Buckeye Local Schools Profile
Buckeye Local Schools is located in western Medina County and is about 30 miles south of Cleveland. The district covers 70.9 square miles and includes Litchfield Township, Liverpool Township, York Township, and part of Medina city.
On June 12, 1952, the Litchfield, Liverpool, and York Local School Districts consolidated into one school district to be known as the Buckeye Local School District. At the time of consolidation, there were 781 pupils. Currently, our enrollment is approximately 2,300 with over 210 children open enrolling to Buckeye each year.
Our buildings sit on one campus. These include an elementary building housing the primary (K-3) and intermediate (4-6) grades, along with our Little Bucks Preschool, which is located in the Intermediate side; a junior high (7-8); and a high school (9-12). Our campus also includes all athletic fields, a nature realm, and greenhouses at the back of the elementary.
District Report Cards:
Buckeye educators are focused on constant improvement and striving for the best beginning with our 5-Star Step Up to Quality preschool.
Our state report card data shows growth and progress despite changes in assessments, formats, and target scores over the past few years. Some report card points of pride include:
Under “Achievement” -- The district letter of “F” fails to represent the progress we have made toward reaching each indicators. We saw score improvements in grades 3, 4, 8, 9, and 10 English Language Arts; 4, 8, and 10 Math; 4th grade Social Studies and HS Government; and 8th grade Science. Overall, we saw improvement in 11 tested areas.
Under “K-3 Literacy” -- Our third graders are performing at top levels in Medina county (82.2% proficient) and NO students have been retained for failing to meet Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements.
Under “Prepared for Success” -- Our four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2016 has improved from 91.4% to 94.8%. ACT scores rose from 33.4% remediation free for 2015 graduates to 36.2% remediation free with graduates of 2016.
Under “Prepared for Success” -- Our AP and College Credit Plus course offerings and enrollments in our high school facilities have more than doubled in two years. AP exam scores of 3 or better also improved in one year from 3.4% to 6.8%!
Under “Progress” -- We are closing the gaps in achievement in K-12 English Language Arts for ALL students and we continue to work on improving Math achievement with our math adoption in process during 2017-2018.
Beyond standardized assessments, we have made many academic changes recently that enhance opportunities for all students:
We have established our District Leadership, Building Leadership, and Teacher Teams structure, providing consistency and shared goals throughout our educational staff.
In partnership with the Medina County Career Center, we have added STEAM offerings including Modeling and Automation, Robotics, Medical Detectives, and BioMed.
We are in year 3 of implementing our technology plan. Currently, students in grades K-6 have access to device carts with students in 7-10 having 1:1 take-home Chromebooks. In 2019-2020, all students in 7-12 will have these 1:1 devices.
Our gifted offerings and service have increased with the addition of “cluster groupings” and intentional scheduling practices for students with gifted identification, and students with Individual Education Plans are now receiving more support in general education classrooms through co-taught instruction.
Our tax base is primarily residential and rural, however the district is fortunate enough to contain two industrial parks, which provide a large personal property tax base. We have experienced steady growth of new construction in residential real estate. In our most recent Fall, 2016, emergency levy renewal, our community supported a 10-year, 7.6-mill renewal on its first ballot attempt.
Community support in Buckeye Schools goes above and beyond financial. We recently built new bleachers at our football stadium and separated our track and soccer stadiums to accommodate growing attendance numbers for our winning teams. Other athletic projects throughout the district included a new high school gym floor and we are currently building a new baseball field.
Our families and community are also actively engaged in non-athletic school events. Each year, our elementary parking lots are full for the Halloween parade and classroom holiday parties as well as our Open Houses. Our school plays and musicals include students from the Intermediate building and beyond, our band and choir concerts start in third grade with state competitions beginning in Junior High. Our art students and inventors compete at the state level and have qualified for national competitions, and our high school auditorium has been recently renovated with new seating and a refinished stage. Our parents and community are wonderfully supportive of all student successes!
Community thoughts about our schools:
"When you call them the voice prompt makes mention of caring staff and today I found out that without a doubt that is true!"
"I love the fact that my son is part of the Buckeye school system! He is Excelling!"
"My alma mater, fun football games & great teachers!"
"I am so proud/happy that my children get to learn here! GO BUCKS!"
"Buckeye has done a great job in showing caring and an excellent job educating my kids. The teachers are wonderful and do a fabulous job working with students to keep them engaged and learning."
“...as a parent, there is no where else in the area that I want to send my kids for their education. I am an educator in a neighboring district and I love having my kids at Buckeye!”
“Overall good experience for my children!”
“In my opinion, I feel the community believes in and supports Buckeye. We will come together and work to get things done and move forward to great advancements for our children and our home.”
“I'm a proud buckeye parent!”