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9-12
Public charter
Woodland Hills, CA

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5440 Valley Cir. Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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(818) 595-7500
(818) 710-9023
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January 14, 2014
I'm currently a student at ECR and I have to say it doesn't live up to the hype. The school likes to focus on athletics, and by "likes" I mean they spend more time on athletics than other legitimate issues. We're a few hundred students away from having 4,000 students, which is a little extreme. There are some very fantastic teachers, and some who are not that bright. One of my current classes consists of sub- par lectures and more than often "free- time days". By which I mean, "be quiet and do whatever, i'll be on my computer". The physical education provided for non- athletes is also a bit extreme. Two of my very close friends have been pushed to the point that they were sweating and vomiting. However, there are some nice things about this school. The nurse and health office are absolute saints. They helped me when I would come in feeling sick. They are so caring & kind, I have so much respect for them, and some of the teachers are just the same. My biology teacher last year was an angel and helped me with any question or problem that I had. Overall, I give this school 2 stars because the cons heavily outweigh the pros. However, this is only my opinion, take from it what you will.

- submitted by a student
November 26, 2013
EL CAMINO REAL CHARTER SCHOOL MY SON IS A JUNIOR AT THIS SCHOOL AS WE SPEAK AND HE DOES COMPLAINT AT TIMES ABOUT ALL THE HOMEWORK HE GETS BUT, HE GETS IT DONE!! HE TAKES AP AND HONORS CLASSES AS HE IS A UC BOUNDED STUDENT. CURRENTLY PLAYING SOCCER FOR THE LA GALAXY U16 ACADEMY TRAINING 4 DAYS A WEEK AT STUBHUB CENTER, GETTING HOME AT ABOUT 9:00 PM EACH DAY. STILL MANAGE TO KEEP HIS GPA AT 3.5 AND HAS VERBALLY COMMITTED TO CAL BERKELEY FOR 2015. IT'S ALL ABOUT HOW FAR YOU WANT TO GO IN LIFE! IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING! TEACHERS ARE ELCO ARE GREAT.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
El Camino Real CHS is a great school. It is well known for both its academics and athletic excellence. Also this is a school a lot of colleges and universities are fimiliar with. Im a senior and had an amazing four years at this school. If you want a good education with well known sports teams then this is a school for you. And to the previous reviews, the teachers do care about students, but if students do not choose to care about their education then that is their own problem.

- submitted by a community member
August 21, 2013
My school (El Camino Real Charter High School) is very bad, the amount of homework is too much! The school is to strict, the people in the school are very rude and are not friendly at all!! I would never recommend this school to a new student unless he/she has a friend or family relative in the school.

- submitted by a student
July 17, 2013
I never write reviews about anything , but the atrocities at this school have been the first thing to ever compel me to write a review. let me start off by saying loud and clear DO NOT GO THERE. PERIOD. with over 4000 kids, you will get no direction, no interest from counselors, teachers don't care about you, you will be so lost. people literally don't have time to care about you, and they don't. what's more, the people there are disgustingly trashy, the school is flat BROKE, and the workload is ridiculous. as a student I speak from firsthand experience. it is the most depressing school, it's so strange: just walking around campus makes you feel depressed instantly. you will hate life. don't go here. please take this advice. if I went through this horrible period in my life, the least I want to do is make sure no one else has to.

- submitted by a community member
February 14, 2013
El Camino Real Charter High School is a GREAT HS! My daughter attended school there for 4 years and graduated last year. Last year ECR became a independent charter school so now the school is even greater! The teachers are wonderful and the administration is very friendly. My younger daughter will attend ECR in 2014. There is no other public school in the valley that is better than ECR! In addition, El Camino Real Charter is one of the most successful teams in the history of Academic Decathlon, and arguably the single most successful team of the last decade. ECR has a record 6 National Championships, the most of any high school in the Nation.There AP courses consist of: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, AB, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Mechanics, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Language, Studio Art, U.S. Government & Politics, U.S. History, World History - (ECR offers over 10 Honors courses). Hope this helps!

