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Eastside Christian

Private | K-12 | 230 students

"Our schools is best known for our family friendly environment"
 
 

 

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Posted Sunday, July 27, 2014

This school used to be amazing. Some of the teachers have been there for years, and those teachers are amazing. They definitely help the students grow spiritually. NOW, the school has moved to a new campus. There is no grass or shade for recess. There is a playground that numerous children have been injured on. The school has dismissed teachers and staff that have been there for years, and hired newer, cheaper staff. As a result, this school has deteriorated. The new teachers act like all students should be the same. If they do not meet the cookie cutter mold, then their grades suffer. I have my children in private school for smaller class sizes and individual attention. Although these teachers have the opportunity to make a difference for these kids, they don't even attempt to connect with them as individuals. The after school program is substandard, they don't give snacks anymore, the recreational summer program is non existent. The back to school list is astronomical (I mean, c'mon, it's private school, they can't afford their own computer paper?) The price continues to go up and the services continue to go down. Tuition should be for education, not to pad their bank account.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

Great staff and really Bible focused. My 8th grade son loves learning the Bible and has grown so much academically and spiritually.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2014

I have been sending my son to the Placentia campus since he was 2 years old. My son is now 4 years old and still loves going to school. I, myself as a teacher have high standards for my child's education and Eastside has exceeded them. All of my son's teachers have been attentive, caring, patient, and loving. They also have a very structured academic program that has taught my son how to count, colors, shapes, letters, and now he can even write his name. I have also been able to build great relationship with the principal, Shannon. She has been easy to talk to and very knowledgable about what is going on in all her classrooms. I would night recommend this preschool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2013

My son has been going to this school for about 4 months now, it was an emergency drop in because his previous preschool had a significant bully problem. They knew the situation going into it and were very caring and loving toward my son. He comes home with new ideas and words every single day. The staff is incredibly pleasant and accommodating for a hover parent like myself. Never making me feel like I am wasting their time with my questions or random drop ins. One time I needed to drop him off on a day he wasn't scheduled on for a couple of hours, and with just one phone call he was added to the list for the day and it was the easiest drop off I have ever experienced. They celebrate all the holidays with mini feasts that the parents chip in with. Host Grandparent days with photography, fundraisers and so much to keep the parents involved and the children focused on learning without realizing they are being taught. I give this school a A+++ because they helped my son realize that school is not a mean place with mean people, he no longer cries at drop off and LOVES getting ready for school now! Such a blessing this school is to our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2013

Both of my children started Eastside as toddlers. Currently, they are in elementary school at the new campus. They have excelled academically through the small classroom size offered at Eastside. Additionally, Eastside provides a caring and loving Christian environment where children are encouraged to love Christ.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2012

Our 3yo son attended the downtown campus for 2 months. It started off good but went downhill pretty quickly. A combination of underpaid and inexperienced teachers and mismanagement made us switch to the Yorba Linda campus. We had a great Christmas music presentation but otherwise we encountered the same problems of underpaid and inexperienced teachers. Fortunately we found the 50 yo Fullerton Co-Op and had a wonderful experience. Then we found Arborland Montesori and our son really thrived in that environment. Overall my impression is the East Side Christian schools are presently being run to maximize profit instead of teaching the children. I find this pretty sad considering they espouse christian values but in practice they focus too much on the financial bottom line at the expense of the children. By paying the teachers more they will attract more experienced talent. Until they change this I cannot recommend sending your child to this school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2012

The school is still trying to find it's footing. The high school has issued iPads but the textbooks and teachers are not up to speed on them. Hopefully next year will go smoother. There are still some great teachers here but the leadership is lacking or still distracted due to money woes. The preschool has taken over running of many other pre-K operations in the area which may help. We are all graduated this year and hope the school sees better times financially. Academics 3 - Athletics 1 - Christian Values 2 is why I give it a overall 2. Friends and Grandma paying the tuition bills kept us here this long. I'd look around before committing to the full ride.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

