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40121 Torrey Pines Road
Murrieta, CA 92563

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4 stars
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December 08, 2012
My two younger children attended Buchanan. My son attended from 3rd grade on and my daughter from K-5. Both had excellent and caring teachers who had high academic standards. My children loved going to school and loved their teachers. They were well prepared for higher level learning when they promoted out of 5th grade. As a parent, I especially appreciated the sense of commutity. The principal has a strong presence aroung the playground and usually knows each student by name, even though there are over 1,000. My son struggled with some impulsive behavior on the playground and Mr. Lorimer was very helpful in working with him . Parent involvement is valued and there is a strong PTA that works hard to provide additional learning experience for the students.. The office staff is very congenial to parents and students alike. We had a great six years at Buchanan.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2012
I really don't know why I haven't transfer my son to another school, the teachers are ok i don't have a problem with the teachers we had in the pass or the present, but just want to point that last year a teacher had her dogs on her classroom wich I find that no so professional but that's how it works there, I had to point about the dogs on campus all the time to the principal, to the distric, and guess what people bring their dogs on campus anyway ( big dogs ) and is not so pleasing to see them on top of the picnic tables that children use for lunch, this only happen at buchanan I haven't heard a school that lets dogs inside I don't think tthe school understand about safety... sad,

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
I was a fifth grader here three years ago and have to say that the teachers there are great and have a involved PTA. The principal is alright but could become more involved. After third grade they treat you like it's a prison. The teachers are always there to listen. Aside from the principal this is an amazing school.

- submitted by a community member
January 10, 2012
I feel this school has become a little too focused on what the children do wrong, even if it is a small thing. They should be working on the positive instead of making them feel like bad children. My children are doing fine, but they aren't praised for their amazing things they do, but they have to miss recess if they forget an assignment one time. Who is perfect all the time? Maybe a 3 strikes on missing an assignment could work better? My kids used to love going to school, but they have been going to Buchanan now long enough that they hate it. There are too many kids for the teachers to care and it absolutely shows. I can only imagine the stress teachers undergo with so many children in their classrooms, it just doesn't work for my children!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2011
My kids still suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because of their horrible experience at Buchanan years ago. Staff discriminated against the handicapped. Bring a witness when talking to staff or get it in writing. They transferred the teacher that hit me. I should have sued them, after school staff left my daughter unattended, stepped over her, and would not let her get help due to diabetic complications. Instead they made me look like an out of control parent after dealing with their mistreatment for several years in a calm manner. This school also sent kids outside during a major fire when ashes were falling down. I had to contact the health department, which now advises them since they don't know any better.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2011
My son repeated kinder last year after going to AHES first because i put him in at 4 years old and he made the cut off but really needed to wait another year. So then i put him in Buchanan and he didnt get the recommended teacher frm the other school but i thought this teacher was very enthusiastic and positive in the beginning of the school year. she was receptive to our religion and advised me that she had 16 years experience in teaching however, when time came to make an alternative assignment to holiday creativity that had nothing to do with academics or learning she never asked for my opinion or had him do anything different. She just gave him the samething to do which went against our beliefs and she was very stuck in her way of no way and that is not a good teacher to me because she was not flexible to the needs of the student and parent. I took him out at the end of the year and put him back in Antelope Hills which is so much better and they have high expectations but really work with individual needs!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2010
My daughter started Buchanan with Kindergarten and is now in 3rd grade. She has excelled with the help of her teachers and staff and she loves school. My son is in Kindergarten this year and he can't wait until the weekends are over and he gets to go back to school. By some magic, he was able to get the same Kinder Duo (McKenzie/Davis) as my daughter and they are phenomenal teachers. Couldn't be happier with where my kids attend school.

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August 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 05, 2009
Buchanan is a phenomenal school. We have attended 3 schools in Murrieta with our 4 kids (now aged 21 to 7) and Buchanan is BY FAR the best of all of the ones I have experienced! Teachers, staff and ciriculum are awesome! :)

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October 08, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating July 04, 2008
Both of my children are having a very positive learning experience at this school. I have nothing but admiration for all of the staff and teachers. Mrs. Miller taught both of my children for their first grade year..she is the best!!

