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Engineering Success through STEM

Our prestigious STEM Academy in North Tampa is the only middle school in our district to immerse students in Bioengineering. As one of our district's original STEM Academies--Science, Technology, Engineering and Math--Buchanan Middle's program teaches students to use traditional engineering techniques to solve problems in the field of medicine. STEM students are grouped together all three years with the same core teachers, while our Sixth Grade Structure helps all students feel at home in their new learning environment. Scholar Quest high school credit courses challenge students in Engineering, Spanish, Math and Science--including the opportunity to earn a variety of Industry Certifications in Technology, Through Electives, students sample exciting courses, including Band, Agriculture and our AVID college readiness program. Classmates connect through our sports teams and clubs, and our Tutor-A-bull program provides additional academic support with tutors from the University of South Florida. Buchanan Middle, where our students are engineering a successful future.


Sixth Grade Structure

Our sixth grade structure is designed to group students who are new to middle school together for their first year as they become comfortable with the dynamics of their new school.

Scholar Quest

Scholar Quest engages students in accelerated courses, featuring advanced academics and unique future-focused career learning opportunities. Courses often allow students to receive high school credits.


Sample several fascinating subjects as a 6th grade student before taking a deeper dive into the fields that interest and inspire you most in 7th and 8th grades.

Clubs & Sports Teams

Spark new friendships, stay active and bring your learning to life in one of more than a dozen clubs, service organizations or sports teams—including boys' and girls' basketball, volleyball, track, soccer and flag football.

Social Emotional Learning

Every middle school student's education includes Social Emotional Learning or "SEL." Our SEL curriculum builds character and resilience, focusing on self-management, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.

Nature's Classroom

All 6th grade students join in a multi-day field research study along the Hillsborough River in our 365-acre outdoor educational preserve. Using scientific techniques, students discover our area's vital plant and animal life.

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Academic Competitions

Showcasing skills on a local, state or national stage, our students take part in a range of academic competitions such as Math Bowls, student literacy competitions and Hillsborough's STEM Fair—the largest in the Southeast US.

Career & Technical Education

Prepare for life with Career & Technical Education or "CTE" courses focused on real-world skills that are valuable in today's workforce. Hillsborough Schools is proud to be a state and national leader in CTE offerings.

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Preparing Students for Life