I am a current student at El Camino, 9th grader. It's not that crowded there, actually. I mean, there are plenty of people, but it doesn't really effect whether or not you get to class on time. It's only the 2nd week of school, and I've had seven tests. I've had to pull off plenty of all-nighters. And the Spanish curriculum pressures the teacher too much to go at a faster pace that most of the students can't keep up with the curriculum. Average amount of homework, but way too many tests. So far, this school has shown me that high school is pretty intense compared to middle school. Surprisingly, making friends here isn't that hard and (unlike what people say) the PE program isn't that tough, just 2 laps around a small basketball court. Oh, and the new music teacher is great, he actually listens to what the students have to say.
DO NOT GO HERE. As a current student, I can say it is way too over crowded and each year more and more students are accepted in. The administrators let in so many kids and only care about absences because the school is so poor. You can only take either extremely hard classes that you can barely pass and have no life with or super easy classes where you're stuck in a room with 50 obnoxious kids and a teacher who just stares at his or her computer. You are lucky if you find a genuinely nice and intelligent teacher but you can tell even they are fed up with the other staff members and students. Because we are packed together all the time, there are always fights. Whether its physical or online, thats all people talk about. The students are fake and will only say/do things that could make them "popular". You can only help El Camino academically if you can handle the crazy, rude teachers who honestly don't know how to teach. The athletic teams could be good but most of the coaches put too much pressure and have too much practice for it to be enjoyable. Also the members of the teams that do well at their games and competitions, are very cocky and look down on anyone not on their team.
ECR is very overcrowded. Many of the teachers squabble with each other within departments. There is no unity. There seems to be no consistency between the quality of the teachers within departments. Many of the teachers don't seem to care about their students. My son became lost in a sea of students and uncaring teachers. The principal is not supportive of the arts. The music director and the principal act like children trying to throw their egos around. They act like kids and the students suffer. Some good teachers, but most are shabby at best. I don't see any redeeming quality to this school, except the nicely cleaned floors in the hallways. That's it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.