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Welcome to Gar-Field Senior High School
School of Champions


Vision:
  Educating globally-minded thinkers

Mission: At Gar-Field High School, we develop reflective, open minded, critical thinkers who demonstrate independence of thought while embracing collaboration in an evolving world. Learners engage in rigorous educational opportunities and rise to high expectations while exhibiting integrity and respect for themselves and for others. Through diverse and authentic learning experiences, we empower students to become internationally minded citizens who take pride in and contribute to their local, national and global communities.

VITAL STATISTICS
Date Opened: December 8, 1953
Principal: Matthew Mathison
GFHS buildingAssistant Principals: Chevelli Smith, Rory Millette, Ike Alberts, Milagros Velez-Polanco
Other Administrators: Administrative Coordinator of IB, Brian Bassett; Counseling Director, Jane Prince; Activities Director, Michael Payne; Teacher on Administrative Assignment, Andy Gray
Percent of Students Who Go on to Higher Education: 80.5%
Number of Students: 2,250       
Number of teachers: 135
School Mascot: Indians    
School Colors: Red, white and blue

THE HISTORY
Mr. Gilmer Garber, a local farmer, and Mr. Grover Manderfield, a local businessman, donated 20 acres of land adjacent to Highway One for use as a high school. The school opened on December 8, 1953. In 1972, a new Gar-Field was erected in the present location.

IB PROGRAMME
Gar-Field's IB program is one of the largest IB programs in the world having over 25 courses and over 700 exams administered in May of 2012.

IB logoGar-Field High School is entering its seventh year as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme school, a prestigious worldwide program that offers a rigorous two-year pre-university course of study, leading to examinations, which meets the needs of highly motivated eleventh and twelfth grade students.

This program provides students of different linguistic, cultural, and educational backgrounds with the intellectual, social, and critical perspectives necessary for their success in our changing global society.

IB not only provides challenging classes but helps create a well-rounded student by requiring that participants complete a minimum of 150 hours of community service.

Gar-Field draws students from across the eastern portion of the county to take advantage of this valuable educational opportunity.

Enrollment in the IB programme is open, which allows students to take as few as one IB class or a complete IB schedule and anything in between.

EXTRA CURRICULARS
Gar-Field has fifty or more extra-curricular activities representing a cross-section of student and faculty interests, such as: The Model United Nations Club, Environmental Club, International Club, DREAMS, SCA, Key Club and several performing groups.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENT/COMMUNITY
Parent Portal, Touching Bases, Coffee with a Counselor, PTSO, SchoolFusion, School Planning Council, Athletic Boosters, Choral Boosters, Band Boosters.

StudentsWHAT MAKES US UNIQUE?
Gar-Field is a school of excellence and microcosm of the 21st century and is lead by a diverse cohesive team of administrators, teachers and staff. Professionals focused on intensified instruction and discipline provide an equally diverse student body reason to feel included.