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Garfield named School of Distinction

Garfield Elementary named School of Distinction again
Continuous improvement has earned Garfield this award four years in a row


Garfield Elementary School, for the fourth year in a row, has earned a School of Distinction award from the Center of Educational Effectiveness. The award recognizes schools for sustained improvement in English Language Arts and math over a five-year period. Garfield is one of 91 schools in Washington state to earn the award this year.


“Improving scores one or two years in a row is an accomplishment,” notes Superintendent Gary Cohn. “Holding and achieving continuous improvement for what amounts to nine years is a very remarkable accomplishment. Such sustained improvement means the students, their families and the staff are working incredibly well together to provide quality instruction, and to maintain high expectations in an environment of high support.”


Nearly seven out of 10 students at Garfield qualify for free or reduced lunch. Nearly 20 percent speak a language other than English. Those characteristics make it more challenging to reach this level of achievement year after year. So what does Garfield staff do that is making the difference for students?


Garfield Principal Monique Beane shared, “As with staff across the district, Garfield staff members work hard to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our students. We are dedicated to high expectations for students and believe that, with the right supports, all students can achieve.”


Superintendent Cohn echoes Ms. Beane’s praise for the staff, noting, “This school is a superb example of quality staff using a well-understood instructional model, a continuous improvement model, investing in standards-aligned professional development together, working in collaborative teams, and just plain never giving up on a student.”