Antoinette Giles

Buchanan Middle School4

Tampa, FL | Hillsborough County


October 13, 2014

Schools are really what you make out of them. Teachers, students, and parents can all make such a huge impact on a school. This is my first year teaching and I absolutely love this school. I enjoy teaching my students, even on those not going all exactly to plan days. I went to very low rated schools as a child but it didn't stop me from enjoying them and getting involved. I graduated in the top ten of my class and went off to college to get my teaching degree. I had some great teachers that inspired me to become a teacher and make a change as well. Buchanan's staff is amazing. I am proud to work with them. They really do care about the success of their students as well as the safety. They have several procedures that are enforced to prevent problems from occurring. Students will make foolish choices now and then and fights may happen, but the faculty prevents a lot of issues from becoming a big mistake. Overall, I believe Buchanan deserves a high rating for everything that I see daily that shows it is an amazing place. This month is all about "acts of kindness" and my students have showed me great acts of kindness, helping each other understand the content is just 1 example.

Submitted by a teacher

March 14, 2014

I was apart of the STEM program at Buchanan. The teachers were great (minus the STEM science teacher who couldn't teach a fish how to swim) Overall the STEM portion was good.

February 25, 2014

Horrible school with teachers who really care about the kids.. Ghetto describes this place perfectly.

Submitted by a parent

January 31, 2014

This school is absolutely the worst school I have ever been to!! Drugs, Violence and everything else in between. I was a straight A student before I came to Buchanan! There academics are the worst. Now don't get me wrong I LOVE my friends but, the academics could improve by a whole lot!!

September 27, 2013

The staff and teachers are very helpful, the school is always clean and the classes are easy to find.

Submitted by a parent

August 28, 2013

Our experience was very good! The principal and staff are phenomenal, honestly I don't know how they do it everyday! Mr. Zent (retired) had a connection with the his students that is beyond words. I hope and wish nothing but the best for this school. United we stand, divided we fall.

Submitted by a parent

December 28, 2012

Wow! The atrocious grammar, writing skills, spelling and lack of punctuation seen in most of these reviews from both students and teachers alike should give anyone a clue as to just how bad this school is!

December 27, 2012

I went to this school in the 80's and the principal used to beat kids with a big wooden paddle. She hit me so hard once that I still have lower back problems to this day. Also the teachers were so inattentive and self-absorbed that not one of them picked up on the fact that I was already an abused child and that is why I was shy and sometimes wouldn't/couldn't answer their questions. Their solution was to send me to the principal to get beaten even more than I already had to endure in my home life. Also, I honestly have not even one good memory from this place nor can I even remember one teachers' name. Also, despite this horrible place, I went on to become very successful after years of struggle. Bottom line, instead of helping...the faultily at this institution made my life much worse. School is supposed to be a safe place and that was definitely NOT my experience!

July 27, 2011

This school has turned around considerably in the last few years. Administrators and teachers appear to be very invested in the students.

Submitted by a parent

December 1, 2010

This school was horrible in the years of 2007-2008. losts of students faught,dropped out of school and once set the bathroom on fire.later in 2008-2009...we got a new principle and new teachers.the music program is was incredible and teachers worked their hardest to teach kids but we only had a few 8th grade year 2009-2010,it has been more than an honor comming to this school.we got more electives,a new clinic,more support from teachers and i have inproved my fcat scores from then!!!! im so happy i came to buchanan and if you send your child here,you won't regret it either.:);)

March 27, 2010

This school is great im a 6th grader and i already learned so much. The teachers are really nice and i made great friends. All the rumors about this school ain't true and i was scared to come here but i finally got over it and now im glad i came I LOVE BUCHANAN!!! HAve a grreat year buchaneers!!!!

Submitted by a student

October 18, 2009

This school is the best school in the world. My stuedent is doing so great all striaght 'a' im so proud

Submitted by a parent

January 25, 2009

(a student point of veiw) i am a sudent at buchanan middle school and this is my last year there honestly i dont like it that much are school is poor so we never get to do anything the only dance we have is the eigth grade dance only avid and stem classes can go on field trips everyone else has to wait till after the fcat even though im learning the same thing they are.we have one prep rally a school year but the band is pretty cool even though the teacher is strict but if you heard the band play you wouldnt belive that they were middle schoolers . we dont have any clubs or an art elective.the teacher write the school news paper and only tell how good the school is.the teachers usally have to supplie the classroom with there own money.

Submitted by a student

November 17, 2008

I am a teacher at this school and have enjoyed myself up to this point. I have been in three different counties and at 4 different middle schools. Buchanan has been by far my best experience. I have noticed that many parents in the recent years have started to forget how different and difficult teaching is. Many students have begun to challenge teachers much more than in the past; but instead of students and parents owning up to these issues, teachers are suddenly to blame. Communication with teachers is the key, and the last week of a nine weeks does not count as communicating. I look forward to working with every student, everyday at this point in my career. So I agree with the parents who understand that Buchanan isnt in the middle of tampa palms but they see that it is a diamond in the rough.

Submitted by a teacher

August 26, 2008

I feel this school is inconsistent with discipline. I don't feel there are enough great teachers with a passion to teach. There are a hand selected few that I would ever want to teach any of my other children. I am a very 'involved parent' and I don't feel the admin staff really support this.This is last years observations. Already this year I left messages for the asst. principal and no return call. What kind of message does that send to parents!

Submitted by a parent

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