School Profile

Contact Information

    Buchanan High School
    1560 N. Minnewawa Avenue
    Clovis, CA 93619-7600
    Phone (559) 327-3000
    Fax (559) 327-3090
    CEEB School Code:  050618

General Information
Buchanan High School is a comprehensive four-year high school enrolling 2531 students in grades nine through twelve.  The school opened in the Fall of 1991 and graduated its first senior class in the Spring of 1995.  Buchanan High School is accredited by The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and holds memberships in The College Board and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.  Buchanan High School is recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School and a California Distinguished School.                                                                             

The Community
Buchanan High School is situated in a rapidly growing suburban community in the northeast section of Clovis with a strong concentration of business managers and professionals.



    The course schedule is organized on a rotating block schedule.  Students attend all courses on Monday and attend alternating blocks on Tuesday through Friday.

Graduation requirements:  230 units to include:

    A minimum of 230 units are required for graduation with course requirements as follows:
    English - 8 semesters
    Mathematics - 4 semesters (including Algebra 1 and Geometry)
    Social Science - 7 semesters (World Geography, World History, U.S. History, Government and Economics)
    Science - 5 semesters (including biological, physical and health)
    Physical Education - 8 semesters
    Academic Breadth – 2 semesters (Foreign Language or Visual or Performing Arts)
    Other:   2 additional semesters (Foreign Language, Visual or Performing Arts, Science (3rd year), Math   
    (3rd year), Language Arts, or Math Intervention)

District Proficiency

    California High School Exit Exam is required

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

    Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language, English Composition, English Literature, Environmental Science, French Language, Macroeconomics, Music Theory, Physics C, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, U.S. Government, U.S. History, World History,

Honors courses

    Honors courses are offered in the subjects of English, Mathematics and Science

Special Programs

    Special programs include accelerated placement, work experience, college courses without credit, bilingual education, and special education.   

GPA/Class Rank

    GPA is weighted, based on all graded courses on 7 semesters of study.  A 4.0 scale is used for all classes with the exception of Advanced Placement courses where  A=5, B=4, C=3, D=1, F=0.  Grade scales and variations are decided by instructor.

Transcript Legend

    AP:  Advanced Placement / HP:  Honors Program / P:  College-preparatory (on U.C. course list)

Testing Statistics / 2010-2011  

    SAT Averages: 312  tests taken / Critical Reading 520 / Math 540 / Writing 509               
    ACT Averages: 169  tests taken / Composite 24.2                 
    AP Pass Rate:  853  tests taken / 71.75 % scored 3, 4, or 5

Class Profile / Class of 2011

    534 Graduates
    4 year college 46.7 % / 2-year college  45.3 % / Technical School  1.7 % /  Military  3.8% / Other  2.5%

College Attendance History

    The following college list indicates those Institutions attended by Buchanan High School graduates over the last four years:

        Abilene Christian University
        Arizona State University
        Brigham Young University
        California Polytechnic University, Pomona
        California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
        California State University, Fresno
        Columbia University
        Duke University
        Fresno Pacific University
        Goshen College
        Harvey S. Mudd College
        Kansas State University
        Massachusetts Institute of Technology
        Mills College
        Minnesota State University
        New York University
        Notre Dame
        Ohio State University
        Oregon State University
        Pepperdine University
        Stanford University
        United States Air Force Academy
        University of California, Berkeley
        University of California, Davis
        University of California, San Diego
        University of California, Santa Barbara
        University of California, Irvine
        University of California, Los Angeles
        University of Connecticut
        University of Michigan
        University of the Pacific
        University of Southern California
        Vanguard University

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