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9-12
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Sierra Vista, AZ
Students enrolled: 2,223

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5225 E. Buena School Blvd.
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

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(520) 515-2800
(520) 515-2877
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October 27, 2014
My eldest son attended this school 6 years ago and was never happy with anything there and then my middle son attend his freshman year and then we moved away and returned last year. It was a difficult time for our family at this time for many reasons but he was excited to return here and see his old friends. Less then a month into school he got in trouble with 3 other boys for being out in the parking lot and smoking pot. They all were suspended as I see correct action but only expelled my son. It was not his car or confirmed not his drugs. I believe my son was punished more severe because of the color of his skin. The other boys were able to return to school with no further punishment. Unfair and unjust! But in the long run this is the best thing Buena could have done. My son now attends Berean Academy and has been there 1 1/2 doing better then ever, involved, teachers love him and he feels good there.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2014
This district needs to change their discipline policy for students who assault other students. The maximum they get is 9 days, yes 9 days! The only reason they get 9 days is because if they are absent more than 10 days they must be disenrolled. Who cares, expel them make them accountable for their actions then maybe the parents will step in and do something to make them live a normal and productive life. Not one where you go around thinking you can do whatever to whomever you want. It's time to take a stand against bullying.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2014
I absolutely love this school for my kids. the Academics and extra curricular activities are amazing, and the teachers really care. I feel so safe leaving my kids at school in the morning, knowing I have nothing to worry about, that they will be well protected and in a nurturing environment while there. I have many choices for high schools, and I choose Buena for my children.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2014
Unfortunately I would have to agree with many of the parents and students that have commented. I am so grateful I have no more children to put through the public school system. When we moved here my child excelled in AP level classes. We transferred here during the school year and the school would not even recognize her previous AP placements. They enrolled her is lower level classes. She was bored and frustrated. In addition to her years at Buena she felt like nothing more than a number. My student was so disappointed by the size and layout of the school and the amount of students in the classes that my student had much difficulty bonding with any classmates. There was only 1 teacher that encouraged her to excel and seek outside interests. I would encourage all parents to research alternatives.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2013
I was supposed to be a freshman at Buena for 2013-2014, but my dad got orders and we moved from Ft. Huachuca. If Tombstone High School was closer, my twin and I would go there. Buena was a wonderful band, top 50 in the nation, always going to trips. They have a painting in th band room showing evy place they have been. The JROTC is good as well. My twin brither was going to join, and I have many friends as well who are or was in JROTC. That's the only good things about Buena. The school is to small for the amount of kids who go there. There are 2,300+ kids in just the 2012-2013 school year alone. And Sierra having about four middle schools, adding Colonel Smith on the Army bass, they are adding at least 700 kids. If you have the chance chose Tombstone seeing its smaller, may not have all the same thing Buena does.

- submitted by a community member
May 13, 2013
As a soldier who has been assigned at Fort Huachuca for several tours, I must warn others to avoid Fort Huachuca if you have High School age students and pick up an assignement elsewhere until the children are through school. The facility is fantastic which it shoudl as it cost twice as much as was promised the taxpayer in 1990, complete with rotating stages etc. The downfall is seemingly the attitude of the staff. Lesser funded districts in other states do far better than SVPSD does with more. The only program that seems to succeed is the JROTC, the rest seem to just attempt to get by. The school receives adequate funding, but instruction is poor, and no apparent discipline. Perhaps if the students did not look like rag bags in shorts every morning more pride in instruction would come forth. Additionally, this is the only school district we have lived in that is totally dependant upon busing ALL students to their campus regardless of location. Great savings could be harvested for those who seek greater flexibility in funding on that effort alone.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2012
I read the two previous reviews with some concern and chagrin. Yes the school has around 2000 students and 800-1000 computers. Also many sporting events require some long travel distances. For the last several years the taxpayers have had the opportunity to step up to help bring the equipment, facilities and everything associated with a top notch school to provide the best opportunities for our students. They, the taxpayer, have failed miserably resulting in a reduction of over 14 million dollars for the budget. In spite of their failure, the professionals in the teaching and administrative staff and students have preformed admirably. 2012 class earned over 7.3 million in scholarships for 520 students. I challenge the complainers to step up and put their money where their mouth is.!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
May 04, 2012
I read that Buena HS with an enrollment of 2100 has 843 computers available for student use and that the only open computer lab is located in the school library.Also that they are equipped with Windows 2003. There are other statements in the article, "Buena's Technology lags behind other schools," (The Pegasus, April 17, 2012, author Madelaine Braggs) that indicate that Buena high school students may not be prepared for higher education or the workforce. Is this an accurate account of Buena High School's computer status? And if so, does the community know about this and understands the negative implications?

