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F.W. Buchholz High School is a public, magnet school in Gainesville, FL. It has 2,177 students in grades 9-12. Students score above average on state standardized tests. There have been 158 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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High School Senior

On Overall Experience: I stand strongly by my opinion that Buchholz is easily the best school in the area. Being a part of student government, I'm able to be a part of all school events and see that the school tries its best to reach out to all types of students to make them feel included. We're constantly thinking of ways to engage the student body and make them excited to be at such a great school.

High School Senior

On Health & Safety: I honestly have never visited the school nurse. My only encounter with her was when a classmate in my class was feeling faint after giving blood. She came to my class and helped the student out, so I guess she knows what she's doing. I don't feel I've had enough experience with her to accurately rate her.

High School Senior

On Administration & Policies: When I entered high school, the county issued a dress code that requires students to wear either solid color collared shirts or polos, or school-sponsored t-shirts. Despite constantly claiming to strongly enforce these rules, administration tends to look the other way, especially with kids whom they are familiar with. Administration demands that teachers enforce these rules and yet don't do it themselves. This also goes for the no cell phone policy. However, administration acts promptly for serious violations such as fights or drug use. They are highly involved in school events and genuinely try their hardest to keep the school safe and running smoothly.

High School Senior

On Student Culture & Diversity: The neighborhoods zoned for Buchholz are typically more affluent areas, so there are a lot of snobby, rich kids. Because of this, a lot of social groups are pretty restricted since the kids aren't open-minded and are very picky about who they hang out with. However, I have been able to find a large group of kids who ARE open-minded and that I get along with really well, and we're always accepting of new friends. I'm not too fond of the snobby, rich kids (even though I live in the same area as them), and I guess in that way I'm restrictive in my friend group, but I'd like to think that there is a good amount of genuinely kind and accepting students who are willing to branch out.

High School Senior

On Teachers: I may be biased, considering I took pretty much only AP classes, but every teacher I have had throughout high school (except for one teacher this year) have been phenomenal. They are knowledgeable and know the material back and front, and use diverse teaching styles to be able to engage students. I feel that they teach in a way that prepares students for higher education and show real-world applications of the material. I can't speak for the lower level teachers, however.


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F.W. Buchholz High School is a public, magnet school in Gainesville, FL. It has 2,177 students in grades 9-12. Students score above average on state standardized tests. There have been 158 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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Test Performance

F.W. Buchholz High School performed better than 83% of other schools on Florida math and reading standardized tests.

Average standardized
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Based on 37 students surveyed


Based on 26 students surveyed
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Student Polls

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 5 responses

  • 25% Clubs/ Teams
  • 25% Academics
  • 12% Wasn't really a fan of any part of the school.
  • 12% Any event put on by student government
  • 12% Pep Rallies
  • 12% Variety of Foreign Languages

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 16 responses

  • 56% Yes
  • 31% Not sure.
  • 12% No

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 5 responses

  • 40% The acceptance of all personalities
  • 40% The cliques or groups base on ethnicity.
  • 20% The diversity of the curriculum and academic track

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 5 responses

  • 60% It's big, but don't be scared, very accepting.
  • 20% Don't slack off freshman year.
  • 20% Don't let the bad influences get to you.

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Demanding but great experience
  • 20% Crappy

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