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Feb./March 2007

Eastside Christian School
Family-Focused Education
by Leila Regan-Porter

Commitment to individual students; creative, balanced teaching; and a strong, dedicated staff are the hallmarks of Eastside Christian School, whose mission is to provide quality academics from a biblical perspective. The school has offered its students in kindergarten through eighth grade both a challenging academic environment and the warmth of a small classroom since opening its doors in 1983. Although today’s school is much larger, its founding principle has remained the same. “The Bible is integrated into everything we do,” says Jill Smith, who heads instruction and curriculum at the school.

Although built in the surrounding rooms of Eastside Baptist Church, the school serves students representing many different denominations. This evangelical Christian school teaches its students values universal in nature. “We base our program on the biblical values of character, family, respect, honesty, courage and more,” says Lynne Floyd, the school’s director of development.

Eastside Christian School comprises traditional classrooms and special resource rooms, such as computer labs, a science lab, music suite and art studio, in addition to a 40,000 square foot athletic facility and three outdoor playgrounds. Students are involved in ministry and community service projects in addition to middle school sports activities, including basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, cross country and cheerleading.

Family values—specifically parent involvement in education—are of great importance at the school. Smith believes such dedication to a child’s education makes all the difference, citing a statistic that 80 percent of a child’s achievement is directly influenced by his or her parents and their participation in the child’s education. The school has many ways to keep parents involved, including an interactive online database called RenWeb, on which parents can view their child’s grades, assignments, test schedules, events and even browse a family directory.

With small class sizes (a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1) and highly trained  teachers (certified by the state of Georgia as well as by the Association of Christian Schools International—the school itself is fully accredited with quality by the Georgia Accrediting Commission), it’s no wonder the school has so many students involved with the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP). TIP identifies students with advanced academic abilities and provides experiences and resources to help these students maximize their potential. Over half of the seventh graders qualify to participate by scoring in the 95th percentile in reading or math on a national standardized test. Further, 90 percent of the fourth and fifth graders participate in the Duke Motivation for Academic Performance Program. Extended field trips enhance the students’ learning experiences at Eastside Christian School. The seventh grade classes visit Jekyll Island, Georgia for three days of hands-on biology, and eighth grade students travel to Washington D.C., a trip that coincides with their history classes.

The school sets high standards for each student, providing a challenging program designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity, develop critical thinking skills, and nurture the Christian perspective. “Our goal is to give our students the best,” says Floyd.

“We prepare them for tomorrow by ensuring they master skills essential for a solid academic foundation.”

The Specifics

Grades: Kindergarten – 8th grade

Religious Affiliation: Christian

Students enrolled: 380

Total Teachers: 40

Annual Tuition Range: $3,713 - $5,258

Open House: Feb. 7, 2007

Location: Marietta

Address: 2450 Lower Roswell Rd.
Marietta, Ga. 30068

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