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Buchtel High School is a public high school in Akron. The principal of Buchtel High School is Sonya L. Gordon and can be contacted at sgordon@akron.k12.oh.us. 718 children attend Buchtel High School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 69% of the 718 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 95% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Buchtel High School is 11:1. Firestone High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 94% 46%
White, non-Hispanic 3% 39%
Multiracial 2% 7%
Hispanic 0.4% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Asian 0% 5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 95% 95%
Economically disadvantaged 69% 80%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school sucks im sorry but as a student at Buchtel High School this school has way to many disruptive children new children dont feel welcome and there is a bullying problem that is never addressed and the teachers start just as many fights and arguments as the students do it is wild at BHS

  • (1 year ago)

    I hope the teaching of math and science at this school are stronger than their English grammar and spelling appear to be since nobody - not even the teachers know the proper spelling for their school mascot. Your school mascot is a gryphon.

  • (4 years ago)

    I believe overall Buchtel is a good school. There are some changes that need to take place. But those changes can only be implemented if parents become involved and students begin to take ownership of their education. Buchtel is definately a school on the rise

  • (4 years ago)

    I love my alma mater because of the years I spent there and what it means to me and my community. I am a Griffon for Life!!!! Go Griffs

  • (4 years ago)

    It is my alma mater. It is where I work and where teachers care about and provide extraordinary opportunities for students beyond the daily education we provide. Our students are national scholarship winners and future scientist already engaged in our research university's college programs while still in high school. There is still so much more to be done to make sure that all of our students go as far as their abilities allow them. I love them because indeed they want to go that far.

  • (4 years ago)

    The kids are great and the teachers are fantastic

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school to work in family atmosphere! I love teaching here. Go Griffs!

  • (4 years ago)

    Buchtel has made great strides in the last year and we hope to make many more.

  • (4 years ago)

    Love the kids love the staff we are working hard to be the best school in Akron!

  • (4 years ago)

    The current staff and administration have invested time and effort to be consistent with the rules and expectations changing the school culture to minimize disruptions and improve academic climate

  • (4 years ago)

    Our Griffin is going to rise and take to the skies! Parents are very involved in their children's education. Teachers receive great support from principals and other teachers! Now if I could just learn my way around this a-mazing building...

  • (4 years ago)

    We are Akron's best kept secret. We have awesome teachers and students who care. Our scores went up across the board last year despite all the negative press. We are the only school in the district who met AYP last year!

  • (5 years ago)

    Buchtel High is a wonderful school full of wonderfull people. Just the same as any other school there are the handful that act out but shouldn't be shut out. In previous years i think that staff and students alike gave into the sense of failure many had of the school. Since about 2005 the school 'under new management' has been changing its ways. even the 'misfits' have a place they feel they can fit in and actually get the education that is provided for them. I graduated in 2007 with a nine month old son ranked #4 in my class. I am attending The University of Akron on a full ride. I'm majoring in English in Secondary Education with a minor in Womens Studies. Many former Griffs are doing well and Buchtel has polished us all into well-rounded young adults. Its seems that this will just keep getting better!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    well i am a proud senior at buchtel and i believe it is an excellent school. it is unfortunate that a few individual would receive the attention for the school as a whole. Buchtel is more than a few people who have no purpose at all. If people took the time to know all the students and not let those they jus so happen to see influence their overall opinions then they would see the school as i see. an excellent place with a warm group of people that serve the community and a group of students who seek the higher education that a lot of people.

  • (6 years ago)

    My name is Telissa Smith and I am currently attending John R. Buchtel high school. I am a senior and will be graduating on June 4 2008. I have been attending Buchtel ever since my sophomore year and to be honest; I have never found a more welcoming place for education and family than I have at Buchtel. I have learned alot from being at a school where people may think nothing but negativs things about us. Well Go Griffs! This school has changed my life and I have grown stronger each day formed bonds with many people and gained experience. I love this school and will always be a 'GRIFF' no matter where God takes me. The teachers and students are great people others tend to judge that we may not have much but we have eachother and that is all that matters.

  • (6 years ago)

    Buchtel is a very good school. We have good teachers and good students. The thought of people doughting us makes us want to prove them wrong.. Go Griffins...

  • (7 years ago)

    I am very pleased with the strong work values that are being stressed at Buchtel.The principal has made a stand for our children and demands that our kids succeed. I encourage everyone to take a second look at Buchtel. Way to go Griffins! Also pay close attention to our girls sports the Volleyball Team and Basketball Team will give you a show. Being a parent of a Senior and a Sophmore I stand behind them and the school 100%.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is in transition. That means that Buchtel has a clean slate and the priviledge to be only as good as the parents and administration. With that in mind the best is yet to come for future Buchetelites.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think buchtel high school is a great school people don't relize how much we have come up in our academic's and in our extracuriculars I love my school and would never never ever choose another school over mine.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think it's an great school. many may not see that but they don't see the potenial it has instead of critizing it with what you think see for yourself. these kids have alot of things going for them in football Basketball Cheerleading especialy in education.

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