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K-5
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Long Beach, CA
Students enrolled: 1,077
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3800 Olive Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807

(562) 595-0308
(562) 424-3991
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August 17, 2014
I agree with the earlier comments. I don't know what the school was like prior to 2010, but when my children (one child was there for 1st and 2nd, and the other one was in kinder). My husband and I were not impressed at all! There are some teachers who really care about the children and teaching, while others "seemed" to care less. One teacher was a total screamer and would scream on a regular basis at the children (even in front of parents). My 2nd grader's teacher (gave my daughter a negative comment on her report card). When asked why this wasn't addressed earlier (by a phone call, a note, or in the weekly progress reports...or better yet, to me personally, since I volunteered in her class on a regular basis and inquired regularly about academics and behavior). I was told, "I'm sorry, I just used to dealing with parents who aren't involved." Which was not true of our family...I spent my lunch hours and days off volunteering. The principal never seemed to be aware or equipped with the skills to address any issue. We purchased our home in this neighborhood because Longfellow had such a great reputation. We still love our neighborhood but had to part ways with the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2014
Longfellow's test scores have gone down every year since they absorbed students from less well-off areas. Why? I personally believe it is because the teachers don't really teach. They don't have clear objectives that are based on standards with support from curriculum, don't model, or provide guided practice in new skills. They do their own thing, and the principal is very passive, so there is little accountability. Homework does not match what is taught in class, many teachers don't even use the appropriate curriculum materials. Students who have parents who are able to work with their children to take up the slack of poor teaching practices (or pay for tutors) do well, students who need extra help and good teaching to succeed don't fare as well. A very average educational experience as a whole. I based my review on my opinion of what I saw first-hand. I volunteer often in the school and classrooms of my child (2nd grade). One of my child's teachers was great, the other two not so much. The office staff is also invariably rude, sometimes embarrassingly so. My own child does well, but only because I ask my teacher friends for support. The volunteers are great, as is the PTA.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2013
I have the interesting experience of having a wife that went there, three kids who went there, One in the GATE program, and now a grand child who goes there. It is significantly different from the 50's. In many ways the kindergarten is more difficult now than then and certainly harder than in the 80's. It is far easier than it was in Tennessee in the 50's though but that is California. All education is well below the national norm but if the child is in GATE it is well above the national norm so a lot can be said about individual effort. I don't know about the other grades except by the parents who mostly seem satisfied and my experience with GATE which is AWESOME.. The Uniforms are a nice touch. The parents seem involved and there is lots of support in the immediate community which is up scale from normal Long Beach. There are so many variables in a school it is difficult to evaluate one for academics, especially when the programs are district approved and have little variance. But the staff seems supportive and the kids seem disciplined so I guess those are big pluses. Anyhow, I think the school is excellent.

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2013
Longfellow is a disgrace to the teaching community. I do agree with a earlier reviewer it all depends on the teacher but since the principal has changed and the teaching and accountability has gone down. If you are new and thinking of attending Longfellow Run and Hide. Choose another school. The PTA & Foundation are a close net group that controls the principal and the union and close to retiring teachers don't care about anything but the pay check. There are teachers who would send 90% of there class to summer school if they had summer school. Oh and by the way if you need a good tutor you can hire the children of the teachers who don't want to teach. I moved from the area to South OC just to get my kids into a good school and district. There are great elementary schools in LBUSD this just isn't one. They teach to the state test that is why there scores are so high and they cater to the people who scream the loudest and who are only using the school as a babysitter.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2013
I have 2 kids in Longfellow that came from a Montessori school. My daughter got into the GATE program in 3rd grade and has had wonderful teachers throughout. My son came into the school in 2nd grade in November when my husband lost his job and we could no longer afford the Montessori. He had a rough transition and was bored at first but managed to get through to third grade where he was clustered into the GATE class. From there he blossomed and has been fine ever since. The teachers are caring and knowledgeable, the music program is good, parent participation is high, and the PTA is great. The first principal we had was wonderful, and the second was good. Overall it's a great school.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2012
This is the most amazing school ever! I am a teacher myself and have subbed at many schools in LBUSD as well as LAUSD. Longfellow has amazing teachers, the PTA is extrememly active and the office staff, cafeteria staff, janitorial staff lovingly care for the school and the kids. I moved to this neighborhood so my kids could attend this school and i have never had any regrets.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2012
I am disgusted with Longfellow. My son was in Kindergarten and learned nothing. We had to hire teachers from another district to get him up to speed before entering 1st grade. The teaching staff is old and waiting to retire to collect there pensions. I was proactive and transferred both my children to a different district as the the LBUSD and staff at Longfellow were not interested in anything I had to say. I was a big supporter of the school but when they started to transfer the good teachers and leave the the teachers that don't care about anything but eating, hair brushing, blaming others and trying to get parents to hire there children to tutor. Not all things are bad there the Counselor is incredible. The other thing to remember when going there they teach to the test not overall education, so the first half of the year is all about the STAR test and how to score on it. I am so glad I am in another school all I can say is WOW what a difference in the quality of the teaching and expectations of the kids much higher. If you want to check out another district that really cares go south.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2012
Longfellow is a great school. My daughter was relocated there last year when Burroughs Elementary shut down. In the year that she's attended Longfellow, she has absolutely excelled. It has been great. Mr. Sarabia is one of many wonderful teachers at Longfellow. The library, science lab, computer lab, etc., are all top-notch. Much of the school's strength comes from involvement from parents, through PTA and the Longfellow Legacy Foundation.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
i attended longfellow and it has the best teachers and staff, they are concentrated on making i child like learning

