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Buckman Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 510 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 18, 2014

It has been the greatest honor to serve at Buckman for the past five years. The students, parents, and staff are simply amazing! I have never worked at a school that supported student and families more. The arts have never been more alive and you will not find this level of creativity at any other school. Every day is an adventure and despite what some may say, this school is as close to perfection as possible. Being critical is fine but I challenge anyone to find a more involved and nurturing staff. I love it here and so will you! Great parents, happy students, and loving staff...now that is what makes a GREAT SCHOOL! Yes, I am the principal (possibly a bit biased) but I am also the dad of two PPS grads and I would have loved for them to experience what I do every single day.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 4, 2014

This school has been disappointing. I didn't want to say it. The first 2 years were great! 2nd grade was good. Now, my child is about ready to "graduate" and can't wait to be away from the least energetic teacher yet! Teacher started every occasional parent e-mail with "Sorry it's been a while"... then, a series of excuses for why the class hadn't progressed in academic areas. No explanations ever made sense. Based on all written communication, it appeared that only kids whose parents had the luxury of volunteering in the classroom were given attention. Other families are left behind. This dynamic is exemplified by the principal. No more "arts focus" programs for us--- what a pretense!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2013

This school was a nightmare. The principal doesn't seem to have experience in running a school while rolling his eyes in every meeting. The teacher refused to acknowledge or deal with a bully issue. Every answer to my concern was budget, not enough staff, not enough control, or they are just spread to soon.... oh yeah and they said it's only going to get worse next year with the planned budget cuts. Where's the professionalism and empathy? NOT HERE, go somewhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2013

I love it ! I no longer worry about my son's education. His passion for learning has come back and blossomed since starting 2nd grade here. They focus on the arts which is perfect for my son but academically they are right up there with the best of them. He loves going to school and every time I go visit I am impressed by what they are learning and the way they are learning it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2010

A fantastic school focused on deep and meaningful arts integration with all aspects of the curricula. Many of the reviews below are from a time when our school was experiencing a great deal of change in Principal/school leadership (yet most reviews are still positive - a tribute to the strong teacher leadership that continues to exist). The current principal presents a clear vision for the direction of the school that includes teacher and parent perspectives. Academic success for all is a top priority... along with advocating for the arts-infused program. He is open and approachable with a leadership style that promotes teacher and parent leadership in the school. Best of all - The Kids are Happy and Having FUN while learning!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2010

My oldest son graduated from Buckman 3 years ago and his younger brother is in 4th grade there now. I have nothing but high praise for the staff, the parent community and the arts program. Some focus schools do not have the well-rounded education that Buckman provides. My oldest goes to SES right now and his education is limited to environmental sciences only. Buckman parents are hard-working and proud, the kids are positive, the staff is amazing! I highly recommend Buckman. And I will be very sad the day my youngest leaves that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I believe it offers my grandchildren the best possible learning experience in the Portland metropolitan area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

We had a great kindergarten year. And I can't imagine there's a kid at Buckman who doesn't love school. What more can a parent want? This is a sweet school. There are things that could be improved & hopefully will over time: better organization with parent volunteering, increased math & science achievement, and just more funding on the whole (which is a PPS, if not a nationwide problem).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2009

I really like the school but if you have any sort of problem or a child who needs help in any area other than the norm, good luck getting assistance from the principal. The teachers are doing a fantastic job, it's just too bad the principal is so artificial. We love Buckman just not the response you get when you really need someone who can be a strong leader in the right way. I've found that the 'image' is quite different than the reality when you get past the 'smile.' Schools deserve great leaders, especially with fantastic teachers and staff on board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2009

After being at Buckman Elementary in various capacities for more than 10 years, I beleive Buckman teachers are fantastic. They combine both the arts and academics that benefits the WHOLE child. Team planning and art productions give the children a well balanced curriculum. On the other hand, professionalism and leadership are greatly lacking in Buckman's administrator and the staff has picked up the responsibilities causing an undue workload on the building teachers. The administrator has poor communication with the community and staff which has caused confusion and misunderstandings. This is unfortunate as I am thankful for the commitment the teachers have to the children and each other and for my children's smiles each day while there.


