School Profile 2019-20

  • Counselors:
    Yecenia Campos
    Monica Ng
    Yen Kong Moua
    Yevgenia Ruzer

    Accreditation:
    Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
    CEEB School Code #050815


    El Cerrito High School and the Community

    This semi-urban school of 1,612 students in grades 9-12 is located in San Francisco’s East Bay just north of Berkeley. One of six comprehensive high schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District, El Cerrito High School draws students from the communities of El Cerrito, Richmond, and Kensington. The 2019 graduating class is over 90%.

    Our student body is diverse, including 17% African American, 31% Caucasian, 22% Asian American and Pacific Islander, and 28% of Hispanic origins. Approximately 195 students are Limited English Proficient, 116 are in Resource Specialist programs, and 43% of our students qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch program. Approximately 77 students are severely or non-severely handicapped. The student-to-counselor ratio is 550:1.

    Special Programs 
    Block Schedule: Until the 1997-98 school year ECHS followed a traditional high school schedule. In September 1997, a Block Schedule program began. The usual student program under this schedule is seven courses per year. As in previous years, each course (most of which now last 18 weeks) earns a total of 10 credits, with five credits earned each term. Students attend class five days per week. Instructional minutes are 100 minutes daily for most courses. Student transcripts therefore reflect three to four courses per term, earning five credits per 90-minute. Marks and credits are posted every nine weeks. 

    Special Academies
    El Cerrito High offers a four-year college preparatory education. In addition, there are three Special Academies: Information Technology, Media, and Auto Technology (Green).

    Extracurricular Activities
    ECHS students participate in a full co-curricular program of 11 competitive sports (B=boys, G=girls): Football (B), Softball (G), Badminton (B), Basketball (B&G), Baseball (B) Volleyball (B&G), Tennis (B&G), Swimming (B&G), and Golf (B&G). There are over 45 clubs for students to develop skills and explore interests including Interact, Amnesty International, Queer Straight Alliance, African American, Asian American, and Latino Student Union, etc.

    College and Career Prep Programs

    ECHS has several collaborative programs with UC Berkeley's EAOP (Early Academic Outreach Program) & DCAC (Destination College Advising Corps) often collaborates with our site to strengthen the college-going culture and make college a viable option for all students. She advises students one-on-one, hosts workshops, conducts classroom presentations and organizes school-wide events. Other programs includes Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, African American Male Pipeline, Rising Scholars and One Goal. In addition, college admission officers are invited to speak to our students about their school.

    Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors Classes

    AP classes offered this year include English Language and Composition, English Literature, World History (10th), U.S. History (11th), U.S. Government and Politics (12th), Calculus AB and BC, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, French Language, Japanese Language, Spanish Language, AP Computer Science, and AP Psychology. Last year, all student who took an AP course were automatically eligible to participate in AP exam.

    We offer Honors classes in French Language 4, Spanish Language 4, Japanese Language 4, Pre-calculus and Physics.

    Testing Profile

    In school year 2018-19, El Cerrito High juniors and seniors took the SAT.

    2018-19 SAT (mean scores)

    SUBJECT

    ECHS

    NATIONAL

    Critical Reading

     560

    542

    Math

    561

    542

    Writing

    560

    542

     

    Post-graduation Plans

    Approximately 40% of ECHS graduates go directly to four-year colleges and another 50% to two-year colleges. We are a significant feeder source for UC Berkeley’s freshman classes and are among the top California schools preparing under-represented students for four-year colleges.

    The following is a partial list of the colleges and universities that accepted our 2019 graduates:

    American University California State University (All Campuses)
    Arizona State University Oberlin College
    Brigham Young University-Hawaii Occidental College
    Berklee College of Music Seattle University
    Brown University Spelman College
    Clark University University of Arizona
    University Cornell University of California (9 campuses)
    University Dartmouth University of Colorado (Boulder)
    College Emerson University of La Verne
    College Ex’pression Tufts University
    College for Digital Arts Giovanni Rovelli
    Hampton University University of Oregon
    Howard University University of Pennsylvania
    Macalester College University of Washington
    Mills College University of Southern California
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology Washington University (St. Louis)
    Morehouse College Willamette University
    New York University Xavier University
    North Western University  Charles Drew University

    West Contra Costa Unified School District
    Graduation Requirements



    Course Credits and Curriculum

    Students must earn a minimum of 225 course credits to graduate. Five credits are granted for courses that meet five days a week for the 18-week semester, with the following allocation of credits and their semester and year equivalents:

    SUBJECT

    CREDITS

    SEMESTERS

    YEARS

    English

    40

    8

    4

    Mathematics

    30

    6

    3

    Life Science

    10

    2

    1

    Physical Science

    10

    2

    1

    U.S. History

    10

    2

    1

    World History

    10

    2

    1

    American Government

    5

    1

    ½

    Economics

    5

    1

    ½

    Physical Education

    20

    2

    2

    Fine Arts

    10

    2

    1

    Foreign Language

    10

    2

    1

    Electives

    65

    Varies

    Varies

     

    In addition, graduates must complete 20 hours of community service hours.

     

    Marking System, Transcripts, Grade Point Average (GPA), and Class Rank

    Students are graded on a scale of A-F: A, B and C are college recommending marks, D is passing with credit and F is failing.

    Transcripts are electronically generated through the PowerSchool computer system using the common 0.00-4.0 numerical mark equivalents:

    Grade Equivalent
    A 4.0
    B 3.0
    C 2.0
    D 1.0
    F 0.0
    P Pass
    Honors/AP: A 5.0
    Honors/AP: B 4.0
    Honors/AP: C 3.0


    The transcript GPA includes credit earned in all courses, designating weighted GPA and un-weighted GPA. Weighted GPA includes an additional point for Honors (H), Advanced Placement (AP), and approved college level courses (P) with grades of C or better. The State GPA listed in the transcript excludes freshman grades and physical education grades Class rank includes all courses and is determined by the weight GPA for grade 10-12.