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F. W. Buchholz High School

Public | 9-12 | 2015 students

 

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Posted September 11, 2014

Buchholz is one of the realest schools you will find in gianesville, every school has its down-sides when it comes to the environment of which the students are in. The learning environment is great, students are challenged in all courses from intensive courses to the AP College Courses, about 97% of teachers truly want students to succeed and do everything in their power to make sure they do. As for the social environment, I appreciate, SO much that this is a racially diverse community with different religions, races and ethnicity's. This is a great way for people to better understand what the real world is going to be like, a place of unfamiliar worlds. I loved that this school wasn't segregated like the previous high school I was in for half the year. This school encourages races and groups of kids to get involved in clubs and activities and to interact with one another instead of avoid each other. The Principal & Deans Faculty is great for helping out with situations, the school could improve a bit when it comes to Guidance Counselors but otherwise I truly love and appreciate this school and all it has to offer me & my friends & family.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2014

Attended Buchholz and had an amazing education and an amazing experience. The teachers are caring and take the time to know their students. Their theater department is amazing and the language offerings are wonderful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2013

Not too impressed with this school. We never spoke to our child's guidance counselor 1 time in the 4 yrs that our child attended Buchholz. They seemed disinterested in him as he was not a 'top' student, nor was he in the bottom, nor was he a discipline problem. So he was just shuffled through the system. This school is horribly overcrowded. The quality of the finance and entrepreneurship magnet programs there has gone way down hill over the years. It used to be selective. A lot of kids, uninterested in finance, apply for the program so they can attend Buchholz because some of their sports teams are quite good. So pretending to be interested in entrepreneurship and finance is a way to get into the school. BHS has the reputation of being the 'rich kid' school but it also draws from some impoverished areas as well. We are zoned for Buchholz but our other kids chose to attend academic magnet programs at the other high schools, and they had much better experiences at the other schools than our 1 son had at Buchholz.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2011

My daughter attends Buchholz and is challenged by the honor and AP courses available. Most of the teachers are pretty good..a few however have been lazy and shown to be illequipped to handle the level of knowlege required of an ap teacher..especically the AP.Biology teacher!!!! My staight A student had to go outside the school for help in order to understand the material enough to pass the test. (over half the class received extra tutoring). Buchholz, assess your teachers!!!! If only 40% of the class passes the AP test, there is a big problem!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2011

My child has attended BHS for two years and it has been a wonderful experience. Mr. Welker teaches Honors English and I could not be happier with the amazing job he did with the kids. A great mentor who challenges the intellect with creative, engaging assignments. Honestly, all the teachers are very good. And the principle is authoritative without being overbearing. It took a long time for me to be able to say this, but "I love high school!"
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2010

Both of my daughters graduated from Buchholz, and, although completely different in their interests, extra-curricular and academic focus, both excelled the BHS environment. Considered the "AP School" in our county, the AP test pass of students committing to loading up with AP classes is extraordinary. The teachers are engaged, smart, witty and driven to see every student be the best (s)he can be. My youngest daughter just graduated in June, and was involved with BHS' nationally recognized band all four years. The memories, friendships and team-building skills she learned in this program will stay with her forever. Regarding the administration, well, let's just say that Mr. Perez is AMAZING. His team of assistant principals and guidance counselors assured that both of my girls received all of the support and advice they needed to commence the journey beyond high school. Finally, the parent organizations at Buchholz are the strongest I've ever encountered!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2009

My freshman daughter was new to Gainesville but managed to make friends relatively easy at Buchholz. They have a great athletic program and varied extracurriclar activites. There is some student 'snobbiness' but there always is! The teachers seem to respond with enthusiasm and dedication when their students show a desire to learn. My only complaint is the lack of communication between parents and school. They need to get with 2009 and send out an electronic newsletter at least monthly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2009

I used to attend this school and I love it. The school offer many extra curricular activites and was a very family enviroment. Now I attend a school in DC and its nothing like Buchholz. I can truly say that this is the best school ever.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2009

Great school! The teachers are very engaging and awesome!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2009

Administration makes decisions without considering the input from parents and kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2009

this is a great school. I love coming here
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 18, 2009

its a good school most teachers are nice but its the best in gainsville but I am from up north and most of the schools I went to there were better but this is a nicer school than the others here
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2009

i love it. the teachers are so nice and rel with the kids. they treat them like adults now baby kids.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2008

This school is absolutley amazing in every way. The teachers are amazing.The academics is amazing.The clubs are amazing as well as the football,basketball,lacrosse ect. Team. We have great programs and clubs. I am part of the bhs photography club which is really fun. The teachers really have a way with teaching us, although im a freshman, i get along with a majority of people at this school, because everyone is very friendly(:
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2008

BHS is a great school. We transferred to Gainesville at the start of my sons Junior year and purposely choose the Buchholz district. The AP teachers all take a lot of their own time to prepare their students for the AP exams. Lots of clubs, sports and band activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2008

Buchholz is a great school. It is the highest level academic school in Gainesville. I looked at every school in the city and I am extremely happy with my choice. I'm involved in student government, athletics, and clubs. This is one of best schools you will find and I would strongly suggest it. I also think it is important to see the school from the point of view of a student rather than a parent as well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2008

I think it is a great school. I have found the teachers to be eager and willing to communicate with involved parents. My daughter has made many good friends and she is busy after school with clubs. I have found that I was really worried about what public school is doing for SAT prep so I sent her to Huntington. I have a son in elementary school and found it was good for him too. They communicate with the teachers and the teachers have been willing to communicate back. Guidance department is very helpful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2007

Buchholz is a great school. The school has many great teachers and is a safe environment. Besides academics, Buchholz has great clubs, extra curricular activities, and athletics. I would strongly suggest this school over any others in the area or state.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2006

Buchholz has been a great school to be a part of, they have one of the top bands in the nation, placed 2nd place in the National Mu Alpha Theta competition last year (planning to be the champions this year), have great sport programs, but along with that the academic programs are top notch. While Gainesville does have Eastside, the IB school, Buchholz compares well with them as far as Ap exams and FCAT, and SAT scores. But the student population at BHS is more diverse and it does have good programs such as the Finance and Entrepreneurship programs, 'math competition track,' and performing arts programs.. Overall it's a good school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 7, 2005

The JROTC program is one of the best around.They teache leadership skills and many other usefuls skills throughout life.I would recomened it just for the JROTC program.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

549 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

545 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

550 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
88%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

504 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

347 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
73%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

477 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
85%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

457 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
74%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

448 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 56%
Black 23%
Hispanic 9%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 1%N/A2%
Graduation rate 82%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 44%44%61%
Master's degree 47%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%2%1%
Other degree 6%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

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  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. VICENTE PEREZ
Fax number
  • (352) 955-7285

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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  • Computer lab
  • Library
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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5510 Northwest 27 Avenue
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