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Gainesville, VA
Students enrolled: 710

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10511 Wharfdale Place
Gainesville, VA 20155

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(703) 530-1560
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October 26, 2014
I have a second grade son at Buckland Mills and we love this school! All of his teachers through the years have been engaging and communicative. The front office staff is friendly and always greets me by name when I come in and they know my son by name too. The principal (Mrs. Balkcom) greets the students as they come in in the morning and helps dismiss them outside in the afternoon. She is available to meet with me if I have a concern. Any rules that seem like a hassle are really just for added security. How can you argue with that in this day and age? This school was HUGE last year, but a new school opened nearby this fall and there are 400 less students now. There are lots of clubs like basketball, chess, jogging, Girls on the Run, scouts and PTO sponsored ones that change each semester. The PTO is very active and welcoming to anyone who wants to help out. They are always planning an upcoming event for the kids. The Fall Festival last weekend was so much fun! The kids had a blast getting to see their friends and take part in all the different activities. My husband and I are so thrilled that we moved into the boundary for this school and that we still have a few years left here.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2014
Can not wait to leave this school! I agree it's not the school it once was. The front office staff and principal are rude and love to use their "power" to make teachers, students, and parents lives miserable. I don't know of anyone that even likes the principal, there is nothing genuine about her. Like I said, our family is running for the door.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2014
This was my daughter's first year at Buckland Mills. Overall, it was a great experience. The teacher was always responsive with my concerns and the front office staff were always very helpful. Coming from fairfax county, I was nervous initially but Buckland Mills truly exceeded my expectations.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
October 03, 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
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
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
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
August 09, 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
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.

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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
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
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
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
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!

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no rating 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
April 16, 2009
my daughter goes to this school, and she has an excellent techer. She has improved her math skills.

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September 22, 2008
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August 23, 2008
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April 21, 2008
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no rating March 08, 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
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
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
July 06, 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
May 31, 2007
Brand new school, my daughter attended 2nd grade for 06-07 year and I have another entering full-day K for next year. The principal and teachers are completely involved and caring to all the student's needs. The students have laptops rolled into the rooms (one per student is provided), smart boards are in every class room, there is a story room, library, and attentive staff that knows each child that attends. The ladies are busy but helpful in the office, the counselor is excellent, the special areas are attended to and Mrs. Greer is involved and attentive. I can't say what a great experience we have had with PWC and especially BMES! Mrs. Howland is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2007
Excellent school run by a caring staff and participatory parents. High tech touches such as SMART Boards and classroom computers an added benefit. Brand new in 2006 but they started out like they have been at it for years.

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Buckland Mills Elementary School
10511 Wharfdale Place, Gainesville, VA  20155
(703) 530-1560
Last modified Buckland Mills Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Buckland Mills Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top