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Longfellow Elementary School

Public | K-4 & ungraded | 258 students

 

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Posted January 26, 2012

This is our first year in the Pennsauken school district. My son is in first grade at Longfellow Elementary. I am very pleased with the teachers and staff at the school. They are always very helpful and my son is doing wonderfully with reading and math. The PTA also plans some fun and appropriate fundraisers and they host some wonderful activities for the children to keep some fun in their learning experience! I would love to see some more parents get involved with the activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2012

Our son is attending Longfellow this year. After reading many negative reports and reviews about Pennsauken Schools, I am pleasantly surprised with Longfellow. The teachers seem to thoroughly enjoy working with their students, and the students interaction with the teachers is evidence. Our son seems to be learning at a very good rate, and I'm impressed with how well he's advancing with his reading, writing, and math skills. Every member of the staff I've encountered is very cordial and friendly. Mr. Lewis is doing a good job as principal, though I wish he wasn't assigned to two schools, and his e-mails could be proof read before hitting send. The PTA is small and could certainly use more involvement, but the members make up for it with effort, caring, and personality. I absolutely agree with the last post, I would love to see more parent involvement, especially with the PTA !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2010

The staff members of this school are poor. They are very impatient, and negative. The school's builiding is of extremely low quality as it is very old. If your child can't keep up with the curriculum which is very fast paced and (students don't get to grasp one thing before they move on to the next) their is no extra help, the teachers do not go the extra mile as they seem to not care very much. The whole district seems to take the same approach. Students are held accountable which is good, but the staff is not. I had a teacher curse at my son for giggling, in the lunchroom when another student proofed the teacher wrong, this was at another school in pennsauken, but the answer I got from the principal was a simple 'at least he apologized'. but what if a student cursed at a teacher?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2006

'This school has been a big disappointment. It may be fine for most kids, but our 2nd grader needs smaller class sizes, which have not been available for the 3 years he's attended. The caliber of the one-on-one instruction he does receive is poor. Extra curricular activities are not available until 3rd and 4th grade. The PTA focuses too much on fundraising and parent envolvement is none existent. We're thinking about following our neighbors and moving to an area with a better school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

I am very impressed with the school's program of asking parents to come and volunter time to help out with teaching the Kindegardeners to write..I love that we have this option to help out..I am very involved and I find it most rewarding.
—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.
Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 66% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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49%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
41%

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39%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 59% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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24%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students49%
Female50%
Male48%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special educationn/a
General education51%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant49%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students69%
Female62%
Male78%
Black59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
General education72%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant69%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students24%
Female36%
Male15%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged25%
Special educationn/a
General education27%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant24%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students72%
Female64%
Male79%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special educationn/a
General education78%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant72%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students79%
Female76%
Male82%
Black78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special educationn/a
General education82%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant79%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

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48%
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26%
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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 40% 22%
Black 34% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 19% 9%
White 6% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 74%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Landrus Lewis

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Gross & Forrest Ave
Pennsauken, NJ 08110
Phone: (856) 662-9037

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