My experience at Buckhorn has improved over the years. It's really hard to make new friends and most people stick to their groups, but once you find somewhere that you fit in, it can be a really great environment. Most of the AP classes have great teachers that know what they're doing, but some of the required courses (such as Government and Health) are a waste of time. I'm glad they've stuck with the five minute class changes and break; it really alleviates some of the stress of getting to class on time. Mrs. Chumbley is also the light of many student's days on biscuit day. Such a sweet old lady, even though the cooking room is very unsanitary despite roach killing efforts.
Senior year has been my best year so far because the teachers are a lot more respectful of your maturity. Also, it's easier to customize your classes to your career plans once you've got the required courses out the way. I love the early release / late arrival option.
My biggest complaint is that the arts programs are really underfunded, so if you're big into art, writing, and theater.. forget it. While Buckhorn attempts to give artistic students time to practice their skills, they don't fund any means to do it. Madison County actually signed Monrovia's new high school into the budget instead of providing an auditorium to several local high schools, including Buckhorn. Buckhorn's current stage is falling to pieces and the only funding that the single advanced theater class receives is what they earn from free commons plays. Band, only the other hand, is one of the best ones in the district and performs beautiful half time shows every year.
And of course, the school food sucks except for the french fries and chicken, which leads to a pretty unhealthy diet for the kids. The spanish hall (well, I guess it's the history hall now) is clearly too small. The parking lot is overcrowded. But, there is little to no violence or vandalism, and the environment is pretty friendly. I'd give it about a B.