I realize that there are some complaints on this site. So I had to give my opinion because I disagree. I was worried about sending my child to middle school. She has had a great experience at this school. The teachers are helpful and there if you need them. The administration is great even though this is a newer school.
This school was seemingly average with a lot of racism towards all groups *not just blacks* and homophobia. I am not sending my second child here because my first daughter hated it and the teachers were overall pretty distant with a few here and there being decent. If your kid wants to exceed please do not send them to this school. The Zoobot program is alright but you have to be in the "inner circle" to get the benefits. My daughter's schedule filled up so she could not take the classes 7th and 8th grade year.
My daughter attends this school and for the last two i have not been impressed. My daughter gets pushed along and no one helps her I have asked for help but getting a conference with anyone is nearly impossible. She is very shy and unique in her own way. She had one teacher last year that called her name wrong all year I even had to step in and tell her off. Read the comments you will see the students cant even spell that should tell its own story of the school.
Longleaf Middle School is a great school with phenomenal teachers. The ZooBot magnet program has teachers that truly care about their students and want them to be successful learners for life. They also just became a whole school magnet with a STEAM focus. Looking forward to seeing what this next year has in store for this wonderful school.
Sixth grade was great, especially the agent program. Seventh grade had its challenges, half of the teachers were good while the other half (including the principal) seemed to just be making appearances. Eighth grade has been the toughest, 3/4 of the teachers don't seem to care about the kids or their education and the ones that do care, seem stifled by the administration. No wonder scores were worse in 2012. I hope the school bounces back.
My daughter attends this school this year and I have to say that I love the school. We moved here a couple of years ago and I can say that this is one of the better schhols. I like it because the principal and administrators are responsive to my concerns and they are very involved with school improvement and ways of continued growth of the school. I, especially liked the fact that for my daughter's first year, they offered summer programs to allow rising 6th graders to become familiar with the middle school environment. I like the size of the school and it was not an overwhelming environment. My daughter loves the teaching style of Mr. Jenkins and I have enjoyed the responsiveness of all of her teachers. Kudos
As a parent of a student at Longleaf, I am concerned and disappointed that the students seem to be running the school. I frequent the school no less than once a month. There is a lack of holding students accountable for the rules and and consistent consequences to ensure an adequate learning environment. The lack of respect, language, and defiance is horrific. It is no wonder test scores are not as they should be. Quality learning cannot take place in the chaotic and undisciplined environment within the classrooms and halls. Additionally, there are no programs for students to become involoved in their school community. Longleaf needs to consistent discipline in and out of the classrooms. It's sort of like 'the tail wagging the dog' over there. Consistent rules and consequences should be the norm and understood by all. Only then can real learning and test score improve!