Buckhorn High School

285 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.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
71%
Percent Proficient - Math
28%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1120
7 responses
Average ACT
26
130 responses
AP Enrollment
27%

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

285 reviews
  • Excellent
    39
  • Very Good
    126
  • 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
Buckhorn is a great school to prepare students not only for college but life. The is never a dull moment in the atmosphere of Buckhorn. In this school there is something for everyone rather it be athletics or clubs or simply being a student every student finds a comfortable place to fit in. The school has a great staff that is always pushing students foward in a positive direction hoping only for success to come. This school would make a great school to anyone of any type of background. Whenever you walk through the doors of Buckhorn High School you're guaranteed to feel welcome and as if you always belonged.
  • Junior
  • 27 days ago
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
  • Dec 31 2015