Benicia High School is a public high school with around 1,700 students, grades 9 through 12. It is part of the Unified School District of Benicia. It is located in Benicia, California, in the San Francisco Bay area’s North Bay sub-region. Like most high schools in California, it is an open-air building. The campus is adjacent to the elementary school of Mary Farmar. Located in Benicia, California, Benicia High School is the only high school in Benicia Unified School District. Opened in 1892, Benicia High School was one of the first high schools in the state of California and is situated on nearly 50 acres overlooking Carquinez Strait. BHS serves approximately 1,600 students in grades 9 to 12. For the school year 2019-2020 our student population includes 2,2% American, Indian / Alaskan Natives, 2,2% Hawaiian / Pacific Islanders, 8,2% African Americans, 12,6% Two or more races, 15,1% Asian, 19% Hispanic / Latino, 43,6% white and 1,2% Non-specified.
The bulk of Benicia high school students come from the Benicia Middle School that is brought into the Unified School District by four elementary schools. Approximately 200 students from the surrounding districts have interdistrict agreements, and several students are enrolled at the St. Dominic School. The school is located 10 miles from Diablo Valley College and 16 miles from Solano Community College, which offers students the opportunity to attend.
In 2019, Benicia High was awarded the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) with a cumulative accreditation of 6 years. In 2018, the Civic Learning Award was awarded by the California Department of Education in Benicia High School. In 2017, BHS was awarded the Arts Education Gold Ribbon School and Exemplary Program award.
The department stages two dance shows and two plays throughout the year, one of which is a musical. The students started their own production in a few years. The department also supports an improvisational comedy team that performs chosen Fridays and Saturdays throughout the whole school year.
The band is made up of five main groups: the band that marches, the bands that perform, the color guard and the jazz band. The bands and the colorguards regularly run and participate in autumn and spring, as well as a winter color guard and winter drumline. The band is competing in the Band Association of Northern California.
- Grading System
A, B, C, D and F letter grades are issued on a 4-point scale. Advanced placement courses and some honorary courses are rated on a 5-point weighted scale. The transcript has weighted and unweighted grade point averages including an Academic GPA that excludes new grades and all classes of physical education. During the school year 2019-2020, several teachers in several departments pilot standard grading.
You can find the following schools of learning in Benicia, California:
- Benicia High School
- Benicia Middle School
- Joe Henderson Elementary School
- Mary Farmar Elementary School
- Matthew Turner Elementary School
- Robert Semple Elementary School
- Liberty High School
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