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About Our School


Our James A. Garfield family will have a positive attitude, act respectfully, work responsibly, and show self-control.


Our vision is to empower our James A. Garfield family to be productive, kind, caring citizens that value life-long learning and are responsible, respectful, critical-thinkers.

What Makes Us Unique

  • We offer a learning garden, which is completely maintained by classrooms in our building. We grow and harvest vegetables several times a year, which are available to residents of the Southeast side.
  • Our fifth grade class built, decorated, and filled five Little Free Libraries that we placed around Bates-Hendricks and on School 31 property. These libraries will be maintained by scholars.
  • We utilize Restorative Justice and Peer Mediation, which has led to a 90% decrease in out of school suspensions.
  • We have community donations that provide extra meals to Horizon House.
  • We offer Project Lead the Way to grades K-8, a hands on STEM curriculum. Last year, our K-5 earned the title of Distinguished school. For the 21-22 school year, we are able to expand the program to grades 6-8.  
  • We partner with DAT Kids to provide free after care for scholars in grades K-6.

Our Community Partners

We partner with the following organizations to bring our students the best education possible: Big Green, Immanuel United Church of Christ, Emmanuel Church, Bates Hendricks Neighborhood, Northview Church of Carmel, Old Southside Neighborhood, Boy Scouts of America, Diversity Church, Lincoln Center, Southeast Services, Fountain Square Library, Garfield Park, Eli Lilly, and many more!