We had very high hopes for Longfellow that were unfortunately NOT MET during our child's first two years at the school. Our child was never given homework and recounted days spent doing very little in class, yet still maintained A's and B's throughout the year. The test scores for the school are very high but it became apparent pretty quickly that the reason for this is simply that the school only focuses on achieving high scores on standardized tests. Very little focus is given toward enriching or developing their students so that they can excel in high school. Upon bringing these concerns to the principal we were met with a dismissive, and somewhat combative attitude. The teachers seem to try to do their part, but have mentioned during parent/teacher conferences that they can only teach what they are "allowed" to teach. Which, in many cases, is a steady stream of practice tests for upcoming standardized tests. My child will not be continuing at Longfellow and I completely regret them attending for the last two years.
I am a 8th grader at Henry w. Longfellow career exploration academy and i have to say that this school is amazing.During the 8th grade they take us on field trips to magnet high schools, which gives us a better perspective on high school.I have been here about 2 months now and i love this school.This school deserves more than 5 stars! go longhorns!
My child has attended this school since 6th grade and is now in the 8th. The school overall to me is a good school for a teenager. My daughter on the other hand would prefer to go somewhere else she think the school is boring and would prefer to be in more extracurricular activities. I know that is important but she will have to wait for high school to do that, because I prefer a smaller diverse school as this one.
I've heard great things about Longfellow Academy for years now. I kept up with this school thru a friend of mine who has a son in 8th grade this year and started at Longfellow in 6th grade. He always talks about the teachers, how they go the extra mile. As long as you are serious about your child's future and teach them to be just as serious about their future, this is a wonderful school. Not to mention...IT'S FREE!!! Don't let the lesson of hard work, dedication and homework deter your child from a successful future. Other that what should be taught at home, everything they need for success is at Longfellow. My son started 6th grade this year at Longfellow and loves it. So far, my personal experience with the teachers and principal has been great. As for not having sports what they instill in our kids more than make up for not having sports. They give kids the option to play for a nearby school. My son plays for the YMCA and other organizations in the community.
Henry W. Longfellow is a Magnet school, so the students are expected to do well. They are chosen for this school by their grades and standings. For a parent to say that it has excess homework then they don't understand the meaning of Magnet School. This means that it is a school that is for students to excell
My duaghter is starting this year, so I don't have a complete picture of the 'longfellow' experience yet, but so far I am very impressed with the faculty and the students i have met. Like they say, don't judge a book by its cover. Don't judge Longfellow by its campus. The building was clearly first rate when constructed. The building, added trailers and stark landscape could use some TLC. Inside though is the good stuff. Passionate teachers, interested students and a safe environment to really make some progress and get some learning done. One ding; no organized sports. We are planning on compensating, but it seems to me that this would really complete the school and make it a complete package and 5 stars. So for now 4 stars so far!
I'm really disappointed that they do not have sports for students, also, I feel that the amount of homework they give the students is extreme. With that said, the quality of education the students are receiving is STELLAR! No complaints in that area. My dauther is on the A honor roll, she is learning a lot and is doing very well. The teachers and all of the staff are all extremel professional and set a very good example. There is never any horseplay in the hallways, everything seems to be in order and under control. I am pleased overall, had the school had sports for girls, I would have given it 5 stars.
As a teacher I have to say that Longfellow is an outstanding school. We have a staff of teachers who not only work well together but our one goal is for the students to excell. We are located in a very safe and secure environment. Our test scores are some of highest in DISD. I believe parents who live close to us are missing a great opportunity of not checking us out before sending their childern to a private school. As a magnet academy, many of Longfellow students continue on the DISD magnet high school, several of them rated as top in the Nation. This year (2007/2008) Longfellow is a National Blue Ribbon School. Only two are in DISD, only about 26 in Texas.
I attend Longfellow. It's actually a great school! I really like it. The only bad part is it don't have sport!!
Longfellow is an excellent school in helping students figure out what they may want to do in life as a career. The teachers are great, and it is somewhat a small school when you compare it to others, so that means smaller classrooms which can be a good thing. One things I do not like so much about my school is that they do not have sports. That is probably the only disadvantage about this school. But both the choir and band are great. I am currently in advanced choir and I love it! our choir and band are both aweard winning. So overall, I would say Longfellow is a great oppurtunity, but since it is a magnet school it may be hard for some kids to leave old friends, as it was for me when i started the 7th grade. It really just depends if the student is ready.
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