I do not think JL Long should be considered a school.it's more like a daycare. Although, I don't even receive any documents from Long concerning my child on a weekly or even monthly basis. The student population is too large to function properly because the faculty that are being used are either under or overworked because there is no sense of organization what-so-ever. My child's educational process has no more developed this year than it was at the end of her 6th grade level. I have seen one report card this year.One. Apparently, there are not any requirements from this school as far as making sure parents are informed.most likely because there are too many students.
My son attended Long and socially it was a good experience. I recommend the AP progams for best academic classes. My son was disappointed with the Band program while there. their instructor had gone to another school, and they were left without leadership for some time. The whole Band program took a nose dive, no UIL, no competitions, and the quality of the student's playing was not at a very high level. This was a great set back. Also , Long did not offer a foreign language such as Spanish in the two years he was there. That's outrageous in a school where 80% of students are hispanic. DISD puts an emphasis on bi-lingualism, so why no foreign language option?
The academic programs are excellent in Mathematics for gifted children, resting solely on the genius of the current leading math teacher, Sharon Morgan. English classes are good, varying depending on the teacher. The extra curricular activities are superb and I wouldn't do a thing to change them. These include sports, music, and academic extracurriculars. Art classes are also well-taught and students have access to plenty of resources. Although there are some definite shortcomings in this school, it excells in many areas unique to public schools. Your child will come out of this school with twice as much knowledge of the world around them as the average private school student.
From my point of view, 1 big gang activity no one has tried to deal with. Needs its. Too easy for student to wonder in the hall ways, Hello they are skipping, does anyone question them. The lunch is to crowed there is not enough coming in and out room in the Lunch Room. If parents have email address let us know by email that theres early release, No school and so forth. You'll the staff knows this is the difficult time of the students they are testing everyone to see what they can get a way with. Drug/Gang Prevention Program is needed... some need that extra touch they are not getting.
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