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
A tradition of Excellence. A principal who cares. A proud and hardworking student body. A great PTA!
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.
this is the best school ever, especially Mrs. Hagen. She's awesome. Love her!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I am a teacher in another district and I found that I was extremely fortunate to have my daughter at this wonderful school in comparison to the one I teach at. I talk about her school all the time and people wonder if my daughter goes to a private school due to all the wonderful things that they do.
With my child coming from a priviate school, I found the quality of teaching much higher. I heard all the stories about public school but found them not to be true in regards to Longfellow. The teachers seem to go out of their way for the kids sake and as a parent I truly apprrciate that. I feel very blessed to live in the district and know my child is getting the best education.
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