School Details

Buchanan High School

401 West Chicago St, Buchanan, MI 49107
(269) 695-8403
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 8-12 606 students 18 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

26%
26%
35%
61%
61%
73%
19%
19%
20%

MI00195

None
  • This school in 2013
  • Buchanan Community Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

29%
29%
26%

MI00195

None
76%
76%
73%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2012-2013 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.
  • This school in 2013
  • Buchanan Community Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

33%
33%
29%
59%
59%
53%
26%
26%
26%
48%
48%
38%
46%
46%
50%

MI00196

None
62%
62%
52%
76%
76%
63%
72%
72%
61%
88%
88%
78%
54%
54%
47%

Michigan Merit Examination (MME)

In 2011-2012 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Buchanan Community Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Buchanan High School is a public high school in Buchanan. The principal of Buchanan High School is Mrs. Sharon Steinke and can be contacted at ssteinke@buchananschools.com. 606 students go to Buchanan High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 43% of the 606 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Buchanan High School is 18:1. Cedar Lane School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 86% 88%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 8%
Multiracial 5% %
Hispanic 3% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 0.9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.5%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3% %
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43% 43%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    If the person who posted on Sept 23 is a product of the Buchanan school system then their comments helped my evaluation immensely. Obviously spelling and grammar are not taught there.

  • (4 years ago)

    Buchanan High Schools is one of the only schools in the state of Michigan to recieve failing grades.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is the best school iv ever seen. everone keeps saying that the art prgram is bad well is has its own building behind the school and the choir class isnt bad at all iether the have 3 big rooms for them. the school is really focased on there academents. Like forinstes they take away your drivers prmint if you have more the 2 d's or 1 F. that inculeds the sports. everyone has to ware there i.d because of safty reasons. They are realy into there football progam beacuse they are in a football area. and eveyone there is vary smart. the teachers are nice and smart. The schools just a great place and i would incourage you to let your kids go to the school. Buch Pride!

  • (8 years ago)

    All four of my children attended and graduated from Buchanan Community Schools. All of them did well in their respective colleges and are successful adults. They use their experiences at Buchanan by which to judge other schools. My daughter has had experience working in elementary schools in Indiana and the one she found most enjoyable and productive was the one she said was most like Buchanan. Yes it is a small town school and one could perhaps find a more sophisticated setting with a wider range of offerings. However there would be trade-offs and maybe they would constitute a high price to be paid. We enjoyed having the high quality of teachers who did not hesitate to pick up the phone to call us if something needed discussing. School is what the student makes of it and the bottom line is still the values instilled at home.

  • (9 years ago)

    Buchanan high school is a work in progress the sports are strong and the arts department is growing. The school had to tighten their budget for the year and cut back on some things but that happens in a lot of schools. If people want the drama and choir programs to thrive than it is necesary for more students to become involved in them. Now I'm not saying that sports should get chosen over drama or choir all of them are very important to the social balance of the school. But I strongly suggest people don't bad mouth the school unless they are planning to do something major to change it.

  • (9 years ago)

    As with all things there is more than one side to every story. Buchanan is a great school. As with all things they have downfalls such as cutting choir which may I point out is the only 'ARTS' class that has been cut. Like all small schools Buchanan Operates off a small budget which forces decisions to be made. For the sake of arts lets see what Buchanan has to offer The best Drama Club in Berrien County A new Art Teacher who may I add has done a teriffic job as of yet A band who Receives 1 and 2 ratings every year at district festival etc. Overall the school has great teachers many of whom have obtained legendary status. The academics are far above the state average as is the school itself. My son has gone to Buchanan all of his life and would not change schools for anything.

  • (10 years ago)

    Buchanan High School is one of the worst schools I have ever seen. My daughter goes there she is now a senior. Never has she once said anything good thing about it. I don't blame her I wouldn't say anything good about it ether. As one of the other reviews stated this school only cares about sports. The arts program is truly on the back burner which is why my daughter has given up on taking any art programs through the school. She is now pursuing her dream on her own with the little money she has. I myself would like to provide money for her but we are a very low income family and that makes it extremely hard. I would never recommend any child go to this school I should have pulled my daughter out years ago!

  • (10 years ago)

    This is an aweful school. They no longer have a choir program due to funding cuts and the arts are on the 'back burner'. Anything that is not sports related is not worth this schools time. I wish i had known that before allowing my childs state aide go this school since pre-school and they he is now a senior. This school has truely been a dissapointment and i would discourage any parent from allowing their child to go to this school.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is the classic small town school everyone wants their kids to go to. The teachers are mostly young with a mix of older staff as well. The school is big enough to offer a good variety but small enough to keep things personal.

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