Welcome to Escuela Campo Alegre’s Secondary School.
In our ECA Secondary School, students are encouraged to think outside the box rather than fitting a predetermined mold. Our experienced and passionate teachers engage students by personalizing learning pathways and offering exciting and challenging courses at all levels. A fulfilling mix of academic and co-curricular activities helps our Cougars find their true selves and develop the skills and interests to pursue their dreams.
We believe education should be more than the accumulation of knowledge. Learning at ECA is a process of discovery and transformation through pursuing individual passions and encountering new ways of viewing the world. Flexibility and academic program personalization are the hallmarks of an exemplary American education, and ECA delivers just that.
Research shows that students learn best when they are connected to the life of their school and to the adults there who guide them. Every ECA Secondary School student belongs to a small advisory group, and has an advisor who mentors them, helps them track their progress, set goals, discusses and solves learning issues, and builds on their capacities to take responsibility for their learning.
Our Secondary School students have the space to grow and find themselves in a unique and welcoming environment guided by teachers who particularly enjoy working with this dynamic age group.
Sean McMahon (ECA Secondary Principal)
Curriculum Grades 6-12 Program of Studies
Dear Students and Parents,
Please review the courses carefully. The course content has been prepared to help you make appropriate decisions regarding your individual academic plan.
The decisions you make, regarding your academic program choices, should reflect your interests, academic ability and post-secondary school goals and aspirations.
As you begin to plan your program, keep in mind that you have a wealth of resources at your disposal.
We encourage you to work closely with your parents with this process.
We as well as the Guidance Counsellor, IB Coordinator and subject teachers are available to answer any questions that you have with making your choices.
IBO Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring,knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
IB Diploma at ECA
Counseling and Guidance
The ECA Secondary School Counseling Office promotes the emotional, social and academic development of all students. We believe in providing students with a safe, supportive, and trusting environment while acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to develop into contributing members of our local and international community. The counseling program supports ECA’s core mission by enhancing the learning process for all students through an integration of academic, career, personal/social and global perspective development. The Secondary Counselor interacts with all students in grades 6 to 12 and is supported by a learning support team and the Middle and High School Deans. When addressing the academic needs of students, the counselor collaborates with teachers regularly. Tutors are available on a referral basis when the need for such services arises. In addition, the counselor and learning support teachers work with students both individually and in groups encouraging their social/emotional growth and wellbeing.
ECA College Counseling provides US and International college-bound students, and parents, with the tools and information needed to successfully navigate the college admissions process. The Secondary Counselor also assists students in discovering college or university communities that will best serve their individual academic, career and personal interests emphasizing the importance of finding the best college “fit” for each student.The degree of college counseling increases and becomes more specialized as students advance through grades 9 – 12. College and career readiness activities include university representative virtual visits, mock interviews, guest speaker visits, financial aid and scholarship presentations. Communication with families is transmitted electronically via emails, the weekly ‘Secondary Campo Newsletter’, BridgeU, the ECA website, individual student/parent conference meetings, and group meetings with parents and students by grade level.
- Substance Abuse Awareness Parent Presentation
- U.S. University Study Resources: Applying, Testing, Financing, Visas, Scholarships
*Additional information and resources are available in the Secondary School Counseling Office.
Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS)
The CAS program provides students with the opportunity to interact with, support and engage with internal and external communities.
Students can be involved in a range of service, artistic and active experiences which complement their academic studies and enable them to develop personal involvement and commitment that supports their holistic development as an ethical, aware and reflective member of society.
The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows.
Creativity: exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance
Action: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
Service: collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need
Students engage in these 3 strands which provide the opportunity for developing experiential learning and personal growth.
All CAS experiences need to meet these four criteria:
- real purposeful activities, with significant outcomes
- personal challenge – tasks must extend the student and be achievable
- thoughtful consideration, such as planning, reviewing progress, reporting
- reflection on outcomes and personal learning
At ECA we offer a variety of clubs and activities involving sports, service learning and creativity. Students are encouraged to join clubs and activities of their interest.