Buena High School

5225 E. Buena School Blvd., Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
(520) 515-2800

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2223 students 20 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade


Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
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About this school

Buena High School is a public high school in Sierra Vista. 2,223 students go to Buena High School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 1% of the Buena High School students have "limited English proficiency." 26% of the 2,223 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Buena High School is 20:1. Berean Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 52% 49%
Multiracial 5% 6%
Asian 5% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hispanic 28% 32%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26% 37%
Limited English proficiency 1% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My eldest son attended this school 6 years ago and was never happy with anything there and then my middle son attend his freshman year and then we moved away and returned last year. It was a difficult time for our family at this time for many reasons but he was excited to return here and see his old friends. Less then a month into school he got in trouble with 3 other boys for being out in the parking lot and smoking pot. They all were suspended as I see correct action but only expelled my son. It was not his car or confirmed not his drugs. I believe my son was punished more severe because of the color of his skin. The other boys were able to return to school with no further punishment. Unfair and unjust! But in the long run this is the best thing Buena could have done. My son now attends Berean Academy and has been there 1 1/2 doing better then ever involved teachers love him and he feels good there.

  • (1 year ago)

    This district needs to change their discipline policy for students who assault other students. The maximum they get is 9 days yes 9 days! The only reason they get 9 days is because if they are absent more than 10 days they must be disenrolled. Who cares expel them make them accountable for their actions then maybe the parents will step in and do something to make them live a normal and productive life. Not one where you go around thinking you can do whatever to whomever you want. It's time to take a stand against bullying.

  • (1 year ago)

    I absolutely love this school for my kids. the Academics and extra curricular activities are amazing and the teachers really care. I feel so safe leaving my kids at school in the morning knowing I have nothing to worry about that they will be well protected and in a nurturing environment while there. I have many choices for high schools and I choose Buena for my children.

  • (1 year ago)

    Unfortunately I would have to agree with many of the parents and students that have commented. I am so grateful I have no more children to put through the public school system. When we moved here my child excelled in AP level classes. We transferred here during the school year and the school would not even recognize her previous AP placements. They enrolled her is lower level classes. She was bored and frustrated. In addition to her years at Buena she felt like nothing more than a number. My student was so disappointed by the size and layout of the school and the amount of students in the classes that my student had much difficulty bonding with any classmates. There was only 1 teacher that encouraged her to excel and seek outside interests. I would encourage all parents to research alternatives.

  • (2 years ago)

    I was supposed to be a freshman at Buena for 2013-2014 but my dad got orders and we moved from Ft. Huachuca. If Tombstone High School was closer my twin and I would go there. Buena was a wonderful band top 50 in the nation always going to trips. They have a painting in th band room showing evy place they have been. The JROTC is good as well. My twin brither was going to join and I have many friends as well who are or was in JROTC. That's the only good things about Buena. The school is to small for the amount of kids who go there. There are 2 300+ kids in just the 2012-2013 school year alone. And Sierra having about four middle schools adding Colonel Smith on the Army bass they are adding at least 700 kids. If you have the chance chose Tombstone seeing its smaller may not have all the same thing Buena does.

  • (2 years ago)

    As a soldier who has been assigned at Fort Huachuca for several tours I must warn others to avoid Fort Huachuca if you have High School age students and pick up an assignement elsewhere until the children are through school. The facility is fantastic which it shoudl as it cost twice as much as was promised the taxpayer in 1990 complete with rotating stages etc. The downfall is seemingly the attitude of the staff. Lesser funded districts in other states do far better than SVPSD does with more. The only program that seems to succeed is the JROTC the rest seem to just attempt to get by. The school receives adequate funding but instruction is poor and no apparent discipline. Perhaps if the students did not look like rag bags in shorts every morning more pride in instruction would come forth. Additionally this is the only school district we have lived in that is totally dependant upon busing ALL students to their campus regardless of location. Great savings could be harvested for those who seek greater flexibility in funding on that effort alone.

  • (3 years ago)

    I read the two previous reviews with some concern and chagrin. Yes the school has around 2000 students and 800-1000 computers. Also many sporting events require some long travel distances. For the last several years the taxpayers have had the opportunity to step up to help bring the equipment facilities and everything associated with a top notch school to provide the best opportunities for our students. They the taxpayer have failed miserably resulting in a reduction of over 14 million dollars for the budget. In spite of their failure the professionals in the teaching and administrative staff and students have preformed admirably. 2012 class earned over 7.3 million in scholarships for 520 students. I challenge the complainers to step up and put their money where their mouth is.!!!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    I read that Buena HS with an enrollment of 2100 has 843 computers available for student use and that the only open computer lab is located in the school library.Also that they are equipped with Windows 2003. There are other statements in the article "Buena's Technology lags behind other schools " (The Pegasus April 17 2012 author Madelaine Braggs) that indicate that Buena high school students may not be prepared for higher education or the workforce. Is this an accurate account of Buena High School's computer status? And if so does the community know about this and understands the negative implications?

