Buford Middle School

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Buford Middle School opened in August 1966 as one of the City of Charlottesville Public Schools' two Junior High Schools, along with Walker Junior High (now Walker Upper Elementary School). In 1988, it became the City's only middle school offering classes in the 7th and 8th grade.

The school is named after Florence Buford, who taught in the City's school system for 37 years, starting as a history teacher at Lane High in 1927, then becoming the first principal of Clark Elementary School when it opened in 1931, until her retirement in 1964.

The Buford Middle School motto is "Ready for Greatness."[1]

Buford students also have access to the Buford Schoolyard Garden Project.


Named in honor of Florence Buford, who served as principal of Clark Elementary for 33 years, Buford Middle School opened in August 1966 as one of two junior high schools in the City. (Walker School was the other.) In 1988, Buford became the City‘s only middle school, housing grades 7 and 8, while Walker became an upper elementary school, serving grades 5 and 6.[2]


School Population

  • Enrollment: 477
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 4.0%
  • African American: 48.4%
  • Hispanic: 6.7%
  • White: 40.9%
  • ESL students: 15.1%
  • Gifted students: 29.4%
  • Special Education students: 14.7%
  • Pupil/teacher ratio: 16.25:1


There is an active proposal to reconfigure and redevelopment.

See this section of the Charlottesville Schools Page for the updated info.


Buford Middle School is located at 1000 Cherry Avenue Charlottesville, VA 22903.


  1. Web. Buford Middle School: Ready for Greatness, retrieved 1 June 2012.
  2. Web. About Buford, Charlottesville City Schools, retrieved March 11 2022.
  3. Web. Four new Charlottesville principals charting course for academic year, Josh Mandell, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, September 2, 2018, retrieved September 2, 2018.
  4. Web. Albemarle HS principal headed to city for Buford Middle School job, Katherine Knott, News Article, Daily Progress, May 21, 2019, retrieved June 1, 2019.
  5. Web. Western Albemarle principal takes Charlottesville safety supervisor job, Katherine Knott, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, May 26, 2021, retrieved June 27, 2021.

Grade reconfiguration

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