About Buford

Buford Middle School

Ready for Greatness

BUF IMG_3996Buford Middle School serves Charlottesville students in grades 7 and 8.  We offer a wide variety of classes — many for high-school credit — but we recognize that our students are still young adolescents. Our mascot is the Trojans, and our motto is “Be at the Right Place, at the Right Time, doing the Right Thing, with the Right Materials.”

Here are four programs that make Buford unique:

  • BUF-Engineering_ IMG_3447The Buford Engineering Design Academy works in partnership with the the University of Virginia, the Smithsonian Institute, and other area public schools.  Made possible by the renovation of our science labs in 2013, the program is rethinking how we teach science, incorporating not only engineering principals but history-science connections.  All students benefit from this program in their science classes; some students choose to take an engineering exploratory class or even Engineering 1 for high-school credit.
  • BUF_8-e1443525642688The City Schoolyard Garden at Buford is a unique learning partnership, exploring connections between food, health,  the environment, and more throughhands-on activities. In addition to hosting classes in the garden, CSG also has a team of students who garden to satisfy their physical education credit.  The Buford garden takes advantage of rainwater harvesting and storage (collecting water from the roof of the school’s gym), solar power, a hoop house, and more.  Each spring, students raise and give away more than 1000 seedlings to establish the vegetable gardens of area nonprofits.
  • College readiness is an strong emphasis at Buford. Charlottesville City Schools teaches students whose families have attended college for generations as well as students who will be the trail-blazers for their families.  Buford prepares all our students by offering high-school credit classes, by hosting U.Va. deans and professors to offer workshops, and by planning field trips to area colleges.  In addition to our accelerated and honors courses, we also have a strong AVID program to serve BUF SleepyHollow-96 (1)students, especially those typically underrepresented on university campuses.
  • As at all Charlottesville Schools, Buford values the fine arts.  Our band has earned superior ratings every year since 1983!  Our band and orchestra earned Grand Champion state-wide competitions this spring.  Our choir sang at Monticello, and our art students regularly win awards.  Come see this excellence for yourself by attending one of our many concerts and events.

History of Buford

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.

Meet your Administrators

Dr. Jesse Turner became Buford’s principal in July 2019.  A Charlottesville High School alumnus, Dr. Turner previously served for more than a decade in school administration in Albemarle County at both Albemarle and Monticello High Schools.  Dr. Turner received his Doctorate of Education in Administration & Supervision from Virginia State University, a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Union University.

A graduate of Virginia State University with two Master’s of Education degrees, Kevin Anderson joined Buford as assistant principal in 2018. He began his teaching career in 2012 in Richmond Public Schools where he taught three years of middle school and one year of elementary school. In 2016, he relocated to Louisa County Public Schools and taught at the high school for two years before joining Buford Middle School.

Pam Davis joined Buford as assistant principal in 2008.  She previously worked as an assistant principal and previously taught a variety of subjects in middle school.  She has degrees and endorsements from Mary Washington College,  Mary Baldwin College, and the University of Virginia.

Even though she was born in New York City, assistant principal C’ta Mitchelson-DeLaurier considers herself a native of Nelson County. As an educator and an instructional coach, she has worked in many divisions across the country over the course of two decades. A graduate of Rutgers University,   she is a life-long learner. She has formal post-graduate educative experiences at California State University-Bakersfield,  University of California Los Angeles, the University of Virginia, and James Madison University.