- submitted by a community member
March 08, 2012
An ok school. The education Program is pretty effective, and the school has quite a selection of clubs. This school has to work on their sports. Then it would be a stronger and more popular school.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2011
We moved to Sierra Vista in 2008 with a sophomore. If I could go back I would have homeschooled him for his last 3 years over the ONLY choice for a high school in this city of 40,000! It's ridiculous that the city didn't see the smarter choice would have been 2 or 3 SMALLER high schools where there would be more individual attention in the classroom and better competition for the sports programs. Every away contest is AT LEAST 70 miles away so the athletes get home very late. The admin/school board is a joke and they all need to be replaced. The school routinely gives contracts to businesses in Tucson (70+ miles) or Phoenix (200+ miles) then wonders why they get very little local community/business support. I'm glad we're done with Buena and advise anyone to homeschool and use the online K12 program. I wish we had!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2010
The school is very poorly designed for the amount of students. There's something like 2600+ students in a school that should have about half as many. There's some good teachers though. Not just from a teaching perspective, but quite a few of my teachers really gave me (as well as the other students) advice that will stay with me forever. Not to say that there isn't any bad teachers. I've had the misfortune of being the student of some of the most rude, lazy, and incompetent teachers that may ever exist. If you aren't determined in this school, you will not succeed. Most teachers really do care whether or not you fail their class -- they just don't have the ability to help every student when they have over 150 students. If you work hard, it is not difficult at all to maintain good grades in Buena.

- submitted by a student
May 25, 2010
Buena has some of the most caring and effective teachers you could hope to find. It's a shame they are hampered by such inadequate leadership at the top. With so many highly qualified administrators out of work because of our present economy it's sad we have no one who knows how to do a nationwide search for talented candidates for our top offices. Isn't it nice we have more options in Sierra Vista now?

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2009
i love being here at buena i feel safe just knowing that there are so many people who are willing to protect us and be here for us every morning with a smile it warms the studdents hearts to see mrs. carlson there to tell us good m moring and trie as well we really do appretiate it and i would like to say thank u

- submitted by a student
October 20, 2009
We moved from Northern CA where the school was outstanding in my opinion. Buena High offers so much more than any school I have seen in CA!!! The staff is great, and the city supports the school phenominally!!! Truly amazing!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 17, 2009
Buena High School offers exceptional education. The 2009 AIMs scores just out show this. Buena High scored the highest of all Cochise County's High Schools and well above the AZ state average. The Teachers are dedicated ; the students are supported; the parents are welcomed, the administration cares. The Head principal was voted AZ Principal of the Year by his peers. And this is just a glimpse at Buena.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
I previously attended Buena High School and my opinion of the school is very disappointing. When I was attending there was very low expectatinos most of the teacher could care less if you passed or fail and there was no encouragement for bettering yourself. I don't recommend for students to attend this school unless you have low expections for your child.

