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Buchanan Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 405 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted November 17, 2011

I am very pleased parent of Buchanan Elementary. The administrator is kind and understanding and seems to have a good repoire with her staff and the children. She knows many the children by their names and she sits with them at lunch on occassion. My daughter's teachers have been stellar in my opinion. They are knowledgable, caring, strive to make learning fun, and have accommodated each child according to their skill level to help them acheive their potential. The SAAC teachers are wonderful also. They keep the art projects fun and new and maintain an orderly yet comfortable environment for all the kids. The school takes an active approach to prevent bullying and, by observation, it seems to be working well. The school has an active PTA which stands as confirmation of how much the parents in the community care about their children and the school. Buchanan is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

First it is to bad that they don't have negative stars , My experience at Buchanan was just terrible! My mom was always feuding with the staff , it never felt like i could be a "normal kid " and i was never treated with respect it was the worst five years of my life! Including kindergarten!


Posted October 20, 2009

Buchanan has the greatest teachers, administrators and PTA. They help the children learn all of the things they need to know and they do it in a manner that is fun for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2009

Coming from out of state, Buchanan is a great school with teachers who care and a principal that remembers your name. The school is tucked away in a safe neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2008

I love this school from the principal to the teachers and support staff. And, the lovely people who keep the school up and running every day. My child has loved all of her teachers since Kindergarten, and she is now in 3rd grade! There is great communication between the school and the parents, and so much parent participation in all activities. It's a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2005

This school is OUTSTANDING! We were first in another Livonia elementary that closed. It was great, but Buchanan is really special! I have two fourth graders who have been there for two years. One is gifted and wants to stay there instead of the gifted program - I do not object, because she is ALWAYs challenged! The other is Learning Disabled, and they have been so helpful and supportive from the principal to the Librarian! Truly an Outstanding School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2004

This is one of the best schools in the Livonia area. The teachers are highly qualified, energetic, and very enthusiastic about teaching. The Principal is very approachable and makes herself available to students and parents. She is very supportive of her staff. The school is clean and well maintained. I have had three sons attend this school and I can't say enough good things about it. Buchanan also has a very good PTA. The PTA has gone above and beyond what they need to with little recognition for their generocity. Our families are very involved and supportive of the school. Before considering somewhere else, I would highly recommend this school. Your child is not just a number or a $ sign at this school.
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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51%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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69%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
51%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

19%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 69%
Multiracial 6% 2%
African-American 5% 18%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian N/A 1%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Ms. Laura Carino
Fax number
  • (734) 744-2692

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16400 Hubbard St
Livonia, MI 48154
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Phone: (734) 744-2690

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