Students enrolled 733
School leader MR. SCOTT HILGENBERG
Transportation options Yes
District Hillsborough County School District

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1001 West Bearss Avenue
Tampa, FL 33613

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(813) 975-7600
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3 stars
Based on 26 ratings

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October 13, 2014
Schools are really what you make out of them. Teachers, students, and parents can all make such a huge impact on a school. This is my first year teaching and I absolutely love this school. I enjoy teaching my students, even on those not going all exactly to plan days. I went to very low rated schools as a child but it didn't stop me from enjoying them and getting involved. I graduated in the top ten of my class and went off to college to get my teaching degree. I had some great teachers that inspired me to become a teacher and make a change as well. Buchanan's staff is amazing. I am proud to work with them. They really do care about the success of their students as well as the safety. They have several procedures that are enforced to prevent problems from occurring. Students will make foolish choices now and then and fights may happen, but the faculty prevents a lot of issues from becoming a big mistake. Overall, I believe Buchanan deserves a high rating for everything that I see daily that shows it is an amazing place. This month is all about "acts of kindness" and my students have showed me great acts of kindness, helping each other understand the content is just 1 example.

- submitted by a teacher
March 14, 2014
I was apart of the STEM program at Buchanan. The teachers were great (minus the STEM science teacher who couldn't teach a fish how to swim) Overall the STEM portion was good.

- submitted by a community member
February 25, 2014
Horrible school with teachers who really care about the kids.. Ghetto describes this place perfectly.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2014
This school is absolutely the worst school I have ever been to!! Drugs, Violence and everything else in between. I was a straight A student before I came to Buchanan! There academics are the worst. Now don't get me wrong I LOVE my friends but, the academics could improve by a whole lot!!

- submitted by a community member
September 27, 2013
The staff and teachers are very helpful, the school is always clean and the classes are easy to find.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
Our experience was very good! The principal and staff are phenomenal, honestly I don't know how they do it everyday! Mr. Zent (retired) had a connection with the his students that is beyond words. I hope and wish nothing but the best for this school. United we stand, divided we fall.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2012
Wow! The atrocious grammar, writing skills, spelling and lack of punctuation seen in most of these reviews from both students and teachers alike should give anyone a clue as to just how bad this school is!

- submitted by a community member
December 27, 2012
I went to this school in the 80's and the principal used to beat kids with a big wooden paddle. She hit me so hard once that I still have lower back problems to this day. Also the teachers were so inattentive and self-absorbed that not one of them picked up on the fact that I was already an abused child and that is why I was shy and sometimes wouldn't/couldn't answer their questions. Their solution was to send me to the principal to get beaten even more than I already had to endure in my home life. Also, I honestly have not even one good memory from this place nor can I even remember one teachers' name. Also, despite this horrible place, I went on to become very successful after years of struggle. Bottom line, instead of helping...the faultily at this institution made my life much worse. School is supposed to be a safe place and that was definitely NOT my experience!

- submitted by a community member
July 27, 2011
This school has turned around considerably in the last few years. Administrators and teachers appear to be very invested in the students.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2010
This school was horrible in the years of 2007-2008. losts of students faught,dropped out of school and once set the bathroom on fire.later in 2008-2009...we got a new principle and new teachers.the music program is was incredible and teachers worked their hardest to teach kids but we only had a few electives.my 8th grade year 2009-2010,it has been more than an honor comming to this school.we got more electives,a new clinic,more support from teachers and i have inproved my fcat scores from then!!!! im so happy i came to buchanan and if you send your child here,you won't regret it either.:);)

- submitted by a community member
April 07, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
March 27, 2010
This school is great im a 6th grader and i already learned so much. The teachers are really nice and i made great friends. All the rumors about this school ain't true and i was scared to come here but i finally got over it and now im glad i came I LOVE BUCHANAN!!! HAve a grreat year buchaneers!!!!

- submitted by a student
January 13, 2010
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- submitted by a student
October 18, 2009
This school is the best school in the world. My stuedent is doing so great all striaght 'a' im so proud

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2009
(a student point of veiw) i am a sudent at buchanan middle school and this is my last year there honestly i dont like it that much are school is poor so we never get to do anything the only dance we have is the eigth grade dance only avid and stem classes can go on field trips everyone else has to wait till after the fcat even though im learning the same thing they are.we have one prep rally a school year but the band is pretty cool even though the teacher is strict but if you heard the band play you wouldnt belive that they were middle schoolers . we dont have any clubs or an art elective.the teacher write the school news paper and only tell how good the school is.the teachers usally have to supplie the classroom with there own money.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 17, 2008
I am a teacher at this school and have enjoyed myself up to this point. I have been in three different counties and at 4 different middle schools. Buchanan has been by far my best experience. I have noticed that many parents in the recent years have started to forget how different and difficult teaching is. Many students have begun to challenge teachers much more than in the past; but instead of students and parents owning up to these issues, teachers are suddenly to blame. Communication with teachers is the key, and the last week of a nine weeks does not count as communicating. I look forward to working with every student, everyday at this point in my career. So I agree with the parents who understand that Buchanan isnt in the middle of tampa palms but they see that it is a diamond in the rough.

- submitted by a teacher
October 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 26, 2008
I feel this school is inconsistent with discipline. I don't feel there are enough great teachers with a passion to teach. There are a hand selected few that I would ever want to teach any of my other children. I am a very 'involved parent' and I don't feel the admin staff really support this.This is last years observations. Already this year I left messages for the asst. principal and no return call. What kind of message does that send to parents!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2008
this school is so great i am very proud of my child for goin to this school and the principal and staff are great

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 02, 2007
my children are doing so well here at buchanan we love this school.the staff is so great and are proud to be part of the faculty!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 29, 2007
Teachers range in ability, some wonderful, some not. most not .

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2007
Just an example of my experience, i emailed five of my sons teachers and one guidance counselor and only got one response back.Also i have been to meetings with these teachers and was told what he doesn't get done in class he will need to do at home...I was shocked because i was under the impression that they let the children do what they want just so they are not bothering anyone and let the parents teach them at home, because they could not guide them in the classroom while sitting there for hours on end. Just an experience i have had and i am sure there are good teachers at buchanan .Its been a lesson learned for me and i will fight for my child's education by making sure he has a teacher that can teach,has a passion to and believes no child should be left behind.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2007
The previous postings are quite a surprise to me, as my experience has been the complete opposite. Buchanan's teachers are very dedicated. My son loves this school, and is very fond of several of his teachers, who take a real interest in these students. I can e-mail any teacher and get a reply the same day. I have had my two older children educated at Buchanan and both have gone on to graduate college. I believe it is what the children/parents make of it, actually. Yes, many children do come from lower economic areas, but from my experience, since my son has friends from both affluent and less affluent families, I see parents who care and are involved. I hate to see Buchanan get such a harsh review in previous postings, so I want to let Great Schools know that there is another viewpoint.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 08, 2006
Parent involvement is low, most students are from lower economic areas. Teachers range in ability, some wonderful, some not. There is a non-violence program in place for 2005-2006.

- submitted by a teacher
September 06, 2005
This school has proved to me time and time again that students are not there #1 priority. I had 2 children attend this school, both failed now that they go to a different school where the teachers are involved they both have not only passed but have also been upgraded. This school needs to pay attention to the parents and listen to what we have to say.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2004
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Buchanan Middle School
1001 West Bearss Avenue, Tampa, FL  33613
(813) 975-7600
Last modified Buchanan Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Buchanan Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top