Posted October 1, 2008

I agree with the parent who posted on Monday, September 29. Being an elementary school principal is a tough job, and our principal makes student learning, creative expression, safety, and self-esteem her highest priority. She is also doing an amazing job of working in collaboration with our diverse group of highly committed and active parents. Her main focus is on the students, and I'm thankful for that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2008

I read the last review and I would have to disagree. I have been at Buckman for many years and the current principal is great! I know she puts some preassure on the teachers and that might cause some issues, but that is her job and she does it for the good of our children. She is out and around in the school and she is very available for kids and parents. To us it is more important that the principal is humane, friendly, loving and there for the kids and she is. Her priority are the kids and that is how it should be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2008

The teachers are great but the thing bringing this school down is the principal. She's one of the most unprofessional people I've ever encountered. It's really a shame because it's the teachers and kids who suffer. I wish I had known how much this would throw a wrench into our year there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2008

My daughter is entering the 1st grade at Buckman and so far we have been thrilled with our experience. She has been supported and encouraged in ways that we thought were no longer existent in public schools. We loved the art focus, and were literally amazed at the academic growth she accomplished in a single year. As a child of mixed ethnicity, she was not at all under-represented. There is a diverse community at Buckman, however these differences are not emphasized. At Buckman we are all truly a family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2008

It is a great school with lots of potential. In terms of diversity, racial discrimination, acceptance, and integration of students it has a long way to go. It is my child's neighborhood school, but for my African- American child it falls short.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2008

Our older daughter is a kindergartner at Buckman, and we love the school, the curriculum, the faculty, the SUN classes, the vibe, everything! Our neighborhood school is one of the best in Oregon, but we lotteried into Buckman because we wanted our children (we have two younger kids) to have the arts-enriched learning environment. Our daughter is so fired up about learning because of the arts aspect of the curriculum. And the diversity of the student body enriches our experience as well. We love Buckman!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2008

I have been at Buckman for 9 years. The teachers and staff have always been very supportive of me as a parent. My children have thrived in a very carring community. The intergrated arts gives our children the opportunty to express themselves in many ways. My son is in boys dance. Through dance he has created a self confidence that has shown up in all areas of his life. Buckman is a community of carring adults and children. This furthers the childs education in such wonderful ways. Sincerely, Pamela
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2008

Buckman is a safe, fun environment that embraces all types of kids. It is a place where they can learn feeling safe and empowered by their abilities. The families are equally as welcoming. It is really a wonderful school, with art and music and drama and dance. The kids are busy and happy. The staff is experienced in arts integrated education. The combination of arts focus and core subject education is powerful. They do an amazing job all year long. Check it out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2006

Buckman is a remarkable treasure of a elementary school. Even in an era of educational cutbacks, Buckman stands out as an superb example of what a community can do when it rallies around a school with a tradition of caring about its kids, how they learn and who they become in the world. Buckman is wonderfully intimate and caring. Teachers are exceptionally experienced, creative and imaginative with their coursework. Students learn history, math, social studies, writing and reading in elaborate packages that always include art, performance, field trips, community involvement and tremendous support from parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2006

I found the positive connections and friendships made between students was unlike any other school I've come in contact with. There is a real sense of community found at this school. Where the school lacks is in math and writing especially. There are expectations that students have already learned the basics when this is not the case at all. The 'new math' has completely replaced the old and students are not getting proper education in these subjects. We have attended five years and have mixed review about teacher quality. There has been two teachers out of five that have been good. The rest haven't been and have really negatively impacted my daughter and dampened her desire to learn and be motived. This school in each grade allows student teachers to practice without a license as part of their learning on the students even without supervision.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 61% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
>95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Writing

2010

 
 
51%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
>95%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students76%
Female77%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female77%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracial56%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students77%
Female69%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial88%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female89%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracial88%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students76%
Female71%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female92%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students75%
Female78%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 65%
Two or more races 11% 5%
Hispanic 9% 21%
Black 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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