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Buckalew Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 739 students

 

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Posted September 9, 2014

I was dropping my child off and I overheard the music teacher discussing a student named Ben T. She was basically gossiping about a student who had issues in her class or school and she wanted to make sure the art teacher knew about it. To me it would be professional for her to discuss the student in a meeting not in an outside setting where other parents like me heard her clearly. It was very unprofessional and the fact she talked about a student like that openly was very disturbing. She was talking openly to the new art teacher in the open. Remember that any rumors or bad characterization, especially about a student is terrible teacher conduct. Buckalew Elementary fails with that type of teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2014

The school just started and immediately we already have a problem with the music teacher. I do not know how long this teacher has been in position at this school, but she is not qualified to be teaching the children. We plan on contacting the District board immediately if we have further problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2014

Buckalew earns its rank due to high emphasis on standardized testing. The teachers benefit from a community with parents that are very involved in their kids education. Don't let the idea of this school earns high score based on the teachers. You can put ANY qualified teacher in this environment and they will do well simply because of the community they will serve. Bullying in today's school is thoroughly reviewed; however, the school forgot to include and apply bullying by teachers. Certain teachers are widely viewed as tough disciplinarian, but there are other teachers known to be just plain bully. When older bully bullies a young person, it is usually very discreet, but as a parents who is actively engaged with their child, it will be very obvious. Speak with your child and make sure you discuss each of their educator. You will identify it easily when the child is being targeted. Couple of bad apples ruin an otherwise decent school. The bullying topic is widely discussed, but the principal is weak at actually handling the conflicts as evident is another post here. Teachers and educators, don't let the comfort of the community make you complacent in your jobs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2014

My son just completed his first year at Buckalew and it has been nothing but a wonderful experience. My husband and I have felt supported and the communication has been perfect. Communication is two ways, so we have been sure to be open on our side; we have never felt ignored and our concerns (which there have been few) have always been addressed satisfactorily. My son has a chronic medical condition and the school proactively reached out to us to create a 504 plan. Despite his medical problems he is very bright and I have appreciated the lack of a "one size fits all" approach. He was continually challenged by his teacher, which was no easy task since the class composition was clearly a mix of skill levels in just about all areas. We have enjoyed all of the activities, events, and the opportunity to eat lunch with him. The school is very lucky to have such an active community supporting it and there are lots of opportunities to get involved. We feel fortunate to send our son and soon our daughter here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2014

I went to buckalew and am now about to graduate high school and all I can say is buckalew was the best year of my life, I adored my teachers and still often go back to say hello seeing i live within walking distance! The public school system is the very best in the woodlands!


Posted January 10, 2014

My opinion is that Buckalew Elementary does not communicate effectively with the parents and I have not felt like an equal partner in my child's education. I have had a lot of concerns over discipline infractions and the lack of an appropriate school-wide implemented plan for conduct. In my experience the staff has not handled conflict among students in appropriate manners and continue to fail to address life-long skills that need to be instilled in the children in order for them to be successful. An appropriate education is more than worksheets and tests, and I think there is a true lack of support for the teachers in learning and understanding how to teach students who learn by other means.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Buckalew has been an excellent school for my grandchild. The teachers have gone 'above and beyond' for her special abilities. She adores her teacher and eagerly anticipates each new day at school.


Posted October 24, 2013

We are very pleased with the faculty, principal and staff at Buckalew. They have challenged our son to achieve and he is doing it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

We have had a positive experience at Buckalew. The staff is friendly and cooperative. Our kids are happy here. We feel fortunate to have our roots here at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

I don't know what the complaints are from some of the parents that have had bad experience. I have an above average learner and an average learner, both my kids have done well. Teachers love and care about the education and child and my kids thrive on being pushed to their potential. I volunteer in classroom, acitivites and PTO and able to drop in whenever possible to volunteer and help and/or eat lunch with my kids. The teachers welcome feedback and will help you if you need it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2013

While Buckalew was excellent for my daughter, who is an average student, it failed to support my son. We insisted on testing only to find out that the district has limited resources and only those children in the bottom 10% of the STATE get the help they need. Within 6 months of changing schools to a supportive school my son's reading level improved 2 grades to on-level. His math grade went from an F at Buckalew to an A and is now is going to be in advanced math next year. I blame this more on the district than Buckalew! 2013
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

The Woodlands in general has excellent schools but we have particularly loved Buckalewl! This school is run very well and the kids have had great experiences here!! We highly recommend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

We love it! We are just finishing our first year here at Buckalew and we love it. I am a Realtor and it was the school I wanted my boys to go to after hearing such positive feedback from so many parents I have worked with. It really is a great school and we have been very happy. I like that my boys are with other kids not too far off from their ages. They went to a K-6 before and now having them here in the K-4 I can honestly say I prefer to not have my 1st grader on the bus with a 6th grader! This school also has a great amount of parent participation, I typically go in to help monthly and there is never a shortage of parent helpers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2011

