I'm a teacher. I have been at El Camino for 17 years. The students I teach every day keep me going with their enthusiasm, drive and commitment to their own education. Nowhere is perfect, of course, but here, I really think we do our best to make sure all students are taken care of academically and socially. It's a huge student body, and very diverse, and therefore somewhat difficult to manage, but I chose to educate my own children here, so I don't think you can say fairer than that.
I'm a mother of a 10th grader who is biracial half black and white. Love the school and staff. People care. My son will be going to college after high school glad this school promotes higher education. Babbett Goss
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.