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First Annual Hackathon

Congratulations to the winners from the first annual CEC Hackathon!

Grades 6-8

  1. Be Hunger Free - Aaron Hernandez
  2. Womens Protection App - Sarai Finnie, Amelie Ramon, Melissa Baltazar
  3. Fight Together - Daniela Sanchez, Esmeralda Aguilar, Hailey Parra

Grades 9-12

  1. Mentally Friendly - Leeonti Hampton
  2. Psyche App - Paula Robles Hernandez
  3. Be Fit - Melanie Cortez Campos
Celebrity Substitute at CEC

Ms. Hwang, our Studio Art teacher, collaborated with Celebrity Substitute. She taught a lesson on scale and proportion. Crystal M. (Class of 2021) was surprised to see her teacher joined by Terry Crews. Mr. Crews also collaborated with Ms. Hwang on a lesson about perspective.

College Board AP Computer Science award logo

Compton Early College has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded young women’s access to AP computer science courses.

Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, 818 achieved this important result during the 2018-2019 school year. In 2019, CEC was one of 639 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science Principles.

Schools receiving the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have achieved either 50% or higher female representation in either or both of the AP computer science courses, or the percentage of female computer science examinees meets or exceeds that of the school’s female population.

CEC on Public Television

Inside California Education, a KVIE public television series that explores challenges, issues, and stories in public education, visited Compton Early College in 2019 and aired this report.

Students Train as Pollworkers
USC Annenberg Media posted a story on our juniors and seniors training to be pollworkers and conduct voter outreach ahead of the November 2018 elections.
Jefferson Awards Winners
Group photo of Jefferson Awards Winners
The CEC high school team earned the 2017 Gold Leadership School Award from the Jefferson Foundation in Los Angeles.
Featured in Black Enterprise
Article cover shot featuring CEC's Keishon White
Article in Black Enterprise highlights CEC's Keishon (Class of 2019)
Day of Dialogue
CEC students participated in a Day of Dialogue on March 14, 2018 as did their peers from other high schools across the District.
Computer Science Challenge Winners

District App challenge winners

We are proud of the 2020 Challenge winners! As part of the CUSD Computer Science Week, CEC middle and high school students competed against teams across the District. Phoenix students finished in the top three places for the Apple App Challenge and captured first place in the Minecraft Challenge. Congratulations Noemi, Esmeralda, Hailey, and Rebecca!

CEC Recognized by When We All Vote and MTV 2020 Prom Challenge

The 2020 Prom Challenge was a grant competition sponsored by When We All Vote, a national non-profit focused on increasing election turnout launched in 2018 by co-chairs including Michelle Obama, and MTV. 20 high schools from across the country will be recognized for their commitment to boosting voter registration in their communities. The work by CEC’s Girls Build LA club to pre-register our eligible student body will be highlighted at MTV’s Prom-athon which begins at 6:00pm Friday, May 22.

Math Field Day Winners

All of our high school teams were winners at the 2020 CUSD Math Field Day held on March 7. Congratulations to Mr. Rivera, Ms. Morkes, and our student competitors!

11th grade: Marleni A, Emily G, Juan G, and Daniel M

10th grade: Alexa G, Luis H, Jesus M, and Bruce N

9th grade: Alex C, Lydia P, and Noely R

Team Vision 2nd in LA County
Team vision students
Congratulations to Team Vision who were honored at competition this year. They won second place in Los Angeles County overall out of 23 teams in the STEM on the Sidelines "Mini-Football Launcher" competition, held at Dignity Health Sports Park (formerly StubHub Center). The team designed, built, and programmed a device using Raspberry Pi, Arduino Sandbox Tech Kit, breadboard, and motors. Congratulations Edgar, Victor, Alex, and Emely (all Class of 2021)!
2019 Graduation photo
Class of 2019 Graduating Class
  • Valedictorian will attend the University of Southern California on a full-ride scholarship
  • Salutatorian will attend University of California Los Angeles
  • 14% of the graduating class was accepted to UCLA (national average is 5%)
  • Posse Scholar Awardee will attend Northwestern University
44th District Congressional App Challenge Winners
A CEC team won the Congressional App Challenge for California's 44th District competition in both 2017 (featured in the video) and 2018 (more information available here). Congratulations to Tacorrie (Class of 2021), Cesar (Class of 2021), Marleni (Class of 2021), and Isamari (Class of 2021)!
Early Recruitment Video
CEC Opens 2015
Article on opening of CEC
Article in Los Angeles Sentinel on opening of CEC