Buchanan Elementary

About Buchanan Elementary School

2013-2014 Enrollment:

1050

Description of Campus

Buchanan Elementary School serves students in Kindergarten through Grade Five. The school has 54 classrooms, a multipurpose room with a kitchen, two computer labs, library, cafeteria, an outdoor eating area, amphitheater, administrative offices, a health office, teacher workrooms, and two play areas, one for kindergarten students and one designated for students in grades 1-5. Child care facilities for students in grades K-5 are located on campus in a separate room. The school site is also home to a State Pre-School program.

Year School Opened

The school opened in August 2001 as the eighth elementary school in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District.

Instructional Goals/Program

Buchanan Elementary School’s primary curricular goal is to provide students with a standards-based curriculum that is presented in a meaningful and nurturing environment. Buchanan Elementary is committed to working in collaborative teams to build a school of high performance learning that fosters personal accountability. Within teaching the academic standards, we aim to instill high moral standards. We strive to provide a curriculum that promotes inquiry and discovery, and challenges students to rise to their highest potential.

Feeder Schools

Warm Springs Middle School, Vista Murrieta High School
 

Who is Daniel Buchanan?

Daniel Buchanan was a pioneer who settled in the Murrieta Valley in the late 1800’s. He built the first elementary school that served the children of the local ranchers and farmers. On opening day in 1885, that first school enrolled approximately twenty-five students.

 

What are the school colors?

The school colors are dark slate blue and tan.

 

What is the school mascot?

The schools mascot is the Buchanan Blazers (Trailblazers).

Mission Statement

A partnership dedicated to the highest quality educational opportunities for all.

Vision

Buchanan graduates will be highly enthusiastic, highly proficient self-directed learners. They will be thinkers who possess a strong foundation in basic skills and a desire for life-long learning. They will display a sense of humanity, value diversity, and treat others with kindness and respect.

Staff, families, and our entire community will be partners, actively working in a collaborative manner for the benefit of each child's education. We will ensure an environment in which everyone is valued and treated with dignity and respect. Everyone will assume responsibility for the success of the school community. Buchanan administrators will be visionaries who demonstrate strong leadership, model communication and value all members of the school community.

Buchanan Elementary will be committed to working in collaborative teams to build a school of high performance learning that fosters personal accountability. The staff members will be knowledgeable, life-long learners who model creative problem solving through an interactive, approach to curriculum development, student grouping, and instructional design.

Buchanan's primary curricular goal will be to provide students with a standards based curriculum that is presented in a meaningful and nurturing environment. Within teaching the academic standards, we will aim to instill high moral standards. We will strive to provide a curriculum that promotes inquiry and discovery, and challenges students to rise to their highest potential. Through the collaboration and support of teachers, parents, and community, students will build foundational skills at each grade level that will provide them with the building blocks of literacy, numeracy, thinking skills and social skills so that they may feel confident as both learners and contributors in our ever changing society.

Buchanan will be committed to providing a safe, warm, child-centered learning environment. Staff and parents focus on building future citizens and leaders. We will model and expect responsible, respectful behavior, and students will be held accountable for their choices. Students will have clear expectations and be rewarded for their efforts and accomplishments.

Our success will be measured by children demonstrating confidence as individuals while seeking the highest of standards in personal and academic endeavors. Buchanan will be recognized in the community as a place of pride where children come first and learning reaches new heights.

Values

  • LEARNING - Learning opportunities will foster curiosity, creativity, and academic achievement through a standards based curriculum that promotes inquiry and discovery and challenges students to rise to their highest potential.
  • COMMUNITY - Learning is a shared responsibility among all members of the school community.
  • SAFE AND ORDERLY ENVIRONMENT- Staff will model and expect responsible and respectful behavior and hold everyone accountable for their choices in a safe and nurturing environment. This safe and nurturing environment is necessary to promote learning.
  • COMMUNICATION - Open and honest communication is necessary to promote mutual respect within our school community.
  • TEAMWORK - Teamwork and collaboration among families, community and schools serve as the foundation our children’s educational success.