- submitted by a student
February 12, 2009
I have had two of my children attend Buena and I have mixed feelings about this institution. Unfortunately my son joined the football team and after two years was so discouraged that he never participated in any other sports affiliated with Buena. Educationally he was not challenged as was my daughter who was fortunate enough to have a decent AP English course that encouraged and challenged her analytically. Buena s teachers should not be sold short but this being said the institution is way too overcrowded and unless you are a naturally driven student you just become a number. I have been told that the reason we keep only one high school in Sierra Vista is to maintain the 5 A status for sports if this is the case shame on administration and the city fathers.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2009
I personally think this is a great school!The teachers, at least the majority of them, care enough about the students to email the parents/guardians when the student isn't doing well in their class -- like not turning in homeword or have less than a grade C in the class. The Freshman Academy they have come up with is super! I'm sure we will see that when these students are upper classmen, they will do better in school because of this. Also great about this school is that they have tutoring for the students Mon-Thurs for 1 hour after regular classes are out and even have a late bus to take them home! Now that is what I call a dedicated school and teachers! Keep up the great work, Buena High!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2009
I am currently attending Buena, and yes, the school has problems, but what school doesn't. They try their hardest to make it a safe place for us to go to every day. It doesn't help that this is the only public high school in the city. Why are the administrators and teachers being blamed for the students goofing off and not doing what they are supposed to do? Buena is a good school to attend, because the teachers do care, and the claim about each class having 25-30 students is ridiculous. The classes will go up to about 20-25 sometimes, but most classes are relatively small, ranging from 10- 20.

- submitted by a student
December 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 05, 2008
I also wanted to add that the school is way over crowded..I have heard them speak to the kids in such a rude way, then found out that they talked to parents the same way! We have got to get a better school in this town.

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October 16, 2008
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September 26, 2008
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July 30, 2008
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July 29, 2008
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May 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2008
As a parent, I took two tours of the school. One tour was for incoming freshman and their parents. Several of the classrooms that we toured were very disappointing...unorganized, students using profanity without being corrected, couples with their desk pushed together and arms around each other. As a parent, I was not impressed! One year later I took another tour with the assistant principal. We entered one classroom to find the teacher asleep! The school is very over crowded and unable to control the kids. Many children leave the school ill prepared to succeed in college. Unfortunately, there are few alternatives in Sierra Vista. Good luck!

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February 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2007
This school is way over crowded which leads to no personalization with any of the students. There is very low supervision which leads to many fights and drama among students that goes unnoticed. There are gangs in the highschool that aren't monitored. There are just to many students for the staff to be aware of anything going on around them within the student body. My child is scared to go to school everyday.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2007
Ilove the theater program at this school it is the top of the line and the teachers know what there doing GO COLTS.

- submitted by a student
September 12, 2007
I recently graduated from Buena High, and only after you graduate do you truly realize what an awful institution it is. After a couple college classes, I can already see that Buena's teachers are terrible. Buena has few lecturing of discussion leading teachers; most just retreat to their desks after assigning busy work. If your want to help your kids, move and enroll them somewhere else.

- submitted by a community member
August 08, 2007
I was a student in Buena High School and I just recently graduated. Personally, I liked Buena and everything about it was fun. I mean, yeah, some other students could be a bit, dumb, but overall, it's a good school and I don't regret going to it.

- submitted by a community member
March 29, 2007
I'm currently attending Buena high school, and I think it's fine. Going into high school I heard adults constantly talk about the crimes at buena and how many crazy gangs there were. There is no violent gang activity. There are kids who use drugs, as you will find at ANY high school. It has a wide variety of activities to get involved in, from choir to theatre to sports to JROTC. Buena has a large number of students, maybe a little to large for the size building it's in, but this allows students to meet peers with an array of interests from all different backgrounds. I've enjoyed it, and I would reccomend it to any parent.

- submitted by a student
March 22, 2007
Buena is a great high school to attend. The only things that I noticed were that many of the athletic funds were not split evenly between the sports and the majority of those funds went to the football team. The Fine Arts program is amazing! The choirs and bands and the theatrical productions are outstanding! Buena also offers several clubs and many ways for students to get involved with their school and the community. Overall, it's a great school to attend.

- submitted by a student
February 05, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 23, 2007
My experience was that the administration was only supportive of students with 'big names' and those who played football and students with other interests get passed over. I will say this- the teachers were very knowledgable about subject matter, and did what was possible to encourage, in their class. The counseling staff were always available and I felt the social atmosphere was normal for HS.