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2013
Can someone with current experience at El Camino please post a review. We are considering it as a choice but would love to see some reviews from 2012. Thanks!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
A school where your child can get a great education. The teachers, staff and parents really work together as a team for the better of the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
I had some amazing teachers there: Roberson, Firestein, Zwick, Aguilera, just to name a few. These teachers deserve more money.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
It is a California Distinguished School and we have won numerious Academic Decathalons. We take pride in our school.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 16, 2009
Academically, it is very strong.And they have won the aca-deca competition for the last 2 years.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
My daughter is just finishing the 11th grade at El Camino. This year has been much better with regarding the teachers she has. The teachers she had last year with the exception of two just did not teach. They would give her loads of homework every night including weekends and holidays. She would have to study for tests on the same nights that they would give her additional homework. They would write the assigments on the board in the class and give no other direction. My daughter and the other students in these classes were basically teaching themselves. I agree that the school is STILL overcrowded. I don't understand why we are still busing students in. El Camino is not a magnet school so I see no reason. Teacher are going to be loosing jobs and funds are going to be cut again. . . Stop busing in students!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2009
I completely agree with what the parents are saying. Your kid will get lost. Good luck on advise for college, even with a child at 4.2. They will show your child no direction. Nice people in general. Not motivated or interest in your child's future.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2008
I am a student in El Camino Real High School. This school can be the best and the worst all depends on your perspective. We have the best, yes, with AP passing rates of high 80s to 100, strong academic teams such as Academic Decathlon and Science Bowl, but you will not get this benefit if you don't have the right teacher. El Camino is also the worst, with bad teachers who does not teach and do not care. One advice i have for all new commers is that you better find a senior in that school and take classes according to him or her, because you don't want to go to some classes there.

- submitted by a student
August 04, 2008
I am the parent of one student beginning his senior year and another who i pulled out of the school after one year. The school is great if your child is motivated. The school's downfall is not the fault of the teachers or administrators, because there are some excellent ones here. There are also good opportunities for self-motivated and/or high achievers. However, if your child needs encouragement, any amount of individual attention and/or some creativity...forget about it. The school is just too overcrowded and the class size too large. I know, I have both kinds of students and one thrives there while the other didn't find her footing until we found a more appropriate school for her learning style.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2008
My daughgter just completed 9th grade at El Camino Real. I am truly disappointed in the unmotivated teachers, the extremely rude staff and the fact that it is overcrowded. Luckily she is an A student so we did not have to deal with the teachers or staff too often, but when we did it was an awful experience! She will not attend next year. I am willing to drive the distance for a better school with 1/4 of the size enrollment. Over 4,000 kids it outragious!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2008
I don't think I really appreciated the education I received here until I left. I graduated in 2003 after spending all 4 years at El Camino and, although it did not really prepare me at all for the real world, most of my classes did prepare me in some way for college. I took all Honors & AP courses & had some of the most amazing instructors I have ever had the pleasure of being in class with...really, they could have been teaching at the university level they were that great. I would like to see more control over the students as fights broke out (often between minority groups). I think they have stopped busing kids in though which should reduce 75% of the problems with that school.There should be more room for electives & classes geared toward student interests like interior design or architecture. However, they do have film making

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2008
The school's amazing. As is the school's newspaper. Very sophisticated!

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September 13, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating August 15, 2007
el camino is a great school for high achievers. It offers more ap classes than all the fancy, richer schools nearby. Being part of la unified it must accept all students. Therefore, its api will suffer with kids who do not want to achieve or succeed in life. unfortunately, this hurts such a good school and its reputation gets tarnished. there are many great classes, teachers and programs. the school needs to have the ability to maintain the high quality that it always had and to not succumb to the pressure of dumbing down for kids that do not want to better themselves. el camino needs to maintain its reputation as being one of the only shining lights in lausd's domain.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2007
This school is great; it has clearly shown this through all the students' hard work.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2007
I am a 9th grade student at El Camino Real High School. This school is just repulsive in almost every way imaginable. The music program is of a low quality. Teachers are for the most part, uninspired and inefficient. Faculty is rude and disrespectful to visitors and students. It is truly an awful school.

