El Camino has been an important name in the city of Santa
Maria since the year it was built in 1931. We have triumphed over fire
and changes in the community to instill a tradition of Academic
Excellence in our students. Many in Santa
Maria are proud to be El Camino Alumni and many return to serve the
school community as educators, counselors and administrators.
teachers and staff consistently emphasize the importance of education
to our students, offering numerous programs to support student success,
such as: After School Education and Safety (ASES) in which student
receive homework assistance, tutoring and skills they need; Advancement
Via Individual Determination (AVID) which is a program dedicated to
helping students become the first in their family to graduate from
college; in addition, students are connected to our school community
through clubs and sports such as, soccer, MESA, yearbook,
basketball, volleyball, Ballet Folklorico,
homework club. After completing a one-year Einstein Fellowship in Washington D.C., influencing educational policy, our science teacher, Luke Laurie, was chosen as the 2008/09 teacher of the year for Santa Barbara County.
In 1996, El Camino was named a California Distinguished School
and placed in the top five percent of the 1,600 junior highs and high
schools in the state. We continue to be one of the best schools in the
state as evidenced by our continual 9 or 10 rating on a 1-10 scale for
comparable schools throughout California.
our school's success is an effective partnership between parents, the
community, and the school. Our parents pioneered the first uniform
policy for a public junior high/middle school in the tri-county area. This
is our twelfth year as a mandatory uniform school, which has improved
our school climate, creating a more positive atmosphere with a strong
focus on high standards and school pride. With all of us working
together, El Camino will continue to be an outstanding school, and
surpass even our highest hopes and expectations. Our students are very
important to us, and all of the El Camino Community will do whatever we
can to help our students to be successful this year, and throughout
their lives. In the words of one of our treasured administrative alumni, "Education is the pathway to success."
Betty Romero, Principal