Award Year: 2013

Garfield Elementary School

303 Sanstead Street East
Garfield, MN, 56332-0158

(320) 834-2261

Lisa Pikop, Principal at time of Nomination

Alexandria Public School District

School Website

Mission

Our mission is to achieve educational excellence and to inspire a life-long passion for learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 94%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application

Garfield Elementary is a rural, single-section school. It is one of six elementary schools in the Alexandria Public School system. It is unique in both its physical structure and its overall environment. Open classrooms surround an area which allows students to interact as they travel throughout the day. This promotes a family-like feeling in which every person becomes familiar with all other members of the school community.

Students in grades K through 6 enjoy the opportunity to experience a caring atmosphere where teachers, support staff, parents, and community volunteers are partners in the Garfield family. An atmosphere of sharing and caring prevails throughout the school. 100% of our staff participates in United Way donations, while students give willingly to the “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser, the annual “Stuff-a-Truck” food drive, and other charitable programs. Intermediate students often partner with primary students for special projects and events in the school and community.

Garfield School is enriched with a broad-based educational experience. Specialized instruction and assistance for students with special needs and/or talents is provided through the Title I program, Special Education, Reading Intervention, Behavior Intervention, a Gifted and Talented program, band, and orchestra. Students utilize current technology such as smartboards, iPads, and ITV which allows for virtual field trips.

Garfield has a strong, active PAC (Parent Advisory Council) working in partnership with the school to create outstanding educational experiences for students. Their fundraising efforts allow numerous enrichment opportunities for all students.

The education provided at Garfield Elementary, when coupled with high expectations and a caring environment make our school a unique and special place.