A+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    D+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Garden City Union Free School District is an elite, public school district located in Garden City, NY. It has 3,831 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 84% of students are at least proficient in math and 70% in reading.
Address
56 Cathedral Ave
Garden City, NY 11530
Telephone
(516) 478-1010

Garden City Union Free School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
70%
Percent Proficient - Math
84%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1280
205 responses
Average ACT
29
104 responses
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Students

Diversity
D+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,831
Free or Reduced Lunch
1.8%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$119,302
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$123,098,000
Expenses Per Student
$26,588/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    67%
  • Support Services
    32%
  • Other
    1%

Garden City Union Free School District Reviews

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Garden City is great if you’re a white sporty kid- if you diverge from that, you could be in for trouble. While the sports, academics, many teachers, and facilities are pretty good, where this school district lacks is in diversity. There’s a LOT of bullying, mostly in the elementary through middle schools- I was bullied from 1st to 8th grade, and it’s flailing up a bit now. Unless you’re the sporty, perfectly socially adapted, your-parents-give-you-everything type, you may be in for a rough few years. As in any school, some teachers are incredible- some not so much. The middle school guidance department is fairly useless, although they get a little better in the high school. Overall, this district can be either amazing or terrible for you or your child- it all depends on the fit. Just keep in mind that it’s a bit of a bubble, and although academically you may be fairly prepared, you won’t have the best idea of what the real world is like when you leave.
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I graduated from the Garden City public school systems a few years ago, and I truly feel my experiences prepared me for a successful and well-rounded life. Each school, from 1st grade through high school, offered more than alternative options my parents had considered. I appreciated the encouragement of music, art, VOLUNTEERING, and sports elementary school enforced, the continuation of that and addition of language options in early middle school, and the vast amount of alternative subject matters that the high school offered (which the private schools could not compete with) paired with the excellent sports and music programs, and community service requirements. I could not be more thankful for my education.
I am lucky to have received my education from Garden City Union Free School District. I had the opportunity to take challenging classes, as well as participate in extracurricular activities that I enjoy. I am, however, looking forward to a more diverse experience in college.