School Details

Longfellow Middle School

2000 Westmoreland St, Falls Church, VA 22043
(703) 533-2600
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 1330 students 19 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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77%
61%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fairfax County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
83%
71%
94%
81%
70%
93%
80%
62%
95%
83%
76%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fairfax County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
84%
76%
100%
80%
76%
100%
84%
76%

Standards of Learning End-of-Course (SOLEOC)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fairfax County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Longfellow Middle School is a public middle school in Falls Church. The principal of Longfellow Middle School is Ms. Carole Kihm. 1,330 children attend Longfellow Middle School and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 7% of the 1,330 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Longfellow Middle School is 19:1. St. John Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 18%
White, non-Hispanic 67% 46%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 11%
Asian/Pacific Islander 22% 19%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I think Longfellow is an exceptional school. I am in 8th grade and the classes are very challenging (all AA classes) and the math course I am taking is taught extremely well by the best k-12 math teacher in the country. The orchestra is incredible we placed 1st at a big competition last year. We play very challenging music that rivals High School and College orchestras. All in all the level of academics is outstanding and many of the teachers are quite frankly geniuses! An amazing school to go to but make sure to take honors or AA classes as they will provide a great challenge and unique ways to learn. Bullying is not much of a problem but be wary of cyber bullying and gossip. To not get bullied you should be neat but not excessive. You should be nice friendly and always smile because the bullies like to pick on insecure kids. Incredible school it will no doubt impact my future in a great way.

  • (1 year ago)

    Longfellow Middle School is a great school. The classes are great and even the worst teachers teach everything you need to know. The music department is really awesome with the coolest teachers and great orchestras bands and choirs. They even offer guitar! LMS is a great school and I can't think of another school or any other place I would like to go to. Yes the hallways can be a bit crowded but its not hard to navigate in them at all!

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is great and has wonderful extracurricular activities and programs.

  • (7 years ago)

    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!

  • (7 years ago)

    Incredible school great teachers and staff. Wonderful Gifted and Talented program. Nationally recognized band great music program. Strong PTA.

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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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