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Buckman Elementary School8

Portland, OR | Multnomah County

November 10, 2014

I went to this school it was pretty cool except kindergarten please excuse my spelling i'm a gamer in my community we do not spell i loved this school a lot except the Principal every Principal wasn't very nice and was not fair to the students like canceling graduation cause you were absent most of the days i was absent sick/injured and most of the days it still counted i would go to this school any day especially because its an arts school but some of the teachers/princibal needs to step up there game

October 1, 2014

I love Buckman. The teachers are fabulous and it has been a wonderful community. My older son went here and my younger son is working his way through. I feel very lucky to be able to send my kids to such a warm and caring place.

Submitted by a parent

September 19, 2014

I would give this school no stars if I could. The old principal made our life a living nightmare. My child no longer found the enjoyment of going to school, and the staff continually disregarded every concern I had regarding my child's learning. Now I drive an hour just to bring my child to school because of the unprofessionalism and lack of care at this school. If you don't mind your kid not learning and getting bullied, then this will be great. Besides that - RUN. But, there's a glimpse of hope with the new principal, and I hope to see Buckman come back alive.

Submitted by a parent

August 28, 2014

So glad we're getting a new principal this year - let's hope it makes a difference. We'd heard so much about what a "great arts focus school" Buckman was, how they taught to so many different learning styles, how involved and lovely the staff was -- maybe back in the day but not in 2013-2014. This was the most lackluster staff I've ever seen. Everybody seems to have the "that's not my job" or "I'm off work now" mentality. If you don't fit neatly in their box, then you get left behind. Fundraising seems to be all they can talk about -- and they bring in tons each year, plus lots of involved parents and yet they still complain and use it as an excuse (lack of funding) for when they fail to do their job adequately. I know schools in Portland that have less and that do more and they have better scores. We're hoping for a better year this year with the principal change. Just don't let OLD reviews fool you.

Submitted by a parent

July 22, 2014

I somewhat thought I was the crazy parent or didn t understand what was really right for my child due to the schools negative attitude towards a request for a better placement for my child. After evaluation from two other schools, moving to a new state and having people(school staff) who were in total support of my decision, showed me that I was correct regarding my decision for my kid and not some crazy parent. I m fortunate to be able to move if needed to provided a better quality life for my kid. Unfortunately, other families can t, and they re stuck to deal with the lies fed to them because the school is too lazy to deal with the situation appropriately. I ve never been so disgusted with adults in my life until dealing with the staff at Buckman. i m saddened knowing that I left my child in their care for 2 years. They only care about themselves and their reputation; not the students. I hope they truly realize what they re doing to families and how they affect their lives based on their BS decisions that they can t even back up because they re not true. Brian Anderson suspends kindergartners because he doesn't understand they have special needs...That should say enough.

Submitted by a parent

May 18, 2014

It has been the greatest honor to serve at Buckman for the past five years. The students, parents, and staff are simply amazing! I have never worked at a school that supported student and families more. The arts have never been more alive and you will not find this level of creativity at any other school. Every day is an adventure and despite what some may say, this school is as close to perfection as possible. Being critical is fine but I challenge anyone to find a more involved and nurturing staff. I love it here and so will you! Great parents, happy students, and loving staff...now that is what makes a GREAT SCHOOL! Yes, I am the principal (possibly a bit biased) but I am also the dad of two PPS grads and I would have loved for them to experience what I do every single day.

Submitted by a teacher

May 4, 2014

This school has been disappointing. I didn't want to say it. The first 2 years were great! 2nd grade was good. Now, my child is about ready to "graduate" and can't wait to be away from the least energetic teacher yet! Teacher started every occasional parent e-mail with "Sorry it's been a while"... then, a series of excuses for why the class hadn't progressed in academic areas. No explanations ever made sense. Based on all written communication, it appeared that only kids whose parents had the luxury of volunteering in the classroom were given attention. Other families are left behind. This dynamic is exemplified by the principal. No more "arts focus" programs for us--- what a pretense!

Submitted by a parent

June 1, 2013

This school was a nightmare. The principal doesn't seem to have experience in running a school while rolling his eyes in every meeting. The teacher refused to acknowledge or deal with a bully issue. Every answer to my concern was budget, not enough staff, not enough control, or they are just spread to soon.... oh yeah and they said it's only going to get worse next year with the planned budget cuts. Where's the professionalism and empathy? NOT HERE, go somewhere else.

Submitted by a parent

January 23, 2013

I love it ! I no longer worry about my son's education. His passion for learning has come back and blossomed since starting 2nd grade here. They focus on the arts which is perfect for my son but academically they are right up there with the best of them. He loves going to school and every time I go visit I am impressed by what they are learning and the way they are learning it.

Submitted by a parent

October 7, 2010

A fantastic school focused on deep and meaningful arts integration with all aspects of the curricula. Many of the reviews below are from a time when our school was experiencing a great deal of change in Principal/school leadership (yet most reviews are still positive - a tribute to the strong teacher leadership that continues to exist). The current principal presents a clear vision for the direction of the school that includes teacher and parent perspectives. Academic success for all is a top priority... along with advocating for the arts-infused program. He is open and approachable with a leadership style that promotes teacher and parent leadership in the school. Best of all - The Kids are Happy and Having FUN while learning!!

Submitted by a parent

February 5, 2010

My oldest son graduated from Buckman 3 years ago and his younger brother is in 4th grade there now. I have nothing but high praise for the staff, the parent community and the arts program. Some focus schools do not have the well-rounded education that Buckman provides. My oldest goes to SES right now and his education is limited to environmental sciences only. Buckman parents are hard-working and proud, the kids are positive, the staff is amazing! I highly recommend Buckman. And I will be very sad the day my youngest leaves that school.

Submitted by a parent

September 16, 2009

I believe it offers my grandchildren the best possible learning experience in the Portland metropolitan area.

Submitted by a parent

May 27, 2009

We had a great kindergarten year. And I can't imagine there's a kid at Buckman who doesn't love school. What more can a parent want? This is a sweet school. There are things that could be improved & hopefully will over time: better organization with parent volunteering, increased math & science achievement, and just more funding on the whole (which is a PPS, if not a nationwide problem).

Submitted by a parent

May 11, 2009

I really like the school but if you have any sort of problem or a child who needs help in any area other than the norm, good luck getting assistance from the principal. The teachers are doing a fantastic job, it's just too bad the principal is so artificial. We love Buckman just not the response you get when you really need someone who can be a strong leader in the right way. I've found that the 'image' is quite different than the reality when you get past the 'smile.' Schools deserve great leaders, especially with fantastic teachers and staff on board.

Submitted by a parent

April 18, 2009

After being at Buckman Elementary in various capacities for more than 10 years, I beleive Buckman teachers are fantastic. They combine both the arts and academics that benefits the WHOLE child. Team planning and art productions give the children a well balanced curriculum. On the other hand, professionalism and leadership are greatly lacking in Buckman's administrator and the staff has picked up the responsibilities causing an undue workload on the building teachers. The administrator has poor communication with the community and staff which has caused confusion and misunderstandings. This is unfortunate as I am thankful for the commitment the teachers have to the children and each other and for my children's smiles each day while there.

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