- submitted by a former student
January 10, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 19, 2006
As a current student of Buena, I do agree with some of the arguments that it is much too crowded. The teacher-student ratio is low and as with many schools, students are sometimes taught according to standardized tests instead of emphasizing critical thinking. However, Buena offers much that other schools cannot, such as the Buena bands, the theatre program which not only offers classes for actors, but for theatre technicians as well. Choirs, JROTC, and several art classes are offered, all of which are outstanding. The instructors are highly dedicated to their students, as well as to the molding of creative, self-sufficient, and responsible persons. At Buena, especially with academics as well as electives, students can help themselves achieve by making the decision to take responsibility of stay organized and keep focus. As with any school, ours is what you decide to make of it.

- submitted by a student
November 28, 2006
It is a fun safe and good place to learn also the athletics and other activities are the best.

- submitted by a student
November 20, 2006
While many people only hear about the academics or sports teams at Buena, the Fine Arts are amazing! The Buena Performing Arts Center brings in so many different types of shows from Broadway to the local dance shows to many types of bands. The theatre is one of the best high school theatres and the student technicians run most of the shows. These are Buena Students getting hands on experience with professionals with state of the art equipment. The school productions are extraordinary in both the drama and technical sides. Apart from the theatre are the bands. There are seven bands including marching, pep, honor, symphonic, concert, jazz and show band. They have traveled around the world. Every teacher from both departments show a passion for fine arts and teach more than just their departments.

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September 26, 2006
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September 19, 2006
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May 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
My son enjoyed the well-developed JROTC program available as an elective. There were a lot of out-of-school activities and events associated with this program.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2006
I went to Buena High School. When I was there, the classes were over crowded. The books were often very old and outdated. Discipline was a problem. It is over crowded. I think alot of these issues could be remedied if Sierra Vista builds another high school instead of another Senior Citizen's Activity Center. However,the school's music program is an excellent way to get student's involved. They have clubs that meet once or twice a month, but they are usually just a joke for the most part. They are just a way to allow friends to go socialize instead of sitting in study hall.

- submitted by a former student
February 28, 2006
I beleive that the school is extremely deficient in thier placement of students. The school is WAY TOO BIG and WAY too many students are attending to maintain...we need ANOTHER SCHOOL AND FAST! I will NOT be placing our daughter there when her time to attend a high school!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2006
I believe the school has become terribly overcrowded so the resources are stretched beyond being effective. The place is like a jungle most of the time. It's survival of the fittest. Academic programs seem to be adequate with a limited number of really good teachers. Parent involvement is not always encouraged. Extracurricular activities are available.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
Our student has just completed his first semester at buena. We are completely stisfied with the school. Like anything in life, you get back what you put into it. Our child is invloved with sports and takes ap classes. His schedule is hectic, but he loves it. I even had a teacher call me at home to ask me to remind my son to turn in a permission slip. Small thing but to me it showed that teacher really cared! sure it would be nice to have smaller class sizes, but we don't. Until we do make the best of what you have. Students can get lost in the system, if they and their parents allow themselves to. Work hard, quit whining, and take the education and high school experience that is owed you. Don't wait for someone to spoon feed you.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2005
Poor discipline. Too many students in each class (over 25, sometimes up to 30). Dress code not enforced--other rules regarding profanity and behavior not enforced. Sports programs are good.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2005
Compared to other area schools this school offers more for the advanced student. The student body seems to be more urbanized than in the other areas also.The class sizes are too large,which is not good.The cafeteria is overcrowded with poor nutrition choices.I am pleased with the teachers that I have met.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
I have had one child graduate from buena and I have taught there several years. If you go looking for trouble you will find it but the my child never had any trouble with gangs and drugs. The discipline is superb. As a teacher, the administration has always backed me up. Yes, there are some teachers that ought to retire (they'd like to if they could) but parents who have a good relationship with their children and are able to insist on accountability had a good experience. Most parents try to get involved too late to help.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2005
I graduated from buena high school in the 60,s, my sisters in the 70s and my children in the 80s and 90s. so i feel that i may speak about the school sorry to say nothing has changed in all the years the problems are the same the results are the same. those who want a education will get one after leaving buena thank god for cochise jr college. but, the lack of everything is not due to the lack of money its their, the disctrict gets the money, it the same old story, the kids and to a great extent the teachers mean nothing even the support staff have to hunt up pencils pens etc to work with. but the admin never do with out.

