Orientation FAQ’s

  1. What topics does the math diagnostic test cover?

The math diagnostic is an Integrated Math placement test developed by UC Davis.  It covers many different levels of math.  Buckingham using multi-measures to place students in the math program.  The diagnostic is used as well as previous state testing scores and the 8th grade report card.  Our math department data has shown the diagnostic is an effective and accurate tool for placement.

  1. Spoke about  Integrated Math 1 and Integrated Math 3. Why not integrated 2?

Integrated Math 1 is a high school graduation requirement.  Integrated Math 3 is the minimum math requirement to enter a 4-year college or university after high school.  Our math program order of courses is: Foundations of Algebra, Integrated Math 1, Integrated Math 2, Integrated Math 3, Pre-Calc, AP Calc.  Students are placed in the appropriate level.

  1. If you are not an incoming 9th grader do you still have to take the Math Placement Test?

For students in the 10-12th grade, we use your previous high school transcript to place you in the appropriate math class.

  1. Where are all the sporting events held?

Our sporting events are held throughout the community. Including Kairos, Vaca Pena, and Will C Wood.

  1. What is the average participation in the lottery and how many get in?

We have 150 seats available for each grade level.  Every year the lottery participation varies.  If we have more than 150 students in a grade level, a lottery is held.  If you are not selected during the lottery, you will be placed on a waitlist.  Throughout the summer we continue to call students on the waitlist as space becomes available.

  1. What are my chances of getting in Buckingham if my child is not a 9th grader?

It will depend on the number of students we currently have in each grade level and the number of students on the pre-enrollment list for each grade level. 

  1. What does WASC stand for?

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

  1. What other electives are offered besides Robotics and Choir and are they during school hours or after school?

Please see our Course Catalog available on our website for all courses and descriptions.

  1. How many students are in each class?

Class size varies for each class.  Our academic courses are typically 25-35 students.

  1. BCOL- what is it and what it entails?

BCOL is Buckingham Charter Online Learning Program.  This program has both a hybrid and full distance learning option.  Most students on BCOL choose to access the hybrid option.  For this option, student typically take three courses on campus at Buckingham and three courses at home through our online program, Edgenuity. Students need to be motivated, independent learners to be successful in this program. Please see our website for more information.

  1. Why are AP courses limited..Why can't you offer more?

We offer a variety of AP courses each year.  In order to hold a class, we must have a minimum number of students enrolled.  Many of our students take courses at Solano and we are now able to weight some of these courses as AP courses.  If you would like a list of these courses, please speak to the Counseling Department.

  1. Is community service required for students?

At this time, community service is only required for students during their senior year Service Learning class.  We feel it is important for students to contribute to their community.  Parent service hours are recommended yearly.

  1. What grade level do you have to be in to take community college courses?

Any grade level can take college courses.  We recommend freshman students wait until they have successfully completed their first semester of high school so they acclimate to the rigor of high school courses and how to manage their time.  Students need to meet with their counselor in order to complete the Special Admissions form for the college and students must have at least a 2.8 GPA.

  1. Can students take classes at any community college or just Solano?

We have students that choose to take courses at Napa Valley, Sacramento City College, and Solano.  However, weighted credit is only available with Solano at this time.