Welcome Back

Dear East Chicago Central Parents,

As principal of East Chicago Central High School, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for another great year! We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning. It is our mission to help every child feel welcomed, connected and a part of our Cardinal Family! Additionally, we strive to challenge each student to grow in his or her academic abilities and to be college/career ready by the end of their four years.

As a reminder, registration is August 3 from 9am to 3:30pm and August 4 from 11am to 5:30pm at East Chicago Central High School in the gymnasium. Students who have their RDS username and password can register from any computer. Students new to the district must come to the high school to register.

Freshmen orientation will be on August 7 from 1pm to 3pm. All incoming freshmen are required to attend.

Our open house will be held on August 29 from 5pm to 7pm. This is a great opportunity to meet your student’s teachers and hear their expectations for your son/daughter.

There a lot of wonderful things happening this upcoming school year. I have listed each separately in this letter.
1) School start and end times: School day will start at 7:30am and end at 2:30pm.
2) Uniforms: In addition to khaki pants, students will also be allowed to wear jeans. Red, blue or white shirts along with ids must be worn as well. Students must wear enclosed toed shoes.
3) Cardinal Hour: Students will have one hour to eat lunch, receive tutoring services, participate in clubs, etc., during the school day.
4) Extended school day: In partnership with Communities in Schools, we will offer an extended school day Monday thru Thursday. This extended school day will be offered to students who need to improve their math and English skills. Students earn a credit for their participation.

I am honored to serve as the principal of East Chicago Central High School. It is truly a privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth.

Once again, welcome back! Let’s make it another great year together!

Dr. Shaunna D. Finley
East Chicago Central High School Principal

Cardinal Hour

In order to provide greater opportunities for success for all students and to support the school vision of being “Actively Engaged in Learning.”  Cardinal Hour occurs on Monday thru Friday during the school day.  During this time, students will have the opportunity to eat lunch and spend time in Acceleration, Enrichment and/or Involvement activities of their choice based on individual need or interest.   When they are not eating, students can see teachers to make up work, get extra help, attend a study group, do ACT/SAT prep, meet with a guidance counselor, attend club meetings, listen to college/community/local business leaders/motivational speakers, or just get involved in school activities.  Click on links below for more information.

Office Hours for Teachers

Club Hours

New Courses

East Chicago Central High School is excited to announce new available courses to support and assist our EC Central Cardinal family's academic success. In collaboration with Communities In Schools of Lake County, we are proud to announce three new credit bearing courses that will be offered this year.
Our "Freshman Academy" class is a course open to freshman, designed to help students adjust as they transition from middle school to high school. Students will develop basic skills such as note-taking, problem-solving, as well as study and organization skills. 
We will also be offering an "Integrated Mathematics Lab" course  for students who need additional time to build on fundamental high school math areas such as Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus.
Lastly, EC Central is offering a "Developmental Reading" course giving students additional support in the English/Language Arts subjects that align with Indiana Academic Standards.
All three courses are credit bearing worth 1 credit per semester for each course. Credits count towards all diplomas. These courses are facilitated after school for 1.5 hours Monday through Thursdays. We are excited for these new courses that are available for our EC Central Cardinals to begin the new year!"


  • Transcript request prior to 1987

    Parchment can only be utilized by EC Central Students (1987 to Present)

    If you Graduated from Washington or Roosevelt High School, please contact Luz Perez at 219-391-4000 ext. 74060.

    Parchment Website

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Back to Rally Sponsors....thank you!

  Thanks to all who came out in support of this event.  Special thanks to our volunteers and families!

Back to School Rally 2017

Social Worker of the Year

 Congratulations Mr. John Zarlengo,.... Indiana School Social Worker of the year!  We are so proud of you!  Pictured with Dr.Shaunna Finley (left), and Leslie Pascal (right).


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    Open House

    Teachers and staff will be available to meet with parents to discuss student expectations.

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  • Labor Day

    No school! See you tomorrow!

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