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Lakeside, CA
Students enrolled: 1,713

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10410 Ashwood Street
Lakeside, CA 92040

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(619) 938-9100
(619) 390-8503
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June 17, 2014
Congratulations to Zachary Charles Norton on his graduation from El Cap today! We love you. Cheers to El Caps Class of 2014!

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February 17, 2010
I am proud to have my boy graduating from El Cap this June. He has excelled in the arts and regular classes because this is the only School in our aera that offers them. Sincerly a Proud Parent

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September 16, 2009
If your a football fan then this is the school for you, because that is the key at this school. Annie the finanace clerk is warm and friendly, Mrs. Barnett AVID Advisor wll get the answer to any questions you have regarding your childs education- more teachers like Mrs. Barnett are needed to be there for the student. Parents be involved, the adminstration staff will be here to help.

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May 04, 2009
I had 3 children attend and graduate from El Cap. I found the admin. staff excellent. They went far beyond my expectations. All 3 kids are very successful and I believe it's in part to the dedication of the staff. J. Herman is the best academic advisor around. My kids all loved Annie the Finance Clerk. Mr. Coulsby is just about the best teacher and mentor that you could ask for. I liked the smaller size of the school and feel I made a good choice when selecting El Capitan as my students high school.

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February 07, 2009
I am a parent of several students at this school. The administrative staff's ineffective leadership has impacted the academics, which are below average as the test scores indicate. The support staff is perceived as unfriendly and parent involvement is not readily welcomed. The safety of the students is not a high priority and often students are unsupervised at extracurricular activities. I have encountered many inappropriate behaviors on campus, not the least of which are foul language and PDA. On a positive note, I have found most teachers to be caring and easy to communicate with.

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November 19, 2008
The school is not engaging. It isn't safe and lacks basic respect for students and parents from administration to the students. That's a reflection of the leadership from the principal on down and I'm not sure what the Mission is, except to promote sports. We have moved our student to a school we believe is safer, respectful and will prepare her for the challenges of college

- submitted by a community member

October 18, 2007
Best high school the US!

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 04, 2007
I think the school lacks teamwork and goal setting from the leadership down.

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May 12, 2007
I went to El Cap a few years back. It was a great school. The teachers are all great and really fun. Its kids mostly fit into the east county mold,laid back and chill. I still live in East County and would love for my children to attend El Cap one day!

- submitted by a student

September 30, 2006
El cap is a good school. We have good teachers and nice enough students. This year we got a good football team 5-0, drumline who won 1st in 1st comp, league champ field hockey team and other great teams go ec!

- submitted by a student

January 18, 2006
My experience is good so far. I have a 10th grader there. We're an East County family for 20 years, and MexicanAmericans -the kind that barely speak Spanish but look like we do:-) It's our 1st year in Lakeside and her 1st year at El Cap; she went to TDS in 7th & 8th and knows a lot of people. She loves all her teachers, holds a 3.5 GPA, has 2 honors classes & involved in 3 clubs. I think, it's attitude more than anything, teacher and student. She wants to learn. There are plenty of students that don't want to be at school or feel they need to work instead, for various reasons. Lakeside is a community friendly to low-income populations. Diversity is good for Lakeside. Diversity brings challenges. El Cap has +/- but it's good, making improvements regularly. Most faculty do care & are longtimers.

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August 19, 2005
I was totally disappointed at the quality of education at El Capitan. My second daughter just graduated in June 2005. I do have to say the dance program is excellant and run by a teacher who cares about the kids both in and out of school. If you have a chance opt out for this school!

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May 28, 2005
This school is a good school. I used to be a student! The enviornment is laid back and easy going.The culture is simply east county ( desert kids who drive lifted trucks and listen to rock or country) it was a nice school to go to.

- submitted by a student

May 28, 2005
This school is pretty good!

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May 05, 2005
I am a freshman at El Capitan High School. I believe that if you stick with the right people this school should be no problem. I am currently in 3 honors classes and have a GPA of 4.16. Eric Garcia

- submitted by a student

May 03, 2005
Great school! Good place for kids! Caring teachers.

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May 04, 2004
We are of hispanic decent, I have a son at El Cap and he is having the best time of his life. He has played on two sports teams with no problems. He has friends that are white, hispanic, indian and black and has had not one problem this year. The teachers and principals are great, the coaches have been awesome.

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July 27, 2003
My children enjoy going to this school. They like their teachers. They excel in their subjects. They enjoy participating in a sport they like. This makes me very happy.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2003
This school has horrible extracurricular activities, but the teachers are pretty good.

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El Capitan High School
10410 Ashwood Street, Lakeside, CA  92040
(619) 938-9100
Last modified El Capitan High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
El Capitan High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top