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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Early College High School is a highly rated, public, alternative school located in Costa Mesa, CA. It has 260 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 27 to 1. According to state test scores, 45% of students are at least proficient in math and 75% in reading.
Address
2990 Mesa Verde Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Telephone
(714) 241-6108

Early College High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
75%
Percent Proficient - Math
45%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1110
75 responses
Average ACT
24
44 responses
AP Enrollment
25%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    D
  4. Good for Families
    B+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$70,438
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,641
National
$949
Median Home Value
$637,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
95%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • House Competitions
    54%
  • Winter break
    29%
  • Environmental issues project
    9%
  • DP Presentations
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    3%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
260
Free or Reduced Lunch
70%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
27:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$99,797
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.5%
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,490/ year
National
$12,239
22%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.23 responses
22%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.23 responses
30%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.23 responses
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Do not let this little, quiet school fool you--ECHS is a gem. Led by an intimate group of caring teachers and faculty, all staff members dedicate their lives to benefit the students. Coming from a background of a traditional high school and then comparing it to ECHS, I love Early College dearly!
With the ability to take many college class (nearly free of charge), you become more than prepared for college!
While the focus remains primarly on academics (the reason why we don't have sports or very many clubs), every student can feel at home and succeed at Early College!
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Early college High School is a very friendly and learning focused school. Classes are small so students can receive more help from teachers. The staff is very friendly as well, even down to the janitors and security. School spirit is also very high, especially during event days. Teachers and staff are always available to help and do a great job at it as well. Unlike a regular high schools, the amount of students is small, allowing peers to get to know each other more and creating a family of students and staff. It's honestly such a great school, and I wish more students could experience high school that way, a way that makes you feel like you're a part of something and not just another name on an attendance sheet. It's great!
One of the factors that attracted me to ECHS was the environment. Because of the intimacy of the school, I thought the teacher-to student-ratio would be beneficial to my learning preferences. There is a close knit atmosphere embedded with encouragement and support. Another enticing factor was the focus of the school. Students that attend ECHS are set on a course to success, and the teachers and staff are dedicated to cultivating high quality lessons that widen the range of opportunities available to ECHS students.