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Welcome to Longfellow Elementary School

Longfellow is rated as one of the best elementary schools in the state. According to Colorado School Grades, Longfellow is 65th out of 1,015 schools.  We have also won the Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award eight years in a row. This award is given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth. Congratulations!

Counselor’s Note


LONGFELLOW – A Great Place for “Kids”

What are class sizes at Longfellow?

Depending on the grade level, class sizes range from a low of 15 to a high of 25 students. Efforts are made to maintain smaller enrollments in the lower grades. Kindergarten classes are especially kept at the lower edge of that range.

How does Longfellow do on standardized tests?

LES 3rd and 4th grade students consistently score at, or above, the state average.

How are parents and community involved at LES?

Longfellow benefits from significant parent and community involvement. Annually, parents, community members, and organizations generously donate their time and talents in ways that enhance the efforts of teachers and further enrich the academic and social lives of students. The Longfellow Parents’ Association and the Longfellow Accountability Committee are organizations vital to the school’s ongoing efforts to provide the “best” for our students.

What does Longfellow offer as academic enrichment?

Academic enrichment is provided in numerous and varied programs and activities including, but not limited to, Spanish lessons in the primary grades, Math and Literacy acceleration and  intervention support, choir, a student generated on-line school newspaper, PAWS for reading, and an annual Reading Counts initiative. We also have a gifted and talented coordinator who supports and challenges advanced students.

What are the extra-curricular and co-curricular activities?

Extended classroom field trips aligned with grade level curriculum, “specials” classes – music, art, computer technology, physical education, and library/media, Destination Imagination, Spanish club, after school dance classes, Salida Circus, Salida Creativity/drama class, Girls on the Run and other opportunities are offered.

What is celebrated at Longfellow?

Longfellow celebrates a myriad of initiatives and activities. “PRIDE” assemblies, Academic Booster Club student recognition, PAW PRIDE recognition for positive student behavior or improved performance, 2ndgrade “Grandparents’ Day, Authors’ Fair,  Kindergarten graduation, 4th grade promotion (transition to the Salida Middle School), and staff appreciation recognition, are examples of such celebrations.

What is the school climate at Longfellow?

Longfellow promotes a “caring community” in which staff work collaboratively to provide focused, appropriately paced learning for its students. Parents and community members are welcome and encouraged to visit the school and classrooms. We have a strong Social Emotional program for our students, where they learn the process through which they acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions 

What are the top five things that make Longfellow great?

  1. Our students and our staff
  2. It’s a public school, addressing the diverse needs of each student
  3. Parent support and Community Interest and Involvement
  4. Welcoming, positive school environment (“Caring Community”)
  5. Curriculum and programs

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