Award Year: 2014

Garfield Elementary School

1120 10th Avenue NE
Brainerd, MN, 56401-2352

(218) 454-6450

Mr. Jonathan Clark, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Brainerd Public School District

School Website


To ensure all students achieve their individual potential by providing the highest-quality programs and resources to prepare learners for an ever-changing global society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 94%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Native American: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Garfield students celebrating Veteran's Day.

Garfield students celebrating Veteran's Day.

Garfield Elementary School is located on the northeast side of Brainerd, Minnesota and services 388 students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Students are drawn from the largest geographical boundary of the six district elementary buildings totaling 161 square miles. Garfield has a history of servicing a large special education population as it has been a district host site for students with Developmental Cognitive Delays (DCD). Over the past two years Garfield has added two more district-wide Federal Setting III special education programs, an Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (EBD), and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) program.

In 2010, Garfield was classified as a Needs Improvement School in the sub-group of special education reading. Since then, Garfield has been recognized as a "School of Celebration" performing in the top 25% of Title I schools, and earned "Rewards School" status in 2013. Garfield made significant gains in gap closure of free and reduced lunch and special education subgroups. Garfield Elementary School achieved "Celebration" and "Reward" status through hard work, team building, fidelity of instruction and data-driven decision making.

Through framed dialogue and communication during staff meetings, teachers began to see the part everyone plays in the education of the whole child and our accountability to the process. Garfield Elementary School is proud of its diverse population and the success it has had in closing the achievement gap. High expectations are held for all students and they are encouraged to achieve their fullest potential each and every day.