Monday, February 08, 2016


Why are Garfield and Palouse schools so successful?

Where Tradition Meets the Future

 Palouse - just 15 minutes North of Pullman
Garfield – only 10 minutes farther

Family-based communities, where education is a lifetime endeavor

2009 - 2010

 A culture of excellence

§         Washington Achievement Awards for Excellence:  GPHS - Overall Excellence; GPHS - Extended Graduation Rate; GPMS – MS Science
§         Full day Kindergarten in Palouse
§         Low student/teacher ratio:  12:1
§         Experienced teaching staff - average 19 years
§         Teacher – WSU College of Education Miller-Manchester Teacher Mentor Award
§         All teachers and para-educators meet Highly Qualified standards
§         High student/computer ratio -  2:1
§         Exceptional support from communities: levies, Bill Murray Student Art Merit Award for Creativity, local scholarships (approximately $16,000)
Highest quality high school education available
§         Gar-Pal diploma:  30 credits are required (State requirements:  20 credits)
§         90% of 2010 graduating seniors moving on to post-secondary opportunities
§         3% of our 2010 seniors ranked among the top 10% in Washington State
§         Total scholarship offers for graduating class of 2010: over $600,000
§         2010, 10th grade WASL:  80% Reading, 83% Writing
§         Student:  HOBY Presidential Service Award
§         A full slate of college prep and vocational classes, on-line enrichment and AP classes, various electives

Outstanding extracurricular programs in 2009 - 2010

§         88% of our students participated in at least one extracurricular activity
§         FCCLA:  Washington State National representatives received:  Gold for Entrepreneurship and
      Gold for Interpersonal Relations
§         FFA:  1st Place National Land Judging Contest for Western Region
§         FFA:  State qualifiers in Ag. Mech., Rituals, Parliamentary Procedures, Ag. Management, Dairy Foods,
      Agronomy, Trap Shooting
§         State Envirothon - 2nd Place
§         District Knowledge Bowl - 5th Place
§         Athletics - No cut athletic policy:  VB, FB, BB, Track, Softball, Baseball
§         2B District Competitors: Volleyball, Girls’ Basketball, Boy’s Basketball – 4th Place, State Softball, Track
§         2B– 6 State Track qualifiers in 11 events, 2nd Place 300m Hurdles
§         Cheerleaders are selected for Football and Basketball
§         HS Band Festival – “1” rating, HS Choir Festival – “1” rating, Jazz Band competed in Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
§         HS Drama presented:  Alice in Wonderland” and “The Shakespearecist
§         Missoula Children’s Theater
§         AV Club:  School-run cable television channel with live broadcasting/streaming capabilities
§         Big Vikings:  high school mentors provide positive connections with elementary students
Early learning
§         Little Sprouts Early Learning and Child Care Center in Palouse – six years in business
§         Extended District sponsored ECEAP Pre-school (Garfield and Palouse)
§         All-day Kindergarten in Palouse

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Last Modified on June 28, 2011