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Daniel N. Buchanan Elementary School

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Posted December 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted November 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 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! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 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


Posted 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!


Posted 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


Posted October 17, 2007

Beautiful. Love that school. Mrs. Hern, she does drama, she is exellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 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


Posted October 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted September 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2005

Great school, staff is great, I would recomend every Elementary student to go here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 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


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872

Change from
2012 to 2013

+7

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Females81%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability71%
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner46%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students74%
Females74%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability56%
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner54%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students56%
Females55%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asian45%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disability43%
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate58%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students80%
Females78%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability71%
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner73%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students77%
Females79%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability60%
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate78%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)84%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate76%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students85%
Females85%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disability63%
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students74%
Females77%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability31%
Students with no reported disability77%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students67%
Females67%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability21%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students71%
Females64%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability75%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 43%
White 37%
Two or more races 12%
Black 4%
Asian 3%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/AN/A
English language learners 15%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • Jennifer Randel
Special schedule
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Fax number
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40121 Torrey Pines Road
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