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Oklahoma City, OK
Students enrolled: 543
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4126 Northwest 18th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

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(405) 587-4700
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August 09, 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

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

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!

- submitted by a community member

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!

- submitted by a community member

April 02, 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.

- submitted by a community member

December 09, 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

March 06, 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
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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
no rating
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.

- submitted by a community member

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

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

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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Buchanan Elementary School
4126 Northwest 18th Street, Oklahoma City, OK  73107
(405) 587-4700
Last modified Buchanan Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Buchanan Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 15 reviews. Top