Escondido Charter High School is now enrolling students in its new Flex program for fall 2016. The program is designed to prepare students to attend a competitive college after graduation by providing a rigorous curriculum, a personalized learning experience, and flexible learning options for students, including early college experience and transferable college credits.
High Academic Standards, Personalized Learning & Flexibility
Traditional High School Experience
Escondido Charter High School offers students numerous Academic clubs, competitive sports, and engaging activities.
Escondido Charter High School offers various leadership opportunities to help develop responsible, self-directed students.
Escondido Charter High School offers students A comprehensive sports program to encourage poise, confidence, and competitive greatness.
Art, Music & Theater
Escondido Charter High School offers students courses in art, music, and theater to foster their creativity.
Escondido Charter High school offers students school-sponsored dances, community outreach opportunities, and numerous assemblies to help build character and maintain a positive school culture.
Purpose: College Readiness
The Escondido Charter High School Classroom Flex Program is designed to prepare students to attend a four-year university after graduation by providing a rigorous curriculum, a personalized learning environment, and expanded learning options for students.
Program Design: Personalized Learning
The Flex Program at Escondido Charter High School combines the benefits of classroom instruction with the flexibility made possible by blended learning models to create a rigorous and personalized high school education for college-bound students. Compared to a typical independent study program, student achievement benefits from the structure of four classes offered four times per week in core subjects (i.e., English, math, science, and Spanish). Highly qualified teachers and a back-to basics approach emphasize math, science, and language arts, including the Great Books curriculum adopted from the Traditional Classroom Program. In order to provide additional academic support, students work closely with a guidance counselor to select elective courses based on student academic readiness, interest, and prospective college major.
In addition to classroom-based instruction, flex courses deliver curriculum to students through various platforms, enabling students to choose additional classes best suited for their individual interests and goals. By leveraging technology, teachers provide a flexible learning experience for students. Each student will choose from these additional courses to suit his or her learning style and needs. As they demonstrate readiness, students may complete college courses to pursue their interests, receive vocational training, and earn dual credit for high school and college requirements.
Flexible: Multi-Track Design
The Flex Program provides different schedule options. Students enroll in four core classes that meet four days per week, specifically, Tuesday through Friday. Students may enroll in either a morning or afternoon track. The morning track begins at 8:05 a.m. and ends at 12:25 p.m. The afternoon track begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 2:55 p.m. Moreover, parents will have the option to extend their student’s school day, enrolling them in either a morning or afternoon learning lab. For example, once students enrolled in the morning track complete their core courses, they may either leave school or attend a learning lab where they will complete school work for the remainder of the school day. The afternoon track option will be offered to students in the 2017-2018 school year.
Early College High School Program: Dual Enrollment
An important feature of the ECHS Flex Program includes the option for students to enroll in college courses while attending high school. By partnering with Grand Canyon University and Palomar College, Flex students are able to earn college credits that may apply to both their high school and college graduation requirements.
Extracurricular Activities: Traditional High School Experience
Students enrolled in the Flex Program may fully participate in Escondido Charter High School’s extracurricular activities, including academic clubs, sports, and school functions. Moreover, Flex Program students will have the opportunity to interact with their peers during breaks and lunch each school day.
Academics, Service, Tradition
In 1992, the California State Legislature passed the Charter Schools Act, which allowed for the formation of independent public schools that were free from many of the bureaucratic burdens placed on regular district schools. These schools were required to operate under a “charter” granted by a local school district.
Early in the charter movement, Dennis “Coach” Snyder took up the challenge to create a new type of high school with a focus on fundamentals and a passion for American Heritage. Coach Snyder was a long-time teacher in the Escondido High School District, and in 1996, he gave up his career to found Escondido Charter High School.
ECHS had humble beginnings in a business park along East Valley Parkway in Escondido. Starting with only 30 students, the school soon grew to fill all of the offices in three buildings. A close-knit school culture emerged, with teachers, students, and parents working together to provide a quality education.
As demand increased, Escondido Charter High School sought a new location for its campus. In 2003, the school purchased the Edwards Cinema across the street and built Phase One of the new campus, which included a beautiful library, modern computer labs, and an athletics field.
Three years later, Phase Two of the project was completed adding a 400-seat theater and gymnasium complex. Over the past 20 years, the high school has grown to serve nearly 800 students and has achieved some of the highest test scores in the state. As one of California's top-ranked high schools, its graduates have been accepted to highly competitive universities through the country.
Today, ECHS is among the top performing high schools in California and is still committed to the goal of preparing students to attend a competitive college after graduation. The school's focus remains on maintaining a rigorous curriculum, celebrating academic excellence, and providing opportunities for students to develop important leadership skills while in high school. Improving student achievement is our number one goal.