Students enrolled 660
School leader MS. TAMARA BROOKS
District Hillsborough County School District
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2420 Buckhorn School Court
Valrico, FL 33594

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(813) 744-8240
(813) 740-3622
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4 stars
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October 06, 2014
I'd like to make a comment to the parent complaining about the education at Buckhorn. I do not teach here, but I do teach at another elementary school in the district. Unfortunately it is the CCSS that are making us teach math equations a certain way and have taken away spelling. I try to incorporate spelling into mine, but with only so many hours in the day and with so many things we HAVE to teach, it is hard to do. YOU as a PARENT could teach the spelling if you wanted and if you felt it was that important. We do everything we can to teach your children what they need, but unfortunately we can't do it all. CCSS have now dictated what skills we teach and how we teach them. My kids are learning to do math in ways that are foreign to even me, but that's how they have it now. Please Don't bash a school when you don't know what's really going on. Its not the school, it's the educational system of FL.

- submitted by a teacher
September 25, 2014
Buckhorn Elementary has the potential to be great school but it is time for a change in Administration. The teachers are amazing but they aren't provided the support they need to succeed. This really effects student progress and what parents are told is not always what happens behind closed doors. :(

- submitted by a teacher
August 29, 2014
We have been so very blessed here at Buckhorn. The teachers go above and beyond to care for the students, challenge them academically, and to ensure they succeed. The principal, Mrs. Brooks, is the best you will ever find!! We love it here!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
Buckhorn has great amount of money and donations from the PTA. But, for the education part would be scored as below average. The teachers have their hands tied when teaching within the classroom. Teachers are unable to teach grammar, spelling, correct way to solve math equations. They also do not focus on History and Science in the classrooms until second quarter then is but on hold again until the last quarter of school. This school is more focused on testing the children then teaching the children how to read, write and conduct math problems. Examples of our frustrations: Math is being taught is a different way of drawing dots instead of solving the problems through proven mathematical steps. Buckhorn lacks constant focus in regards to English. They do not teach phonics nor spelling. When asking the past 5 years why the school does not teach spelling or grammar the school has explained most of the children will be writing on the computers in which has spell check. This comment has been made from teachers, vice principal and principal.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
We are so happy at Buckhorn. My son is in 1st grade and has ADHD. The teachers and guidance department have gone above and beyond to help us get through the sometimes exhausting 504 Plan/IEP process. I trust both the principal and AP and know that the teachers there truly care about each child and making sure that child can excel.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
This school has a very good student enviroment my son is in 1st grade he tells me dad this is the best school i want to go there everyday the teachers are very friendly & caring. Each & every quater the teacher's will specifically let you knw about your kids performance.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
Buckhorn teachers and supporting personnel are always performing at their best! The PTA and parent volunteers are supportive and a valuable asset to students and teachers. I would not want my children attending any other school. It is a gem! Teachers are caring as well as wanting the best education possible. My children want to go to school and they come home happy.

- submitted by a community member
October 06, 2013
My child goes to Buckhorn this year and our experience is that the administrators lack caring. If you have a problem with a teacher, don't expect a reply to your email or a return phone call. I guess that is beneath the current principal and AP. My child has been discouraged time and time again at this school. She is an honor student and has never had a difficult time anywhere else. If I had only known what awaited her here I would have used my school choice for her to attend Valrico Elementary. After school, car riders are kept in the cafeteria and yelled at until they get picked up. The 5th graders are allowed only 1 recess a week because they are punishing the entire 5th grade for a fight between 3 students. This is just the tip of the ice berg at this place. Bad admin, sub par teachers, bad school.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
This school is a great school. My daughter loves it. She wants to go to school everyday.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2013
My oldest daughter will be in 5th this yr. And youngest wilk be in kindergarten. But last yr. My youngest was attending for speech twice a week with Mrs. Wayne and Mrs. Ober and she will be with them again and I absolutely have loved them!! Because EVERYTIME! She left speech she came out HAPPY, EXCITED, AND HAS LEARNED A LOT! ! I COULDN'T ASK FOR BETTER TEACHERS

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
i think it is a great school, my child went from strugeling in kg to graduating from 5th with honnor roll the teachers care and i thank them all from the nurse the front office principal and ass principal and all the teachers and parrents who volenter!! thank u all for carring about our chilldren and fosterring as if they where ur own!!! thanks mrs broks and angie....

