My daughter was in parochial school from K-8 because I did not want her in this school district.. I had to pull her out because Longwood made her bus stop 7 miles away. I had no choice but put her in this horrible school. She went down hill very fast. The atmosphere is negative and many of the teachers speak the same slang as the students. The school is overcrowded and the overall impression is ghetto. When you are surrounded by students and teachers that do not care, it is not going to affect you in a positive way. I have lived on Long Island for 48 yrs and Longwood has always had a horrible reputation. Sadly, my experience there has proved they have earned that awful reputation. My daughter has 15 months left there and it can't come fast enough. I am sorry she will not look back on her high school years fondly.
I moved out of state to Longwood High School for my sophomore year and after 2 years of being at this school, I CANNOT stand it. The students are disrespectful, and the teachers are just as disrespectful back. I'm getting ready to start applying to colleges and my counselor has done nothing to help prepare me. The school wastes money on ridiculous amount of flat screens and not enough on basic school necessities. Fights are every other day, and if you're "different", the students will make you most certainly feel unwelcome and the staff won't do anything to help. Avoid enrolling into this school at all costs.
This school is a joke, there is not one bit of leadership in this school , throughout my school career I was a high honors student who graduated and by my own intelligence and my own ability to search for outside knowledge I got accepted into NYU and who takes the credit for that , Longwood they have no right to take credit for this since at the time my parents spend thousands of dollars to have me educated in private learning centers after school because they felt my education was so subpar . Longwood school district doesn t just have a subpar education system they have an outright wrong education system, they should be examined by the state thoroughly to see if the school has any merit still being open
My teen years went down the drain in this school. Never felt like the teachers cared, the people in class were misbehaved and made it extremely hard to concentrate if the teacher wasn't already yelling at them, and security guards and administrators were overbearing. You didn't really have a voice or any freedom at this school. It felt more like a jail than a learning experience. Counselors were also terrible. It was way overcrowded. Also there were too many fights and "bomb scares." I lost all motivation I had until college where I excelled. Absolutely hated this school.
The district dosnt care about kids or parents they back their teachers up though. i dont have the money to move and it too late for my kids dont move to this district.
Regarding the Jessica Barba scandal you created, SHAME on you administrators! You have a sensitive, empathetic, creative young lady with the ability to think outside the box, and you punish her for these attributes? You morons should be sued and then fired. Ms. Barba's project was socially responsible and impressive... you, however, are not. Janice McClellan
My children all went through the Longwood School School District, from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. They took AP classes, did fantastically, graduated with high honors and attended superb universities. I found the staff caring & the teachers excellent. THere are problems, but EVERY SCHOOL has its set of problems. Quite frankly, the biggest problem were with the kids whose parents didn't have a clue about parenting. If you foster a love of education early, your children will excel. IF you have bad parenting skills and have low expectations, you will get what you deserve. If you are a parent who couldn't care less about how your child does in school, they won't care either. I'm tired of teachers being blamed when students do poorly. It is the job of the parent to get their student to school, the job of the student to do what is expected of them, the job of the teacher to teach. If you are a parent who cares more about your own social life than the education of your child, don't expect great things from your child. Show your child you care, and then they'll care. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out.
I WORK IN LONGWOOD HIGH SCHOOL. I AM NOT A TEACHER. I CAN TELL YOU THIS SCHOOL IS WAY TOO CROWDED. WITH ALL THE HIGH TAXES WE PAY, YOU WOULD THINK THERE WOULD BE ANOTHER H.S. IN THE DISTRICT. TOO MANY OF THE KIDS FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS AND TOO MUCH FIGHTING BECAUSE OF THE OVER CROWDING. THEY NEED TO DO SOMETHING BADLY, BEFORE THE SCHOOL GETS WORSE. TEACHERS ARE NOT CARING AND THE KIDS ARE TOO WILD AND OUT OF CONTROL, NOT ENOUGH SECURITY. TRUST ME, I WORK THERE, THIS IS FIRST HAND INFORMATION!!
