School Details

Heritage K-8 Charter School

1855 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027
(760) 737-3111
9

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 490 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

88%
45%
56%
91%
55%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Escondido Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
35%
46%
87%
55%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Escondido Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
52%
65%
96%
58%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Escondido Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
48%
60%
86%
45%
65%
89%
45%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Escondido Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
47%
60%
58%
38%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Escondido Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
47%
60%
60%
36%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Escondido Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
49%
50%
75%
48%
57%
60%
23%
31%
71%
44%
52%
72%
59%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Escondido Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Heritage K-8 Charter School is a charter middle school in Escondido. The principal of Heritage K-8 Charter School is Dennis Snyder, who can be contacted at dsnyder@echs.org. 490 students attend Heritage K-8 Charter School and identify as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0.7% of the Heritage K-8 Charter School students have "limited English proficiency." The student to teacher ratio at Heritage K-8 Charter School is 18:1. Ascension Lutheran is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 60% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 3%
Unspecified 4% 2%
Filipino 3% 2%
Hispanic 25% 64%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.4%
Multiracial 1% %
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 19093%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Limited English proficiency 0.7% 44%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This is my son's second year at Heritage. We are very happy with the teachers the curriculum and the administration. I do wish there was enhanced learning for advanced children. The standard class has 1 teacher and an aide for a maximum of 24 students. My only complaints would be the location lack of a library and a limited lunch program. There is no playground or grass area which is unfortunate. They are looking into moving or adding a grass area. On the whole the school is excellent. My son is very happy there!

  • (1 year ago)

    Our youngest child needed speech therapy and her teachers and the administration had it all lined up in a heartbeat. The amount of encouragement shown to our daughter was incredible! Her confidence has grown by leaps and bounds and she even had a speaking role in the class play. Heritage has been a tremendous blessing! My only challenge as a parent is the lack of parking. If that is the only negative aspect of our children's school I know we have made the right choice.

  • (1 year ago)

    All administration are not coperating to learn about the school quality. They just express that go read internet!?

  • (2 years ago)

    I love this school I have 2 boys enrolled here. My oldest came here last year in third grade and he was way behind in all subjects. We want to thank the school because his grades have dramatically improved. Both my boys go to school with a smile on their faces everyday.Thank God for all the teachers and staff they are truely a blessing.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is the number one k-8 charter school in California. Enough said! All the kids and parents I see day in and day out are extremely happy with the school.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is terrible ..the teachers cussed at my kids and the principal does nothing about... My kids do not like this school. They are very unorganized.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter started HK-8 two years ago in middle school. She was very shy at the time but a great student. Although the academics are more challenging she loves this school. All the kids are like a family and step up for eachother when one is going through something. They have embraced several new students and my daughter is very comfortable and happy(and I wonder where my shy child went.) I also recently saw how the students all rallied around another student who has some learning struggles and went out of their way to support him in a ceremony he was part of. The parents here care about their kids staff are vested and willing to take lower pay because they want to work in this environment and are excellent. The administration is honest and does what it says it is going to do. They also hold the kids accountable and you won't see teens "making out" on the campus. I am thankful for a safe loving and challenging environment for my child to grow and learn!

  • (2 years ago)

    The teachers are awesome the parents are really involved and my kids have learned so much in such a short time!

  • (3 years ago)

    My son has Selective Mutism and had difficulty speaking in public including to his teachers. Before he was diagnosed the teachers did a WONDERFUL job at trying to make it easier for him to cope and going out of their way help him. The staff incl. the admin worked with his therapist on how to deal with his situation and now he has even participated in a spelling bee in his classroom reads aloud and is as noisy as the others when out on the playground. Thank you Charter teachers and administrators for being so accommodating in helping my son get past this hurdle.

  • (3 years ago)

    Beware if your child needs special education as the administration would prefer your child to go elsewhere. Although they are required by state and federal laws to provide services they would prefer your chld to attend another school in the district. There ratings may be higher then their counterparts in Escondido but at whose expense. Be very careful about the school choice you make for your kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love this school ! So thankful my kids got in ! I have a a son in the high school and am looking forward to having all three finish with ECHS! Go White Tigers!

  • (4 years ago)

    I just wanted to point out to anyone reading these reviews that while some of the older posts are correct there was a lot of teacher turnover and the admin was weak that has all changed. As I type this there is a new Director and all of those old issues have stopped. Teachers are happy and there is great communications with Admin/Staff and parents. They have a very strong passionate teaching staff that does an incredible job. This IS the elementary school in North County to send your kids to if you can get them in.

  • (4 years ago)

    Heritage is an absolute gem in a forest of horrifically bad schools in Escondido. We lucked out last year in getting my daughter in on the first try. Her grades shot straight up from being down in the basement. And her desire to go to school and participate is a blessing. My son did not make it last year but just got a call yesterday that he will be joining them this year. The staff and teachers at Heritage are great and keep parents well informed. The kids are kept challenged and engaged. Better still is the sense of family and parental participation to help the school succeed. I could not think of any better environment for my kids education that Heritage. Well worth the lottery wait.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have found Heritage to be an excellent school. We were very lucky to get in - as has been stated that it is a lottery. Our child has had a speech delay and we were concerned that he may not be able to keep up. Far exceeded what we thought was possible. The K teachers have been the best. They have done more for our child than the speech therapists have in 3 years!!! Taught us not to underestimate what they can learn in 1 year!

  • (5 years ago)

    my son went to a great elementary school in the area and lucked out in the lotto draw and was accepted in 6th grade. I was very nervous about him going somewhere new but he loves it. He has really adjusted well I am very grateful to his teacher and the elementary principle she was easy to talk to and seemed to really listen to me when I met her.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has the best dedicated teachers... We are so proud to be involved with this school. Go White tigers!

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is the best around and that is why there is a long waiting list to get in by lottery. The education is traditional and back to basics. The kids have to keep up with homework and school work. There is no slacking off. Tardiness is not tolerated. We are so happy to be a part of this school

  • (6 years ago)

    My kids have been attending this school for 3 years and they love it. The school is growing and it's exciting to see our school open to so many new students.

  • (6 years ago)

    Teachers and Directors at our school have worked hard for the success of our students and test scores show their efforts. There are many new activities and improvements. Sadly they are hampered by being treated as second class citizens by the high school. administration. They need to be allowed to be an elementary school and to make some of their own decisions.

  • (6 years ago)

    Great kids great teachers terrible leadership. The communication with leadership is nonexistant. Teacher turnover shows the lack of support from the top. This school could be amazing we need more alternatives to schooling in Escondido.

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