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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 September 21st

Teachers will be submitting Progress Report Grades on Monday, September 22nd and we will hold Progress Report Night next week on Tuesday, September 30th at 6:30 pm in the small and large gyms.

The staff here at ECHS believes it is important to help instill professionalism in our student body. One of the areas we believe some of our students need support with is professional attire. Starting this week we will be issuing detentions to students that are wearing shirts that do not overlap with shorts and pants, students that are exposing undergarments, and students that are wearing inappropriate displays on articles of clothing. Detentions will be served during lunch. We appreciate your support in helping students dress appropriately for school.

The Ivy League Connection is about to get underway for this year. Sophomores and Juniors with a combined GPA of 3.75 and above will have opportunities to apply for specialized programs over the next few months. Counselors will begin disseminating information over the course of the next few weeks regarding events and opportunities. The Senior Assistant Director of Admissions will be in the ECHS library on October 2nd from 6-7 pm to conduct an college entrance essay workshop and then from 7-8:30 she will provide an information session about Yale. Please cut and paste the link below into your browser to register:


A special shout out to coach and teacher Jeremiah Holland and the ECHS Cross Country team that competed over the weekend. We have over sixty students running with the team this year!!

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.  We also appreciate the opportunity to work with you and your students and look forward to your student’s growth and development over the course of this year.


— Principal Luongo

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