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Buckhorn Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 660 students

 

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 9, 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


Posted April 3, 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


Posted 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.


Posted October 6, 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


Posted August 23, 2013

This school is a great school. My daughter loves it. She wants to go to school everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 26, 2010

I love Buckhorn! The guidance the teacher has provided for my son has been above and beyond what I would expected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2009

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


Posted June 6, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 58% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
81%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
58%
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 81% in 2012.

110 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
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 "A".

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 62%
Hispanic 21%
Black 7%
Asian 5%
Two or more races 5%
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 65%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 65%67%61%
Master's degree 35%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MS. TAMARA BROOKS
Fax number
  • (813) 740-3622
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2420 Buckhorn School Court
Valrico, FL 33594
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