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2012
For the most part, the teachers wonderful. Unfortunately, the pressure to remain a grade A school prevents them from providing individual attention to those children in need. The pressure to stick to the cirriculum is too great. Many of children with learning/behavior disorders are stuck into the mainstream and are pushed to the wayside in order to focus on the majority.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2012
VERY-VERY disappointed that THIS SCHOOL has gone over the 18:1 max student to teacher ratio in its classrooms. The students suffer. And taking kids into classrooms, or transfer students who are behind dramatically than the rest of the class, who put the classroom over the student:teacher ratio makes me very concerned about the education my children are missing out on. I do, however, agree with most positive remarks about the school. Small classrooms 14-17 students per teacher would make this school rated at 5 STARS.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2011
I have been involved with this school for many years. It has ALWAYS been a joy. The teachers are above excellent. The administration is top notch. We had a job offer and turned it down in part because we wanted the girls to stay in Buckhorn. I could not imagine we would have found another school that is as dedicated to its students. Parent involvement is highly encouraged and as a result the community well supports this school. I believe my child's future has been elevated as a result of attending Buckhorn. You will not be disappointed if your children are given the opportunity to attend this fantastic school.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2011
Amazing school from teachers to administration. Parental involvement through PTA and voluteer-ism cannot be beat! I have a 4th grader and a Kindergartener that both have excellent teachers. I cannot say enough great things about this great school!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
I love Buckhorn! The guidance the teacher has provided for my son has been above and beyond what I would expected.

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This school is great!! I am so happy my children are at Buckhorn. The PTA is so involved. I have never seen a school with more parent volunteers. You can tell the parents and teachers really care about the students. The principals have been great!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2009
This school is very good teaching, my daughter was just finish kinder, she is already avobe the level of reading. I am so glad she went to there.

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May 18, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 30, 2007
The school is great. I only have such a great respect for the teachers as well as the Principal. In my personal experience, when my first grader needed help in reading, the school made the necessary arrangements for my daughter to get the extra help.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
My first grader is in a 'triad' classroom at Buckhorn. It operates like a 3-ring circus with 3 teachers teaching groups in an open atmosphere.

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October 17, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
April 15, 2006
Buckhorn is a wonderful neighborhood school. The teachers are caring and dedicated. The parents are very involved and the school has a special yearly carnival that the kids really enjoy.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2006
I love Buckhorn because it is small and the children really get individual attention. I was very excited that the school participated in Odyssey of the Mind, however the new principle does seem very supportive.

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- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2005
Buckhorn elementary is a wonderful school, the teachers and staff are great. The really care for the children and there academic process. The teacher work one on one with the children and make sure they are at the academic level they need to be at to proceed to the next grade the child is not just pushed a long if they are having problem they help fix the problem. The principal and office staff are great.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2005
My son is in Kindergarten this year at BES and I have been so impressed thus far with the outstanding one on one attention his teacher gives to him. The overall enthusiam and push for reading ability is great. The entire staff really strives to make the best of each and every enrolled student. From the front office staff all the way through to the cafeteria there is a warm loving atmosphere at BES. My son has learned so much through interactive learning techniques used by his teacher. I am excited about having my child be a Buckhorn Bear for his elementary years. The parent involvement is outstanding at BES. There is never a shortage of parent volunteers in the classroom or with extra curricular activities. The teachers, parents and students are one big knitted family and that feeling is obvious the minute you step on campus.

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- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2004
This school has four outstanding strengths, Mr. Cerretta the Principal knows the children by name and is very hands on and concerned about them individually. The teachers are very good and they have 2 full pull-out (not fused) gifted classes per grade level. Odyssey of the Mind team has been to national & international levels each year. The parents are very involved in the PTA and there is a nice warm attmosphere. Middle school teachers say the students from Buckhorn are 'really sweet'. For the special needs class, they have their own petting zoo and students can hold animals in their lap while they study. After school program is run by the PE teacher and is very nice. Housing nearby is affordable to new. Many military families and sheriff families in the area. School scores nearly that of nearby Bevis El.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2004
The teachers are more experienced and educated than other schools in the area. This is a booming area and many teachers like to go to 'new' schools. But thte teachers at Buckhorn stay because it is such a good school. The Principal is always pushing everyone for improvement and the school is an exciting place for children. They feel the energy.

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- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2004
This school has been a big disapointment. My son showed signs of a learning dissability in kindergaten. Despite my repeated request for an evaluation and testing, it took them until the beginning of 4th grade to get him set up w/ an IEP and in a special ed class rm. His ESE teacher now claims she doesn't know what to do w/ him, and she's never seen a child like him before. Meanwhile we have revised his IEP 4x this year. He has made very little progress and I fear my child is 'slipping through the cracks!

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2004
All portable classrooms are gone! The school received a 5 star award for parent/school level of participation and broad interest and accomplishments! An FCAT score rating of A three years in a row. Great school!

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Buckhorn Elementary School
2420 Buckhorn School Court, Valrico, FL  33594
(813) 744-8240
Last modified Buckhorn Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Buckhorn Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top