School Profile


Educating globally-minded thinkers


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.

Date Opened: December 8, 1953
Principal: Matthew Mathison
GFHS building Assistant Principals:  Rory Millette, Milagros Velez-Polanco, Tiffany Gresham, Maria Owsiany, Christi Feemster
Other Administrators: Administrative Coordinator of IB, Brian Bassett; Counseling Director, Regla Perez Pino; Activities Director, Michael Payne; Teacher on Administrative Assignment, Andy Gray
Percent of Students Who Go on to Higher Education: 80.5%
Number of Students: 2,300
Number of teachers: 140
School Mascot: Red Wolves
School Colors: Red, white and blue

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.

Gar-Field's IB Programme 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 meet 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.

Our plumbing program is taught by a qualified instructor who is a former plumber in the Northern Virginia area. He prepares students for a career in plumbing through hands-on lessons, OSHA standards, and industry norms.

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.

ParentVUE, Touching Bases, Coffee with a Counselor, PTSO, Canvas, School Planning Council, Athletic Boosters, Choral Boosters, Band Boosters.

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