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Longfellow Arts And Technology Middle School

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Posted November 7, 2012

I have been teaching for 27 years, and Longfellow is by far the best school I have ever worked at. My children went to Longfellow as well. The teachers are excellent, the support staff is excellent and they work very hard to create a school climate that is welcoming to everyone. They have a staff of counselors who provide individual and group support to those in need. Tons of enrichment activities including great music programs, sports and dance. The school is small enough that the staff really knows the students and watches out for everyone. This school combines academic rigor, scaffolded support for struggling students and enrichment activities. 5 stars for sure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2009

As a young-ish teacher, I have found the staff at Longfellow to be the most supportive, collaborative and dedicated group of educators I have ever worked with. I truly love working at Longfellow. We are a community that cares for each and every member of our school 'family'. Furthermore, teachers are constantly working together to improve instruction and curriculum, meet the needs of our diverse student population, and continue the academic success we have been enjoying for the past few years.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 14, 2008

I think that Longfellow is a great school and the teachers are awesome! My child just finished her first year as a 6th grader in the dual immersion program and the teachers where excellent! She is looking froward to going into her second year in the next two weeks. Please consider this school when looking for great academic and fairly small loving, public middle schools in Berkeley! Thanks, ----------
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2006

Principal Cheung is excellent. She solves problems, is straightforward, trustworthy and knows exactly what's going on. She's out every morning, greeting kids and closely monitering. The vice-principal and counselor are very good too. Children do not 'get lost' in this small middle school. No bullying. Strong, excellent teachers include computer, art and physical education. Math, science, english and history teachers - half are excellent/good and half are not. Zero period instruction is great: band and computer. Academic challenge is less than it should be at times. Afterschool program is a good idea, works OK and is inexpensive. Afterschool program offers jazz band, steel drum, art, sports teams, hip-hop dance, Mexican dance. The girls love the hip-hop dance instructor, a real character. Lots of student performances at night. PTA struggles to get parents to show up. Racial makeup of PTA participants bears no relationship to racial makeup of student body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2006

great after school program. Generally solid teachers. Hit or miss with classes. Some sections, depending on combination of students, can be very academically oriented, others very unacademic. Smallish school so no student is anonymous. Not easy to get away with poor behavior.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 20, 2004

The after school program at Longfellow is the most highly developed of the BUSD middle schools due to the coordinator's 5 years of experience at the school. The program serves a diverse population and is open every school day from 3 to 6 pm. There is excellent academic support with tutors and mentors from Cal Berkeley in homework centers. Spanish speaking tutors are available in the ELL Homework Center and additional language building support is available after school with a daytime teacher. A computer class is offered two days a week. Enrichment activities include Jazz Band, Steel Drum, Contemporary Cultural Dance, Mexican Dance and Cultural Art. Once students have completed their homework, they can go outside for recreational sports every day. Athletic teams include: Flag Football, Girls Volleyball, Soccer, Girls and Boys Basketball, Baseball and Softball. On Fridays, students can play board games, pool and fussball in the Game Room.
—Submitted by a staff


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API score

829

Change from
2012 to 2013

-6

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


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829

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7 / 10

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
64%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
57%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
52%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students64%
Females70%
Males59%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students68%
Females69%
Males67%
African American41%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner28%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate53%
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students100%
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students61%
Females62%
Males60%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability38%
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students72%
Females72%
Males72%
African American49%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner67%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented82%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate74%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate72%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students52%
Females59%
Males47%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
Parent education - not a high school graduate53%
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate48%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate66%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students57%
Females64%
Males51%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disability55%
Students with no reported disability57%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate12%
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students52%
Females48%
Males55%
African American41%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability30%
Students with no reported disability56%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented80%
Parent education - not a high school graduate16%
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students55%
Females52%
Males59%
African American49%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability45%
Students with no reported disability56%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented90%
Parent education - not a high school graduate24%
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 34%
Black 27%
White 25%
Two or more races 7%
Asian 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/AN/A
English language learners 12%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Patricia Saddler
Fax number
  • (510) 644-8707

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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1500 Derby Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone: (510) 644-6360

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