El Camino High School is the continuation high school for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. The school is based on a credit recovery model which allows students who have fallen behind the opportunity to acquire the necessary credits to meet high school graduation requirements. Students who have reached the age of sixteen (16) may voluntarily transfer to ECHS from one of the district’s comprehensive high schools. The primary focus at ECHS is to motivate students who, for a variety of reasons, have fallen behind in credits. In addition to academic needs, students at ECHS receive support for socio-emotional issues as well.
• Students must be at least 16 years of age
• Students must be deficient in credits (minimum 30 credits)
• The student and parent must apply at their home school in cooperation with the school counselor
• The school counselor must complete and submit the Alternative Education Application prior to the corresponding ECHS orientation deadline
• Students and parents must attend the orientation meeting at ECHS on the designated date
Responsibilities of the Home School:
• The student’s counselor verifies whether appropriate interventions have occurred (parent contact, counseling, credit recovery, SART/SARB, etc.) on behalf of the student
• If the student receives services through an IEP, a Change of Placement IEP meeting must be held at the home school with the involvement of the respective NLMUSD Program Specialist. The IEP team should determine if the accelerated nature of the credit recovery format at ECHS is appropriate for the student
• The counselor at the home school meets with students and parents to complete the Alternative Education Application in its entirety
• The home school shall inform the parent of the timelines associated with the ECHS orientation process as well as the time/date/location of the mandatory parent orientation meeting.
During the orientation process, students receive detailed information regarding the campus, the daily schedule, and the process of earning credits. Additionally, students participate in a universal academic screening to inform the decision on placement in core academic classes and academic intervention support. Upon enrollment, the ECHS counselor will analyze student transcripts, check-out grades, and graduation progress to determine the most appropriate course of study. Students will be enrolled in core grade-level courses in addition to credit recovery courses and electives.
Students at ECHS are held to the same graduation requirements as the comprehensive high schools. However, the nature of the accelerated credit recovery program allows students to earn credits at a faster pace compared to the comprehensive sites. Students who attend ECHS and earn the appropriate number of credits and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher are encouraged to return to their home school at the next corresponding semester. The regular school day at ECHS begins at 7:55 a.m. and ends at 1:45 p.m. Classes are 45 minutes in length and students are given a nutrition and lunch break. The NLMUSD provides transportation services for students enrolled at ECHS.
Ultimately, enrollment at ECHS is voluntary. Although strongly encouraged to earn the appropriate number of credits and have a GPA at or above 2.0 prior to returning, students and parents may make the choice for the student to return to their respective home school. Conversely, although recommended for students who are significantly deficient in credits, the choice to leave their home school and attend ECHS is at the discretion of the students and parents.
Questions regarding enrollment in the continuation school program at ECHS can be directed to the counselors at the individual high school sites or through the Alternative Education department.