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Announcing the Updated 3rd Edition ECHS College Handbook 2016!

The 3rd edition of the El Cerrito High School's College Application Handbook 2016 is now available for viewing and download! This comprehensive guide provides information, advice and resources to help make the college application and admission process more accessible to students and families. Find the handbook in the Counseling menu above or click the link in the sidebar. This edition includes updated information and new sections and resources. Continue Reading→

Principal’s Message:

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year.

Schedule Change Process for 16-17

9th through 11th graders should review class selections for next year to ensure you are signed up for the classes you want and need to take.  Please check your PowerSchool account and if you would like to request a change please do so by following the link below:


One of the things that makes the public higher education systems in California the best in the world is the high standards that UCs and CSUs require for admission.  To be considered for admission to a UC or CSU, high school students must take a minimum of 15 UC approved college preparatory classes.  These courses are called the ‘A-G’ requirements.   Students must earn a minimum of a “C” grade in the a-g courses in order for the course to count towards meeting the course requirements. To be eligible for admission to a UC, students must also earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better in these courses.  A huge barrier is the grade of ‘D’ for which a student gets credit toward high school graduation but not toward the A-G requirements.  In 2006 only 14% of WCCUSD graduates met the A-G standards.  For the class of 2015, that percentage had increased to 42% — or three times as many.   ECHS has seen an increase from 33% to 55% over those years.

Contra Costa Health Services offers NO COST dental services through our school health center, the James Morehouse Project. This includes dental exams, cleanings, fillings and x-rays. If you would like your student to receive dental services, please call Brian at 925-483-6269 or come by the JMP for more information.

Please remember that the upper parking lot on Eureka is staff parking only. Please do not use it as a drop off for students as it creates challenges for staff in the morning and afternoon.

Please help keep our school and community looking beautiful by not leaving trash laying around on campus or when you are walking through the community.  We are extremely fortunate to have such a beautiful facility, but it takes all of us working together to ensure it stays that way.

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