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Benicia High School is a public school serving roughly 1,800 students, grades nine through twelve. It is located in the North Bay subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area, in Benicia, California. Like most California high schools, it is an open-air facility. The campus is adjacent to Mary Farmar Elementary School.
Benicia High School scored a 10 on the Academic Performance Index, with 10 being the best. This means the high school is in the top 10% of high schools in a comparable grade range. The previous year the school scored a 9.
California uses the California Standards Test (CST) to test students' skills in English language arts and math in grades 2 through 11; science in grade 5; and social studies in grades 8, 10 and 11. High school students either took a grade level test or a subject-specific test in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CST is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
The CAT/6 test measures skills in reading, language, spelling and math. It measures how students in California rank against students in other states. The goal is for all students to score at or above the national average.
Benicia High School is in the 70th percentile in reading. This is up from the 65th percentile is was in the previous year. The school is in the 65th percentile in math. This is down from the 73rd percentile is was in the year before.
Benicia High School is in the 70th percentile in reading. This is up from the 62nd percentile is was in the previous year. The school is in the 73rd percentile in math. This is up from the 72nd percentile is was in the year before.
Benicia High School is in the 66th percentile in reading. This is up from the 47th percentile is was in the previous year. The school is in the 76th percentile in math. This is up from the 70th percentile it was in the year before.
The California High School Exit Exam is used to test students in English and Math. All students must pass this test in order to graduate from a California high school.
Benicia High School competes in the Solano County Athletic Conference (SCAC) in Division II of the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Throughout the year, the department puts on two dance shows and two plays, one of which is a musical. In some years the students put on their own production. The department also funds an improvisational comedy team which performs shows on select Fridays throughout the school year.
The band consists of five main groups: the marching band, the concert bands, the color guard, the jazz band, and the drum line. The bands and the colorguard perform and compete regularly in the fall and spring, as well as a winter colorguard and winter drumline during the winter. The band, formerly under the direction of Roxanna Macheel, is now directed by Patrick Martin.
The marching band receives high scores at several competitions every year. The band competes in the Northern California Band Association. To most, the Panther Marching band is a "powerhouse" band, placing them at or near the top of the NCBA marching band competitions.
Benicia High School has two concert bands, a symphonic band and an audition-only wind ensemble. In 2003 the wind ensemble performed at the California Band Directors' Association state conference. In 2005 the wind ensemble was selected to perform at the California Music Educators' Association state convention in Pasadena, CA.
Since 2002, the Wind Ensemble has been undefeated in NCBA (Northern California Band Director's Association) concert competitions.
The Benicia High School Color Guard competes along with the marching band during marching season and by itself during the winter season. The color guard has been undefeated this 2006 marching season, receiving sweepstakes awards through the year. They have performed at a consistently high standard, running one of the best programs in the state. Their 2007 winter guard season has ended spectacularly, and although they will not attend Championships, their consistently high scores would place them at the top of the Open caption.
The jazz band competes and performs in several concerts throughout the year at venues such as jazz festivals, car shows, gift and wine auctions, crab feeds, school concerts, and back-to-school night.
The Benicia High School Winter Drumline is an NCBA open class marching percussion ensemble. They are frequently one of the top competitors in their class. Their creative storytelling and theatrics, as well as their skill level, sets them apart from most other groups. Their 2010 show is entitled "A Dark Circus," won the unit 1st place at the NCBA Winter Championships hosted at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, CA.