  • (3 years ago)

    An ok school. The education Program is pretty effective and the school has quite a selection of clubs. This school has to work on their sports. Then it would be a stronger and more popular school.

  • (4 years ago)

    We moved to Sierra Vista in 2008 with a sophomore. If I could go back I would have homeschooled him for his last 3 years over the ONLY choice for a high school in this city of 40 000! It's ridiculous that the city didn't see the smarter choice would have been 2 or 3 SMALLER high schools where there would be more individual attention in the classroom and better competition for the sports programs. Every away contest is AT LEAST 70 miles away so the athletes get home very late. The admin/school board is a joke and they all need to be replaced. The school routinely gives contracts to businesses in Tucson (70+ miles) or Phoenix (200+ miles) then wonders why they get very little local community/business support. I'm glad we're done with Buena and advise anyone to homeschool and use the online K12 program. I wish we had!

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is very poorly designed for the amount of students. There's something like 2600+ students in a school that should have about half as many. There's some good teachers though. Not just from a teaching perspective but quite a few of my teachers really gave me (as well as the other students) advice that will stay with me forever. Not to say that there isn't any bad teachers. I've had the misfortune of being the student of some of the most rude lazy and incompetent teachers that may ever exist. If you aren't determined in this school you will not succeed. Most teachers really do care whether or not you fail their class -- they just don't have the ability to help every student when they have over 150 students. If you work hard it is not difficult at all to maintain good grades in Buena.

  • (5 years ago)

    Buena has some of the most caring and effective teachers you could hope to find. It's a shame they are hampered by such inadequate leadership at the top. With so many highly qualified administrators out of work because of our present economy it's sad we have no one who knows how to do a nationwide search for talented candidates for our top offices. Isn't it nice we have more options in Sierra Vista now?

  • (6 years ago)

    i love being here at buena i feel safe just knowing that there are so many people who are willing to protect us and be here for us every morning with a smile it warms the studdents hearts to see mrs. carlson there to tell us good m moring and trie as well we really do appretiate it and i would like to say thank u

  • (6 years ago)

    We moved from Northern CA where the school was outstanding in my opinion. Buena High offers so much more than any school I have seen in CA!!! The staff is great and the city supports the school phenominally!!! Truly amazing!!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    Buena High School offers exceptional education. The 2009 AIMs scores just out show this. Buena High scored the highest of all Cochise County's High Schools and well above the AZ state average. The Teachers are dedicated ; the students are supported; the parents are welcomed the administration cares. The Head principal was voted AZ Principal of the Year by his peers. And this is just a glimpse at Buena.

  • (6 years ago)

    I previously attended Buena High School and my opinion of the school is very disappointing. When I was attending there was very low expectatinos most of the teacher could care less if you passed or fail and there was no encouragement for bettering yourself. I don't recommend for students to attend this school unless you have low expections for your child.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have had two of my children attend Buena and I have mixed feelings about this institution. Unfortunately my son joined the football team and after two years was so discouraged that he never participated in any other sports affiliated with Buena. Educationally he was not challenged as was my daughter who was fortunate enough to have a decent AP English course that encouraged and challenged her analytically. Buena s teachers should not be sold short but this being said the institution is way too overcrowded and unless you are a naturally driven student you just become a number. I have been told that the reason we keep only one high school in Sierra Vista is to maintain the 5 A status for sports if this is the case shame on administration and the city fathers.

  • (6 years ago)

    I personally think this is a great school!The teachers at least the majority of them care enough about the students to email the parents/guardians when the student isn't doing well in their class -- like not turning in homeword or have less than a grade C in the class. The Freshman Academy they have come up with is super! I'm sure we will see that when these students are upper classmen they will do better in school because of this. Also great about this school is that they have tutoring for the students Mon-Thurs for 1 hour after regular classes are out and even have a late bus to take them home! Now that is what I call a dedicated school and teachers! Keep up the great work Buena High!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am currently attending Buena and yes the school has problems but what school doesn't. They try their hardest to make it a safe place for us to go to every day. It doesn't help that this is the only public high school in the city. Why are the administrators and teachers being blamed for the students goofing off and not doing what they are supposed to do? Buena is a good school to attend because the teachers do care and the claim about each class having 25-30 students is ridiculous. The classes will go up to about 20-25 sometimes but most classes are relatively small ranging from 10- 20.

  • (6 years ago)

    I also wanted to add that the school is way over crowded..I have heard them speak to the kids in such a rude way then found out that they talked to parents the same way! We have got to get a better school in this town.

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