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Longwood Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 488 students

 

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Posted August 2, 2014

Extremely poor education and no discipline maintained. I had to change the school for my son just for this reason.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2014

Longwood elementary school has certainly improved and is conscious of its low rating in the past. There have been significant efforts to ensure proper student teacher balance is established. Teaching staff is experienced and my son has found it relatively easier to grasp the concept under the supervision of these teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

I am more annoyed with this school each and everyday. First the The student to teacher ratio the say is completely wrong. My daughter currently has a teacher though being a teacher for many years has no idea how to use a computer yet they they have Bring your own technology. Some of the rules are ridiculous. Like NO TAG on the playground yet wrestling in the grass is ok. Kids can't play with the basketball hoop unless someone is watching and no games to be played. This school simply won't let the kids be kids. The principal is a just lazy. She goes around shouting out her mouth but really she is the most unproductive principal I have ever encountered. Last year kids had to change kindergarten classes because of overcrowding. So to answer the overcrowding what do they do the next year eliminate teaching staff. The school fall under the guidelines set by the state. You have a choice to go to another school and I highly recommend you do it. This will be the last year my children attend this school. I have talked to other faculty and this has to be one of the worst choices of elementary schools in Naperville.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

the school management is very good.they take care of students in all aspects especially in studies and they focuss on every kid.monthly schedule is very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2013

Longwood is an excellent school and my children have been well educated and happy there. Upon going to a meeting about test scores, I was so impressed with the gains the students have made over the past four years. The teachers are dedicated and accommodating and always go the extra mile for students. The school's diversity is a huge asset, as kids are taught about different cultures and how to get along with everyone. The school was even distinguished as a top PBIS school. Students have academic and social- emotional learning targets they work on each day, which is wonderful. Great school in District 204.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

I have had 6 children through Longwood. It is ethnically diverse which I always felt was an advantage to my children. They use the inclusion approach for students with special needs. I believe they have grown to be more tolerant due to this exposure at an early age. Regarding academics, are there other schools in Naperville with better scores? Yes. However, what I can say; The oldest is in med school working on a md/phD with a focus in neurology; the next is working on a Masters in behavioral psychology, Child 3 graduated a year ago with a BS in biochemistry, My fourth has a bachelors in culinary art. Still in school is child 5, at U of W Madison, in their pre-med program. Child 6 just graduated Metea as an Indian Prairie scholar and will attend U of I in their Engineering program with a focus in astronautics. I credit the whole school system with their preparation, but particularly Longwood's diversity to have them ready for any and all nationalities, creeds, and religions later in life. This is a unique experience, particularly in Naperville, which will serve them through-out their subsequent schools as well as the rest of their life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2012

We are planning to move to that area and have done alot of research about that school. We Met a few parents, current students and one ex-student. Everyone was very happy about the school. Some of the parents were actually surprised to hear about the comments on this site. No one thinks that any racism exists in that school, by no one i mean a polish family, 2 white, 1 indian and a hongkong family.


Posted July 30, 2010

This school has large problems with race relations and violence from child to child. The principal is a figure head and only stays in the office. They do not have enough resources to deal with special ed needs so they spread these kids out and it impacts innocent children. Also problem children have no consequences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2009

Don't judge a school on test scores alone, this is a wonderful place with amazing teachers and staff, dedicated to the students. Longwood has a very diverse group of children, and a large transient student population due to rentals in the area. The test scores presented do not include any student who didn't attend school the previous year, or any student that is in the country for the first time, so the results presented are very limited, and, in my opinion, inaccurate. This is a special place, where kids are challenged academically, and learn about the beauty of every student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2008

My son was studying in this school. I feel the standard is poor. There is lot of partiality towards ethinicity. I dont see much challenge posed by the teacher to the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2008

My son is a second grader and his teacher Mrs. Robyn Jamison is such a wonderful teacher who cares and strives to bring the best out of the kids. I can see such good progress with my kid for which all the credit goes to his teachers and the friendly school environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2008

Longwood is a small school but it has great teachers excellent resources and is a great learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2006

We found Longwood school to be a very poor quality school. It might be ok for regular students but for kids with challenges, it's a very poor school. The teacher quality can't be that great if the reading & math scores are so low, much lower than the closest school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2005

This is an excellent school with lot of potential. Teachers are great with kids and provide individual attention. My kids learned lot academically and socially. Parent involvement is very visible and community is also very friendly. Good gifted,music and art programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2005

Longwood Elementary School is a wonderful school. All of the teachers are magnificent and they really care about the students. There is not a mediocre teacher at this school. They are all exemplary! The academics are superb (guided reading) and the test prep for the ISATS really helped my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2005

Longwood School is a great school. My second child is moving on to Hill next year and my third child will be starting. Longwood has taught my children so much more than the ABCs of school. Longwood teaches respect, honor, diversity as well as good study habits. I have found most of the teachers were dedicated to helping my children become the best that they can be. We recently got a new principal here and she is a wonderful asset to our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2004

I love this school! It's awesome. I have great memories here and wouldn't have wanted to go anywhere else.
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students75%
Female83%
Male69%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income67%
Not low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learners60%

Reading

All Students75%
Female69%
Male80%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income64%
Not low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learners40%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students71%
Female67%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Low income58%
Not low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners39%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female60%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Low income46%
Not low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learners8%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students79%
Female73%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Low income70%
Not low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learners46%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students55%
Female50%
Male58%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Low income45%
Not low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students47%
Female47%
Male47%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Low income37%
Not low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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of schools in the state are Below average
46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Reading growth at this school

Below Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 33% 51%
Hispanic 26% 24%
Black 23% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 4%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Laura Devine Johnston

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