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6-12
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Sammamish, WA
Students enrolled: 922
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232 228th Avenue SE
Sammamish, WA 98074

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(425) 295-3000
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November 12, 2014
Eastside Catholic is a pronominal school that offers a perfect blend of academic excellence and a rich high school experience. The environment truly embodies the meaning of "family" as each unit goes over and beyond to assist. I cant imagine another school being better in providing inputs into my child's life. Some consider Lakeside, Seattle Prep, ODea and others; but, none compare with EC.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2014
While EC has had its share of challenges since its move from Newcastle to the Plateau, it has remained a rigorous, spiritual, connected community that allows students to thrive. We have two graduates from EC and both earned the highest merit scholarship amounts to private Catholic colleges and both have had highly successful high school experiences. Our youngest is about to enter EC as a freshman and we can't wait! Yes, we make many financial sacrifices to be able to have our children at a private school, but as a public school teacher, I wouldn't and couldn't dream of a better gift and legacy to have our kids be a part of. I am very proud to be pat of EC and feel strongly that we have made the right choice for our family.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2014
Eastside Catholic truly teaches the whole person. Our daughter is in the middle school and we are thrilled by the caliber of her education. Teachers are involved and interested in each student, challenging them and providing them with opportunities inside and outside classroom time to learn and grow. The focus on ethics and moral character is wonderful. Our student has become a more engaged member of our community, concerned about those around her and a happier child to be with. We're very thankful to Eastside Catholic!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
Eastside Catholic (EC) is a fantastic school. The entire community (Students, Faculty, Administration, Board and Parents/Alumni) is focused on maximizing the talents and capabilities of each student. Everyone is accepted for who they are and the unique gifts they bring. EC is academically rigorous, provides leadership opportunities and encourages all students to participate in extracurricular activities. It truly a hidden gem, that I hope you will discover.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
This school is a miserable joke of "catholic" education the fact that there is a wide spread amount of recruiting for football is insane that the parents that value education and their hard earned tuition is being spent on football and their athletic scholarships that they give out so freely and believe me its widespread. Its astonishing how the direction of this school has changed in a few years from a school that values its students education to a "football school" thats education is no better than the schools down the road (Eastlake & Skyline). Very disappointed at the direction of the school, which is handing out athletic scholarship after another to students that only provide to the football program at the school rather than striving the Academic Excellence like their touchstone says. What ever happened to the old Eastside Catholic that strives to be a top college prep school in the east-side? This school has some serious management issues and needs to go back to its fundamentals rather than the new found persona of the school.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2012
As a parent of a graduate (2011) and a current junior (2014), I am thrilled by the level of passion from the teachers, athletic coaches (eg Lacrosse), clubs (eg DECA) and administration.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2012
Eastside Catholic is everything you could want in a school. I have done a trial day in middle school (6th grade) and been there on several occasions, but I can't go there because of the tuition. That's really the main issue with EC. The tuition is about $17,000, and financial age lowers it only by a couple thousand. It's truly a lovely school, but tuition is enough to kill you.

- submitted by a community member
July 03, 2012
The Middle School did not meet expectations set during the admissions process. The majority of teachers this year consistently did not return our emails. Sixth grade doubled in size this year over last year, the demographic was over 2/3 male, and the school places great value on sports. Administration did not effectively plan for this student population. Curriculum was good, not great, with a few star teachers. I found their fund raising tactics and donor favoritism modeled poor values to the students and was in stark contrast with the school s spiritual mission. Overall, I have serious questions about how well the school is managed.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2012
My son began attending Eastside Catholic in the 9th grade this past fall. He is so proud to be a part of this school, and to let others know that this is his school. Every day is a great day for him there. I've never seen him so happy to go to school. I was surprised how quickly he made friends and bonded to the school. A key factor in choosing a high school for us was to find a school that would develop the whole child - socially, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually, and Eastside really addresses all of these. As for those who would criticize student behavior, I respond that all high schools have these issues, and you wil never find a school that doesn't. The difference is how a small, caring school like Eastside responds to work with the student and family to help the student.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2012
We love Eastside Catholic! My son graduated from EC last June and he was more than prepared for college. He had 25 college credits from all the AP classes he took. EC Teachers are fabulous! Eastside Catholic introduced him to his passion (Economics/Poli Sci) and he is now thriving in college. We recommend Eastside Catholic highly!

