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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.

Escondido Charter High School
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1868 East Valley Parkway


United States
Coordinates33°08′13″N 117°03′18″W / 33.137°N 117.055°W / 33.137; -117.055
TypePublic charter high school
MottoEducation is Our Business
School boardECHS Board of Directors
School districtEscondido Union High School District
Executive DirectorShawn Roner
Enrollment765 (2015-16)[2]
Average class size20
CampusAcademic buildings, 6,500 sq. ft library, lacrosse/soccer/football fields, indoor gymnasium, theater, student union, and outdoor courtyards[1]
Campus size7.8-acre (32,000 m2)
Color(s)Maroon, white and Black
SportsSoccer, Baseball, Basketball, Wrestling, Volleyball, Swimming, Football, Softball, Golf
MascotWhite Tiger
RivalsClassical Academy
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges[3]
NewspaperThe Charterian


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.

College matriculationEdit

Recent Charter graduates have matriculated at the following schools:


  • Traditional Classroom Program (TCP)
  • Individualized Learning Program (ILP)
  • Flex Program (previously ICP)


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.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Gonzalez, Blanca (2003-08-01). "Charter campus set to open". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-09-14.
  2. ^ "Escondido Charter High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Western Association of Schools and Colleges Directory of Accredited Schools 2005-2006 Archived October 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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