere, A Strong Lady that She Was there tho do her Job And That was It no joking Around. Thanks To this tallented Ladies Show us How to Respect Others and Do the Right Thing. i thing the System Back then Was More Positive than todays. Thank You Teachers from Garfield School. like They Say Our School Is Our Second HOME. with This I Continue to Show my Family How We Suposted to be respectful to Others same Rules as i Was thought. Garfield Was a "A+" in My Books in My Time, Thank You. Close Quote



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
1988 14 334 301 393 5 n/a n/a 0 1047
1989 17 318 382 399 4 n/a n/a 0 1120
1990 12 261 404 396 4 n/a n/a 0 1077
1991 13 292 487 408 3 n/a n/a 0 1203
1992 18 258 543 408 2 n/a n/a 0 1229
1993 15 275 513 437 4 n/a n/a 0 1244
1994 18 239 567 379 1 n/a n/a 0 1204
1995 17 235 547 412 1 n/a n/a 0 1212
1996 17 235 547 412 1 n/a n/a 0 1212
1997 18 301 548 427 6 n/a n/a 0 1300
1998 12 243 448 373 2 n/a n/a 0 1078
1999 12 229 427 369 2 n/a n/a 2 1041
2000 14 242 398 367 4 n/a n/a 0 1025
2001 8 177 355 397 5 n/a n/a 0 942
2002 8 141 343 375 1 n/a n/a 2 870
2003 8 141 343 375 1 n/a n/a 2 870
2004 3 97 329 370 1 n/a n/a 0 800
2005 1 112 286 362 1 n/a n/a 11 773
2006 0 94 261 331 1 n/a n/a 27 714
2007 0 86 239 298 1 n/a n/a 69 693
2008 1 79 216 296 1 n/a n/a 0 593
2009 4 96 207 323 1 4 52 0 687
2010 11 102 207 310 2 5 14 0 651
2011 12 92 182 273 4 4 14 0 581
2012 13 83 174 278 4 8 6 0 566
2013 12 100 183 274 3 5 5 0 582
2014 11 101 200 271 4 8 9 0 604
2015 15 89 206 258 4 8 8 0 588
2016 13 98 196 275 2 6 16 0 606
2017 9 103 184 284 3 3 17 0 603
2018 13 108 192 303 2 8 28 0 654
2019 17 120 187 307 2 8 27 0 668
2020 18 123 151 320 2 6 25 0 645
2021 9 120 138 297 1 6 33 0 604
2022 13 94 102 281 1 3 28 2 524
2023 8 90 85 284 0 3 27 1 498

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
1988 1047 49.0 21.3 n/a
1989 1120 52.0 21.5 n/a
1990 1077 47.0 22.9 n/a
1991 1203 51.9 23.1 n/a
1992 1229 52.7 23.3 76.7
1993 1244 49.0 25.4 59
1994 1204 50.0 24.1 90.4
1995 1212 48.0 25.3 73.5
1996 1212 48.0 25.3 73.5
1997 1300 49.1 26.5 86.1
1998 1078 53.1 20.3 83.7
1999 1041 52.0 20.0 72.6
2000 1025 52.0 19.7 64.2
2001 942 49.0 19.2 83.9
2002 870 45.0 19.3 85.6
2003 870 45.0 19.3 85.6
2004 800 40.0 20.0 85.8
2005 773 39.0 19.8 86.9
2006 714 36.0 19.8 88.9
2007 693 38.0 18.2 94.1
2008 593 41.0 14.5 86.7
2009 687 39.6 16.5 62.2
2010 651 36.0 18.0 89.7
2011 581 n/a n/a 90.7
2012 566 25.0 22.6 88.7
2013 582 27.0 21.5 99.5
2014 604 26.0 23.2 92.2
2015 588 26.0 22.6 87.6
2016 606 25.0 24.2 94.6
2017 603 25.0 24.1 89.9
2018 654 25.0 26.1 92.7
2019 668 29.0 23.0 91.9
2020 645 n/a n/a 89.3
2021 604 27.0 22.3 92.2
2022 524 26.0 20.1 93.3
2023 498 22.5 22.1 96.2

