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Buchanan Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 733 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted February 25, 2014

Horrible school with teachers who really care about the kids.. Ghetto describes this place perfectly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!!


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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!


Posted 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!


Posted 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


Posted December 1, 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.:);)


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 2, 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


Posted June 29, 2007

Teachers range in ability, some wonderful, some not. most not .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


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

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

220 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

214 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
39%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

259 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

248 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
36%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

242 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

234 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
36%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

241 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

238 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
77%
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 78% in 2012.

233 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%
Biology I

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

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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2013

 
 
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U.S. History

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

2014

 
 
n/a
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
Hispanic 40%
White 31%
Black 22%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 73%67%61%
Master's degree 27%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%1%
Other degree 0%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

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Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. SCOTT HILGENBERG
Fax number
  • (813) 975-7610

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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1001 West Bearss Avenue
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