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2008
I have done student participatory work with this school and find the staff and parents to be a great asset to the community and stuents. A great campus with ahost of interactionbetween parents,staff and kids!

- submitted by a community member
March 30, 2008
My 2 children had an amazing experience at this school. They both started out in Kinder. My oldest completed 3rd and my youngest completed 1st before we moved to the NE area. I always knew the teachers were fantastic at Buchanan. They always went above and beyond when it came to challenging them. I have learned even more how blessed we were to be part of this great school. We can't wait to be located in the area again to be a part of this wonderful school, teachers and students.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2007
Beautiful. Love that school. Mrs. Hern, she does drama, she is exellent.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2007
Buchanan Elementary School is awesome. The quality of teachers at this site is incredible and they truly care about the success of every student. There is a very active PTA that does a ton of things for the students and the school as a whole. Both of my children love going to school each day and that is a blessing!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2007
Great school! The teachers are very well prepared and care about each of the children. My own children love going to school each day and thrive on the challenging curriculum. I would recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
Outstanding School! Great staff, great principal! As a parent, I am very involved. Very pleased my children attend Buchanan.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2006
Everything about Buchanan rates high in my book! It's an outstanding school and I am proud to have my daughter attending!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2006
This school is great - my daughter has attended since Kindergarten and is now 4th grade. The principal is strict yet extremely encouraging and every teacher we have had has been outstanding. Lots of extracurricular activities and high PTA presence.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2005
The teachers at Buchanan are great, for the most part. But like with any thing else in life, you are never going to get 100%. My child is in the 5th grade and my biggest complaint these past few years is that I am never clear on what her assignments are. Unfortunately, either is she. Written instuctions are sent home but they are so vague, you are forced to maintain contact with the teachers so that you know what the child has to produce. Their school newspaper is the same way. Indirect and confusing. The principal, while friendly, is not the sharpest tool in the shed. If there is a problem at school, it is anybody else's fault but theirs.

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August 19, 2005
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June 15, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
June 12, 2005
Great school, staff is great, I would recomend every Elementary student to go here.

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February 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 09, 2004
I am so thrilled with the wonderful loving attentive care my daughter receives from Mrs. Beckley. She is thriving with her positive influence! Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2004
Parent volunteers / teachers aid in many classrooms. Very please with school program.

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February 18, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2003
We have a new principal this year so I won't have anything to rate in that section until we get to know him better. Mr. Kelly was pretty remarkable in years past and will be hard to beat. However, I was very concerned when I read the other comment about this school. I have found this to be an exemplary school that goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to the safety and education of the students. We came from another school district and last year was our first year at the school. I had a third grader and a kindergarten student. There were numerous parent volunteers in both classes, we had numerous activities and field trips, the children exited their classes at above grade level, and actually our third grader was doing some fourth grade work before Christmas! In terms of safety, I am on the campus a couple of times every week working with the children and I have not seen any teacher, staff, or aide allow any negative behavior, nor have I witnessed any bullying so I am sorry to have read that the student was concerned about safety. I know I have spoken to dozens of parents all of whom rave about this school. Having come from an excellent school district, I thought our old school would be hard to surpass but Buchanan has done so in our book!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
If the staff members cared as much about there students as they do about their budget this could turn into a good school to attend. I was assulted by different students on various occasions and reported these incidents to staff members to which nothing was ever done. I feel truly sorry for any student that has to attend this school because their safety becomes an issue when staff members turn their backs to what is going on right under their noses. Furthermore, I found that requesting additional help when I was falling behind in a subject impossible to get. Thank god for mom and dad's help! Teachers are supposed to care about the students they teach obviously this is not the case at all schools. Before you send your child to this school investigate what the staff will and won't do for your child. Get everything in writing from staff members and be careful around bullies. You won't get help from the staff when you really need it.

- submitted by a community member
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Daniel N. Buchanan Elementary School
40121 Torrey Pines Road, Murrieta, CA  92563
(951) 696-1428
Last modified Daniel N. Buchanan Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Daniel N. Buchanan Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top