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!
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.
Excellent programs and strong vision and leadership of the principal. She is not afraid to do the right thing for all students.
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.
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.
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.
The overall quality of Longfellow has been good but not exceptional.
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.
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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