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2012
Eastside Catholic is a blessing to our family. The teachers go above and beyond to help each and every student reach their full potential. One of the high school biology teachers recently held an optional two hour pre-finals study session over the weekend to ensure the students would be well prepared for their finals! This is just one example of the dedication we have seen from the faculty & staff. There is an open door policy at EC. Faculty & staff will always make time to meet with parents and students and they're open to new ideas. There are lots of extracurricular activities for the students to get involved with and the community at Eastside is supportive and friendly. EC makes community service a priority and teach kids to go make a difference in the world. Lastly, students have the opportunity to develop and express their faith via Religion classes, retreats and regular all school Masses. I am grateful to have my kids at Eastside Catholic.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
Eastside is a great school with rigorous academics and perfect for my daugher. It is challenging and and my daughter loves the friendships she has establishished here.It is a great school and we are very happy

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
Excellent school. Well balanced school which supports a variety of students with different interests. If you want to get in to a top rated college you can get the education at this school for that path. If you want to pursue sports or debate/drama/music etc. the school works to provide those opportunities for all students as well.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2011
I have been directly involved in this school since it was moved to the plateau and it is a horrible disappointment. Horrible leadership, drug problems, sexual activity issues at the school, and terrible academics. I could go on all night how disappointed I am. I would not recommend this school to anyone and if you want to harm your child academically, socially and athletically send him to Eastside Catholic High School or middle school. The Arch Diocese should come in an take this school over, that is how poorly run this supposed institution has become.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
I will be honest....I really wanted my kids to have a solid Catholic education. I realize schools have issues, but there are a lot of drugs at this school. Academics are okay, if you want to go to a regular college. I wouldn't say they're anything stellar. We transferred from CCHS in Portland and it's a big difference. I do like the fact that the parents are educated here--beyond a bachelors. It's nice to have educated parents!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2011
We're really confused about this school. Balanced, yes. Christian values and friendships that build you up, a definite "no". Very similar to public school in this realm with all the social peer issues. Top priority is not all about academics. School administration attempts to offer a lot of opportunities and provide discipline. However, a preponderance of drug abuse and sexual promiscuity - really blatant/aggressive problems to deal with on a daily basis. These issues are "not" being addressed by the school - head is in the sand and in DENIAL! Need to have random drug tests, referrals for substance abusing students. High school social issues are real problems and the majority are "doing it". What is needed: A lot of parental guidance, outside church involvement, outside Christian friends are needed to strengthen one's student to stand strong, not follow the crowd, not do drugs, and not sleep around. Affluence is a big part of this culture and all the problems that go with it.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2011
EC does a fantastic job of balancing academics, activites, and family time. As a transfer family, we are thrilled with the overall experience. The student body is small enough to foster a close community, but big enough to offer many differing social choices. The teachers are wonderful - most of them go out of their way to provide extra time/help if needed. The homework is purposeful - no "busy work." The kids have many ways to gets involved, as do the parents. College planning starts in 9th grade if you take advantage of the evening meetings, mock SAT, etc. We're very happy to be a part fo the EC family!

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2011
if i could give this school 0 stars i would. the school is so poor that they laid off all of the good teachers and didnt have enough money to build the promised middle school wing. i would not recommend this school and it is a waste of 20k

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2010
Eastside is the best move we ever made. Their message of caring for one another resonates throughout the great facility from the students, teachers and staff. We have two attending the high school and can't wait for our third child to attend. It's worth every penny and more. It's not only a wonderful college prep school, but a life prep school!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2010
ECHS has taken a huge toll from the economy. Frankly, the school is becoming underfunded. They have recently laid off over 22 teachers, due to budgetary problems. This is due in part by its tremendously expensive new facility. As a Alumni and a parent of a student there, I feel as though the school is becoming more like the public schools in our area. It is a good school at heart, the students are great, but the administration lacks a ton.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
We have an eigth grader and a sixth grader at Eastside Catholic. Our entire family loves the school. The EC community is fabulous. The teachers are interested in and involved with the students. They take time to know the kids and really reach them in their classrooms. Both of our sons play several sports through EC programs and that has been a very positive thing as well. We love it and would wholeheartedly recommend EC to everyone!

