Environmental Charter High School – Gardena (ECHS-G)
is a free, public high school in South Los Angeles that offers students a small, caring school environment supporting their transition from elementary school to a college preparatory high school.

Information for New Students and Parents

Enrollment Process

  1. Apply to ECHS-Gardena – open enrollment ends February 20
  2. Lottery will take place March 8th time is TBD
  3. Communication will be sent via text/email
  4. You may check the status of your student’s application by logging into SchoolMint





The ECS tech help team will hold Open Office Hours for parents and students to enter with any questions. The Open Office Hours will be the following:

Monday 2:00pm-4:00pm

Friday 10:00am-12:00pm

Tech Team mantendrán “horarios de oficina” para que los padres y estudiantes ingresen con preguntas.

El horario de oficina es el lunes de 2:00 p.m. a 4:00 p.m. y viernes 10:00 am-12:00pm

For any questions, or if you encounter any issues with a school-issued Chromebook or hotspot, please contact ECS HelpDesk at helpdesk@ecsonline.org with “ECHS Support” in the subject line.

Todos los estudiantes y padres pueden enviar un correo electrónico a helpdesk@ecsonline.org

ECS Tech help can also be reached by text or phone in which you can leave a voicemail at (424) 272-1050.

Puede enviar mensajes de texto o puede dejar un correo de voz al 424-272-1050

What issues can they help with:

Gmail notifications

Email filters/organization

Common wifi troubleshooting

Tipos de ayuda que los padres y los estudiantes pueden obtener: notificaciones de Gmail, filtros/organización de correo electrónico, solución de problemas wifi comunes, problemas con las computadoras, prácticamente cualquier cosa

Your Homeless and Foster Youth Liaison:

Korey Miller-Andrews

email: korey_andrews@ecsonline.org

phone: 424-295-9898

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act for Homeless Children and Youth entitles all homeless school-aged children to the same free and appropriate public education that is provided to non-homeless students. To that end, your school has adopted the following policy regarding the enrollment and education of homeless students.

A homeless student is defined as a person between the ages of two and eighteen who lacks a fixed, regular, and
adequate nighttime residence. It includes children and youths who:

  • Live in an emergency or transitional shelter; abandoned building, parked car, or other facility not designed as a
    regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  • Live \”double-up\” with another family/are sharing the housing of other persons, due to loss of housing,
    economic hardship, or a similar reason;
  • Live in a hotel or motel due to lack of alternate adequate accommodations;
  • Live in a trailer park or campsite due to lack of alternate adequate accommodations;
  • Have been abandoned at a hospital;
  • Reside in a home for school-aged, unwed mothers or mothers-to-be if there are no other available living
  • Are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or
    similar settings; and
  • Are a migratory or abandoned, runaway, or throwaway youth that qualifies as homeless because he/she is
    living in circumstances described above.

Homeless status is determined in cooperation with the parent or guardian. In the case of unaccompanied youth,
status is determined by the School Liaison.

The School Liaison shall ensure that:

  • Homeless students are identified by school personnel and through coordination activities with other
    entities and agencies.
  • Homeless students enroll in, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed at ECS.
  • Homeless students and families receive educational services for which they are eligible, including referrals to health care services, dental services, mental
    health services, and other appropriate services.
  • Parents/guardians are informed of the educational and related opportunities available to their
    children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their
  • Public notice of the educational rights of homeless children is disseminated at places where children
    receive services, such as schools, shelters, and soup kitchens.
  • Enrollment/admissions disputes are mediated in accordance with law, the ECS charter(s), and
    Board policy.
  • Parents/guardians and any unaccompanied youth are fully informed of all transportation services, as
  • The School Liaison collaborates with State coordinators and community and school personnel
    responsible for the provision of education and related services to homeless children and youths.


ECS shall immediately admit/enroll the student (subject to the school\’s capacity and pursuant to any
procedures stated in the charter), even if the student lacks records normally required for enrollment. Records
will immediately be requested from the previous school.

If the student needs to obtain immunizations or does not possess immunization or other medical records, the
Principal or designee shall refer the parent/guardian to the School Liaison. The School Liaison shall assist the
parent/guardian in obtaining the necessary immunizations or records for the student.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are here to help you, feel free to contact Ms. Vanessa for any questions related to enrollment at Vanessa_Saucedo@ecsonline.org

Feel free to connect with our website https://ecsonline.org/enroll/ to learn more about our application process

Yes, we will be offering a summer bridge program. We will be contacting families with specific dates during the summer. Students will have the opportunity to tour the school site, connect with their future classmates, teachers, and learn the core values of ECS.

Every student will take six or seven core classes in a block schedule (ELA, Math, Environmental Science, Ethnic Studies, Art, College Prep) during their freshman year. In addition all students will take advisory, a more robust homeroom program. 

Yes, the initial application will be submitted during our first year of operation. We will be applying for full accreditation during our third year. ECHS-Gardena will be fully accredited by the end of its first four years. 

Absolutely! Environmental Charter School is ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all students, staff, and families during this in-person transition.

Yes. The student dress code is as follows: Students are to wear black or khaki pants with one of the school approved polo shirt colorsSee Orientation PPT for details. Add link. Please visit our handbook here.

ECHS-Gardena is offering both tutoring and an after school program. ECHS-Gardena has partnered with Woodcraft Rangers who offers after school care from dismissal to 5:15pm. The tutoring schedule is located in the main office or you may contact your student’s teacher via TalkingPoints for more infomation.