Longfellow's test scores may be good, but the teachers grade incredibly low and will lower you high school GPA if you choose to take a high school course.
I am a student at Longfellow and it has been a good school for me, but for other kids it is a nightmare. I am taking all honors so that makes it easier popularity wise other than the constant grade comparing. For the kids who are taking some or no honors classes are looked down apon from the teachers, staff, and other kids. There is lots of bulling between kids ( especially with the girls ) but it is hidden so well that no one notices, or even if they do they just pretend that it never happened. Academically the school does very well and copes very well with the AAP parents getting mad that their children are in the same math class as the math honors kids, even though the AAP kids are taking algebra 1, but you gotta know the GT ( AAP ) parents. I like the school, just make sure that if your kids that are going to attend Longfellow that you put them in abercrombie or whatever is in style and put them in all honors, it will help ALOT.
My daughter is an eighth grader this year. Mostly, she has had a positive experience at LMS. She has made lots of new friends and has learned a lot from her mostly great teachers. She had has two teachers who did not measure up and the administration wasn't as helpful as they could have been in terms of addressing the problem or approving schedule changes, but what are you going to do? I guess take the good with the bad. The school itself is lovely, newly renovated, and the after school activities are great. There's a wide range of activities to choose from. For the most part, we can't complain. It's been a mostly positive experience.
This school offers good academics. Most of the teachers are good - some are excellent, nice after school programs. No extra sports. Didn't seem to be many fights or drug problems in the school. There is a bullying problem however it's true. The administration seems to treat the victims of the bullying as if it's their problem that they are being victimized, instead of calling out the bullies for punishment or reeducation. One counselor said to me "We don't have a problem with bullies here." She was right. The staff doesn't have a problem with bullies, they tolerate them and cultivate them. Shame on you Longfellow.
Longfellow is terrible. I was bullied everyday and nobody did ANYTHING to stop it. I told the principal an the admin and they just sat and watched as my life fell apart. I was bullied for taking general ed classes I was called stupid at least twice a day. I hate it and had to transfer to Copper.
Longfellow is a great place for AAP or GT students, as well as other kids. They have extracurricular activities ranging from anime club, to rocketry (GO ROCKETRY!), to Dr. Who club, and Volleyball and other sports. They offer Honors, AA, and regular classes, and all of the classes I take are challenging. The teachers are nice, but the school has way too many kids for its size, even though it had a recent expansion. There is a lot of cultural diversity at LMS. Another thing I love is the music program. The band teachers are amazing, and work really hard, like all of the other teachers there. In a certain part of the school, there is a case showing all of the recent awards that our math team, band, Science Olympiad, and art kids have won. It's truly an amazing school.
i think that when i put my child in this school it was way too crowded. It had the Busiest hallways. Why, I almost got knocked over when i went to drop off luck for my son.
I think Longfellow is very good for GT students, but I have my reservations for the students who don't match the GT profile. There are a lot of distractions and negative synergies when it comes to middle school so perhaps my comments would be the same for any middle school.
This school is great and has wonderful extracurricular activities and programs.
I love going to this school. The teachers are great, and they make sure to provide curriculum that's challenging enough for GT students. Longfellow also has a really great math counts team. I think all of the programs are exceptional, and Longfellow Middle School works hard to stay great!
Incredible school, great teachers and staff. Wonderful Gifted and Talented program. Nationally recognized band, great music program. Strong PTA.
I cannot think of another middle school in this area (or anywhere) which provides the kind of academic excellance required for highly motivated, brilliant children. When the students of Longfellow enter a competition, they hardly come home without a medal. I wish every child gets the benefit of attending this school. We are glad to be the lucky ones.
Longfellow is known for its GT Center, but it also has a strong regular program and very few discipline problems. The math department has many great teachers and levels of classes. The music (strings, band and chorus) program is exceptional. Other departments have a few excellent teachers, but are more of a mixed bag. Activities range from intramurals to academic teams, including a math team that usually places 1st in Virginia. In 2005-06, two new teachers sponsored a Science Olympiads team. The popular assistant principal sponsors a chess team, with an instructor paid by the PTA. The school also has the standard activities, like yearbook, newspaper, play, etc. Afterschool clubs generally depend on unusually dedicated teachers who work long hours without pay. These teams sometimes get support from the PTA, which also organizes and many schoolwide activities for students, teachers and parents.
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