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Eastside Catholic School

Private | 6-12 | 935 students

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted July 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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
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Posted September 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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!
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Posted May 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 64%
Two or more races 4% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% N/A
Asian 2% N/A
Hispanic 2% 16%
Black 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 3%
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