Students enrolled 750
School leader Diana Sanchez
Transportation options Yes
District San Diego Unified School District

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5055 July Street
San Diego, CA 92110

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4 stars
Based on 40 ratings

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October 25, 2013
My son is currently in first grade at Longfellow. So far he has had two amazing teachers and we are so impressed with how much he's learned. We frequently travel to Mexico and he now orders all of our food when we go to the local restaurant on our property. I am particularly impressed with the PTO and all the great events that they plan and for the students. We feel so lucky that our child is being educated in such an enriching environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
I am amazed by the school atmosphere, parent involvement and open communication with the administration. I have been impressed with so many areas of Longfellow. This is our second year attending Longfellow and with more kids coming in next year, we are pleased to say that we are a proud Longfellow family. The PTO is also super active and supportive and I have been blown away with the extra enrichment and activities brought in for our children. A+ in our book! It's exceeded our expectations!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
We switched over to Longfellow, coming from a private school, and I was a little hesitant to do so. Our expectations have been exceeded time and time again. The knowledge and education has been wonderful. Our daughter is excelling in her math, reading, spelling and of course, Spanish. The teachers have been open and accommodating. We are also so pleased with the open feel that the administration creates. We feel comfortable approaching the principal and administration with questions and feel that they work hard at making Longfellow welcoming for all types of families. I am proud of the PTO and support that it gives to our school. We have amazing support from local businesses and families that have allowed for additional arts, music and PE programs for our kids. I feel that it is a school with a great diverse study body and a wonderful academic approach.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Spanish Immersion Magnet School. Both my kids are reading, writing, and speaking in both English and Spanish. Since its a k-8 school, my 5th grader will continue 6-8 at the school which is the best option for middle school - small, safe, and great teachers! My kids love the school and they are bi-lingual which is something I can't give them at home.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
I attended this school from K-5th grade, and everything was fine until I got into 3rd grade. I was bullied, and because of the fear of the bullies, I couldn't keep my grades up. The teachers saw, and did nothing while the other students verbally berated me and destroyed my self-confidence. I now have a very large problem with my self-image and insecurity issues. If possible, I would give this school a negative rating. Thanks Longfellow. -Submitted by a FORMER student

- submitted by a community member
September 02, 2013
We are starting our fifth year at Longfellow with my third child starting this year. My first two children are fluent in Spanish now. I've been very pleased with the dedication to Spanish learning. Being a magnet school, many parents don't get involved, but the core-group of parents has a huge impact on the school. The school has a diverse make-up which I appreciate for its ups-and-downs as that is how one learns about oneself and others in preparation for life. I would enjoy more structure/discipline for the students, but I've never felt the school to be unsafe. Any prior negative reviews about the school's academic requirements are from parents who have low/no standards for their child/ren. My children have been extremely successful because I give support to my children, the staff, and the administration every day. The parents who complain about too much work are selfish and doing their children a disservice.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2013
worst school ever okay first of all the teachers there are very lame. they do teach good spanish but it is torture for our kids. i couldnt belive the amount of homework my kid got for break. because of that we couldnt do any thing this schools teacher are very unreasonable.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2012
I love this school - the teachers/staff are great and parents are really involved when it comes to a lot of the extra activities such as art and exercise that have been taken away due to budget cuts. Also, there aren't many schools where your child graduates middle school with their high school and college language credits already completed. And this year the 8th graders all took the college level AP exam!! I definitely recommend the school. A far better education than most public schools provide.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2012
I absolutely love this school. My child is in his 3rd year at Longfellow. I can t believe how much my child has learned in a second language. The school does such a wonderful when coming together for a child. The school works as a team and that is so amazing for the children.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
Also, the PTA is good but I been here 5 years and its time for some new FRESH ideas and events. We do the "same" thing every year and it seems the same people are voted into positions and make the decisions. Any new, different, or a little cutting edge hasnt been accepted. We tried! Sad. One thing for sure, the Red Ribbon Week needs help!! The concept and effort put into giving these kids some REAL life tools to help them when they are encountered or offered drugs, AND THEY WILL BE, is really sad and insignificant. SAD RED RIBBON WEEK PROGRAM.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2010
I have been a parent at Escuela Longfellow for 8 years and have experienced many ups and downs. I have seen three or four principals come and go, I have watched the state budget cuts take many good teachers and programs. It has been challenging but I am happy with my decision to send my children to this school. My children are bi-literate, and I think in today's world that is extremely important. The school has a diverse population that represents the REAL world! The parents are involved and the PTA/PTO has evolved into a wonderful program with a online newsletter, well designed website and a Google Group parent communication site. I feel that my children have secured a well rounded good education at Longfellow equivalent to a private school (on a California State budget). It takes parent participate and diligence coupled with good teachers and staff for a good education!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2010
overall, I really like this school. the teachers are great, the new principal is good in keeping discipline and the programs is well structured. this is a magnet school, so, you have to be ready to accept diversity, in its positive and negative aspects. the important thing is that my son loves the school and he is learning a lot

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October 19, 2009
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September 18, 2008
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May 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 16, 2008
An honest warning-- be prepared for a tough school environment. The teachers we have encountered have been dedicated, enthusiastic instructors (if not all very experienced.) But the environment of the school does not feel safe to the kids. The new principal discontinued the morning assembly and now it's chaos with students fighting and shoving. Recess is just as bad with very little supervision. The principal has heard parent complaints, acknowledges them and makes excuses. It's January and so far no improvements. This is a school wide problem. We are happy with our child's teacher, core group of friends, the active PTA and excellent cultural activities. If there was another Spanish Immersion school maybe the competition would force the administration to start problem solving to create a safer environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2007
So far into the school year, I have had nothing but inconstancy with their policy and diciplinary actions. The program itself is an excellent concept, its too bad that there aren't enough schools with this curriculum

