James Buchanan Middle School

5191 Fort Loudon Rd
Mercersburg, PA 17236
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rank
4/
10
Bottom 50%
5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
James Buchanan Middle School serves 568 students in grades 6-8.
James Buchanan Middle School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Pennsylvania for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2017-18 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 39% (which is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 45%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 64% (which is higher than the Pennsylvania state average of 63%) for the 2017-18 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is equal to the Pennsylvania state level of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 9% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 34% (majority Black).

School Overview

James Buchanan Middle School's student population of 568 students has grown by 6% over five school years.
The teacher population of 37 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 6-8
Total Students568 students
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Total Classroom Teachers37 teachers
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School Comparison

James Buchanan Middle School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 2,820 schools in Pennsylvania (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
The diversity score of James Buchanan Middle School is 0.17, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (PA)
Overall Testing Rank
#1763 out of 2820 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
39%
45%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
64%
63%
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Student : Teacher Ratio15:115:1
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American Indian
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n/a
Asian
1%
4%
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Hispanic
4%
11%
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Black
1%
15%
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White
91%
66%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
3%
4%
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Diversity Score
0.170.53
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Eligible for Free Lunch
31%
46%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
8%
3%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameTuscarora School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, PA Dept. of Education

Nearby Public Schools

The nearest high school to James Buchanan Middle School is James Buchanan High School (0.5 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Mcconnellsburg Middle School (8.0 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Mercersburg Elementary School (1.1 miles away)
Show me:
  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Miles Grades Students
  • Mercersburg James Buchanan High School Math: 70-74% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    Grades: 9-12 | 702 students
    0.5 miles
    4773 Fort Loudon Rd
    Mercersburg, PA 17236
    (717) 328-2146
    0.5 9-12 702
  • Mercersburg Mercersburg Elementary School Math: 55-59% | Reading: 75-79%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    Grades: K-5 | 265 students
    1.1 miles
    30 S Park Ave
    Mercersburg, PA 17236
    (717) 328-5278
    1.1 K-5 265
  • Mercersburg Mountain View Elementary School Math: 55-59% | Reading: 65-69%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    Grades: K-5 | 264 students
    3.0 miles
    2311 Lemar Rd
    Mercersburg, PA 17236
    (717) 328-2191
    3 K-5 264
  • Mercersburg Montgomery Elementary School Math: 45-49% | Reading: 55-59%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: K-5 | 243 students
    4.0 miles
    9138 Fort Loudon Rd
    Mercersburg, PA 17236
    (717) 328-2023
    4 K-5 243
  • Saint Thomas St Thomas Elementary School Math: 40-44% | Reading: 50-54%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: K-5 | 314 students
    7.5 miles
    70 School House Rd
    Saint Thomas, PA 17252
    (717) 369-3123
    7.5 K-5 314

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  
My daughter is in 6th grade and is enjoying her classes and teachers
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5  
i highly recommend this school because the teachers are amazing and the programs are outstunding and they cool and they work one on one with you
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5  
i am an eighth grader at James Buchanan Middle school and I believe it is the best school around! They offer many extracurricular activites and we have a wonderful arts program. Our principal and assistant principal both greatly love their jobs and support us students like we are their own children. If your looking for a great public school in the Tuscarora District I HIGHLY recommend JBMS! JBMS proud!
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