Please call 760-745-2071 with any high school questions. We regret that international students are not qualified for the high school at this time.
Q. How is this program different from a traditional high school?
A. Escondido Christian School's innovative personalized learning model enables each student to be working in a course that fits them best. For example, during math class, some students may be working in algebra I while others are in pre-calculus. The individualized curriculum is overseen by an qualified on-site teacher.
Q. How is this program different from a digital independent study program?
A. In this program students are with their peers in a supportive Christian environment five days a week. They are able to collaborate together in the science lab, lead worship for chapel, and enjoy traditionally taught enrichment activities, such as art, photography, and PE.
Q. What is the difference between the online instructional program Escondido Christian has developed and digital programs at other schools?
A. The online-delivery courses within our program are constructivist in nature rather than passive learning such as listening to lectures or reading chapters at a time. There are no textbooks or e-books. No homework for most students.
Q. What about college acceptance?
A. Our students have successfully matriculated to local public and charter schools, as well as community college. We are a member of Grand Canyon University's CCSC: Canyon Christian Schools Consortium, which offers our eligible graduates a scholarship at GCU of up to $5,000 per year for each year of attendance at our high school. This scholarship can be combined with other GCU scholarships.
Q. Are school uniforms required for high school students?
A. No, school uniforms are not required, but our handbook dress code applies to both on- and off- campus activities. Students change clothes for PE.
Q. How much nightly homework is expected?
A. The program is designed to be completed entirely between 8:15 am and 3:15 pm, with early dismissal at 12:20 on Fridays, enabling students to pursue after-school jobs, internships, sports, church activities, and time with family in the evenings.
Q. Does the high school program follow ECS's traditional calendar?
A. Yes, the high school has the same post-Labor Day start date and all holidays are the same, but students follow a two-semester system rather than the four-quarter system. Independent study can be arranged for extended absences.
Q. Are honors and AP courses available?
A. Yes, there are a wide variety of honors and AP courses available.
Q. Beyond tuition and registration fees, what additional costs are incurred by parents?
A. The program has no traditional textbooks except for Bible class, and all curriculum is provided. An optional $15 monthly ($150 annual) technology fee is assessed for the use of the Chromebook computer assigned to each student, which includes accident protection and all required educational software. Alternatively, students may provide their own laptop. A few activities have a nominal supply fee. AP courses have an extra cost also, and PE uniforms are required. In addition, parents are asked to pay for the annual leadership trip in September ($215). The mission trip in the spring is partially funded through the student-run business (morning coffee cart) and sponsorship efforts.
Q. What about sports?
A. As we grow, we hope to join a small-schools sports league, similar to our jr. high league. PE activities are offered onsite.
Q. I travel a lot in my job and would like to take my student with me without her being truant or missing instruction. Is this possible?
A. Yes, because the program is flexible and personalized, we can accommodate your student as an independent-study learner for brief time periods.
Q. What religion is taught at the school?
A. Our high school program is sponsored by the Foursquare Church. The curriculum is non-denominational. Staff are active in a variety of local churches. Students are of many different faiths or none at all. Denominational specifics are left up to parents and the student's home church. Parents and students are required to sign agreement with our statement of faith.
Q. Can students get dual high school/college credit?
A. Yes, partnerships with Palomar College and Grand Canyon University are being explored that will allow students to get high school credit for college courses taken at the local community college. Palomar does not accept students under 15 years of age.