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
1988 1047 49.0 21.3 n/a
1989 1120 52.0 21.5 n/a
1990 1077 47.0 22.9 n/a
1991 1203 51.9 23.1 n/a
1992 1229 52.7 23.3 76.7
1993 1244 49.0 25.4 59
1994 1204 50.0 24.1 90.4
1995 1212 48.0 25.3 73.5
1996 1212 48.0 25.3 73.5
1997 1300 49.1 26.5 86.1
1998 1078 53.1 20.3 83.7
1999 1041 52.0 20.0 72.6
2000 1025 52.0 19.7 64.2
2001 942 49.0 19.2 83.9
2002 870 45.0 19.3 85.6
2003 870 45.0 19.3 85.6
2004 800 40.0 20.0 85.8
2005 773 39.0 19.8 86.9
2006 714 36.0 19.8 88.9
2007 693 38.0 18.2 94.1
2008 593 41.0 14.5 86.7
2009 687 39.6 16.5 62.2
2010 651 36.0 18.0 89.7
2011 581 n/a n/a 90.7
2012 566 25.0 22.6 88.7
2013 582 27.0 21.5 99.5
2014 604 26.0 23.2 92.2
2015 588 26.0 22.6 87.6
2016 606 25.0 24.2 94.6
2017 603 25.0 24.1 89.9
2018 654 25.0 26.1 92.7
2019 668 29.0 23.0 91.9
2020 645 n/a n/a 89.3
2021 604 27.0 22.3 92.2
2022 524 26.0 20.1 93.3
2023 498 22.5 22.1 96.2

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
201296.0%0.0%0.0%4.0%98.0%99.0%100.0%98.0%96.0%
201385.0%0.0%1.0%14.0%91.0%97.0%97.0%87.0%91.0%
201495.0%0.0%0.0%5.0%96.0%97.0%99.0%97.0%98.0%
201571.0%0.0%0.0%29.0%86.0%95.0%95.0%84.0%77.0%
201699.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
201796.0%0.0%0.0%3.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%96.0%≥99.0%
201896.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%97.0%≥99.0%98.0%96.0%98.0%
201994.0%0.0%3.0%96.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%95.0%98.0%
202087.5%0.0%3.6%97.3%98.2%92.0%95.5%
202175.3%0.0%5.4%81.7%88.2%79.6%78.5%82.8%
202282.8%0.0%0.0%88.2%88.2%87.1%85.0%88.2%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Garfield Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $6,844

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Garfield Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 5053rd of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 5498th of 5848 Elementary schools
 6.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Garfield Elementary)22.415
 7.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Oakland Unified)3533.7
 1.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Garfield Elementary)37.621
 16.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Oakland Unified)39.235.7
 3.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Garfield Elementary)2513.9
 11.1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Oakland Unified)35.734
 1.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Garfield Elementary)25.517.6
 7.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Oakland Unified)33.332.3
 1.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Garfield Elementary)29.315.5
 13.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Oakland Unified)37.536.7
 0.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Garfield Elementary)19.414.3
 5.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Oakland Unified)28.327
 1.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Garfield Elementary)9.76.5
 3.2%
   5th Grade Science (Oakland Unified)23.825.2
 1.4%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students668498
 25.4%
African American12090
 25%
American Indian20
 100%
Asian18785
 54.5%
Hispanic307284
 7.5%
Pacific Islander83
 62.5%
White178
 52.9%
Two or More Races2727
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients91.9%96.2%
 4.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Garfield Elementary

Students at Garfield Elementary are 57% Hispanic, 18% African American, 17% Asian, 5% Two or more races, 2% White.

In the 2022-23 school year, 498 students attended Garfield Elementary.

Garfield Elementary ranks in the bottom 6.0% of California elementary schools.

Students who attend Garfield Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Roosevelt Middle
High : Oakland High


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