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Buckland Mills Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1022 students

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 13, 2014

This is our first year at Buckland Mills. My son is a kindergartner and has Mrs. Odedra. I absolutely love her. She creates a great learning environment and my son has grown by leaps and bounds this year. I also find the staff to be very caring and helpful. I have not had any bad experiences so far and hope to remain happy with the school since I have 2 more on their way up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2014

This is our families 5th year at Buckland Mills. While I love the teachers and believe whole-heartedly that they want to do what's best for the students I don't think that is the concern of the administration at all. The administration is more concerned about SOL scores, receiving School of Excellence awards, and how the school "looks" rather than the actual needs of the students. The new principal is less than stellar and does not take well to questions. She is not genuine at all. I think she could care less what parents think or have to say. Buckland Mills is not the school it once was. But, with a few exceptions, the teachers are amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

This is our 4th year in this school, and has been seeing major improvements every year. This past year they have built the learning garden where kids can do organic gardening. The principle is wonderful and very student oriented. This is the only school in the county that teaches Chinese as a second language starting Kindergarten. The teachers are wonderful and very caring. The PTO is excellent and organizes a lot of extra activities for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2013

To September 30th...unfortunately I agree with you. The office staff is not what it use to be and the yearbook pictures are questionable. Out with the old and in with the new...I miss the old!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

'way' over populated, bullying, 'questionable staff asking my child too many personal questionable about mommy and daddy'. the year book is total published to a staff family member, does not take much to look who's kid(s) is on just about every page. I pulled my kid out. they are face value. now some of the teachers are awesome, and that is a lottery. I would clean out that whole front office with the exception of maybe 3 people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2012

In response to the Oct 12 review, I beg to differ completely. I still like the office staff and my girls do miss Ms. Alma but Ms. Snow is a great replacement. I guess its difficult to please everyone
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2012

Unfortunately I have to agree with the August 9th post, this school consistently tolerates bullying. And yes, I've also seen well known bullies get citizenship awards--it's outrageous! I'd also add that this school does a terrible job at acknowledging hard working students. There was no end of the school year award ceremony and students getting all A's for the ENTIRE YEAR did not receive a public recognition for their hard work. I think kids who work that hard deserve to be recognized. When my child first started at this school a few years ago it was rated an 8 on greatschools.org, it's now a 6. That says it all!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2012

This school is overcrowded. The administration is not professional or responsive. They are complacent when dealing with bullying behaviors. They allow bullying to continue even giving a child known to bully on numerous occasions involving different kids awards that require good behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2011

My daughter is in Kindergarten and she can already read: need I say more. I was really amazed how fast she has excelled in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2011

We LOVE Buckland Mills! Our children had been in private schools prior to Buckland Mills and I am totally impressed with the education they are receiving. From the administrators to the teachers, everyone really cares about the students and go the extra mile. They have a reading team that screens all the students throughout the year to make sure each child is making progress and to amke sure that all students needs are being met. The PTO is amazing and offers many free events to families and really do a lot for the school. It really feels like one big family. The school is overcrowded but a new school is bring built in 2 years to help with that. I just hope we get to stay at Buckland Mills. I wouldn't want my children anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2011

The school is well run and has an excellent PTO with parent involvement. The new principal is very warm and seems to be a great addition to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2011

I have notified GreatSchools that the enrollment number listed here is way too low. Buckland Mills has well over 1,000 students and is grossly overcrowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2011

My son transferred to this school in fifth grade. All of the staff, adminstration, and teachers have all been wonderful. Everyone is so friendly, helpful, organized, and warm. I truly feel like I'm in a close-knit family! My son has really blossomed academically and truly loves his teachers and classmates. I only wish he could have been at this school sooner. I would highly recommend this school--in fact, I brag about it to everyone I know!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2010

We relocated here 3 1/2 years ago. We currently have 2nd and 4th grade boys enrolled. We have been extremely happy with the quality of teachers, especially Mrs. Greer and Mr. Jacks. They are so involved in everything that happens at this school. We've had some issues with a bully this year that wasn't taken care of to our liking, but overall, the teaching and attention to students is excellent. We'll be moving in a couple months and hate to leave this school that has done so much for our children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2009

I LOVE this school!! From the teachers to the students and Office personel .. Everyone is great!! The parents are so active and welcomed at the school at all times.. what a great family school. Anyone who attends this school is very lucky!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

my daughter goes to this school, and she has an excellent techer. She has improved her math skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2008

This school is awesome! Our daughter is thriving in the 2nd grade with Miss Coblentz. We transferred her out of her base school to Buckland Mills so she could take advantage of the new IB PYP that is happening . She is happy and thriving again. We love it there! Principal Greer and Assistant Prinicpal Jacks are so involved with the children. The smart board technology is amazing - Mrs. Greer connects with all of the kids via the Smart Board every AM. the technology is hands down the best as are the teachers! I would highly recommend this school and often do! I am so glad we transferred our daughter here. Keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2008

My son, a 4th grader, is very happy and challenged by the quality of the education at BMES. He is also in the SIGNET Program which allows him to be exposed to other subjects. I am glad to be living in the BMES school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

I can't agree more with the comments already posted. Mrs. Greer, the Principal at BMES, is fantasitic and very well respected by parents, students and teachers alike. Because the school is brand new, it has the latest technology, computers, smart boards, you name it. The staff and teachers are fantastic and my children truly enjoy going. Although the school is new, the PTO is doing a great job bringing the families, students and faculty together for special events and fundraisers that everyone seems to enjoy. Finally, the school doesn't suffer from over-crowding right now, unlike all of the other schools in the area where your child will undoubtedly end up in a trailer during his/her stay. Go Wildcats!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2007

Our daughter just completed 1st grade and we've been thrilled with every experience we've had at Buckland Mills. The 1st grade team is second to none! The technology level at Buckland is leaps and bounds above every other school (public and private) in Prince William County. With the addition of the International Baccalaureate program for the fall this school is a force to be reckoned with! My spouse and I can not thank the staff and teachers enough for their dedication.
—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.
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 72% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 87% in 2012.

163 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
97%
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 70% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
87%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
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 73% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students86%
Female students90%
Male students83%
Black students57%
Asian students91%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities90%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students92%
Proficient in English85%

Math

All Students83%
Female students82%
Male students84%
Black students64%
Asian students100%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students88%
Proficient in English82%

Science

All Students93%
Female students96%
Male students90%
Black students75%
Asian students96%
Hispanic94%
Multiracial90%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English92%
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 Students81%
Female students88%
Male students73%
Black students75%
Asian students92%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial94%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students87%
Female students86%
Male students88%
Black students59%
Asian students100%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial94%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students90%
Proficient in English86%
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 Students86%
Female students91%
Male students81%
Black students95%
Asian students89%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial75%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students57%
Proficient in English90%

English: Writing

All Students82%
Female students92%
Male students72%
Black students80%
Asian students86%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial85%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students54%
Proficient in English86%

Math

All Students86%
Female students88%
Male students84%
Black students80%
Asian students97%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial92%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students61%
Proficient in English90%

Science

All Students91%
Female students92%
Male students91%
Black students86%
Asian students97%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial100%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English94%
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

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Gainesville, VA 20155
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