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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 (collegeboard.org) and/or ACT (act.org) 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)

2019-2020 Senior Grad Information

Senior Planning Calendar

September

  • Create a resume documenting participation in activities, clubs, sports, volunteer work, etc. for college applications and letters of recommendation.
  • Check the counseling office or school website for updated scholarship information.
  • Register for the ACT or SAT at www.act.org or www.collegeboard.org
  • When registering for an SAT exam use the code 3594 to send your scores to all CSU campuses.
  • Create a designated email account for all college correspondence.
  • Make sure you know the application, financial aid, and testing deadlines for your schools of interest.
  • You may begin working on the UC application
  • Request a Solano official transcript to be sent to your counselor or registrar if you have taken courses over the summer

October

  • Begin the college application process online for CSU/UC.  Your updated transcript will be mailed home to reference for college applications.  You will be required to self-report courses taken and grades earned during high school, including all community college coursework.
  • If your college or scholarship application requires a letter of recommendation use the “Student Activities/Resume” form found in the counseling office or school website under the counseling tab.  Please allow at least 2 weeks for staff members to complete your recommendation.
  • Research college websites, visit campuses of interest, attend preview days and College Fairs.
  • Apply for financial aid between October 1st & March 2nd at www.fafsa.ed.gov  or https://dream.csac.ca.gov/ (for students who do not have a SSN).  These applications will require you to use tax information from the 2018 fiscal year. Please see your counselor for help if needed.
  • Attend a Cash 4 College Workshop in your area for financial aid application assistance.
    • Cash 4 College at Buckingham Room 101 on Thursday, October 3rd from 6-8pm

November

  • Submit admission applications to the UC and CSU systems no later than November 30th
  • The CSU application can be found at www2.calstate.edu/apply  Cost per Application - $55 or waiver if qualify
  • The UC application can be found at admissions.universityofcalifornia.edu    Cost per Application - $70 or waiver if qualify
  • Research community college enrollment process, many schools host special events to assist new students with enrollment.

December

  • This is the last month to take the SAT or ACT for fall 2020 admission.  Some schools have earlier testing deadlines, please be aware of these dates.
  • Complete the CSS/Financial Aid Profile if required by your private college at www.collegeboard.org

Spring Semester

  • Request a Solano official transcript to be sent to your counselor or registrar if you have taken courses during Fall and current Spring Semester
  • Apply for Local Scholarships
  • March 2nd – Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application deadline and CA Dream Act Application deadline.
  • Pick up a copy of the local scholarship packet (available mid February), located in the main office or on the school website under the counseling tab.
  • Finalize community college plans by applying, attending an orientation, taking the necessary placement exams and meeting with an academic advisor at the community college you plan to attend.
  • Return your intent to register forms to your chosen campus before May 1st
  • May – Take AP exams.
  • May – Request that your final transcript (from Buckingham and from any community colleges that you have attended) be sent to the college you will attend.

 

ESTIMATED ANNUAL COST

HELPFUL WEBSITES

www.fafsa.ed.gov                                                                                            www.collegeboard.org

www.scholarships.com                                                                                   www.californiacolleges.edu

www.finaid.org                                                                                                 www2.calstate.edu

www.scholarships4students.com                                                                 www.cccapply.org

www.studentscholarships.org                                                                       www.campusexplorer.com

www.goodcall.com                                                                                          www.collegemajors101.com

www.csac.ca.gov                                                                                              www.khanacademy.org

www.fastweb.com                                                                                           www.cacareerzone.org

www.universityofcalifornia.edu                                                                    www.assist.org

            https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/

Admission Application News & Updates

CSU

The Fall 2018 application window for California State University system will open on October 1 for Fall 2018 admission.  Students planning to apply to a CSU campus should apply online at www.csumentor.edu.  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.

UC

The Fall 2018 application is now available.  Students can start filling out the application online here 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 2018.

  • 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 Requirements

 

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 Student Learning Outcomes(SLOs) which drive accreditation and the Learner Outcomes which lie at the heart of the charter.  

 

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

 Master a University Prep, STEAM and/or Digital Media Pathway.

 Apply technology skills necessary for the 21st century.

Reach a solid foundation of lifelong learning through personal accountability.

Know how to reach academic success in post-secondary education.

    

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