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August 07, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2007
We have a child who started Kindergarten at Longfellow in September 2006 and we couldn't be happier. We toured ten elementary schools (including schools in La Jolla) and did lots of research on schools in the district. Longfellow was, by far, our top choice. The Spanish immersion program is unique and effective. The teachers are fantastic. Teaching at an immersion school takes a lot of effort, so the teachers are all very committed and dedicated. (Interestingly, many teachers in San Diego send their children to Longfellow.) Most immersion schools around the country are private schools that cost a great deal of money - we are thrilled to give our child this special educational opportunity with no tuition cost. Longfellow has parents that are very involved as well, in the PTA and the Foundation. Parents help coordinate very special cultural activities such as Dia De Los Muertos and the Art Fair.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2006
I am very pleased with my families experience at Longfellow. The teachers are well educated and caring. The Principle knows most students by there name. The curriculum is very well thought out and more than adequate for the appropriate grade level. After school activities are interesting and have many students involved. The parents are very involved which helps with the quality of education at Longfellow. There is a strong diverse socioeconomic makeup at the school which I appreciate because it helps students learn about real life through the friendships made at school. The school officials, law enforcement, and parents do there best to make sure that the school campus is safe. Before and after school supervision is visible and parents are informed about what hours are campus 'supervised hours.' Knowing Spanish as a parent is not a requirement, but a English/Spanish dictionary in the house does go a long way.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
This is an excellent bilingual school. The teachers are very dedicated and the children speak fluent spanish.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2006
Like a lot of good schools in the San Diego district, Longfellow has suffered the loss of many fine teachers in recent years. Yet the total Spanish immersion program makes Longfellow a very valuable educational opportunity for your children. The advantage for kids to learn to read, write and speak a second language fluently is an excellent reason to attend Longfellow, but for parents, it is a commitment for the long term since English instruction doesn't begin in any significant way until 3rd grade. Parent involvement in the school is high, and the PTA does a good job of filling in for the loss of art programs in the district with parent taught Art Corps.

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April 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2006
I'm very happy with the immersion program that allow kids to speak, read & write in both english and spanish. The teachers are fully trainned and bilingual and the curriculum is very good. My kid is extremely happy at longfellow and have blossomed on her social skills. The whole staff is truly concerned about each individual child and how to work with them as best as possible. The parents involvement is also a big plus, also is the options for extra activitites such as music, access to a new tech lab and library and the opportunit to travel to spanish speaker countries, such as Chile and Spain. We are just delight with Longfellow!

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November 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2005
Both my children have gone to ANLC since they were 5 years old. ANLC is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. She is a great example of a leader and I will miss seeing her everyday as my daughter graduates this year. Thank you ANLC for bringing out the best in my children and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world!

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2005
The language component of this school is invaluable. My daughter has been at Longfellow for one year and carry on a conversation in Spanish. The teachers are very open to parent involvement. The major downside to this school is the leadership. The principal, Tavesci, is an authoritarian and makes decisions based on her own needs, not the students. She makes many topdown decisions and has alienated the parents. Longfellow is K-8 so hopefully the district will replace her. I know many parents feel the same as I do. However, you just can't beat the immersion program!

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June 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2005
The academic program at this school for students in grades k-3 is rigorous. The teachers in the lower grade levels are qualified and dedicated to the students. The academic program is not as strong at the upper grades. There appears to be a prevalent belief among the upper grade instructors that a lot of busy work makes the academic program rigorous. However, diligent parents can help to temper this problem. There is a tremenous amount of parent involvement at this school. Parents coordinate the arts program, (Art Corp) and a variety of other activities. The music program is adequate. By far and away the greatest strength of this school is the second language skills your child will gain. Extracurricular activities are adequate. Safety and discipline centers around the creation of more and more rules for kids to follow and very little emphasis on the development of personal responsibility.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2005
Excellent programs and strong vision and leadership of the principal. She is not afraid to do the right thing for all students.

- submitted by a administrator
March 31, 2005
I have been extremely happy with Longfellow. My son is in Sra. Matson's class and she is an excellent teacher who really cares for her students. I am glad my son is exposed to many races and cultures. He has excelled in both spanish and english.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2004
I love the program-it is enriching and inviting however, because of the lower social economic population which impacts the learning environment, I feel that my child is not safe. She is, on a daily basis exposed to situations/words/sanerios that I feel that she should not be exposed to. The administration appears to be stressed, which filters down to the parents and ofcourse the students. I would love this model to be further explored into an enviornment that is safe for a healthy learning environmnet.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2004
The kids are happy here. It is great to see such diversity in the student population. There is a lot of parents involved with this school. There is a new tile and mosaic wall entirely done by the students and parent volunteers that is greatly enhancing the school's creative identity. There is work planned to create xeriscape gardens. It is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2004
The overall quality of Longfellow has been good but not exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
Although this school may have lower district and state wide scores, I am still pleased with the experience with this school. My daughter has learned not only spanish, but she has even exelled in english as well. So I do/would recommend Longfellow to other parents looking for a different and unique learning experience for their child.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2004
The principal is not a team player and does not encourage teacher input into her decisions for the general welafre of the studnets and the school.

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August 26, 2003
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Longfellow K-8
5055 July Street, San Diego, CA  92110
(619) 276-4206
Last modified Longfellow K-8 is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Longfellow K-8 Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top