- submitted by a community member
November 28, 2010
Both of my children attended this school from K-5. Ms. Jones both of the kindergarten teacher was by far the best teacher there. She gave both my kids the BEST possible chance at succeeding as they went on further in school. Parent involvement was like no other school. I can't say enough good things about the staff & their teaching ability.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2010
My son has attended Longfellow since Kindergarten and is now in the 4th grade. He has been fortunate to have excellent teachers in every single school year. There is very high parent involvement with all of the activities. The teachers, parents and principal makes for a great combination to make Longfellow the wonderful school that it is for the students. "Can't hide that lion pride!"

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
Longfellow is simply the best! Excellent teachers. Involved parents. Dedicated faculty. Wonderful, positive, engaging atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
All the teachers, staff, parents and PTA work so well together to give our kids a well rounded school experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
Longfellow has great teachers, is in a nice area and has a very strong, supportive PTA with caring and involved parents.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 06, 2010
My 2 boys go there and they have learned so much! They have the best teachers and everyone there loves each and every kid like thier own.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
Longfellow has the best teachers and best administration! Their school spirit is evident and they do a great job with the students...

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Great principal, great teachers, great PTA and great parents!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
We love Longfellow because it's an amazing school! The teachers, principle and parents are very involved in helping the children and the school. We feel very fortunate to be part of Longfellow Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Longfellow is a great school. We have wonderful teachers with lots of experience. Our PTA and Parents are very involved in making sure we help the school as much as possible. The principal really sets a great tone by being accessible and wanting to do the best for the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
I love Longfellow because it is a really great school. The principal is great, the teachers are amazing, the PTA and parents as a whole are VERY involved, they have a legacy foundation that is helping with all the budget cuts - we LOVE Longfellow

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2009
Longfellow has high API scores because they teach to test. Students get state guided lesson plans with plenty of worksheets year after year. The school has not fostered a love of learning in my child because the learning environment is rote and unimaginative. The school is inefficient in dealing with students with learning differences-Lf is fine if your kid is a high achiever already. It's a mix bag with teachers some are really mediocre-especially in the 3rd grade

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2009
A tradition of Excellence. A principal who cares. A proud and hardworking student body. A great PTA!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
Part of the perceived quality of Longfellow depends on the teacher you get. Some grades are very weak while others are very strong. The PTA is very strong at Longfellow and raises a lot of money so that there can be extra programs for the kids. While we have had some disappointments, I am pleased witht he quality of the school overall and will continue to have both of my children compelte their elementary education there.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2007
this is the best school ever, especially Mrs. Hagen. She's awesome. Love her!

