Principal's Message

Greetings Temple City families! Thank you for entrusting the care and education of your child with us at Longden School. At Longden, our teachers and staff work tirelessly every day to ensure that all of our Tigers are connected to their school, their teachers and each other. Longden has a rich tradition and history of supporting the development of the whole child. Our school culture is focused on supporting our students in developing a strong, ethical and resilient character ready to face life’s challenges with confidence and a strong sense of self.

Temple City is known for its high quality schools that develop highly accomplished students. Longden School is the largest elementary school in Temple City Unified School District, serving just under 1,000 students. As well as being honored as a California Distinguished School in 2004, Longden has been recognized for its quality programs with the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award. We recently received an A grade from Niche, a nationally recognized school ranking service, which places Longden in the top 3% of schools in the state. We are continually striving to identify areas in our program where we can improve in serving all students.

Academically, our students reach new heights each year. Our teachers place a strong emphasis on reading and writing as being the foundational academic skill upon which learning is built. Students also develop the necessary critical thinking skills in their explorations of common core math and CA NGSS science curricula. Our Code to the Future program grants students access to “steam” learning activities that will empower them to be an integral member of the 21st Century workforce. Across curricula, students learn to work collaboratively with their peers to learn to develop effective solutions to novel problems. Our Tigers learn the value of teamwork and learn to appreciate the benefits that collaboration through the use of technology plays in a digitally integrated world.

Social-emotionally, our PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program at Longden, with its emphasis on supporting the whole child through positive reinforcement, is the nutrient rich soil in which all Longden students will grow into resilient and respectful lifelong learners. Our PBIS program teaches and emphasizes that all Longden staff and students are Kind, Safe and Responsible.

While this year presents unique challenges, our goal will always be the same; which is to exceed in our service of meeting the personal, academic and social emotional learning needs of each and every child.

Sincerest regards,

Chris Holmes