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Buchanan Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 532 students

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Posted August 9, 2013

This school is incredibly disorganized. I transferred my children from a different school system to Buchanan this year and I'm amazed -- not in a good way -- at the differences. The office staff and principal are both dismissive of questions, like we should already know the procedures for things like dropping off and picking up children. The teachers I asked didn't know what time school let out! A teacher tried to tell me what I could and couldn't send in a lunch for my child. Every morning this week I have witnessed the cafeteria helpers (I don't know what their official title is) yell at the students about standing in line, getting up, and putting their breakfast trash in the right place. I called to speak to the school counselor to verify the time for a meeting we set and I was treated very rudely by the office staff. I get the idea from my brief interactions with them that they're overworked, underpaid, and ready to take it out on anyone who has the misfortune to stand in front of their counter. The counselor has been pleasant and helpful, but she's only at the school once a week. It's the first week of school and I already regret moving my kids to this district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2013

Listen to the reviews, don't take them lightly if you care about the education your child is going to receive. I should have listened before moving my child into an Oklahoma City school. This school offers nothing in the form of extra-curricular activities for their children, sports, strings, etc. Unless you count ESL. Never do they have school activities (muffins for moms, turkey BINGO, teacher-kid basketball games). They cater to the Hispanic children and other children's education is put on the back burner. I can't speak for all teachers, but my son's is very discouraging, mean spirited, and says questionable inappropriate things to the kids. She rarely, if ever, verbally rewards for good grades and just seems burnt out. We will be changing schools asap. My child is very unhappy at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2013

My husband and I are really happy with this school. The teachers work really hard...makes all the difference for the kids! Thx!


Posted April 10, 2013

This school is on it's way up!!! MAPS for kids has made vast improvements for Buchanan's. One of the biggest problems with this school in the past was that it was outdated and overcrowded. MAPS renovated this school and totally brought it up to date. It's now a modern, bright, cheery place. They were able to add several new classrooms (which allowed 6th grade to be brought back to the school), a new cafeteria, new playground equipment, new teacher's lounge (where they can work on lesson plans) and many more wonderful things. I was really sad to see there were some negative comments about this school on this site, but I noticed they were made 3 years ago, which was before the MAPS improvements...which I guess explains some of the frustration expressed. I was glad to learn Buchanan's established a Stop Bullying Program to help ensure our kids stay safe. I was also proud that Buchanan's also excelled in the Read to Achieve Program and loved that it garnered the attention of the Thunder team and they even donated books to the school. Keep up the good work Buchanan's...you're making a big difference!


Posted April 2, 2013

The bond issue and resulting improvements made to this school have really helped! Marked improvement overall; much happier with it than in years past.


Posted December 9, 2010

my kid go to this school and my kid comes home crying all the time and thay wont do nothing about the other kids picing on her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2010

I am a parent of two children who attend Buchanan and I'm sorry to say that I am not happy. I have had issues with a couple of the teachers that I just cant seem to get around. I have had conferences with them about my children. It seems as though because there are so many students in a class that's it's just to much. My children have gone through so many teachers in one year! That it really makes me stop and think ok there's something really wrong with this picture. I am currently in the process of doing whatever it takes to remove my children from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2009

We have moved our children to a private school this year. Buchanan has some great teachers though. We have only had issues with 2 out of 6 teachers, and the other 4 teachers were simply awesome. The teachers seem to be very motivated and love their job for the most part. I feel the communication between the school and the parents needs improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2009

To the parent who posted yesterday, I am the liaison between the local Lions Club and Buchanan. Buchanan is on the maps project and hopefully they will start taking bids to improve the school this spring. As far as the teacher not greeting you or your child, I am sure it was an oversite on her part, hopefully today was better.


Posted August 21, 2009

I really hope that hey do improve the school this spring, the children and the staff deserve it! Today was better, and i had a chance to become more familiarized with my childs teacher. I was just stunned about the lack of color, I have read studies in which it was proved that students do exceptionally well in a bright and colorful environment. I am a little more confident about the school, and my child seems to like it just fine. Thank you for your response :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2006

Overall I think this school is doing well with my children. The student/teacher ratio is too high and I think they need more extracurricular activities such as musical instrument training,sports,etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

2003-2004 school year - too many students (appx. 30) per 1 teacher. Otherwise, pleased with faculty & curriculum.
—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 76% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science and writing. The OCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science and writing. The OCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
95%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 77% in 2012.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 66% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science and writing. The OCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 63% 13%
White 19% 54%
American Indian/Alaska Native 6% 17%
Black 5% 10%
Two or more races 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Vietnamese
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:10 am
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • No

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Visual impairments
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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4126 NW 18th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Phone: (405) 942-2049

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