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James A. Garfield

3800 W. 140th St. OH Cleveland, 44111-4972

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Self-contained gifted & talented


James A. Garfield is dedicated to the success of every child we serve. We are committed to staffing our school with the highest quality educators, school leader and staff, and providing a rigorous curriculum that considers the individual learning styles of our students and ensures every child graduates prepared for college and work in the 21st century global economy. Garfield is pioneering new ways of moving from traditional to transformational to help our children learn and grow. We are a high-demand school of choice: our enrollment fills quickly each year in Pre K through 8th grade, so if you are choosing Garfield for your child, please enroll as soon as possible.

James A. Garfield is an excellent school choice for students who thrive in an academically enriched environment with the parental/guardian commitment to assure the necessary support of learning and expected conduct for our school. We strive for a socially- and community-conscious peaceful environment. We offer rigorous and challenging academics and have high expectations for student performance. Since re-opening in a new facility in 2009, Garfield is serving as a pre-service teacher training and administrator internship site for Cleveland State University and Baldwin Wallace University.

Our academic program includes master teacher faculty, project based and problem based learning, Accelerated Reader library and classrooms, First in Math (top 3 in the CMSD and top 36 in Ohio), Northeast Ohio Engineering and Science Fair, and tutoring. We offer gifted and talented education (major work), instrumental music (band and orchestra), honors classes for grades 7-8, Spanish beginning in grade 2, interactive whiteboard technology and voice amplification in all classrooms, science lab, computer lab and media center. Co-curricular activities include volleyball, soccer, girls and boys basketball, cheerleading, pep squad, We Run This City marathon running club, W.A.V.E. peer mediation, art and drama club and student council and student leaders.

Special Programs

All CMSD schools provide a full continuum of services for students with mild to moderate learning and behavioral issues.  Depending on the child’s needs, he or she may receive instruction in the regular education classroom with accommodations and supports, or in a small-group resource room setting for some subjects, or in a single classroom environment for all core subjects.  All CMSD schools have access to speech/language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, audiology, and orientation/mobility services. For children with multiple or low-incidence disabilities, severe cognitive delays, or significant emotional/behavioral concerns, CMSD offers specialized classes within schools in every region of the city.

Transportation Info

The District provides yellow bus service grades K-5 for all students who live at least a mile from their “assigned school.” In grades 6 through 12, CMSD will pay the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority to transport students who live at least a half-mile from their “assigned school.” If a student chooses to attend another school that isn’t their “assigned school” or a designated “specialty” school, then the District may not be able to provide transportation services. For information about transportation options, call 216.634.7020. Additional services available from Pre-K to 12 based on a student’s special needs and Individual Education Plan. Contact the student’s IEP case manager at the school for details.

Special Education

Pre K, MD/Autism, Gifted & Talented, LEP/ELLs

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