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2007
My daughter has gone to Longfellow since Kindergarten (almost 5 years). The involvement by parents, teachers, and the children is immediately recognizable. Coming from a small rural town, you look for certain things, little details. Longfellow has proven to be that home away from home. Everyone on campus is very friendly, they smile and say hello. Longfellow also acquired a new principal this year. He has had a positive impact on the school in such a short time period, making little changes to help improve quality of an already outstanding school. The only negative is the dwindling Arts Program. California overall needs to beef up this area of study. Art program aside, the school has been given several awards for Outstanding Acheivements, such as the 'California Distinguished School' award and 'Blue Ribbon School' award. These awards only begin to tell of what Longfellow has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2007
My daughter came from a private school with challenging academics at the tender age of 6. I had high hopes that this public school would not be like so many others you hear about. It was not! Longfellow has a challenging curriculum and caring teachers. I appreciate the mix of cultures in the school as it mirrors our society and helps prepare my child for that mix. I am very pleased with Longfellow and do see why it is rated so much higher than other schools in the vicinity.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
My son declared he would be a 'kindergarten drop out' during a torturous year at our Catholic school. Wanting only the best for him, who had already been tested and accepted into the GATE program, we opted for the city's only private school. Again, it was a challenging year, but for different reasons. With options decreasing, we entered the GATE program at Longfellow. Glory Hallelujah! We finally entered the realm of learning with different strokes for different folks. It was amazing. Experienced and higher educated staff and parents, mix and mingle with all cultures, races, religions and education levels. We had arrived! Two thumbs up for Longfellow! My only ongoing concern was the amount of students on the playground before school, during lunchtime and afterschool, as compared with the amount of playground aides and teachers on duty. Often, this is when trouble does and did start. The ratio was not satisfactory.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
My son was in Kindergarten at Longfellow this year. He had a great experience with a knowledgable and caring teacher that was able to meet the needs of each child. The rate of learning and academic standards were excellent.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2005
The academics at Longfellow are standard based, students involving and oarent inviting. Students and teachers work hard for the various academic programs they have and we achieve high scores on oue state tests. We have extra curriuclar activivities like music, art, knitting, spanish, drama, reflections, student council, scouts, and definitely a PE program. Parent are so much invloved, a wonderful group of PTA, so dedicated and work hard to ensure that Longfellow is a great place and it is.

- submitted by a administrator
September 05, 2005
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January 09, 2005
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December 06, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2004
This is a community school with high levels of parent involvement. There is a substantial influence from children brought into the school from outside the area. The teachers don't turn over very much, which is both good and bad! The GATE program is 'immersion' with tenured teachers at the 3, 4, and 5 levels. This is challenging for the program.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2004
Longfellow is an excellent school with teachers that have been around a while to provide great leadership. The teachers really care and they provide very good extracurricular activities for the kids to improve their skills.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
I love it! My daughter has attended this school since Kindergarden and my son attended at 5th grade. My son thanked me for sending him to Longfellow. My daughter loves school and has really loved all of her teachers. I am proud to say that my daughter looks forward to waking up and going to school. My children have said it all! I don't have to motivate my child to want to go to school, she tells me to hurry up I don't want to be late for school. My child is very bright and Longfellow teachers and staff supports students creativity. This school is so well organized that you as a parent will feel as if your child is in a private school. The level of excellency is much more than I could imagine. If your child is lucky to experience Longfellow Elementary you won't regret that experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2004
I started my child in a local private school thinking that would offer her a better advancement among public school. Once attending Longfellow to our suprise, we found her advancement behind. Longfellow has helped to bring her level up to speed without all the additional cost private school offers. I am now a big believer in the Long Beach public school district and feel truly blessed to be able to have my child attend such a prestigious positive school.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2004
We have 3 children who have or are going through the Longfellow experience. I have always told people that the concerns about public schools do not apply to Longfellow. It is a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2003
My daughter has been attending this school for 3 years and has a great learning experience with each and every teacher, you see and feel alot of parent involvment. My daughters SAT scores have improved quite a bit since she has been at Longfellow.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
I grew up in this neighborhood and life here hasn't changed much. I'm now a parent to Longfellow students. I love Longfellow because it has that small town feeling even though it's in a large community. The parents are very hands on, the teachers maintain a working personal relationship with the parents, and the neighborhood has everything you could possibly want to offer your children.

- submitted by a parent
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Longfellow Elementary School
3800 Olive Avenue, Long Beach, CA  90807
(562) 595-0308
Last modified Longfellow Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Longfellow Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top