The city of Buford is preparing for area growth with school expansion projects at Buford Academy and at Buford High School.
By the time the 2008-2009 school year roles around, second grade students will move to Buford Academy, which has traditionally housed grades three through five. The Buford Academy expansion will include 35 new classrooms, expansions of the cafeteria and media center, and a new auxiliary gym.
Allison Miller, assistant superintendent of Buford City Schools, says, "We hope that the Buford High School project will run about four to six months behind the Buford Academy project." The Buford High School project includes 30 new classrooms and an auxiliary gym. The project should be completed during the 2008-2009 school year.
"This unprecedented growth is not unexpected, and thanks to the wisdom of our school board and city commissioners, we will be prepared to accommodate the many new students who move into the new neighborhoods," Miller says.
Buford Elementary (Grades: K-2)
- Buford Elementary School became a Title I Distinguished School during the 2006-2007 school year.
- The school is known in the state as a model school for its Accelerated Reader program.
- Multiple programs are in place to ensure students” success including offering ESOL education to all grade levels, an SRA tutoring program and a Saturday School program.
- Senior citizens visit the school weekly to help tutor students that need extra help or encouragement.
Buford Academy (Grades: 3-5)
- Buford Academy was named as a Title One Distinguished School in 2007.
- Members of the community regularly mentor individual students.
- Saturday school is held to help struggling students and new English-language learners.
- Last school year, 26 students read more than one million words and were part of a special group called the 1,000,000 Word Club.
- Last school year, a group of students performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference in Savannah, and six students participated in the Georgia Elementary Honors Chorus.
Buford Middle (Grades: 6-8)
- This year, teachers are focusing on teaching and learning through the continued implementation of Learning Focused Schools.
- The school will host a curriculum night to advise parents of the expectations for students in each subject area. For Spanish-speaking parents, there will be a Hispanic parent night.
- The sixth grade team will host a sixth grade orientation to help make the transition easier from elementary school to middle school.
- Wolf Pack Wednesday is a teachers-as-advisors program that pairs a small group of students with a caring adult. This program was started last year and will be further developed this year.
Buford High School (Grades: 9-12)
- Buford High School had the highest pass rates on each section of the GHSGT (Georgia High School Graduation Test) in the school”s history during the 2006-2007 school year.
- In addition to the excellent academics, the school has gained success in the arts and athletics.
- At least nine of the school”s athletic teams made it to the state level of competition, and this past year, the BHS students were crowned the State Literary Champs for the second time in three years.
Buford City Schools . 2007-2008 Calendar