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9-12
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Clovis, CA
Students enrolled: 2,514
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1560 North Minnewawa Avenue
Clovis, CA 93611

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(559) 327-3000
(559) 327-3090
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May 03, 2010
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April 24, 2010
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- submitted by a student
March 11, 2010
Great School. Great teachers. Cleanest school in the district and most respect school also.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2010
I am graduating this year from Buchanan. I had a wonderful time here and i will truly miss it. This school really stands above all the rest in the area. I am going to be really proud to say i graduated from BHS. No other school could make you feel like that! The teachers here really care about the students. Students come first here. People complain about how stuck up we are but in reality we are proud of our clean school, and all means we should be! Parents should never hesitate about send their child here because do your math, compare all the Clovis and Fresno schools, we surpass them! I am proud to say i attend Buchanan High School!

- submitted by a student
January 26, 2010
My Son graduated from Buchanan, and had a wonderful experience. His coaches were beyond what you could ask for. The education is great, as you can tell by their test scores compared to other districts. We thought about moving to the bay area, but when we checked out and did our research on the high schools there for my daughter, there was no school in the whole city that could have compared to Buchanan's academics or athleticism.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2009
Last year, I went to a high school in Fresno. This was the kind of school where you would walk into the bathroom and eight times out of ten it would be filled with smoke from weed. This year, I am attending Buchanan and I definitely say that this school deserves a ten. Many people seem to think that Buchanan is full of rich, snooty kids who are racist and hateful. While Buchanan does lie in the richer parts of Clovis, the student body here is far more respectful than I have ever seen. Not once have I seen someone bullied, teased, nor have I ever seen someone who felt or looked out of place. The teachers and staff also do make much more of an effort to teach than in Fresno. Many people seem to have the wrong impression about Buchanan, but I assure you that it is the best.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 18, 2009
Buchanan is a quality school offering many opportunities in academics, performing arts, and sports.

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May 27, 2009
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February 26, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 30, 2008
Buchanan is a great school. I moved to clovis and my grades went from C- in Fresno to B+ and A's in Clovis. Our academics are great, but our athletics are better. Sure, we are known for our athleticism, but our academics are amazing. The staff pushes you to succeed and are very encouraging. Buchanan High is the best school I could ever ask to attend. Go Bears! Bear Nation!

- submitted by a student
November 08, 2008
Even though some of the qualities of this school are not as amazing as you think, it is truly an amazing and colorful school. You will always have problems with the people and teachers but, it really depends on the kind of person you are. It's really the students choice if they want to change things or not. can'tccan't can't be theirselves

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November 06, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 30, 2008
AP classes are the only aspect of this school that I truly applaud, and if it were not for the immature student body I may have given the school a better rating. Cheating is extremely prevalent, and perhaps this is so at other schools, but I do not tolerate it. The students may be involved in several community and school activities but give a strong impression that they are doing so only for the sake of image and getting into a good college. Much of the staff is extremely disrespectful to students. When I expressed concern for a serious issue, it was nodded off as having little importance and was never fully addressed. I have felt as though I am learning for the sake of achieving highly on tests, and while I admit that I have been able to do so consistently, I feel as though I have earned little knowledge.

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2008
I am pleased with the education my gradson is receiving. I do question the revelance of some that is taught inthe English classes. Ithink the Teachers need to be paid more and have more freedom in selecting the cirriculum.

