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El Cerrito, CA
Students enrolled: 1,303

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540 Ashbury Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530

(510) 231-1437
(510) 525-1810
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July 11, 2014
El Cerrito is purgatory for children with special needs. In fact the whole West Contra Costa School District is. They cut therapy, incompetent teachers and teachers aids, a bureaucratic administration. If there are wonderful teachers and aids, they get solicited by higher paying districts, because this district would rather spend taxpayer's $ to upgrading schools. I'm fine with renovating school, they could use it, but many of the construction are ostentatious and wasteful. They would rather keep children with special needs in the dark ages. Out of sight, out of mind.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
We have had a great experience at ECHS. Very happy there. Academics are strong, diverse student body, great new principal.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
The mission statement is as follows: "ECHS is a mutually supportive, academic community dedicated to helping students develop pride, perseverance, and purpose, in order to realize their potential." While this may be true for the majority of the student body, it is NOT true for students who have issues regarding motivation, resiliency, and anxiety. Students with ADHD, as well as other medical issues, including anxiety, suffer the most. Not only does the school REFUSE to support "teacher-student-match" when designing their schedule, but they will NOT allow a teacher change when the kids clearly cannot handle certain teaching styles. They will NOT consider anxiety level as a factor in preventing these students from learning, and hold fast to their "policy" of "no teacher changes." I feel so bad for these kids who have already given up in the 2nd week of the semester. They have NO motivation to persist in attending class or doing the work. Their anxiety level is HIGH. I cannot, in good conscience, speak well of this school. They are part of a problem and are not willing to become part of a solution. The lack of empathy on the part of the counselors and administrators is astounding.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
El Cerrito is a good school. It has a diverse population of teachers and students. It has a history of alumni who help inspire a healthy shcool admiration for school spirit and academic education. It also has a community that supports all that the school reperesents. Kudos to El cerrito High School home of the Gauchos!

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2011
I went to many other shcools in the district. Hercules, DeAnza, and Richmond. I must say that this is the BEST school in the district thus far. For this poor district, El Cerrito has a lot to offer. It raises it's own money for clubs, and it uses the school funding wisely. For books and "the community project" which is basically a health care place and so much more. El Cerrito has open so many doors for me. I can actually see myself pursue my dreams now. I was a troubled kid, but El Cerrito representative offered me counseling, and I can't tell you how much that helped me. Not only my mood has changed, but also my mindset. I'm not saying this place is heaven on earth, nor saying it's the best school in the world. But to me, it's the best school I've went to so far in the district. Bottom line, education comes first here, teachers are dedicated, campus is safe. I love El Cerrito.

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2010
8/26/2010 - El Cerrito High School is one of the BEST school in the district. Their academic classes are very good. My daughter attend this school and she is on her Junior year. The school go by blocks schedule, which makes students focus more on each class. The dance production is amazing! The school is clean and very, I mean very tight security. Some cell phones do not work in certain areas inside the school premises.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2010
I'm a recent graduate and now a student at UC Berkeley.The teachers here do care about you and want you to succeed.There are lots of help offered by the school for free.The arts program is run tremendously well.There are a wide variety of AP classes taught by the best teachers at the school.Since it is a diverse school, people who come out of this school are more open minded to the world, as I have seen.The school has a rigorous debate team, a great sports department, and a variety of student organizations on campus.There's also a great IT academy open to students to apply.The college and career service center helped me successfully apply to 17 top tier colleges: Harvard, Brown, etc, and helped me get into 12 of them.To succeed in this school, you just have to try. There is help everywhere you look

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2010
I must admit that I was a little worried by reputation that other schools in the district have. I spoke to some of my neighbors and found that El Cerrito has a very rich tradition. I talked it over with my son and he said that he wanted to go to EC. He is very happy with the school. The facility is beautiful. The teachers are very nice and seem to genuinely care about the students (which you don't always see). There a lot of great clubs and after school programs. The principal is extremely involved. He and some of the staff even ran a marathon as a fundraiser for the school. El Cerrito is a hidden gem.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2010
i can't help but say the school is horrible. The security is too relaxed, the counselors messed up a majority of the student's schedules, and some teachers are not doing their jobs. Based on my personal experience the security is not doing their job, every single say i hear people swearing in the hallways even when security is there, and also when i was helping out worker a few days ago i see a group of students just waltz right out of the parking lot with so much ease. The counselors, although their new and all i can't help but say that they messed up my schedule so many times that i had to talk to them and even taking my issue to the principal. i had an experience with a teacher that literally forced me out of her class in the middle of the quarter. That is really horrible.

