Awards and Recognition

For years, our performance groups and visual artists have won awards and other recognition for their excellence. Some examples include:


Camerata and Women’s Choir received ratings of Superior at their most recent SCVA festival. They have been invited to participate in the High School Honor Choir festival with the LA Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall in May.


Every year, El Camino art students take away several awards from LAUSD’s largest art gallery, the Canoga Park Art Festival.   Many of our talented students are chosen by CSUN faculty to have their work showcased in CSUN Annual High School Invitational.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. In 2020, students submitted nearly 340,000 works of visual art and writing to the Scholastic Awards; nearly 90,000 works were recognized at the regional level and celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. The top art and writing at the regional level were moved onto the national stage, where more than 2,700 students earned National Medals. National Medalists and their educators were celebrated at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Our own Alwena Lin won Silver Key for “Say Cheese!” and honorable mentions for “Notes of Glass”. Both were in the category Drawing and Illustration.

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Since 2004, El Camino Real Charter High School has proudly worked with our industry partner, The Printing Industries Association of Southern California’s by participating in their academic and technical high school competition. In this annual competition, open to all graphic students in Southern California, students compete by producing real life technical projects specified and judged by industry professionals. El Camino has consistently placed in one of the top three positions, winning first in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Additionally, students have placed both gold and silver in the SkillsUSA Regional Competition, and placed in the Gutenberg Student competition sponsored by the International Association of Printing House Craftsman and The Graphic Arts Education Association.

The students in our film program have won numerous awards and honors.  Some of the most recent are listed here:

In 2012, 4 films were selected to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

In 2015, a group of our filmmakers traveled to Nepal to film a documentary about building sustainable housing.  The film won best Documentary at LA Film Festival and Burbank Film Festival.

NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth)  International film festival in Seattle, representing 25 countries:

  • Best Drama  2013, 2014
  • Audience Award  2013, 2014, 2015

LASFF (Los Angeles Student Film Festival)  LA County wide competition.  700 schools

  • Best Drama 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Best Comedy 2013
  • Best of Show  2014, 2015, 2016


  • Best Student Film  2015, 2016, 2017


  • Best Student Film  2014, 2015, 2016, 2017


  • Best Student Film 2015, 2016


  • Best Cinematography 2013, 2014, 2015