Garrettford’s mission is to set a positive and productive environment that is conducive to achievement in the academic and affective domains. It is based on the premise that each child is an individual of intrinsic worth with the potential to become an independent learner and the ability to adapt to this ever-changing society. We believe that real learning involves thinking and that the ability to think can be nurtured and cultivated in everyone.
Located in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, Garrettford Elementary School was originally a twelve-room stone building erected in 1909, named after one of the original settlers of Upper Darby, William Garrett. After building expansions in 1921 and 1941, the present building welcomed students in 1942. Today, Garrettford is home to approximately 540 students and 70 teachers and staff. The 2009-10 school year will mark Garrettford’s 100th year of providing excellence in education to the students of the Upper Darby School District.
At Garrettford Elementary School, Extended Day Care is available before and after school. The building is equipped with a computer lab, classroom computers, and a Success For All math lab. Our in-house TV broadcasting system features a monitor in each classroom, and we currently have eight classrooms equipped with interactive classroom computer boards. Young Authors’ Day is held annually and encompasses weeklong events with surprise guest readers, special activities and awards. Our fifth-graders annually experience a trip to Echo Hill, a five-day environmental school on the Chesapeake Bay. Planetarium visits and instruction are highlights for our third and fourth grade students. Instrumental instruction is offered to third, fourth, and fifth graders. Garrettford’s Little Shavers Boys’ Choir performs throughout the year and boasts many students who have been selected to perform with the Philadelphia Boys’ Choir. Garrettford prides itself on providing academic excellence in a friendly, family atmosphere.
Garrettford was recognized as a National School of Excellence in 1989-90. Teachers, parents, students, and support staff work together to provide an environment that allows each student to realize individual self-worth while instilling values of good citizenship. Partnerships with parents and community organizations are keys to the continued success of Garrettford Elementary School. A strong Home and School Association is instrumental in organizing opportunities for family events throughout the year.