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2008
To all of those that complain about the overarching emphasis on sports at such a fine institution, you may need to cite your sources. Buchanan High School is famous for its creation of distinguished, principled leaders in the collegiate community, among notable institutions such as Princeton, UCLA, USC, UPenn, UMichigan, UCB, UCD, UCSD, UCI, Stanford, etc. These institutions are not simply 'good colleges,' as remarked in previous reviews. These are superb, exceptional bastions of intellectual stamina. In my graduating class over 80 individuals went on to these fine institutions, including myself now attending the University of Southern California and applying to the top 20 law schools in the nation. There is no doubt in my mind that my success came in part from this great school, where I learned to excel in academia, athletics, leadership, community service, and citizenship.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 05, 2008
It's the Berkeley of California high schools! Seeing as it is a public school, it's standards are that of a privately-funded 9-12 institution, and often its facilities are of higher quality. Our Athletics Program is average; not too bad but also not top notch, depends of the school year. Co-curricular activities stand out though. Specifically, the Performing Arts Department is very dedicated and is seldom rivaled when it comes to competition. Community outreach is also a huge concern with Buchanan. The annual Matt Mueller Blood Drive and Ambiance Fashion Show donate considerable profits to the nearby Children's Hospital and other activities demonstrate the student body's enthusiasm to help out in their community. Demographics are key when it comes to social interaction and the variety of culture, ethnicities, and religious background help mold the students into friendly and accepting citizens. Mostly...

- submitted by a student
July 12, 2008
I've spent only 1 year (sophomore) so far at this school. I moved from Fairfax County, VA (which was an affluent D.C. suburb) where the schools were far superior (probably due to funding), so my criticism may be overly-harsh. Highly overrated school, supposedly one of the best in California (which says something about the sad state of public schools in the state.) Suburban location, most students drive/take the bus. Incredibly immature student body mixed with a hilariously strict staff makes for an odd situation. Dress code is poorly thought out, they will send you home for having slight peachfuzz on your chin if you forget to shave. The school has a very spread out design, be prepared to walk across the whole academic campus several times on Mondays when you have all classes. Decent school if you're a mindless drone who's goal is to get into a good college.

- submitted by a student
April 03, 2008
As a student, I have found Buchanan to be the most positive learning environment out of all the school I have attended. The teachers care about you, and the co-curricular activities are simply the best. Also, there is an extensive range of classes from the basics for those slightly behind, to others ahead of the game. Attending any other school would simply be out of the question.

- submitted by a student
February 29, 2008
I lived in Dallas, Tx for 9 years and just recently came back to Clovis. I absolutley love it here. Buchanan offeres something for everyone and it's not as many people think 'an athletic school'. Grades come first here. Yes athletics are a major part of Buchanan, but it's a major part of every high school. Without all of the extra curricular activities high school just wouldn't be the same. Yes, sometimes it is hard to keep up my grades and do my athletics but I also know that it isn't that easy to keep up with everything once you are out of high school so this teaches me to balance my time, sort out my priorities, and work hard. I love Buchanan and i wouldn't change schools for the world.

- submitted by a student
February 02, 2008
Buchanan Is Such a great school. My son came from Fresno Unified and all his grades were an average on a D-. Since his two years at BHS, he has an average of a B. Buchanan Hish School isn't a stuck up school! They just take PRIDE in what they achieved!! Some thing Fresno Unified Doesn't have and never Well!!!!! ANd yeah Buchanan is a great school!!! U Will LOve this school! Ome of a kind.

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December 05, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
How can one say that buchanan is good at taking standardized tests, but the academics is poor? For one, no one can prove that, and the job of the teachers and the job of the school is to meet the standards that the state provides and buchanan does this with flying colors. Buchanan boasts a top notch athletics program as well as top notch facilities. The teachers are top of the line at the standard level as well as the Advanced Placement level. Buchanan earns every stardardized score it has earned.

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February 24, 2007
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June 09, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
June 09, 2006
Definately has surpassed Clovis West High as top school in the Central Valley within it's 10-15 year range of being open.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
As a parent moving from Orange County, I am extreemly impressed by Buchanan's programs and with Clovis as a whole. We are so glad we made the move. Buchanan was worth it!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
BHS is a large public high school that excels in the sports arena but lacks in academics. Like most CUSD high schools, the kids are taught very well how to take standardized tests. I think the test scores over estimate the knowledge of the students. If you are an athlete of some repute you will like the facilities. Really top notch from a grand stadium and track to weight rooms etc. Overall, I would give the school an A+ for sports and a B- for academics.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
Great school that really prepared me for college. Athletic opportunites are amazing.

- submitted by a former student
September 07, 2005
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- submitted by a administrator
August 31, 2005
Buchanan High School continues to be excellent in both academic and co-curricular areas.

