Garfield Elementary was built in 1962 after a school with the same name at 421 Wabash Street was torn down the year before. The old school was a tall, brick building with a bell tower that had been in northern Kansas City since the late 1800s. Garfield Elementary School is a public school located in Kansas City, MO. It is part of the Kansas City Public Schools.
Garfield focuses on the advantages of positive behavior through the Missouri Positive Behavior Intervention Support initiative. Students are encouraged to focus on what they do right as a means to success. PBIS is divided into three tiers. Garfield has successfully over the years implemented Tier 1 and has begun the steps of Tier 2. Garfield was presented the Bronze Award for Achievement and is working for Silver. The PBIS team meets bi-monthly to access and evaluate the program's success and student achievement.