I have 2 daughters currently in the High School and a son coming into the High School in Sept. Each of my children are doing exceptional work. Honors or High Honors. They come home repeating things the teachers have discussed with them about whichever subject it is. Which means the teachers are speaking to the kids and the kids are listening and learning. I am amazed how much they are learning and holding on to. There is also extra help avail if you need it and take them up on it. Sure there are fights, but arent there fights in every school. My kids are doing well, no fights, no drugs, no drinking and they all seem to like and get along with their teachers. I dont remember my teachers speaking to us like we were young adults I remember my teachers just giving a lesson and then homework. Good Job Longwood!! Thanks
The principals are more involved in there own problems and fail to help the students. My child is one falling through the cracks and to transfer to another school it costs $ 8,000 what can a parent do? We drive her to school since she feels unsafe on in the bus , and there are a few good teachers but not enough.
There are some teacher's that really do not give a hoot.When you took this job was it just for the money? A teacher is a teacher when they go out of their way to reach that student.
I graduated from Longwood 4 years ago and my younger brother is graduating this year, and I wonder to myself if the preceding comments were written by the faculty? The school is extremely overcrowded, which is the main cause for all the fighting and the amount of trouble. The teachers DO NOT CARE about the students. As a matter of fact I remember the teachers enabling students in regards to cutting classes and even drug use! The level of education is not anywhere near community of junior college, nor does it prepare you (maybe a select few). I as well as the majority fell through the cracks of the school, which is most definitely not the cause of my success (MS Comp Sci - Stony Brook University). The only thing that can help students in this school is having parents that stay on top of their children.
I graduated Longwood and can say that the education I received was equal to a community or junior college level. I was truly prepared for college and the work force. The only bad thing I could say about the school is that it was so politically correct. Opinions were to be kept to yourself and not voiced.
I went to longwood, and can summarize what it offers to the community thus: everything is there. Longwood doesn't baby you, it doesn't effectively force you to go to school/class. In fact, if you want to be a bad seed, there isn't much stopping you. However, if you are willing to learn, you will get as good of an education as in any school. Extracurriculars are many and very welcoming. The only barrier is them not willing to walk you through your four years. Like another review said, if you want it, it's there, just ask for it. A child who is willing to learn will learn from very knowledgeable teachers. One who likes to party will continue to party. It is much like a small indoor college campus. Every man for himself. Either you go to class, or you evade the security in every hallway and go home.
I graduated from Longwood and I personally enjoyed my experience there. Most teachers are competent and make the learning experience fun. However like in most schools there are teachers that just lack the ability to reach their students. Sports and extracurricular activities are big in the High School. The major Sports are Division 1 and there is a wide assortment of Sports that can be played competitively. When I graduated I felt the administration was weak, but a new Principal was put in place so I'm not sure if he has better leadership qualities. Concerning Parent involvement I think it is decent my parents went to the teacher conferences and things like that and there is the PTA and PTSA. The school is crowded and there are bad seeds but I think you will find that everywhere. All in all I was happy with my education experience.
The HS is definitely over crowded and the leadership has just gone down the drain.
Longwood has in recent years become disconnected from the community. Especially at the HS level. They hired a principal who was terrible and waited too long to fix the mistake. They have also dropped many honors classes at the HS for no reason. The parents, students and teachers have expressed their displeasure to no avail. The current BOE cares only about their agenda.
As someone who goes to Longwood I don't especially like it. I've taken classes that were like study halls and nothing was done at all in the class. The school is large but not large enough for the rowdy kids that go there. I believe that there are of some good teachers and students there but I think some of the smartest students got to where they are mostly by themselves. Longwood is one of the highest paid school districts on Long Island so they should have better teachers than that.
Longwood is an amazing school. The teachers are like second parents to the children and they care a lot about them. I know this because I am a former student of Longwood High School and I cannot say anything wrong about it. Music, art, and sports are greatly appreciated in Longwood. The football team is one of the greatest on Long Island. There are plenty of extracurricular activities for the students to enjoy. For example: Bringing Unity To Youth Club, Peer Mediation, Students Against Destructive Decisions... and the list goes on. Music is very important for Longwood. For the spring concerts, the orchestra, chorus, and band groups perform while there is a mini fair going on during the concerts. The parents are always there to support their children. This school deserves five stars for it's outstanding accomplishments.
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