After reading the comments from some of the other people, I felt the need to comment myself. I have had children at Buckalew for several years and wouldn't trade it for the world. I am not an "involved parent" but do contribute to the class when things are asked and have never felt like the PTO was snobby at all. My kids have had various teachers throughout the years and all have been experienced, talented, caring, supportive. The entire staff is very encouraging and warm. The principal sends an email newsletter twice a month so you always know what's going on (in addition to the teacher websites for particular classroom information). Yes, my children have had their fair share of homework and it hasn't always been easy. However, with the advancing and changing world we live in now, I am glad for it. School is not the same as it was even 10 years ago.....maybe some people who are posting comments here don't realize that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2010

Sure there is a class play but your child will be crammed onto the stage while you stand watching. The program is focused on quantity and not quality. Buckalew is focused on the Taks testing - forget about Junior Achievement or anything to do with artwork. I asked. I was told "not interested in the arts." There is a group of parent volunteers and if you're not part of it or your kid didn't start in K, forget being able to volunteer and you're looked at as imposing when visitng or trying to volunteer for events. The principal will tell you directly that her focus is on the rating based from the tests. My son loved his school before Buckalew and can't wait to leave. It's such a disappointment. If there is a problem, the teachers are quick to point out that it's the kid - they're too perfect to have done anything wrong. Plan to have your child study the same thing over and over. When he complains that he's bored, then he's labeled as negative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2010

I found many reviews posted to be outdated or inaccurate. The school currently has a choir and while there is no school wide spelling bee there are tons of other events such as "mathnasium", fun runs, family nights as well as each grade performs a musical play. While you may not be encouraged to drop in and observe your child's class daily, there are plenty of oportunities to be at the school. Parents can volunteer in different areas and observe their children at the same time: in the library, as a room mom, in reading groups, in the teacher workroom, lunch duty, reading day, class parties, or be a photographer for the yearbook. This is only a sample of opportunities. You could be in the school almost everyday! Homework amount depends on the teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

My child had a bad experience at this school, and had a difficult time dealing with all the rigidity and excess of schoolwork and homework. The amount of homework and testing is unreasonable for children of their age groups. Children are held back a grade if they may fail the TAKS tests. My child became unhappy here and didnot want to go to school often. We tried unsuccessfully to work with the principal, counselor and teachers. I agree with the last parent who wrote that parents are not allowed to drop in. There is an atmosphere of being unwanted as a parent visiting the school, except on certain occasions when they're invited. This school is rated a 10 by great schools only due to their high test scores. I think that high test scores often come at a great price to our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2010

My three children attended this school for four years. There is a lot of parent involvement, but parents are not allowed to drop in and see how their children are doing. They are only invited at certain activities. There is also a lot of emphasis and pressure to do well on the yearly testing. And, like another parent I agree that there is way too much homework, so there isn't enough time to play or exercise after school. Recess is also taken away often, if the child isn't finished with the large amount of work to be finished during classtime. The principal was very difficult to work with, and nothing could be done to help. A very frustrating school for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2009

Could not have asked for a better place to be putting our son at kindergarten. Everyone is so warm; atmosphere resembles that of a much smaller private school. I really like that parents are so involved here. And so many kids ride the bus; it is very safe to do so - how convenient is that?? Next year he may be old enough to bike like so many others do. Wonderful Mayberry-esque setup.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2007

Parent involvement is excellent and it seems to be an overall great school. However, they do not offer a spelling bee, choir, or an honor roll for the children for which I was disappointed. There's also a lot of pressure to send in unnecessary amounts of money for certain activities. For example teacher appreciation gifts. They have asked each student to send in $20 a piece before which I think is ludicrous when you multiply that times 20 students. I'm all for teacher appreciation, don't get me wrong it's important. But not everyone has the money to throw around like that and there is a lot of pressure at Buckalew to do just that...A bit overboard if you ask me.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

157 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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100%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

156 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2011.

184 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

183 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

181 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education100%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students99%
Female99%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
99%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students97%
Female97%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic95%
Multiracial86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education100%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted96%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students98%
Female97%
Male98%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education90%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted97%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian89%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education88%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted97%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students96%
Female98%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education57%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted96%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian89%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education63%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted95%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Exemplary".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 29%
Hispanic 16% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Black 1% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 4%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Music
  • Vocal lessons / coaching

Language learning

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  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • LINDA CREWS
Fax number
  • (281) 465-3499

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

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  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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4909 Alden Bridge Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77382
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