Buford Middle School
Buford Middle School
Mr. Eric Johnson, Principal
1000 Cherry Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Ms. Tonya Carter
Ms. Pamela Davis
Mr. John Rusina
Ready for Greatness!
The Buford Middle School motto is "Be at the Right Place, at the Right Time, doing the Right Thing, with the Right Materials." Through a comprehensive program of study that details courses for grades 6-12 and a variety of extracurricular activities to serve the needs of adolescent learners, Buford prepares students for success in high school and beyond. Accelerated and honors level courses are offered in subjects for students who are prepared to advance beyond the typical course progression. Staff members and students work together to develop high expectations for academic performance and personal responsibility. College visits are a regular feature of Buford life.
Classes follow a block schedule for sustained learning and a focus on core classes. Teachers use the “Understanding by Design“ model to create lesson plans that fully engage students for longer periods and develop higher order thinking.
Buford Middle School is the first public school in the Commonwealth Engineering Design Academies, a laboratory school partnership with the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and Curry School of Education. The project – the first of its kind – pairs University of Virginia professors with local public school teachers and students. The Buford Engineering Design Academy – to be followed by similar high-tech labs at Charlottesville High School and Albemarle County’s Jack Jouett Middle School and Albemarle High School – is linked via video to the partner lab at the University of Virginia, enabling U.Va. professors and students to offer lessons and develop innovations for the participating laboratory schools.
Buford has a strong on-site athletics program, offering more than 20 activities year-round. Approximately half of the students participate in at least one school sport and 8th grade student may participate in junior varsity activities at CHS. Other clubs are devoted to drama, yearbook, gardening, and student council. Students can stay after school to receive academic help. In all, 75% of the student body participates in an extra-curricular activity-academic, fine art, or sport- during the school year.
The City Schoolyard Garden at Buford is a unique learning partnership where students explore connections between food, health, and the environment through hands-on activities. City Schoolyard Garden is a non-profit, guided by a Board of Directors and funded through community and grant support. In addition to hosting classes in the garden, CSG operates after-school and summer programming and develops curricular resources for teachers. The City installed a rainwater harvesting system to collect and store rainwater from the gym roof for garden irrigation.
History of Buford
Named in honor of Charlottesville educator Florence Buford, Buford Middle School opened in August 1966 as one of two junior high schools. (Walker School was the other). In 1988, Buford became the City‘s only middle school, housing grades 7 and 8 and Walker became an upper elementary school, serving grades 5 and 6.
Awards and Recognitions
- In 2012, sixteen Buford orchestra students were chosen for the Junior Regional Orchestra for grades 7 - 9, including one student who was given the role of prestigious role of Concertmaster.
- The Buford Band Program reached a major milestone when the Buford Symphonic Band received straight Superior Ratings at the Virginia Band Directors' Association Concert Festival. This marked the 29th consecutive year that the Buford Band program has achieved a Superior rating at the District Level.
- Twenty Buford students won awards in the Annual Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair including three 1st place, two 2nd place and three 3rd place exhibits.
- Five Buford Middle School students participated in the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at UVA over the summer. Selected middle school students enhanced their proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics while living on a college campus—at no cost to the child or family.
Opportunities for Parent Involvement
Buford has an active PTO to organize special events such as the book fair and to support school programs. Athletic events at Buford attract hundreds of cheering fans. International Night is a popular school tradition that features international foods, exhibits, and performances. Since 2009, in partnership with City Schoolyard Garden, the school has hosted the Fall Harvest Festival in October, a community celebration of food, gardens, learning, and the season.
What Parents Say about Buford School:
“My experience with the staff has been outstanding. My child does not want to miss school for any reason. That is saying a lot about his positive experiences.”
“I absolutely love Buford School. I can never thank his teacher enough for the way she single handedly turned my son around. We have had the best two years we have ever had. I don't say lightly that you have a superior educator there.”