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
Putting our kids (6th grader and 7th grader) in Eastside Catholic has been the best decision we've ever made. We were warmly welcomed into the community and have been impressed with the teachers, staff and academics. We appreciate the environment, the learning and the structure of the middle school. To quote my daughter, 'Even if I could go back to my old school, I wouldn't want to.' We would definitely recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2010
I am a parent with two students at EC. My son, a senior has had an incredible experience there. He has taken full advantage of the small class sizes, and the teachers who are willing to go the extra mile to make sure all of the material is understood. He has been accepted to all the colleges he has applied, and received generous merit aid. The school encourages all kids to get involved, the leadership program is amazing. The drama, speech and debate, and mock trail are all excellent as well. The education he has received has surpassed our expectation. Our other child, a sophomore is receiving the same excellent education. This is an outstanding school, with great spirit and pride; your child will receive a top notch faith based education.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2010
I am a parent with a 6th grade student. The education he is receiving in the middle school is above and beyond our former school. Science, Math and Writing are all taught by dedicated professionals who challenge my child every single day. He has learned so much in one year. Religion is taught with great frequency, allowing all children to participate in weekly prayer services and/or liturgies. My son has made great friends, has great teachers and he loves school. I recommend Eastside Catholic Middle School.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 05, 2009
I had a child EC middle school during the first year it opened. Compared to other schools is this price range, I feel that EC middle school is not as challenging as it should be. The large study body makes it feel like a public school and also makes it difficult for the teachers to know their students. The other Catholic middle schools that I am familiar with have impressed me with their attention to each student's scholastic progress and overall wellbeing. I believe EC has good intentions and could be excellent over time if they choose. However, I also feel that it is possible that their mission could be to serve most kids and get those kids into average colleges, rather than to raise the bar and help their students acheive their highest potential. EC is overpriced compared to other Cath. schools whose academics are much more rigorous.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
I'm a student at EC, and I am largely dissapointed. The vast majority of classes are much to easy without really any challenge. The middle school until this year (due largely to parental complaints), had virtually no extracurricular activity. Parents are almost never involved as well. Ssfety is also taken far overboard (no capture the flag in the gym because we could run into the padded walls) and there is not nearly enough dicipline for students. One teacher infact didn't believe in punishment in general and refused to use it. Find somewhere else to go, you don't want to be here.

- submitted by a student
September 16, 2009
Eastside Catholic provides a quality education in a safe and fun environment with a strong ethical and moral base.

- submitted by a community member
September 13, 2009
I went to Eastside Catholic for 1 year. It wasn't the experience I was hoping for. The classes were not that challenging and I felt the teachers were not really pushing me. When my essays were graded there was nothing in the way of comments or feedback--just a big fat letter. When I transferred out I was totally ill-prepared for the much tougher classes I took at a different school. I wouldn't recommend this school to a student that wishes to get into highly-selective colleges.

- submitted by a student
September 07, 2009
EC is a great school, I transferred here from an international school overseas, and immediately felt at home. I'm a junior. The academics are good, especially the science programs. The school also offers courses you can take for college credits like UW French or Spanish 103. I would not say that this is the most diverse school in the area, but the close-knit community makes up for it. Everyone feels very much like a family, and that's something you don't find in most other schools. The athletics program is okay, many sports offered, but compared to other schools in the area, our football team isn't that great (in my opinion). Our volleyball team, though, is excellent! Overall, I love EC. Class of 2011!

- submitted by a student
June 12, 2009
As a student, I am able to say that the faculty is outstanding, and the community is the most loving you could possibly find. There is a program for students with mental disabilities called Options, which helps integrate those who need a little more help with mainstream students. Watching the interaction is an amazing experience, and i can say i have learned so much from the Options student.

