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The College Application Handbook

Introducing the first edition of El Cerrito High School's College Application Handbook. This comprehensive guide provides information, advice and resources to help make the 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. Continue Reading→

Principal's Message: Week of November 9th

There is no school for students on Monday, November 10th and Tuesday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day. The office will be open from 8 to 4 on Monday and the school will be closed on Tuesday.

Seniors that need help on their College Application Essays can receive one-on-one support on November 13, 14, 17, and 18 during lunch in rm B205. You must bring a rough draft with you. If you have questions or need support with college applications please make sure to stop by the College and Career Center and ask Ms. Griggs for assistance.

I am pleased to announce that our School Climate Report Card is out for this year and our scores continue to rise. This data is based on The California Healthy Kids Surveys that our students complete in the Spring and our Truancy data. When ranked with similar schools in California, ECHS is currently sitting at the 91st percentile. Thank you for your feedback Gauchos!!

Congrats to the girls volleyball team for taking second in the TCAL rock division. They will be playing in the first round of the North Coast Section playoffs on Wednesday night at Campolindo at 7 pm. The boys football team is also playing in the first round of the North Coast Section playoffs and there game will be at Analy High School Saturday night at 7 pm. Good luck to both teams!!!

Soccer and Basketball tryouts begin this week. Girls and Boys Soccer tryouts will be on Monday and Tuesday. Girls tryouts will begin at 8:30 am and Boys tryouts will begin at 11:30 am on Monday and 11:00 am on Tuesday. Make-up tryouts for the Boys will be on Wednesday from 4-5:30 pm. Girls basketball tryouts will be on Monday from 12-3 pm for all levels and Boys Freshman and JV tryouts are from 6-8 PM on Monday. Students must have their completed medical release forms in order to participate in tryouts.

Please do not forget to complete your “Online Meal Application” so that your student can receive free or reduced lunch.  The application is quick and easy to fill out and can be accessed directly from the home page of the West Contra Costa Unified School District website under “Online Meal Application”.  The application must be completed annually so if you have not renewed you application from last year please do it as soon as possible as last year’s service will expire at the end of September.

I would like to remind everyone of a couple of important school policies.  Students should have ID’s with them at all times.  ID’s not only help support the safety of the campus, but they are also required in the cafeteria for students to receive free and reduced lunch. With the warm weather right now it is particularly important that everyone dress appropriately.  More specifically, all shirts should be long enough to overlap a pair of pants or a skirt.  Students not dressed appropriately will be required to wear a loaner shirt or call home for a change of clothes.  It is also important to remember that El Cerrito High School has a closed campus policy so at no point should a student leave campus during the school day without being signed out of the main office.  This also means that students are not allowed to leave campus during lunch.  Please remind your student of these policies as we would like to avoid students missing instructional time for not meeting these expectations.

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.

Please note that the staff parking lot off of Eureka is no longer accessible as a drop off and pick up area for students.  Only staff vehicles are permitted in the Eureka parking lot.  We appreciate your support with this adjustment.


— Principal Luongo

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