Who We Are
Longview was originally built in 1950 in Gaithersburg, MD. It opened as one
of the first all black schools in Montgomery County and was named the Emory
Grove Consolidated Colored Elementary School. The renaming committee selected
Longview to represent the “long” distance traveled by the students and the
beautiful view seen from the school (Sugarloaf Mountain off in the distance).
The school housed a general education population until 1961 when Longview became
a special education school for children with disabilities. The original building
is still in use and is now known as the Emory Grove Center. In 2001,
Longview moved to its current site in Germantown, Maryland.
Longview School is co-located at Spark Matsunaga
Elementary School. Longview School is a separate special
education day school that provides comprehensive educational services in a
center-based program to students 5 to 21 years of age with severe to profound intellectual
and/or multiple disabilities. Longview students
are often challenged with: expressive and receptive language delays, limited
motor functioning, visual and/or hearing impairments, medical or physical
problems or traumatic (acquired) brain injuries.
School goals focus on:
- ensuring that students have access to the general education curriculum
- instructing students in the use of assistive technology and augmentative communication to help students communicate their wants and needs
- providing comprehensive educational programming that help students develop self-help skills, including eating, dressing, and toileting
- providing older students with vocational training, as appropriate, in a variety of natural settings. Middle and High school students participate in a variety of school based instructional work opportunities, out of school experiences offer supported employment
- ensuring that students have access to transition
services as they move from school to the adult world
Elementary age students participate in a variety of
experiences that include attending cultural arts assemblies and other
school-wide events with typical students.
Middle and High school students participate in school
based instructional work opportunities. Vocational experiences are varied. They
may include vocational experiences in school cafeteria and school offices. Out of school experiences offer supported
employment. Students are also provided opportunities for interactions with typical same age
peers through connections made through Kingsview Middle, Northwest, Quince Orchard, Poolesville and Clarksburg High Schools.