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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
James Buchanan High School is an above average, public school located in Mercersburg, PA. It has 679 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.

James Buchanan High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
72%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1110
166 responses
Average ACT
27
18 responses
AP Enrollment
16%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$59,669
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$916
National
$949
Median Home Value
$147,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 52 responses
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  • Homecoming
    19%
  • Senior Decision Day
    19%
  • Football Games
    15%
  • JB Jamboree
    12%
  • Sporting events
    12%
  • Prom
    10%
  • Powderpuff
    6%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
679
Free or Reduced Lunch
33%
65%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$67,510
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.7%
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.30 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.30 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.30 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$15,126/ year
National
$12,239
81%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.32 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.32 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.32 responses
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I felt like I was well educated in most of my classes and band and journalism were probably my favorite classes to take because I knew the teachers cared about me and the students in the class created a family. I feel like the school didn't always handle situation in a great way. It wasn't the administration in anyway, but a couple of things happened during the school year that couldn't really be prevented and it didn't make my high school experience as good as I thought it could have been. For example our band over-nighter got canceled because of an issue that happened. There was just a few disappointments because things that we were looking forward to got canceled. Other than that I think my high school experience was pretty good and I am thankful for the friendships I built and for the many teachers who cared and were always there for you.
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I am now a senior at James Buchanan High School. My experience varies from freshman year to present year. The teachers all show appreciation and dedication to their students. The advanced placement classes are helpful as well when leading you up to the point of taking your AP tests. Clubs are very diverse here, they have one for just about everything and they each take part in helping the school become a better community for itself and the students. Overall, James Buchanan is very attentive to the safety and education of their students.
James Buchanan High School is a rural high school in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. The school only has about 1,000 students. In the class of 2020, there are only 160 students. This school is great at accommodating your needs. The fact that it is a smaller school in the area, teachers are able to help all students with any of their problems. The staff here is great and most of the students are great too. I feel very safe at James Buchanan and my favorite part about the school is the sports. For football and basketball games, the students come to cheer on their school, some even travel to away games. Last year, the softball team had gone to states and there was a fairly large group that came out to watch the softball team succeed. I like that the school is smaller so everyone knows everyone and we become closer to one another and relate to some of the same things since we've grown up in the same area for years. James Buchanan High School is a pretty great school for the most part.