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Longfellow Elementary School

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Posted July 17, 2014

I really cannot say enough good things about this school and wish that others could look past the 'issues' that lead to this school receiving a mediocre rating. Test scores aren't everything and your child will receive a quality education in one of the best counties in the nation if your kids has a desire to learn. Unlike many others, we were seeking a school that would be socioeconomically diverse so that our children could gain from the experiences of others with different backgrounds. Longfellow has so many resources for all students with it's Title 1 status that truly benefit all kids. If your child struggles in an area, chances are they have the ability to provide a one-on-one tutor. Student to teacher ratio is low, leadership is highly skilled and there is a friendly, non-pretentious vibe that we appreciate. Any of the PTA events we have attended have been excellent and communication is top-notch. There are some behavior issues with a select group of the students but administration handles those issues effectively.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

I am currently serving a 2nd term as PTA President at Longfellow and cannot say enough great things about this school. The administration, staff and teachers are among the best in the County and our diverse group of families makes our school very special. Our PTA supports a number of cultural arts programs, after school activities, and family events. Our FARM rate is over 30% but I think the resources we get as a result make us a stronger school. Volunteering at Longfellow has been an absolute honor and privilege.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

Longfellow is a great school with a warm and supportive learning environment. The presence of a diverse student body is an added bonus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

Wonderful neighborhood school that is thriving under new administration! Staff is really fantastic this year - engaged and talented. PTA could be stronger, but those that are involved work overtime to make up for some lack of parent participation. Student body is diverse and a good representation of entire community. I'm a proud LoES parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2011

Generally the staff is good - half the teachers appear to be very good while the others are average. Most teachers make an honest effort towards teaching. Hoever, there is this one math teacher that I was not too impressed with. This teacher appeared to go through the motions and did not seem to be too interested in developing good math skills in students. Overall the students are not challenged. For eg. homework is often not given or when it is given it is too easy. The reason given to me was that the teachers did not want to dishearten the students. I also happened to attend a Longfellow music program held at the Centenniel HS auditorium. The behavior of some kids (I'm not sure if they were connected to Longfellow) at the back of the auditorium in the audience was deplorable. It took a parent in one of the seats in front of me to sternly confront the kids by telling them that what they were doing was not funny before the kids stopped. In my opinion, with a few corrections and improvements this school would be a 5 star.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2008

In recent years (approximately over the last 3), LES has lost an essential component of its success. That component is the quality of some of its educators. Understanding that every organization encompasses a microcosm of society, educators should represent the best in our society. The overall aspiration for academic success and dedication, as was evident in previous years, has been replaced with a culture of complacency and apathy. Over time, I am confident that the current principle will recognize these deficiencies and take action to help LES return to its fundamental objectives and thus reclaim its success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2008

You can't go wrong at Longfellow. The teachers truly look out for each child and help them to succeed at their own pace. The teachers really know the students and expect greatness from all. Everyone at Longfellow is like another parent to my own children. It is nice to know so many people look out for my children. As a educator in Howard County, my children are getting a great education at Longfellow and I wouldn't want them anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

Longfellow is a great school. It has gone through some changes and there are going to be challenges. Overall things are running smoothly and the staff could not be any better. It could be me trying to get used to a new administration, but something is not totally insync yet. I would like the atmosphere in the office to relax a little more. I think the principal, being new this year, needs to smile more and appreciate the parents that come into help and not pounce on us and ask what we are doing. That is my only complaint. I am sure she will losen up as the year goes on. This is our second year and we love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

I looked at several private schools before enrolling my children at Longfellow and found I liked Longfellow better. We have been very happy with our choice. The administration is very responsive, the staff experienced and for the most part, always willing to go above and beyond. The staff and PTA both offer fun evening activities that my family enjoys and my children have a real pride in their school. I think that the staff has high educational expectations for the students and works hard to help them meet those goals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

My older daughter attended Longfellow Elementary all the way from Kindergarten through 5th grade and is now in 7th grade. My son is currently in 3rd grade. My husband and I both went to public schools in the Northeast and went to private colleges and went onto earn higher degrees. We love Longfellow for its small class sizes, attention to parent and student concerns, and amazingly dedicated teaching staff, and its diversity. Some parents might be concerned about how Longfellow's test scores compare with other Howard County Elementary Schools but its very important to look at what's going on besides test scores. I recommend that anyone with questions about Longfellow visit the school, meet with the principals, and see the school in action.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2008

I love this school. My daughter started in this school in Kindergarten and was later transferred to another school because we moved. The other school that she went to didn't compare to Longfellow and she was light years ahead of her class in reading and math. I would recommend this school to any parent. The teachers communicated very well with the parents, the social programs were always fun, and the staff was always friendly. This school really gave my daughter a great foundation for learning and I wish that she could go back!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2005

This is a great school. The teachers and principal are very good, and the school has a large amount of funding for resources for the children. This is maybe the best elementary school in the area.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 21, 2004

I am very happy with this school. Both my girls love going to school everyday. I think it has a lot to do with the teachers and how they make learning fun. As far as safety, my oldest daughter was in K-AM during 9/11 and the school made sure that she was picked up by the daycare and called me to tell me where she was and what time she was getting there. Mr. Chillemi and Mrs. Diggs always has a smile every morning (even in the cold weather) for the parents and the children. I am very pleased with Longfellow and I am sure I am speaking for all the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2003

I am very happy with the teachers at this school, the dedication, professionalism, and education provided by the teaching staff is commendable. The teaching staff is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 82% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 34% 35%
White 30% 42%
Hispanic 16% 12%
Two or more races 10% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 6%
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 37%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5470 Hesperus Dr
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: (410) 313-6879

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