The focus of the Garfield Auxiliary Middle School & High School is to prepare all students for a transition into post-secondary school life. The Garfield Auxiliary Middle School & High School provides a nurturing learning community that provides students with opportunities to meet success and gain their High School Diploma. Our Vision is to have students reach their achievement and social potential through academics, career exploration, workplace readiness and character education. We are devoted to helping our school create a positive learning environment that will lead to decreased discipline problems and increased opportunities for student learning. Our schools expectations and values are based on the simple premise of treat others like you want to be treated. Further, we have defined the meaning of good behavior, Respect, Responsibility, & Readiness, in ways that exemplify those expectations for all areas of our school, especially those areas in which there is more student independence (e.g. cafeteria, classroom, hallways, stairwells, bathrooms, bus and arrival/dismissal areas, etc.). By teaching our students our behavioral expectations and, throughout the year, recognizing those students who live up to the goals and expectations of the program, we hope to teach students to recognize what is considered appropriate social behavior. As we proceed, it is our hope that parents will ask their children, "what kind of a student does the Garfield Auxiliary Middle School & High School expect you to be?" and "what happens when a staff member observes you following the expectations of the Garfield Auxiliary Middle School & High School?" By establishing and teaching behavioral expectations and recognizing appropriate social behavior, we will provide a common language for everyone in our building. Not only students and teachers but also secretaries, custodial staff, paraprofessionals, security guards and parents will share this common language as well. We believe that by helping students practice good behavior, we will build a productive school community where all children can learn and grow.
Dr. Charles F. Bonanno