- submitted by a former student
August 21, 2005
The school is overcrowded and the average student gets lost.The staff is unfriendly even to the parents. The community should boycott this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
We feel that the overall quality of the school is not what it should be. We have recently moved into the area and I was excited about the kids attending a bigger school. Never did I think that my kids would get 'lost' in this school. the overall comments that I have gotten from the parents in the area is that the school is too small and was from the day they opened the new school.(ten years ago). Needless to say I have been disappointed by the lack of concern by the entire staff.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
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- submitted by a administrator
July 03, 2005
Buena High School is just a school that is too large- the classes, to include honors are over crowded. There are some excellent teachers, however there are some that need to retire. You as a parent have to push to get your child into the right classes and anything for scholarship or college help. I think the goal is for students to graduate, but that's it. As long as they get out ot the school, whether it is through a community college, military, etc that's all that the administration is concerned with. This growing community desparetly needs a second school. Moving into 6A athletic size and commutes to 3 hour away Phoenix will hurt the athletic program.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2005
This high school is over crowded, the air quality in the school is horrible, and the lack of teacher interest is unacceptable.

- submitted by a former student
May 19, 2005
Being a graduate of this school in 2000, I still remember the things that I was troubled with. My little sister who is Graduating has told me that the problems still haven't been fixed. The Art department getting their funds taken away to help pay for the sports teams I remember my Art teacher actually paying from his own pocket so that the students would have the materials to complete their projects. If you want a sports star at this school, then go for it. If you want an intelligent, well educated child, then they will have to do it on their own, with no help from the school.

- submitted by a former student
April 01, 2005
The aims test that these kids are to pass to graduate is horrible. Buena is not helping our kids, its hurting them!

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January 03, 2005
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December 17, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2004
Too many students in one facility. Students can get lost in the system.

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April 06, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2004
From what my daughter tells me there are at least 10 gangs (excluding punks and skaters) and there are drug transfers daily. I would not suggest this school to anyone, and I am moving to Northern California where my brother in law lives he says its alot safer and there is no gangs there.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2003
This school is fabulous. My daughter loves it there. The classes are fun for her and she is on her way for a scholarship for college because of the swim team. The dress code is reasonable and there is plenty of security so I know she is in safe hands.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
My son started Buena Highschool his 9th grade year in 2002. I was excited that there were many programs offered at this school that would give him some kind of idea of what he would want to do in his future. Not very far into the school year I was very disappointed by the school. While attending school from grades K-8 my son was on the A-B honor roll and was in gifted and accelerated classes. When he started Buena he came home everyday with a new story to tell about the drugs and few gangs that were in the school. That is until he finally just started coming home and going to bed and sleeping the day though. His grades went to D's and F's and he withdrew from everyone. I made a hard decision to let him move to TN to live with my parents and go to the school that I attended. Since then he has brought his grades back up to where I knew he could have them. Overall I think that Buena High does not have a very good environment. Like another parent commented on, the kids have no dicipline on their appearance and are allowed to wear whatever to school. I think a major overhaul of the school is in order!

- submitted by a community member
July 11, 2003
My child has attended Buena for the past year (10th grade). We felt a large school with plenty of options would provide a good transition into college since her experience has been limited to smaller schools. While there have been positive aspects, overall we have found it to be a disappointing experience. Buena has been pretty successful at suppressing blatant gang activity, however, the drug activity is quite apparent. Suggestive clothing and behavior is quite accepted. Buena has an excellent ROTC program with outstanding leadership. The ROTC program is the only ROTC program available in this county so my daughter will continue at this school. My youngest daughter will be attending another school when she enters high school this year.

- submitted by a parent
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Buena High School
5225 E. Buena School Blvd., Sierra Vista, AZ  85635
(520) 515-2800
Last modified Buena High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Buena High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 69 reviews. Top