El Camino Real Charter High School

Welcome to the ECRCHS Curriculum and Instruction Page!

This page was created to inform and educate all stakeholders about the ECRCHS Curriculum and Instructional practices. Our goal is to streamline curriculum, hence making it more efficient and effective. In terms of Instruction, we are working towards full integration of Common Core in all of our classes. This page will certainly not be representative of all we are undertaking in the areas of curriculum and instruction, but should be a vast overview of what is currently taking place and what is to come.

If there are comments, questions, or concerns regarding the Curriculum, please reach out to Minita Clark, Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Student Activities at m.clark@ecrchs.net.  If there are comments, questions, or concerns regarding Instruction, please reach out to the Assistant Principal responsible for the specific area. This information can be found on the home page by clicking on the  “About” tab and selecting Assistant Principal’s Corner.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Curriculum? In plain terms, curriculum is ‘what’ teachers teach and students will learn. It is the academic content and lessons taught. Such things as textbooks and multimedia resources are considered curriculum supports.
  2. What is Instruction? In plain terms, instruction is ‘how’ teachers will teach. It is the plan for dissemination of the academic content and lessons.  In general, teachers decide how they will impart knowledge to students based on educational best practices and student needs.
  3. What are Common Core State Standards? Common Core standards are the learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. Common Core standards are not a curriculum.
  4. What Curriculum does ECRCHS use in classrooms/school wide? We do not have a set curriculum that teachers use in classes. Our goal is to ensure that each course-alike challenges students similarly, but has the teacher’s ‘special mark.’ This will be achieved by teachers within departments working more closely together to plan for students to have a common foundation in course-alikes.
  5. What does a typical English, Math (or other) classroom look like at ECRCHS? This is subjective and really depends on the observer as well as the teacher. Please stop by and visit our classes at any time.
  6. I am concerned that my child’s teacher doesn’t teach the way another teacher in the same content area/class teaches? Our teachers’ instructional styles vary. Methods of content delivery also vary. Discuss your concerns directly with the teacher first and ask for suggestions as to how your son/daughter can adapt to the instructional style. After you have done this and if still not satisfied, please contact the administrator responsible for the department.
  7. Why isn’t the grading scale consistent in all content areas, or at least in all departments? Teachers have been allowed a great deal of flexibility in terms of grading. We are moving towards standardization in the areas of curriculum and instruction. This has been an on-going discussion and options are being considered.
  8. I am not pleased with my child’s teacher, I want him/her to switch classes. What should I do? In most circumstances, we do not switch students’ classes once assigned. If there is an extenuating circumstance, you must follow the process. First, a parent teacher conference must be held to discuss the issue. Next, a parent-teacher-student-counselor conference must be held. If this does not resolve the issue, a parent-teacher-student-administrator conference must be held. Most often, this results in the student remaining in class and a resolution of the problem. Rare circumstances permit removal of the student from the class.

What are we doing now (2016-2017)?

  • Curriculum Mapping
  • Creating Common formative assessments for course-alikes
  • Develop a systematic process in the areas of curriculum & instruction, counseling and careers, school-wide safety/security, and technology
  • Soliciting parents to serve on committees, volunteer, and be more involved in the overall educational process

What will we do (2017-2018)?

  • Provide more professional develop time and on-site opportunities for teachers
  • Implement common formative assessments in course-alikes
  • Be more data driven by using multiple data points, reviewing data more frequently, and using data to inform classroom instruction/instructional decisions
  • Focus on closing the achievement gap within our sub-groups


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