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Buford Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 505 students

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Posted May 16, 2013

My daughter has been extremely well served at Buford. I don't know if that's because she is in advanced classes, but all of her teachers have been good and several have been outstanding. Mr Tornello, the band teacher, has been recognized as one of the best teachers and band leaders in the country. If your child is interested in music, attend one of their concerts and you will be amazed at the level of performance. You won't find that kind of resource at a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2010

If your child in self-motivated they may succeed at Buford. If they are not, you may discover the reason many parents in Cville place their children in private schools between elementary & high school and skip Buford Upper Middle School. It will be rough school if your child does not stay in the motivated track classes. The principal, Eric Johnson is over his head. He shows poor leadership abilities, blusters his way through issues and situations with a controlling intimidating attitude. If you are considering sending your child to this school do your homework by visiting the school. Observe how different parents and students are treated and how long are they are made to wait for Mr. Johnson. Ask yourself - how much time do you have in your schedule to spend waiting and then return when a situation, like bullying, has not been resolved or it has gotten worse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2009

I am glad to hear that some parents and students are having a good experience at Buford. Unfortunately, my son and I are not among them. Out of the six teachers I have met only two that seem to still have passion about being a teacher. I get very little interaction with teachers and administration, although they said email was their preference for contact and all of my child's teachers and administration have my email address; only one teacher has ever used email to contact me. I am disappointed the way things are handled, as I am a very proactive mother who is very passionate about my child and my child's education. The student body still doesn't welcome newcomers very well, unless you call getting a few bruises, a welcoming committee. God willing we can move so my son doesn't have to attend here next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2009

i am a parent and i am upset at other parents reiews about this school. Since my daugter started going to this school she's gone from d's at her last school (burley) to straight a's and all the people, teachers and administration are very helpful and nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2008

Eric Johnson has done miraculous things while at Buford. His no nonsense approach and involvement/appearance in the classroom makes a huge difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2008

This is one of those schools where you either love it or hate it. The main thing here is being with the right crowd, and respecting other people. The other thing is staying on task and being on teacher's good sides. My grades and orginizational skills have really improved since starting here. I love this school and I highly recommend this to others!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2007

My daughter is new to Buford.She hasn't had not one good thing to say about it.It has been one headache after another. They certainly do not welcome new comers and it seems that administration is no help. If you are looking for a school to put your child in do not look at this one if you care at all about your child and your child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2006

I truly believe that this school should be re evaluated due to very poor administration .The students that attend this school is not being provided the proper enviroment in which they need to florish and it's sad what those children that want a good education has to settle for.The school as a whole has let our children down far too long.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2004

Buford is very diverse. The teachers are all amazing and want to help the school succeed.
—Submitted by a student


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: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 75% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

210 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
65%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 71% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 70% in 2013.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
89%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students66%
Female students67%
Male students65%
Black students48%
Asian students73%
Hispanic57%
Multiracial60%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students52%
Proficient in English68%

Math

All Students65%
Female students70%
Male students58%
Black students54%
Asian students67%
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students57%
Proficient in English66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students68%
Female students70%
Male students66%
Black students44%
Asian students65%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial69%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English71%

English: Writing

All Students66%
Female students73%
Male students59%
Black students37%
Asian students62%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial86%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students40%
Proficient in English68%

Math

All Students51%
Female students52%
Male students49%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English47%

Science

All Students81%
Female students82%
Male students80%
Black students63%
Asian students75%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial85%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students99%
Female students100%
Male students97%
Black students97%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English98%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Eric D. Johnson

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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1000 Cherry Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: (434) 245-2411

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