Christian Eastside Fullerton location on Wilshire Ave really let us down. Our child in preschool was bullied repeatedly to the point of coming home several times with deep scratches under his eyes. Two days in a row! The bully who admitted doing this had been moved around from class to class according to the principal in hopes he would "fit in" with the children. The ratio was 5 to 1 teacher and still after sitting in to observe what really was going on with my son I witnessed how clueless the teacher was indeed! The bully was butting my sons head repeatedly as she read a book to them only a couple feet away. If I hadn't been there I'm not sure what would've happened. After being told by the principal they had moved the bully into another classroom I did a surprise drop in a week later and low and behold the bully had not been removed from my child's classroom. The directors reply was "We are transitioning him out of the classroom." There is also a drainage in the center of the kids playground that smells like stench because if it rains. Teacher always has the air conditioning set on high- said she's hot from moving around and needs the AC on regardless of my requests to lower it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2011

The academic level of the High and Junior High Schools leaves much to be desired. With such a small student body, you would think students would get individualized attention and would form strong bonds with their educators. This has not been our experience. The principal ignores your requests for information but will sends downright insulting emails if you owe payment for something. Although this school advertises a college preparatory education, this is completely hypocritical. They see students struggle or lose interest, yet do nothing to help them succeed. Overall - a poor value for the cost of the tuition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2011

The school did go through some major changes, but is now completely out of debt and moving forward. Next year all students at the JH and HS will have iPads and a new Mac lab at their disposal. Every teacher at the JH and HS is extremely dedicated and have a passion for the school, the students, and the Lord. I believe that the elementary campus will be moving to new facilities soon. And the preschool is in high demand, in fact, they are opening multiple in new locations across Orange County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

My son has been going here for 7 years. This is the best Christian schools in the area
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

We had all our children in the school for a number of years until a new principal was brought in to oversee the elementary level for the 07/08 school year. We tried to give the school a chance but discipline and moral were lost and academics were no longer at the level of other schools nearby. Sadly the current administration is not really much better at all. The classrooms have become extremely rundown and many classes are held in very, very old portable buildings. There is no grass playground and lunch and recess are on an asphalt parking area with little shade. We moved our children to a large Christian school in Yorba Linda and will send them on to our wonderful local public high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2009

My daughter, now in 6th grade, has been at Eastside since 1st grade. My son has been at Eastside since Pre-K; he is in 4th grade. We were happy with Eastside for many years but the principal retired two years ago and the school has changed considerably. The lessons need to be updated and the teachers are running the school with very little communication to parents. There is no personal instruction and a lack of discipline in classrooms. The previous administration encouraged parent participation both in and out of the classroom; the current administration requires appointments for parents to enter classroom. There is a 'select' group of parents that are allowed full access to their children's education. The campus is not well maintained.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2007

Off the rack education, without a personal touch
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2007

Both of our children have been at Eastside since they were toddlers. Our oldest is going into sixth grade this year and her feet are firmly planted with a Christian worldview. We never would have thought she would be leader as she was always shy. However she has become a stong, confident young lady, never afraid to speak out for what is right and true amongst her peers. The academic program is well-balanced and the teachers are unbelievably loving, consistent, and patient. There are small classroom sizes and the level of homework has not been overwhelming, leaving some time for family and after school sports. The sports program is awesome for the boys and girls in 4th-6th grade with basketball and soccer championships in 2007. Elective courses such as spanish, evangelism,and character building are offered to all 3rd-6th graders. Overall, we are extremely happy with the school and highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2006

The JR High & High School program has a lot to be desired. There is no consistency in discipline of students. The AP Course are considered busy work, no higher level thinking taking place. There is no consistency in the adherence to uniform policy. Religion takes a focal point, whereas education should be first priority. Definitely the administration needs to revamped.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2006

This is a school where they seek out qualified Christian educators, that desire to take an interest in the overall education of the students, academically, spritually, personally growth and development
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2006

I have never been content with my son's previous preschool until I visited Eastside school. The Staff kind and warm and very knowledgable. What I love is the interesting activities and hands on experience they expose to each child. Not too mention outdoor activities and such and a paren workshop. Very detailed and organized school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2005

This private school is struggling to compete with what other schools have to offer. Their high school is very inadequate and they need to restructure their administration based upon results and knowledge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2005

School has excellent music programs, art, computer lab. No pre-Algebra classes available for 6th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
American Indian/Alaska Native 46% 1%
White 21% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 20% 11%
Hispanic 9% 52%
Black 3% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation Biola University
Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton College
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Chinese (Mandarin)
Korean
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:00 am
School end time
  • 5:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Kim Van Geloof
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (714) 525-7272

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
400
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
485

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$6000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Biola University
Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton College
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
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1701 West Valencia Drive
Fullerton, CA 92833
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Phone: (714) 525-7200

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