- submitted by a student
February 27, 2010
My son is in his freshman year at El Cerrito. He transferred from a private Middle school and he is really enjoying his first year of highschool. He really likes most of the teachers, he is being challeged in his classes and he enjoys the campus diversity. The staff is very dedicated to the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
The teachers and staff do whatever they can for their students and try bringing out the best in them.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 22, 2009
The nicest thing about this school is how so many generations in the community support it. Alumni come back; and want to make a difference. Our principal is an alumni.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
The school does well despite severe budget challenges. Very diverse, solid teachers, a friendly accessible place for students and teachers. The block scheduling is a bonus to teachers and students who both need and enjoy a longer class period to absorb the material.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2008
My two chikdren transferred from private school this year. One is a freshman, the other a junior. I was pleasently surprised by the culture of the school and its course offerings. I have been told that there has been a lot of improvement within the past two years. Math and the newer English teachers are great. The art and yearbook teacher is also very good. Electives are strong Despite very serious budget cuts, the principal has managed to keep programs intact and school safety is great. One concern is that the district will be closing schools soon. I am not sure how that will affect El Cerrito.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2008
I had two children attend ECHS Class of 2006 and 2008 and a third to start in the fall of 2009. I am hoping the Admin will improve the school. One of my children did not graduate because her Junior high counselor inrolled in AVID classes and the high school counselor didn't catch the error until I questioned them. Unfortunately it was too late. With my son he was suspended for going to the bathroom and not allowed to attend the junior ball. To my dismay I heard that they allowed students who were suspended for real issue attend. What made the matte worse is they would not refund my the cost of the ticket. What I do like is the block system where the student take 4 classes one semester and 3 the next. This allows the students time to focus on two core subjects at a time.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
March 22, 2008
My older daughter graduated from ECHS last year and my younger one attends now. They have had many excellent, caring, inspiring teachers there, especially in History, English, and math. There is a lot of school spirit among the kids and it is truly a diverse group. The dance program is outstanding. inplaying soccer and

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2007
The current principal is doing amazing things for this school. Although on the surface ec may seem like a typical 'urban' public high school, it has excellent teachers who truly care about making a difference. The discipline could be better, but only if you get put into regular (not honors/ap) classes. The extracurricular activities are wonderful, especially the music program. The one thing that makes it come together is diversity.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2006
Both my children graduated in 2005 and 2002 and both are attending UCLA and UCSD. This is a great school, not to be undermined. Great for diversity, great teachers who care. Despite school district struggles, the staff has a great soul and great skills to boot. Very supportive parent/community too.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2006
I am very pleased with ECHS because my daughter received a good high school education from it and she is going to a UC. Her school counselor and her college counselor gave her guidance and confidence that she needed to succeed. She was also in the school bands which are excellent music programs.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2006
Though known as an urban school, I was educated here and went on to complete a graduate degree. I learned a lot about life here, in and out of the classroom. Give ECHS a try, it's a worthwhile life experience for any student.

- submitted by a former student
February 26, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
El Cerrito administration staff are not very helpful. El Cerrito care highly of sports. My daughter went there for 4 months and she says that the people are very friendly.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 03, 2005
El Cerrito High has a tradition of excellence in teaching, with experienced instructors in English, History and Math. My daughter took a psychology class, which has helped her better understand and navigate the often confusing world of teen life. The school has a diverse student body, drawing from some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the Bay Area to some of its poorest within a few miles. There is a decided achievement gap based on demographics. Students can join the gay-straight alliance or the speech and debate team. Athletics are average. All extracurricular activities are underfunded as a result of the school district's financial troubles and funding cuts that affect all California schools. Successful programs find outside funding. Barbara Quein rocks as the best academic counselor anywhere, and motivated students can find many well-taught AP classes. My son graduated and entered college as a sophomore.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2005
An excellent high school academically; they offer a number of well-taught AP and honors courses. Extra-curriculars leave a bit to be desired. While there are a number of good programs offered, they're constantly under threat by the school district/ school board due to budget problems. We never know from year to year (or sometimes month to month) whether or not the programs will be in place.

- submitted by a staff
January 10, 2005
Some of the teachers are amazing while others leave much to be desired. There is quite a bit of sports but no orchestra, which was cut with the budget. I would hope that it would start again but I doubt it, considering our budget now.

- submitted by a student
November 07, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2004
As you may see I am not a parent, but i am a student here at El Cerrito High School and I would give this school 4 stars. This school if filled with many different people from different backgrounds and I think we are always learning something at this school. The teachers here are great and they are very dedicated to their jobs. I am proud to be a student here at El Cerrito High School.

- submitted by a student
May 26, 2004
El Cerrito doesn't deserve a Below Average rating I see in the school statistics. I know students who have graduated from this school and have gone on to US, CSU's even out-of-state colleges/universities, received academic Awards, & a part of the Student leadership. With a budget like California has or should I say that the state has decided not to spend funds on education. El Cerrito High has done very well considering the Teachers Low Pay and the poor condition of the buildings, I think they have done a good job. Respectfully, El Cerrito High Parent

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2004
I have been very pleased with ECHS. My son attended small private schools from K to grade 8. His teachers at ECHS have been exceptional - caring, good communicators, and passionate about what they teach. I didn't expect to be so pleased and have been pleasantly surprised.

- submitted by a parent

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El Cerrito Senior High School
540 Ashbury Avenue, El Cerrito, CA  94530
(510) 231-1437
Last modified El Cerrito Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
El Cerrito Senior High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top