El Camino Real High School

1351 East Orangethorpe Avenue Placentia, California 92870 (714) 986-7060 Fax (714) 996-0294


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Grades: 9-12

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School Colors: Royal Blue and Black

El Camino Real High School is a fully accredited high school offering an alternative settings and strategies to allow students to earn a high school diploma. The California State Department of Education has named El Camino High School as a "Model Continuation High School."

El Camino Real High School is located in the city of Placentia. El Camino is a continuation high school serving approximately 385 students in grades 9-12. El Camino receives students from the four comprehensive high schools who have fallen significantly behind on their credits. The two most common causes are poor attendance and failure to do homework. Students transfer to E.C.R.H.S. at all times of the year. The school focuses on state standards in all of the core subjects without the extras or frills commonly available in a more traditional high school. Lock-step semesters with large classes are replaced by competency-based instruction in small classes with daily monitoring of progress. Students who make significant progress may return to their home school, although most elect to graduate from El Camino Real.


What We Do: Building the Bridge


By Christine Bonner & Jennifer DiCarlo


Despite the challenges we face at El Camino Real High School, students and staff are determined to rise above our limitations. One of the basic tenets of our school is to continue to strive, and to never give up, no matter what challenges arise. As a result of this spirit of determination, El Camino has been designated a Model Continuation High School three times, and has been awarded a six-year W.A.S.C. accreditation numerous times.

Our small size allows for individualized attention, and fosters a nurturing and supportive environment. In addition, all instructors are teaching in their credentialed areas, and are implementing the Common Core strategies in their instruction. Smaller class sizes and scheduling flexibility encourage students to work more productively.

Students transfer to E.C.R.H.S. for credit recovery, but are all facing unique challenges. On a daily basis, students are held to the same rigorous standards as students in the other high schools. All classes have direct instruction, and student work is completed in class, rather than assigned as homework. We have traditionally placed a heavy emphasis on helping at-risk students develop positive attitudes and effective skills to make them career and college ready. Hence, we continue to build the bridge between failure and success.





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