|Escondido Charter High School|
1868 East Valley Parkway
|Type||Public charter high school|
|Motto||Education is Our Business|
|School board||ECHS Board of Directors|
|School district||Escondido Union High School District|
|Executive Director||Shawn Roner|
|Average class size||20|
|Campus||Academic buildings, 6,500 sq. ft library, lacrosse/soccer/football fields, indoor gymnasium, theater, student union, and outdoor courtyards|
|Campus size||7.8-acre (32,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Maroon, white and Black|
|Sports||Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Wrestling, Volleyball, Swimming, Football, Softball, Golf|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
Escondido Charter High School (colloquially referred to as Charter and ECHS) is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school for grades 9-12 located in Escondido, California. The school opened in 1996 with only 30 students. Since then, the student population has grown to almost 400 in the traditional preparatory program, with over 500 students attending the independent learning program. A Charter education is grounded in a classical "back to basics learning," and the importance of pupil-faculty intellectual discourse. Most classes maintain an average size of 20 students per class.
Students must complete and pass the California High School Exit Exam, in addition to a final senior thesis that must be sufficiently defended in front of a committee for review.
Recent Charter graduates have matriculated at the following schools:
Every Fall, Escondido Charter High School hosts a FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament that brings on average 23 teams a year. The top eight teams go on to Legoland California for the regional championships. The top team out of 50+ teams at Legoland goes on to St. Louis, MO for the World Championships. The ECHS QT champions were 3053 RSF Maze Runners from Rancho Santa Fe, CA and 4977 Brain Busters from Escondido, CA. Team 4914 The Avocado Androids from Fallbrook, CA was the runner-up.