About the Garfield Heights City Schools

The Garfield Heights City Schools is a dynamic public educational institution that prioritizes academic achievement, a commitment to the arts, student leadership, athletic involvement and community partnerships. The district serves approximate 3,600 students each year, and is comprised of seven facilities as its total campus, including one high school, one middle school (serving grades 6, 7 and 8) and three elementary schools (serving grades K-5). Moreover, Garfield Heights City Schools is home to nearly 400 administrators, teachers and staff members, all dedicated to the mission and vision of the district. Our vision is to transform lives by instilling 21stCentury Skills. Below are a number of ways that the Garfield Heights City Schools has dedicated itself as a public school in Northeast Ohio, to the fulfillment of that vision.

A Commitment to Academics

The Garfield Heights City Schools remains on the cutting edge of various proactive academic approaches. Some of these ideas have included The K-5 Transition, which has transformed three of our elementary buildings into institutions that serve students in grades Kindergarten thru Five. This has dramatically changed the elementary dynamic of the school district by permitting a student to enter into one building and remain there for up to six years. This consistency and continuity combined with the nurturing academic environment created in the process, will prove successful in the years to come. In addition, the district has made a concerted effort to appeal to our youngest students and attempt to educate them for an entire day. The institution of All-Day Kindergarten and Pre-School in the district fulfills the belief that if the GHCS can capture a student at a younger age, that it has a greater likelihood of positively impacting his or her academic careers.

In today’s public education world, academics and technology are intertwined. The Garfield Heights City Schools has also made a conscientious effort to expose our younger students to technology at earlier ages. Going into the 2015-2016 school year, all K-1st Grade classrooms have at least 5 ipads in each room, and each 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms have at least 7 chrome books per room. Technology has been, and will continue to be, a top priority for the Garfield Heights City Schools at all ages of development. While technology has served as a major focus, the GHCS continues to make investments in textbooks with teacher input and professional development so that our students receive cutting edge education and information. Great students emerge from great instruction, and that’s why the Garfield Heights City Schools continues to promote a late-arrival Thursday concept, whereby students arrive to school approximately one hour later, which provides an opportunity for teachers and staff members to seek improvement and develop.

Promoting the Arts

Advancing the arts in Garfield Heights is a top priority, and students are able to become acclimated with such opportunities throughout their entire high school experience. From our award-winning performing arts programs to the visual arts, and even an emphasis on classroom instruction in courses that are unique to the Garfield Heights City Schools, the arts is an important part of the fabric of the Garfield Heights City Schools.

Bulldog Athletics

Garfield Heights High School is proud to offer 18 varsity sports to its student body including football, boys and girls cross country, volleyball, soccer, boys and girls tennis, golf, boys and girls basketball, wrestling, boys and girls bowling, hockey, baseball, softball and boys and girls track and field. Garfield Heights Middle School offers 15 sports to its students. The Bulldog Athletics program has been highlighted by Boys Varsity Football, which made the State Playoff Tournament during the 2014-2015 School Year, and also the Boys Varsity Basketball Team, which advanced to the State Final Four Basketball Tournament for the second time in the last five years.

Continual Upgrades to Our Facilities

Learning and co-curricular involvement takes place in state-of-the-art facilities throughout the Garfield Heights City Schools, where classroom and other learning amenities are first rate. The district’s High School is just over ten years old, and the elementary schools have benefitted from a combined $18 Million in renovations in the last five years from an Ohio Schools Facilities Commission funding. The district has recently focused its attentions to upgrades to the cafeteria and gymnasium at the Middle School. The Garfield Heights City Schools is also looking to renovate the outdoor athletic complex and transportation area at the high school as a permanent improvement to the entire campus.

Safety and Security Upgrades

The GHCS has hired two police officers to the district, one at the high school and one at the middle school, to promote safety and security. Doing so has kept the GHCS on the leading edge of utilizing the Student Resource Officer concept. Additional security personnel throughout the district, technology and camera upgrades have all been included to keep our school safe. This has been, and will continue to be, a major focus.

Community Engagement

The Garfield Heights City Schools attempts to engage more people, businesses, community organizations and other stake holders today than ever before. We send out more information to more people. We continue to invite our parents to the buildings for donuts for dads, muffins for moms, family engagement nights, concerts, literacy nights, elementary recognition nights and AllPro Dads. We have good standing with our major corporate citizens, such as Marymount Hospital and Overdrive. And, the relationship with the City of Garfield Heights is fantastic.

Bulldog Pride runs strong in the Garfield Heights City Schools, and we are certain that once you experience it, you will have such pride as well. Please contact us anytime with questions or concerns.


Superintendent of Schools
Terry Olszewski
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