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Mr. Speck Wins 2018 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching

Congratulations to Science teacher Chris Speck who was one of seven winners of the 2018 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. This is an award to recognize teaching excellence and promote professional growth. Mr. Speck was nominated by a member of the community and went through a rigorous application process which included essay responses, lesson plan submission, and a site visit which included a 90-minute classroom observation. Members of Mr. Speck's classes were interviewed as well, including students, teachers, colleagues, and administrator. 


Mr. Speck will receive a cash prize, assorted other gifts, and $4000 towards his professional growth plan. He is also a new member of the prestigious Academy of Fellows! 



Mr. Forster and Garfield STEM Students Hosts VEX High School Robotics Competition on November 18th

Garfield Part of APS STEM K-12 Grant Award

APS Get $7.8M Grant

Garfield STEM Science Teacher Chaushie Forster attends Space Camp.

Garfield STEM Science Teacher Chaushie Forster fulfilled a lifelong dream by attending NASA Space Camp this summer. This camp coupled the traditional program with teacher professional development. 


Garfield STEM has a lottery system for all interested new transfer students for the 2018-2019 school year. Please email Interim Principal Gutierrez at gutierrez_d@aps.edu or Interim Assistant Principal Tammy Crespin at crespin_t@aps.edu to set up a school visit and tour.


Garfield STEM Lottery Process


Garfield STEM School is an APS Neighborhood Magnet School. Students who live within the boundaries of the Garfield STEM sending area will be able to enroll and attend Garfield STEM without participating in our annual school lottery. All APS policies and procedures regarding enrollment in a homeschool apply.


Students who would like to attend Garfield STEM School who do not live within the boundaries must participate in the lottery. If you would like to participate in the Garfield STEM lottery, please fill out a Garfield STEM School lottery application form and turn it into Ms. Abeyta, in the attendance office, by 3:30pm on February 09, 2018.


Here is an outline of how the process will proceed:

  • All lottery applications must be submitted by 3:30pm on February 09, 2018
  • The school lottery will be held on February 13, 2018
  • Families will be notified of the lottery results by February 21, 2018
  • The family of a student who has been offered a slot for the 2017/2018 academic year must accept the offer by March 7, 2018. 
  • If a slot has not been accepted by March 7, 2018, it will be offered to the next family on the list drawn in the lottery.

Thank you for your interest in Garfield STEM School. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.


Daniel Gutierrez

Interim Principal, Garfield STEM School





Our New Twitter Feed is @garfield_stem.


Reminder about Dress Code: 

Students are required to wear the following:

  • Shirt with a collar and a sleeve (polo, button-up or the like) and solid color pants, shorts or skirts. 
  • Shirts with buttons must be buttoned up. 
  • Spirit shirts are also acceptable (GMS shirts, UNM, NMSU or any other college or university).
  • Shorts and skirts must be no more than 2 inches above the knee.
  • If the student is wearing a hoodie or jacket over their shirt they will be required to have the required dress code shirt under.
  • Hoodies or Jacket worn during the school day cannot have graphics.

Unacceptable clothing and accessories include, but are not limited to:

  • Ripped or torn pants, leggings, tights and pajama bottoms.
  • No athletic shorts unless in a PE class. 
  • No camouflage unless student is enrolled in Leadership. 
  • No flip flops, sandals, or similar footwear. 
  • The apparel and merchandise of professional sports team (NFL, NBA, MLB, Soccer, etc.) is not permitted at Garfield Middle School. The only exception to this rule is the apparel of New Mexico colleges and Albuquerque high schools is permitted. This includes hats.



New drop-off and pick-up begins on Monday, September 25th. The north parking lot will be locked and will only be accessible for buses starting on Monday. Please use Matthew, which is just south of Garfield off of 4th Street. There is a dedicated lane for you to pick up and drop your child off safely. 


If you pick your child up on 6th Street or Fairfield outside the school, please use the Matthew lane, as well. 





Enrichment Program

Click here to see what Before and After School Programs are happening at Garfield.


Click on JiJi to access ST Math

Art at Garfield through the Creative Roots Program!!!


Click on the link below to see a Power Point about the first year of the Youth Mural Project at Garfield!!!!!

The Garfield will launch a high altitude balloon on May 6th!!!

Image from our balloon at 95,000 feet. Click on picture to see video.  See more images on our STEM page. 


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Today: 1/21/18

6th Grade Girls Robotics Team