TCP Frequently Asked Questions

What is a charter school? Charter schools are independent public or private schools that implement unique educational programs based on a rigorous, innovative curriculum. California law provides charter schools with a certain degree of operational freedom and budgetary flexibility in exchange for more accountability. Most charter schools are tuition free and open to all students. They are required by law to participate in standardized state tests, employ credentialed teachers, and provide a safe learning environment for all students. Charter schools are designed to offer parents and students quality educational programs and choice in the public education system.

What is the Traditional Classroom Program (TCP)? The Traditional Classroom Program is a part of Escondido Charter High School, which was founded in 1996. TCP is a classroom based educational program dedicated to improving student learning and preparing all students to attend a four-year college or university immediately following graduation. It expects academic excellence from all students and provides a rigorous curriculum in a safe and orderly learning environment. It is located in a state-of-the-art facility at 1868 East Valley Parkway in Escondido, California. Current enrollment is 372 students in grades 9 – 12.

Is the Traditional Classroom Program (TCP) accredited? All programs at Escondido Charter High School, including TCP, are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Moreover, all TCP classes meet the entrance requirements outlined by the California State and University of California systems and other competitive colleges and universities.

What does “academic excellence” mean in the Traditional Classroom Program (TCP)? TCP offers a rigorous academic curriculum in the foundational content areas of learning: English, history, mathematics, science, computers, and the fine arts. The curriculum reflects TCP’s commitment to high expectations and college readiness for all students, while fostering higher order thinking skills and creativity.

What is the average class size in the Traditional Classroom Program (TCP)? TCP is designed to create a small, intimate learning environment where students feel welcome and instruction can be tailored to meet individual student learning needs. The average class size for the 2014-2015 school year is twenty students.

What does the Traditional Classroom Program’s (TCP) classroom based instruction look like? Even though the classroom setting is traditional, the instructional approach is innovative and engaging. TCP takes advantage of the small classroom environment by providing meaningful conversation, debate, and student interaction. Students are challenged to think critically as they pursue a deeper understanding of important academic content. Students should anticipate meaningful, daily homework assignments.

Does the Traditional Classroom Program (TCP) offer advanced level courses? Yes, TCP offers advanced level courses in all core academic areas including Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

What activities, in addition to academics, may students participate in while attending the Traditional Classroom Program (TCP)? Escondido Charter High School sponsors a wide range of varsity athletics that all students may participate in. In addition, TCP sponsors several academic, student government, and service-based clubs that students are encouraged to join.

What percentage of Traditional Classroom Program (TCP) students attends college after graduation? Ninety-eight percent of TCP students attend a broad spectrum of colleges after graduation. These include the most prestigious colleges and universities in the United States.

How do I enroll my student in the Traditional Classroom Program (TCP)? Because space is limited, TCP holds a lottery, as required by California law, every February to select students for enrollment. Lottery applications for TCP will be accepted for the 2016-2017 school year beginning Wednesday , October 12, 2016 through Wednesday, January 11, 2017. The lottery will take place on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the Board Meeting.

Is tuition required for students enrolled in the Tradition Classroom Program (TCP)? No, Escondido Charter High School, including TCP, is a California public school that accepts all students tuition free.