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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
698 West Main Street
El Cajon, CA 92020
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Located in the heart of El Cajon, LFCS began as a K-3 program on one campus in 2001 with 5 teachers and 100 students. It was founded by a veteran teacher who has a passion for education and truly looks for the joy in learning. Along with a small but dedicated team they worked to make magic out of old desks, portable walls, used textbooks, and big ideas. LFCS made a commitment to hire staff who are passionate about teaching and incorporate research-proven techniques that work! LFCS has a developed a reputation for high test scores, satisfied parents, and students who graduate as leaders. Currently LFCS has four tuition free campuses serving K-12 students and an independent study program.

Literacy First Charter School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
75%
Percent Proficient - Math
69%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1180
10 responses
Average ACT
AP Enrollment

A COMMUNITY WHERE EVERY CHILD IS KNOWN

Literacy First Charter Schools has been serving students in K-12th grade since 2001 with a sharp focus on knowing each student personally in order to develop literate, life-long learners who are citizens of character. Our students perform WELL ABOVE state and local averages. At our core is a belief that when every student is known, we can ignite a passion for comprehensive literacy.

Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$49,445
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,185
National
$949
Median Home Value
$403,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
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    Students

    Diversity
    A+
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    1,638
    Free or Reduced Lunch
    43%
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    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    22:1
    National
    17:1
    Average Teacher Salary
    Teachers in First/Second Year
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    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    C
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    Girls Athletic Participation
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    Expenses Per Student
    National
    $12,239
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    Literacy First Charter School Reviews

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    I recently graduated from this school and while it is small it lacks nothing. This school took me from below grade level math to above in 2 years. In one year I learned how to write at a college level essays. In about a month I learned how to write proffessonal emails, fill out a resume and how to apply for a job. Because of its small scale its impossible to become a lost face. Most of the kids that go here statred in kindergarten and go the full 13 years to graduate. Many high school senoirs go the uc schools on schorships. Sevearal students over the years have gotton full rides for sports. Students can get one on one help from teachers no problem. Teachers take notice of students and wil advance them or help them get advanced by taking the time (no matter how much) to make sure they get better. Nothing is impossible at this school.
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    This was the first school I went to since I moved here from Iraq. I started in 2nd grade and went to elementary, middle, and high school all through this school. I learned a lot through here. When I first moved here, I didn't know much English so it was hard for me to communicate and make friends but the school helped me not feel left out. I never felt like the odd man out, I was always included and I felt welcomed which made me more comfortable talking and making my english much better.
    I’ve had a good experience so far throughout my time at Literacy First Charter School, but I wish we had more teachers that really went into depth with us!