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Longfellow Middle School is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Falls Church, VA. It has 1,347 students in grades 7-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 75% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.
Address
2000 Westmoreland St
Falls Church, VA 22043
Telephone
(703) 533-2600
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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
75%
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Living in the Area
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  1. Cost of Living
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  2. Good for Families
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  3. Housing
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Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$193,426
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,969
National
$949
Median Home Value
$990,100
National
$184,700

Students

Diversity
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,347
Free or Reduced Lunch
5%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,938
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.6%
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There are many after school activities at Longfellow, and many are very good in their fields. Late buses are 3 days a week for extracurricular classes, and there are many staff that stay to manage everyone.

Some notable activities:

Science Olympiad: Longfellow's Science Olympiad is one of the best in the country. It is super selective to get in, and it's a disappointment if they don't get to the National Competition!

Quiz Bowl: Another very successful club, Longfellow's Quiz Bowl team is currently ranked 2nd in America

Model UN: Although not as well known, Model UN is successful in most competitions they go to, and many win awards in it.

Tennis: Tennis is pretty much the only club sport at Longfellow. It doesn't compete in competitions like that, it is really just a small club where my and my close friends socialized and played tennis on Monday afternoons! The organizer of the club, who is an awesome gym teacher, is amazing at tennis and usually creams us if we play him.

Lancer Library: Basically homework club, where it's very hard to do homework in. There's always people talking even though it's a library, and the computer lab is always filled up.

Lancer Athletics/Open Gym/Pick-Up Basketball (Three different clubs): The name says it all! Usually Basketball is played, but when the 8th graders aren't there yet, there are pick-up games of soccer.

That's pretty much the just of it, there are buses Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Many students that attend afterschool activities only come on late bus days, since transportation is hard.

Some other notably clubs:

Rubik's Cube Club, TJ Prep, Debate Club, Mathcounts.
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Almost all of the teachers are well-trained, and seemingly well educated. They know what they are talking about, and are often sociable and people know who they are even if they are not in their classes. However, there are a few teachers that are universally hated, and there is actually quite a lot of gossip throughout the school about them. In Longfellow, technology is very important, and is used in as many situations as possible. Many teachers are starting to use Google Classroom for students to turn in papers (which in turn makes students write their papers online on Google Docs), and almost every classroom has a Smart board, and if not, they have projectors. For many years, Mr. Williams taught math at our school, and was perceived as a legend, and everyone knew him, even if they were from other middle schools. However, after many, many years of teaching at Longfellow, (The second best math teacher in the school was actually taught math in middle school by Mr. Williams!) he is moving to Mclean's new BASIS school.
At Longfellow, it is not hard to find a very, very, very smart kid. Longfellow is notorious in the area for competing so well in academic competitions, and just being 'smart' doesn't cut it for the school. And all the smart kids aren't bullied at all, bullying is non-existent (At least to my knowledge). The reason for so many smart cookies winding up at Longfellow is first AAP, or the Advanced Academic Program (Of which I am a part of). All of the people in AAP in Longfellow and Cooper districts have to attend Longfellow, since Cooper does not have an AAP program (Although it will be fully starting next year). Previously, the County tried to make AAP students from Churchill Road Elementary School (Which I attended) go to Cooper, which, by the way, is only 3 blocks away, but parents from the school were so outraged that the plan was revoked, although soon the plan will come into place anyway. Another reason for the amount of smarts in the school is just the location. Located in Northern Virginia, the area is very rich and many people have just recently moved here only a few years ago. Washington DC attracts many jobs, and it's not hard to find a few mansions if you drive around.

I could go on and on for years about different parts of the school, the social hierarchy, the small tidbit I just wrote is just the beginning. But I'll just sum it up quickly:

The school is honestly just great. The atmosphere is laid back but students are still motivated to work hard and get good grades, the people are amazing to talk to, and the teachers know what their doing.