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Longfellow Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 491 students

Longfellow Elementary is best known for quality education and parental support.
 
 

 
 
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4 stars

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Posted August 8, 2012

My kids love this school!! The Principal until school year 2012 needed a refresher in how to deal with parents....now we have a new principal, lets see how he does. They have done some construction and now have a wonderful lunchroom and an amazing library! Great teachers are all the rave at this elementary school and we have been very pleased!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2010

The principal is very rude towards parents and their involvement. It is almost like she discourages parents to be close to their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

Longfellow is a great school. They are always having fun family activities such as reading on the lawn or come read in your pajamas while enjoying pizza, they also have an annual carnival that is a huge hit for the kids. The teashers are great and the principal is very involved. I also have a child with downsyndrome and they are great with him. It is like a 2nd family. It is located in a great neighborhood as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2004

We recently tranferred from Ca. and my girls really didn't want to leave their school behind...But they now love their teachers and the school...Some of the office staff could stand to learn a few manners but for everyone else it is a great school and I am glad my daughters made some new friends and enjoy being here in such a short time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2003

My daughter has attended several preschool programs and has attended Longfellow for five years. The principal and staff are very friendly to everyone and address the students by name. They are constantly having school-wide activities for the whole family to participate in such as Read-on-the-Lawn and ice cream socials. I couldn't be happier with the way this school is run and with the adults who run it. They really care about the kids and it shows!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2003

My son had to transfer from this school due to an out of state move. Almost a year later he would love to return to this school. The adults that run this school are all kind caring people who love kids and genuinly enjoy them.
—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.

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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 77% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learners50%

Reading

All Students71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities43%
English language learners83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners40%

Reading

All Students63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners40%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners50%

Reading

All Students71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 81%
Hispanic 23% 9%
Black 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:35 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Garry Milbourn
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (712) 328-6524

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Direct instruction
  • Individually guided instruction
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Frontier Bank
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Cub scouts
  • Recycling club
  • Red Cross
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • We are a proud member of the Council Bluffs Community School District. Our pre-kindergarten through fifth grade staff believe students should always learn at high levels. To propel our beliefs forward, we read, write, problem solve, investigate, use technology, and collaborate with others each day. Along with content area studies, physical education, social skills, and the arts, we at Longfellow Elementary believe in educating the whole child.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Kirn Middle School
Abraham Lincoln High School
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2011 South 10th St
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
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Phone: (712) 328-6522

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