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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Early College High School is a highly rated, public, alternative school located in Costa Mesa, CA. It has 246 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 62% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.

Early College High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
62%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1120
113 responses
Average ACT
24
65 responses
AP Enrollment
16%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$88,363
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,638
National
$949
Median Home Value
$806,321
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
92%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 49 responses
Report
  • House Competitions
    49%
  • Winter break
    24%
  • Environmental issues project
    12%
  • Spirit Week
    8%
  • DP Presentations
    4%
  • Homecoming
    2%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
246
Free or Reduced Lunch
65%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.25 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.25 responses
24%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.25 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$103,910
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.26 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.26 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.26 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
$13,568/ year
National
$12,239
18%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.28 responses
21%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.28 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.28 responses
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I transferred to Early College my sophomore year because of the significant educational opportunity. Community College professors come to our campus Monday through Thursday and teach college classes. By the time I graduate, I will have two years of college completed, free of cost. There are less than 250 students in the entire school so we don't have sports teams and not many clubs or extracurriculars. Despite this, the campus culture is still fun. The most unique thing about Early College is our house competitions. The school is split up into four different houses: seadragons, stingrays, narwals, and barracudas, similar to the houses in Harry Potter. Each month we have a house competition where all of the houses compete in a game and in the end, one house wins. Although my school is so academically focused, there is still no lack of a high school experience.
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As a senior at Early College High, my time is coming to an end. I was able to accomplish great study habits and college readiness. I am grateful for the amazing staff, especially the teachers and both counselors for college and high school classes. By going to ECHS, I have saved a significant amount of money. By the time I graduate, I will be receiving my IGETC Certification which certifies that I have completed up to two years worth of college transferable credits. Although the environment is rigorous, there are many resources for help. The staff is truly amazing for they help seniors apply to college and many scholarships. The college readiness is taken seriously at this school, and ECHS prepares students academically for the next step in life which is college.
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!