El Cerrito High School

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El Cerrito High is the city's only high school and is one of seven high schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. The school serves students from El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Hercules, Kensington and Pinole.
The old school building was deemed earthquake-unsafe, and funds raised from a 2004 voter-approved construction bond financed the school's new building, which opened in January 2009. The school offers AP classes, many student clubs, and a technologically advanced new theater. The school nickname is ""Gauchos,"" a type of South American cowboy. Several former students have become well-known professional athletes, musicians and performers. The data below is from the 2008-09 school year: Enrollment: 1,208 Average class size: 25.8 2009 API (Academic Performance Index): 637 2009 API state rank: 2nd lowest decile (80% of high schools had higher API scores) Percent of students who are: African American: 35.6 Asian: 17.2 Filipino: 2.5 Hispanic: 23.7 Pacific Islander: 0.9 White: 16.6 Multiple/no response: 3.3 Percent of students who are: English learners: 12.6 Percent of students who receive free or reduced-price lunches: 37.3
540 Ashbury Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 231-1437
  • Fax: 510-525-1810
  • Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm; Sat, Sun, closed
  • Hours: Office hours: Mon - Fri, 8am - 4pm; Sat, Sun, closed
  • Accessible: yes
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