El Cajon Valley High School

Welcome to El Cajon Valley High School,

Our vision of working together, learning together and succeeding together ensures student achievement first. El Cajon Valley is a gateway to opportunity where everyone works together to graduate all students with high levels of academic achievement and personal excellence. Through clear, relevant, rigorous instruction, and a collaborative system of support, El Cajon Valley helps students identify their strengths and achieve their goals, leading to success after graduation.

We have a tradition of excellence! We expect our students to embrace and live our motto, “Be BRAVE.” This motto prepares our students to graduate and participate in a global economy as Bold life-long learners, Resourceful users of technology, Analytical thinkers, Valuable members of society, and Effective communicators. In addition to offering a rigorous academic program with college preparatory courses, we offer 16 honors and Advanced Placement course offerings. We have offered a highly successful AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) college preparatory program, since 2001. Our stellar Career Technical Education pathways provide opportunities for students to explore careers in Welding, Restaurant, Arts, Media and Entertainment (AME), Teaching and Learning, and Biotechnology.
El Cajon Valley High School has a strong and dedicated teaching staff, guidance team, and administration who promote a positive campus environment. Each student at El Cajon Valley High school will develop an Individual Graduation Plan and Post-Secondary Plan that prepares students for college, career technical training, or entry into the workforce. To ensure all El Cajon Valley students succeed at high levels, student support is offered at all academic levels and includes additional support classes, extended learning time, and tutorials. In addition, the Guidance Department and the Family Resource Center work closely together to increase student achievement in the areas of academics, behavior and attendance through the integration of school, home and family support services.

Kim Patterson

El Cajon Valley High School is a comprehensive high school located in the city of El Cajon and is part of the Grossmont Union High School District. ECVHS is currently educating 1,795 students in grades nine through twelve. The campus reflects the diverse cultural and socioeconomic makeup of the community. ECVHS employs 85 teachers, five counselors, and a classified staff of 55 to support our students. Our campus reflects the diverse cultural and socioeconomic makeup of the community. Many of our students are recent immigrants, with the majority coming from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan countries.

ECVHS is a school wide Title I program, and 87% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch. The purpose of Title I funding is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.

School Leadership
Leadership at El Cajon Valley is a responsibility shared between district administration, the Principal, Vice Principals, instructional staff, students, and parents. The district's emphasis is on a well-balanced and rigorous core curriculum at all grade levels. Instructional programs as aligned with state and district standards. ECVHS Principal, Kim Patterson attended the University of Southern California and transferred and graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Oregon.  She received an M.A.T. Secondary and Administrative Credential from Lewis and Clark University and was an Ed.D candidate at Portland State University prior to moving to San Diego in 2015. Ms. Patterson taught in Portland Public School District and Beaverton Public School District in Oregon, and was a Principal in Portland Public Schools prior to working for GUHSD. From 2013-2015 Ms. Patterson was the Director of College and Career Readiness at the Oregon Department of Education. Ms. Patterson has served as Principal of El Cajon Valley High School since August 2015.

Staff members and parents participate on various committees that make decisions regarding the priorities and direction of the educational plan to ensure instructional programs are consistent with students’ needs and comply with district goals. Leadership teams include:

Administrative Team
Leadership Council/Department Chairs
English Learner Taskforce
Content Area Teams
Technology Task Force
Positive Behavior and Intervention Support (PBIS) Team
School Site Council
Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)
English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC)
Associated Student Body (ASB)

Student Senate and Class Officers Curriculum is focused on California Content Standards using research-based teaching strategies. Classes are arranged on a traditional semester calendar. Advanced Placement courses are offered in the areas of Art, English, Foreign Language, Math and Social Sciences. El Cajon Valley High School offers Advancement Via Individual Determination, AVID (college preparation) opportunities. Extra- and Co-curricular activities are available. ECVHS offers an extensive after-school activities and academics through our CONNECT program (ASSETs Grant) and an extensive Saturday Scholars program to ensure academic supports and enrichment for students.

Our Vision
ECVHS: Working Together - Learning Together - Succeeding Together.

Our Mission
ECVHS is a gateway to opportunity where everyone works together to graduate all students with high levels of critical thinking, academic achievement, and personal excellence. ECVHS will provide clear, relevant, rigorous instruction and a collaborative system of support, while helping students identify their strengths and achieve their goals, maximizing success after graduation.