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August 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2005
Buchanan offered a lot to me as a student, and I can only hope that the quality does not waiver.

- submitted by a former student
June 16, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 16, 2005
Great school, one of the top at clovis unified! Though it seems that clovis west is still at the top of the list.

- submitted by a former student
June 10, 2005
Both my brother and I attended and graduated from Buchanan High School. I feel we were both well prepared for college and both were accepted into Fresno State University out of highschool. The facility is modern and clean. Many college prep classes are offered. The athletic programs are great and the coaches are very involved. The only problem we encountered was the level of racism from the 'white momovement' kids. I don't tolerate that kind of behavior and the school acted on it pretty quickly but it still exists.

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April 30, 2005
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April 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2005
Buchanan is an amazing school. All the departmaents anre outsanding but the Math & History really shine. Facilities are more than wonderful, such as the stadium, buildings (newly remodled), and training room. Lots of extracurricular activities are offered from clubs, usic, srama (wonderful!), to sports. There is something for eveyone. The leadership program is among the best in the state. My favorite thing about Bucnanan is the overall atmosphere. Everyone strives toward high goals, and it really helps to motivate each student. It feels great having my friends cheer me on and support me. One thing I like is that it isn't considered 'nerdy' at all to join academic groups like robitics or mock trial, It is actually applauded by the student body. Old rumomors from years ago stating the school is racist is completely false. The school is very accepting of everyone. I know you will love Buchanan, whole-heartedly.

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May 18, 2004
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April 25, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
April 07, 2004
Buchanan High School strikes a great balance with academics, community service and extracurricular activities/athletics. While each student is encouraged to participate in all aspects of student life, he/she is simply expected to do his/her best in preparation and execution of the task at hand. In this effort, the 'Character Counts' program is front and center. 'Pursuing victory with honor' permeates the athletics department and modeled by some of the best coaches I've had the pleasure of meeting. There truly is a committment to excellence that exudes in every department of the school. Buchanan has a great committment to the arts as much as athletics. Their jazz band, choirs and drama departments are some of the best in the nation. They have Merit Scholar finalists every year it seems and is well represented at Science Fairs and History Days. All in all a great school.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2004
This school is top notch. They attempt to meet every student at their level socially and academically. They offer a plethera of opportunities to excel in both of those areas. Community service is a huge focus. One example of this is the nationally recognized blood drive held annually. Over 850 donors came this year! They also hold community service Saturdays regularly. I have had extrememly high achieving students and a student with special needs, and BHS has offered both extremes the best experience imaginable.

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February 18, 2004
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January 28, 2004
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December 15, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
December 08, 2003
We were in the military and have been in 7 school districts. Buchanan is tied for 1st place for us, (the other district was in a wealthy suburb of DC). We've been impressed overall with Buchanan HS, but especially with the quality and variety of extracurricular activites and their Performing Arts. Their theater facility is top notch, as are their productions. You'll have a hard time believing that they're only in high school when you see what they can do. The drama teacher is unusally well respected and dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2003
Hard work is the price of success. Clovis Unified believes in success in all three realms of 'mind, body, and spirit.' The students at buchanan are not forced to participate in all of these extra-curriculars; however, most do because of the important lessons and fun derived from them. Don't fault the school for providing an high school environment where the student can get the most out of his or her education, both in and out of the class.

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2003
people are too obssesive about athletes. even the coaches. they basically have no life outside of their sport, they have to practice constantly on top of all their hours of AP honors class homework. they are just kids! most of them end up resenting everything they are forced into because they are overworked. it's okay to let them live a little, so what if they get a 'B' or 'C' in a class or two? they won't fail in life! they will still be accepted to a good college, they'll still get a job. so what if they lose a couple games? or miss a couple practices? it's a small price to pay for the student to remain healthy! they will still succeed in life, this is menial stuff blown way out of proportion. this school, and school district (CUSD) needs to relax.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
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Buchanan High School
1560 North Minnewawa Avenue, Clovis, CA  93611
(559) 327-3000
Last modified Buchanan High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Buchanan High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top