Buckhorn High School

283 reviews
  1. Madison County Schools
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Readiness
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Address
4123 Winchester Rd
New Market, AL 35761
Telephone
(256) 379-2123
Website
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Buckhorn High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Outcomes

Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1070
6 responses
Average ACT
25
123 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
71%
Percent Proficient - Math
28%
AP Enrollment
27%
AP Exam Pass Rate
73%
Advanced Math Enrollment
Low
Poll
How challenging are academics at this school?
  • This school is nationally recognized.
    55%
  • This school is the best in the area.
    27%
  • Probably like most other schools.
    16%
  • This school doesn't challenge anyone.
    2%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
81%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
74%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 80 responses
  • We go against our rivals in "The Cotton Classic"
    25%
  • Homecoming Week - Dressing Up
    24%
  • Prom
    15%
  • Blue and Gold Game
    14%
  • The community bonfire that began a few years ago!
    11%
  • Homecoming Dance
    8%
  • Red Ribbon Week- Dress Up
    3%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,398
Free or Reduced Lunch
34%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.26 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.26 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.26 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$49,708
Teachers in First/Second Year
11%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.45 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.45 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.45 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,628/ year
National
$11,890
78%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.46 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.46 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.46 responses

Reviews

283 reviews
  • Excellent
    38
  • Very Good
    125
  • Average
    101
  • Poor
    12
  • Terrible
    7
My experience at Buckhorn has improved over the years. It's really hard to make new friends and most people stick to their groups, but once you find somewhere that you fit in, it can be a really great environment. Most of the AP classes have great teachers that know what they're doing, but some of the required courses (such as Government and Health) are a waste of time. I'm glad they've stuck with the five minute class changes and break; it really alleviates some of the stress of getting to class on time. Mrs. Chumbley is also the light of many student's days on biscuit day. Such a sweet old lady, even though the cooking room is very unsanitary despite roach killing efforts.

Senior year has been my best year so far because the teachers are a lot more respectful of your maturity. Also, it's easier to customize your classes to your career plans once you've got the required courses out the way. I love the early release / late arrival option.

My biggest complaint is that the arts programs are really underfunded, so if you're big into art, writing, and theater.. forget it. While Buckhorn attempts to give artistic students time to practice their skills, they don't fund any means to do it. Madison County actually signed Monrovia's new high school into the budget instead of providing an auditorium to several local high schools, including Buckhorn. Buckhorn's current stage is falling to pieces and the only funding that the single advanced theater class receives is what they earn from free commons plays. Band, only the other hand, is one of the best ones in the district and performs beautiful half time shows every year.

And of course, the school food sucks except for the french fries and chicken, which leads to a pretty unhealthy diet for the kids. The spanish hall (well, I guess it's the history hall now) is clearly too small. The parking lot is overcrowded. But, there is little to no violence or vandalism, and the environment is pretty friendly. I'd give it about a B.
  • High School Senior
  • Nov 20 2015
It's a weird clash of cultures. It's a really good school with challenging classes, but there's also a lot of ignorant students. Also the administrative staff focuses way too much on enforcing the dress code on the girls. On multiple occasions there were announcements calling out the entire female student body. It is very distracting and detracts from my education when I have to focus on if the clothes I'm wearing are "appropriate". Also the code of conduct doesn't promise protection from discrimination to LGBT+ students
  • High School Senior
  • 11 months ago
Several of the teachers I have had throughout high school have told the students that it's their fault they are failing a class and that the student should have made themselves more available for tutoring or asking the teacher for help. Which I personally think is completely wrong most of those students are having to ride the bus to and from school everyday and they simply don't have a way to get to the school early or stay late because their parents are working. It upsets me that the teachers at my school are this way and that they don't make themselves more available. For example my Genetics teacher last year was only available before and after school on Thursdays and during her planning period. On the contrary my AP English 11 teacher was available all the time and even gave us her phone number so if we had any questions about the work we could contact her no matter what day or what time and she would always get back to us within an hour. Throughout my entire high school career she was my best teacher in terms of making herself available to her students and when a student was struggling in her class she went above and beyond to help that student. In terms of teaching styles though all my teachers are severely struggling in that department. Last year my Math teacher didn't exactly have a teaching style at all and all of her lesions were boring and half the class would fall asleep or simply start talking and not listen to her. In general the teachers at my school are okay they have moments of greatness and moments that make you think what are you doing with your life.
  • High School Senior
  • 6 months ago