Buckland Mills Elementary School

10511 Wharfdale Place, Gainesville, VA 20155
(703) 530-1560
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 710 students 21 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

86%
73%
69%
94%
90%
86%
79%
74%
67%
92%
87%
83%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Prince William County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
72%
70%
88%
84%
80%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Prince William County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
77%
73%
82%
74%
71%
91%
79%
74%
88%
76%
73%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Prince William County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
75%
72%
82%
74%
70%
94%
91%
86%
86%
76%
72%
90%
80%
77%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Prince William County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Buckland Mills Elementary School is a public elementary school in Haymarket. The principal of Buckland Mills Elementary School is Ms. Connie S. Balkcom. 710 students attend Buckland Mills Elementary School and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 16% of the 710 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Buckland Mills Elementary School is 21:1. George G. Tyler Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 6% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 50% 35%
Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 8%
Hispanic 16% 29%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 21%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16% 36%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    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.

  • (11 months ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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!

  • (1 year ago)

    '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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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

  • (3 years ago)

    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!!

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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!

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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!

  • (5 years ago)

    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!

  • (6 years ago)

    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!!

  • (6 years ago)

    my daughter goes to this school and she has an excellent techer. She has improved her math skills.

  • (7 years ago)

    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!

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

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