School Information

James A. Garfield Elementary School is a Marion City Schools elementary building located at 1170 Brookside Drive.

Hours are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for students.

Our school is the home of the Garfield S.T.A.R.S.!

All students become a Garfield S.T.A.R. when they enter the building. We hold the values of safety, thinking, accountable and respect in all areas of our school. Students are taught to be respectful to each other and adults. We ask that students are accountable for their actions and to keep safety for themselves and others foremost in their minds.

Celebrations of student success are held weekly during our S.T.A.R. assembly on Friday afternoons where students are highlighted for their S.T.A.R. qualities.

Garfield Elementary is a place where we work with families and the community to make our school district and city strong. As a graduate of The Ohio State University Marion and Columbus I am proud to serve as a leader for Garfield Elementary. I welcome you to be part of our community of Garfield S.T.A.R.S.!

Garfield Principal

Leah Childers

Garfield Secretary

Amy Berry


PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: Middle school students learn coding

There are currently more than half a million open jobs in computing, and that's expected to grow at twice the rate of other jobs. That's one of the reasons why Grant Middle School STEM instructor Kristin Tope suggests that students take computer programming classes.

Grant Middle School offers sixth graders the chance to take, a free online curriculum for students of all ages. Mrs. Tope said the platform is very student-friendly, a plus for drawing in students and getting them excited about learning to code. Check out what students say about learning coding in middle school.

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Superintendent's Update: School Safety

Marion City Schools Interim Superintendent Stephen Fujii has released a statement regarding student safety in the wake of last week's school shooting in Florida and other events in Ohio and elsewhere. We ask you to read how we are addressing school safety and wellness as we follow our vision statement of maintaining a safe, respectful and caring environment that promotes student learning.

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MCS installs new visitor management system, requires IDs

Marion City School's mission statement affirms that MCS will maintain a safe, respectful and caring environment in which all students can learn. We are implementing programs and steps to improve school safety and security in the coming months to do that, as we recognize that the safety of our students is among our highest priorities.

One of first steps is to begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools. The system is designed to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers. Upon entering the building, visitors will be asked to present an ID, such as a driver's license or state ID card that can be scanned or manually entered into the system. If the visitor does not have a government-issued ID, the school staff member can use another form of identification. Our preferred alternative ID based upon school policy is a utility bill that states the same address as the student's address on file.

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