We were very excited to enroll our children at Long Meadow given the past reputation of the school, but were extremely disappointed and after one year, moved to a private school. There seems to be an issue with funding and providing adequate resources to teachers on a consistent basis. In fact, we saw teachers being hired to accommodate growth in the student population and then let go midyear due to funding issues. Not only is this confusing for students, it places an undue burden on the remaining teachers and their support staff. Unfortunately, this was not the only issue. Long Meadow does not offer a gifted program which was a shock; this is a fairly affluent community and many parents have post graduate degrees. There also appears to be a "box" for students to fit into and when they don't, they are labeled "difficult" and "out of control" when the real issue appears to be teachers who are not equipped to deal with students who need a different approach or more attention than they are prepared to give. Overall, this school was a huge disappointment and leaving was the best choice we could have made for our family. I am hopeful that Long Meadow will make the improvements necessary to bring it back up to where it once was or at least on level with other elementary schools in Rochester.
Longmeadow I love this school. The teachers are amazing and I really like the changes I have seen this school year (2014-2014). The classroom sizes are much smaller and my daughter is learning Chinese in first grade! She loves her school. In contrast to the other parents who do not like the new policies, I am much more comfortable with adults not entering the schools to drop off/pick up. It was madness in the halls and it would be so easy for anyone to just walk in. I think this policy makes our children safer.
The teachers and staff are beyond amazing. The parents up until now have worked together. This school had a tight knit community feel. My concern this year is the new anti parent policies implemented by the new principal who felt it was appropriate to bring her former elementary school's policies with her and change the atmosphere that so many families cherished. Parents and caregivers are no longer allowed in the building to pick up or drop off their children. We will no longer be able to interact with the staff. I think in the long run, policies like this will weaken the bond between families and their school. And when these bonds are broken, there is always the possibility that parents will donate less time and less money to an organization that doesn't trust them. That translates into less resources for the children.
We feel blessed that our kids attend such a great elementary. We have been so impressed with the overall quality of the education. The media center is phenomenally well stocked for an elementary with many genres to choose from and many new books. The building itself is beautiful. Our children used to attend private school but due to economics we changed to public school. We actually feel this is a better school than the private one they previously attended.
We couldn't be happier with our 2 years at Long Meadow Elementary School. The teachers and staff really foster a community feeling at the school, making it feel small dispite it's size. The kids are great and the parents are involved. We have loved our daughters teachers thus far and feel she is challanged academically while making some really great friends. The principal is a great leader and makes it a point to come into the classrooms and know the students by name. My daughter runs to her to give her hugs. This is a wonderful school.
Long Meadow is a wonderful school. Kids are taught respect for themselves and others as well as rigorous academics. The MEAP scores are well above state averages. The teachers are caring and highly qualifed. The principal is involved at all levels and is a wonderful leader to the school.