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
I had always heard great things about El Camino. However, I have been very disappointed. A student can get lost and forgotten at this High School. The teachers are not hands on and due to overcrowding are not involved with the students. The counslers are unavailable and rude as is the rest of the staff. I am have decided my son will not go to this High School next year as it has been a huge disappointment

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May 08, 2006
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March 27, 2006
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- submitted by a student
March 03, 2006
I cant say I have been overly impressed with the level of learning I have seen from my 10th grader attending ELC. I believe there are too many distractions and a smaller school would be more appropriate for many learners. Less likely to have the diversions. The benefit to ELC is there are many options for the children. There are just too many kids in this school.

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March 01, 2006
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January 11, 2006
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December 27, 2005
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September 07, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 31, 2005
Great high school. All students work hard. All serious students, no goof offs.

- submitted by a former student
August 20, 2005
I think this school is amazing! Though I wish for more extracurriculsr activities!

- submitted by a student
August 19, 2005
A good school overall. Over crowded classrooms and too many students for one school. The options for accelerated learning are high. Many ap classes offered. They do a nice job of counseling the students on planning your schedules to meet college requirements. Academically challenging and a school that has good parent and student participation.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2005
A little crowded, but a good school. Clean campus, decent teachers.

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June 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2005
El Camino Real high school is good in some way. As a student, I should say that its really big, the campus is clean and the people are nice. Also, they have a good academic program that sharpens your mind. They offer great courses and the teachers help you a lot. Overall, it's an excellent school.

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April 18, 2005
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April 01, 2005
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March 18, 2005
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March 08, 2005
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November 21, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
May 05, 2004
As a current ECR student I am miserable. I have siblings that graudated from there and they dont miss it like they miss their middle or elementary school. It seems like all the Principals and Deans are trying to use ECR to further their career. There are few people that seem to genuinely care about the students. All of my teachers seem on edge and really don t teach me anything. The teachers that I do learn from say that they are on the hot seat. I don t recommend sending your kid there because there is no student cohesion, since half of the kids are bussed in anyway. Many believe that ECR is a highly respected school because of its outside achievements. However, what many fail to see is that the controlling principal takes away nutrition/brunch/recess at his own will, just because the campus wasn't clean, among other reasons.

- submitted by a student
October 31, 2003
Before entering El Camino I attended seven other public schools. Never, ever had I seen the commitment, intelligence, and drive that Camino teachers possess. My teachers were inspiring, motivating, inquisitive, open-minded and downright fabulous. My counselor met with me every semester to make sure my courses were challenging enough and that I met UC requirements. The college office was always friendly and gave me lots of help with scholarships and applications. I was encouraged to excell and supported in all my endeavors, and if I was going through a tough time I was always able to talk to my teachers and find a way to ameliorate the situation. In my four years at El Camino I passed 7 AP's, won numerous scholarships, developed a passion for literature, confidence in my speaking abilities, and actually survived mathematics. I feel very blessed to have been a student there, and heartily encourage parents to support this school and all its activities. You won't find a better, more altruistic faculty anywhere in California. Believe me, I know...

- submitted by a community member
September 10, 2003
My daughter is a Sr. at El Camino Real High School & I couldn't be more pleased w/ a school--private or public--than I am w/ this one. The principle, Ron Bauer, is not just a figure in an office or a symbol of authority; but he's real person w/ a heart to these students. He's out in the halls at changing times talking to the students, knowing them on a first-name basis. He actually knows them personally & is available to them. My daughter says it's like he was casted for a TV show about a high school. Yet, he has high expectations for the faculty & the students. Just look at how the schools excels ine everything! The teachers expect alot from the students, but like their principle most are caring, nurturing human beings. The AP teachers get a 100% passing the AP tests, students have school spirit & there hasn't been a history of violence at this school. I've walked through the halls of El Camino & see faculty greeting students & students greeting each other--all with smiles on their faces. That's a sign of a great school!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
My son is doing very well at El Camino, no problems with other kids and he is very happy with his teachers. I am also happy with his teachers and grades. :)

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2003
The lessons and experiences I received at El Camino were priceless... I thank all the teachers and the staff....I miss u guys very much...and hope to be able to visit soon... Go Big Blue.

- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2003
I want to thank the faculty and staff at El Camino for a wonderful four years. My daughter had a great experience, especially with her vocal, dance, and cheer teachers.

- submitted by a parent
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El Camino Real Senior High School
5440 Valley Cir. Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA  91367
(818) 595-7500
Last modified El Camino Real Senior High School is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
El Camino Real Senior High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top