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Why does BCMHS have a Senior Portfolio?

Buckingham Charter Magnet High School values active and self-reflective learning, as a prospective graduate, you are required to assemble a Senior Portfolio to demonstrate your academic achievement and to engage in self-reflection and self-evaluation.  Components of the portfolio include commentary, self-assessment, and carefully chosen work samples completed during your high school experience. The primary focus of the portfolio is academic work, but you may include material created in a work setting or community organization.  Content of individual portfolios will vary, but these guidelines should help you create an effective representation of your learning.  The faculty and staff hope the portfolio process gives you a meaningful way to reflect on and further integrate your learning experiences.  In turn, we look forward to learning from your work.

The portfolio melds two important foundations of Buckingham’s educational philosophy: the Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs) which drive accreditation and the Learner Goals which lie at the heart of the charter.  The ESLRs articulate specific expectations of Buckingham students:

     Buckingham students will be prepared for academic success in post-secondary education.

     Buckingham students will demonstrate proficiency with computer skills necessary in the 21st century.

     Buckingham students will demonstrate proficiency in the content areas through the use of Visual and Media Arts.

     Buckingham students will be responsible citizens and possess a solid foundation for life-long learning.

The charter’s Learner Goals express our stake-holders’ vision of what a Buckingham graduate should be.  We believe our graduates are:

     Self-directed Achievers who create an academic and vocational vision and who take personal responsibility for progress toward that goal.

     Quality Producers who consistently develop products that meet or exceed defined standards and who are able to communicate the elements of a quality product.

     Technology Integrators who ethically implement technology skills and resources to create appropriate products for specific purposes.

     Collaborative Workers who demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and who meet individual responsibilities in support of team goals. 

     Community Contributors who positively contribute to the welfare of his or her community.

     Life-long Learners who apply appropriate strategies to analyze information and who continually evaluate and synthesize results to determine the need for additional information.

Through the components of the Senior Portfolio, you will bring these two fundamental goals together and demonstrate through your work samples how you have achieved both.

Senior Information

Senior Information

UC application currently available, submission Nov 1- 30th 

For information and tips on completing the application visit "Presenting Your Self on the UC Application"


CSU applications open October 1st.  Deadline to apply is Nov. 30th.


Register to take your SAT ( and/or ACT ( if you haven't done so already.


If you are thinking about going out of state and want to stay in the west look at WUE (Western University Exchange)

Admission Application News & Updates


The Fall 2017 application window for California State University system will open on October 1 for Fall 2017 admission.  Students planning to apply to a CSU campus should apply online at  The application window will open on October 1 and closes November 30, 2015.  Fee application waivers for up to four campuses are available for qualifying students.


The Fall 2017 application is now available.  Students can start filling out the application online at and must submit it Nov. 1–30.  Students should check the top right hand corner of the page, next to their name, to confirm the application is for Fall 2017.

Personal statement and tips:

The personal statement prompts have changed


  • As a reminder, the UC required writing exercise is not an essay.  Here are some useful tips to share:
    •  Students should focus on themselves; they should use “I” statements
    •  Students should tell everything they want us to know, including what opportunities they had or didn’t have; what they made of the opportunities and resources available to them; what did they choose to do and why; what did they learn as result of what they choose to do; and, how did they take what they learned and applied it to other aspects of their life.

Application fee waivers:

UC will continue to waive application fees (for up to four campuses) for qualified students as a feature of the online application.  If a student is denied a fee waiver on the application, the student should indicate that he wants to pay by mail and submit a College Board/NACAC fee waiver or a letter, which includes the family income and the number of people supported by that income, to the UC Application Center address provided on the receipt.

Senior Info: SAT and ACT

Click the links below to get test dates, times and locations.

SAT Test Dates:

ACT Test Dates:

Sober Grad Contact Info

Parents, we need you!  Please check out our website:

for more information about this years event.

Senior Timeline

Senior Timeline


  • Make sure your senior classes meet all the college admission requirements
  • Sign up for the ACT (  and/or SAT test (, along with the required SAT subject tests (UC only)  Buckingham School Code 053596
  • Check resource books, online sites, and your guidance office for information on scholarships and grants.  Ask colleges about scholarships for which you may qualify.
  • Continue to investigate college selections through the internet and visit colleges
  • Complete essays and senior portfolio’s “statement of future plans” and draft applications and essays for college admissions.  Ask teachers, counselor, and parents to review essays for revisions. 
  • Finalize your list of 6-10 favorite colleges or universities
  • Place your order for cap/gown/tassel and other graduation supplies with Jostens (DEADLINE TO ORDER Nov. 15th)
  • Parent sign and submit the Cal Grant GPA Permission Form



  • Review and complete the FAFSA (financial aid)
  • Parents apply for PIN for use with FAFSA
  • File FAFSA and save PIN for later use
  • Identify staff/others who can write strong recommendation letters (complete letter of recommendation request for staff members)
  • Attend College Fairs or Preview Days
  • Submit the online application for state schools,  Due November 30th
  • Start UC application once CSU application is submitted
  • Oct/Nov:  Send early decision and early action applications



  • Apply online to UC schools, Due Nov 30th   
  • Have your transcripts sent to requesting colleges
  • Last month to take SAT/ACT for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo



  • Last month to take the ACT or SAT’s for most colleges
  • Make any last visits to colleges
  • Begin to send in independent college/university applications
  • Early Graduates must have Senior Portfolio turned in and approved



  • Attend Buckingham’s Financial Aid Night - TBD "Cash for College"
  • Request transcripts of first semester grades sent to select colleges/universities



  • Continue to pursue scholarship information and apply for those you are qualified
  • Get a copy of the “Local Scholarship Packet,” available mid February 
  • Follow specific campus guidelines regarding housing


  • Apply to community colleges; register for placement exams
  • Submit Local Scholarship Packet due date TBD
  • If possible, plan a campus visit to one of your top college choices



  • Register for summer classes at the community college for priority registration
  • Return intent to register forms to chosen college by specified deadlines
  • Notify colleges you are not attending


  • Athletes:  to play in college, you must be certified by the NCAA
  • Take Writing Placement Exam for UC
  • Register for summer programs at college campuses
  • Notify the counselor of grants and scholarships received for Senior Recognition Night by May 8, 2017.
  • Plan to attend Senior Recognition Night on May 23, 2017 turn in your RSVP by May 12, 2017
  • Return forms for on-campus orientation programs
  • Request that your final transcript to be sent to your chosen college
  • Senior Portfolios are due for all seniors.  See your Service Learning teacher for deadlines.
  • JUNE 9, 2016 - GRADUATION CEREMONY! Order transcripts to be sent to colleges


July and August

  • Finalize your college budget
  • Note deadlines for tuition and room and board payments.
  • Apply for student loans, if necessary
  • Attend freshman orientation