El Cerrito High School vs. St. Mary's
My daughter is interested in El Cerrito High School and St. Mary's, and she would like to talk to someone who is familiar with both and can offer an unbiased comparison. She is very interested in the strong speech and debate program at ECHS -- St. Mary's does not appear to have much of a program in that area. (She is not applying to any other private schools.) She is a very focused and capable student, and thinks that St. Mary's will offer stronger academics (better preparation for college?), but we have also heard that high-achieving students at ECHS have great success in applying to colleges, especially UCs. She would love to meet with a college consultant who could talk with her about her interests and activities, and help her weigh the pros and cons of her high school decision and help her think about extracurricular activities. If you can suggest a consultant who might be helpful, we would appreciate it! We also welcome any comments or suggestions you may have based on your own family's experience with either or both of these high schools. Thanks!