My daughter was a student at ECMS. She had a positive experience. The projects are especially impressive. They manage to connect English, history, math and science and the students do some amazing things. There is always a presentation and students are encouraged to come watch. It's true the school doesn't have a nurse, as a previous poster mentioned, but I don't believe there have been broken legs! There is a playground, which the school community built as part of a grant. The students use it a lot and are encourage to be kids and not grow up too fast. Field trips are cool, too. The neighborhood may not be the safest, but the campus is fenced in and has a security gate. I think if you ask the students, they feel really safe on campus, since the teachers and staff do a good job handling student disagreements. The teachers stay with the same kids from 6th to 7th grade, so they know your child really well, and there is a full time counselor. I always feel safe parking on the street and walking in the neighborhood.
My school is really cheap, cant even afford a nurse, and the kids are really bad, with a bad neighborhood gang around called G-13 aka Gardena 13. The kids have a playground and many kids already hurt themselves playing on the playground some broke their arms, others broke their legs,etc.
This is a lovely school, in a brand new facility, with caring teachers, and active administrators. The curriculum is challenging but the homework is reasonable and it is properly tailored to learning outcomes (not merely busy work). The trimester benchmark examinations are a veritable feat of multidisciplinary engagement; parents are encouraged to attend and watch their kids solve complicated problems that challenge their math, science, history, and language arts skills all at the same time. Students are polite and the discipline system serves up natural consequences while focusing on the value of communication. My daughter is very happy here--and we drive from a "Blue Ribbon Distinguished" school district to make sure that she continues to be a happy, challenged, and engaged student.
ECMS is in it's 3rd year and is thriving. I have 2 kids enrolled and they both love the school. They are about to move to the permanent location in Gardena and are very excited. The curriculum challenges them to think and problem solve in a "learn by doing" setting. Very innovative !