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2009
Eastside Catholic is an outstanding school with it's faith based community and inclusive environment. Class ratios of 1 teacher to 30 students are common in the public schools. Eastside maintains a 1 teacher to 22 students. Teachers who fail to perform are not offered positions to continue to teach at Eastside. In contrast, local public schools have an abundance of dead wood sitting in classrooms, collecting paychecks and pretending to teach. Please remember, public schools can do NOTHING about poor performing teachers. The teachers union controls staffing at public schools. Students at Eastside are focused on academic excellence, relationships and leadership. My children are challenged by their course work and can easily access teachers for assistance. I m particularly impressed with the respect and compassion the students have for each other. Leadership opportunities are available for all. Eastside Catholic is a community that provides a top-notch high school experience and worth every penny invested in the multifaceted education of your child.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2008
ESCHS offers a great education and wholesome environment. All the students love the school. Proof to me of Eastsides excellence is that my son went from a high scorer on standardize test to extremely high scorer. He has bloomed academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2008
AMAZING! my kids love it so much, everyone is so friendly and the teachers are very kind. my kids couldn't be happier. recomended to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
The school although moving to a new campus, does not have the claimed 'rigorous academics'. The only thing different about the school is the environment--clean and sterile. There is not much difference in academics in comparison to public schools in the area. For a 10k+ price tag it hardly seems worth it to invest, when you have got other great private schools in the Northwest.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2008
Eastside Catholic has a lot of good things going for it, but the real treasure is the truly outstanding special education program that they run, called the Options Program. Eastside is fully committed to integrating the Options students (25 or so out of an enrollment of 500+) into all aspects of school life. My daughter has really blossomed in this program, and we couldn't be happier. As an example of how the school accepts and supports the Options students, last fall at homecoming they had two if these students as homecoming royalty! The community is incredibly accepting and affirming of them, which is a complete turn-around from what I saw in public schools. The new school building is great!

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July 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2008
Great school moving to a new campus in 2008. Leadership and education experience has provided a great setting for my daughter.

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May 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2007
In comparison to area public schools I had attended since the fifth grade, Eastside seemed a step in the right direction. However, as a student, I should have kept walking. A much-touted 'college-prep' program offers nothing in the area of college counseling, and most of the students end up attending in-state public schools. Mandatory religious classes are tedious, bordering on completely irrelevant, and much of the curriculum seems geared to people with good spelling skills and little else. The absolutely maladroit handling of any problem by the administration is, frankly, shameful. I was incredibly ill-prepared for more rigorous academics when I transferred to another school. Still, to ensure I'm not merely venting in a blaze of sour grapes, the English department, is stunning. Unfortunately, these dedicated teachers' efforts are marred by a school whose main goal is raising money and obedient Christians.

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May 01, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 28, 2006
While this school has excellent motives...please remember it is not right for all students. My daughter extremely disliked the strict environment and controlled atmosphere. If you have a child that is independent and severely self-motivated, this might not be the right school for him or her.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2006
I am parent of a Junior at ECHS. My child was a 'high achiever' in grade school and I wanted her to have a strong academic program. At Eastside she has excelled with a strong college prep curriculum and AP coursework in math, science and literature. The science program, directed by Laurie Matthews, excites students with opportunities such as cancer research programs conducted with support of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Opportunities (and expectations) for service to community abound, including an Esperanza outreach week in Tijuana Mexico each spring. On the whole I think the leadership, academics, and overall quality are far higher than many people realize - get to know the school and make an informed opinion.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
I myself am a student at Eastside Catholic, and its a wonderful school. Right now I'm a freshmen, becoming a sophmore next year. I was and still am amazed at the high quality of ECHS. It's a wonderful school, the teachers take their ow time to help youn with prjects, and will even stay at school to help you with problems. As you walk to halls, you see so many parents that you know. The parent involement is so great. The programs themselves are wonerful, and prepare students for collage. The students and staff have so much spirit that when I came to Eastside, I was stunned from how happy the students and staff were. ECHS has a great Options prgram that helps disabled kids, and also has an Academic resourses program that helps kids that have learning disabilities, such as ADD. I would never switch high schools!

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March 09, 2005
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July 19, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
This school truly cares about the students. The one drawback at this time is that they don't have their own campus - so fields are borrowed and gym use is tight, but a new school is in the works. My son went to Santa Clara and felt very prepared for the work. Science dept. is phenomenal.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Wonderful school. Very supportive atmosphere, very involved parents, great inclusive sports program. Would highly recommend this school.

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Eastside Catholic School
232 228th Avenue SE, Sammamish, WA  98074
(425) 295-3000
Last modified Eastside Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades 6-12
Eastside Catholic School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top