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.
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.
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, ----------