ABOUT EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
"Learning to Lead
Leading to Serve"
"The mission of Eastside Christian Schools is to develop well-rounded, caring community leaders with academic integrity, in a nurturing, Christian environment."
OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they who are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe that heaven and hell are definite places.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Eastside strives to provide a caring, supportive environment where students of all levels of academic performance can grow and be encouraged to have academic success, leadership and service opportunities, and faith-testing experiences. Though we do not require students who begin at our school to express their faith, we do ask them to commit to growing academically, socially and spiritually while they are at Eastside.
Eastside Christian School was founded in 1976 as a ministry of Eastside Christian Church under the leadership of a Principal and Assistant Principal. In 1999, after 23 years of operation as a department, Eastside Christian Schools self-incorporated to separate from the church and provide more opportunity for expansion and with this new freedom came the offer to take over Heritage Christian High School, though elementary and preschool would remain on the church campus as lessors.
At the end of the high school’s first year with Heritage on the Anaheim campus in 2000, we were advised to find a new space for the following year. Grace Ministries International had just purchased a 27-acre parcel of land in Fullerton so we joined the church in a 3-year campaign to convince the city of Fullerton to grant entitlement to the new tax-exempt property owners. Thus began the blessing of our relationship with GMI. In the mean time, our school retreated to our founding church, Eastside Christian Church, who offered to suspend growth in their own ministry so that we could use the only space left available on campus to hold our high school classes. Sharing the core values of faith, service, education and leadership; Eastside Christian Schools, Preschool -12th were united.
Finally moving in to the GMI property on November 12, 2003, Eastside's high school and junior program continued to build a relationship with GMI. In 2008, we were able to negotiate to open Eastside preschools on three separate church sites, still connected to the Eastside elementary; through the graciousness of GMI, we were able to relocate elementary to the GMI campus in a separate wing from the HS-JH program.
The educational philosophy of Eastside Christian Schools is based on a God-centered view that all truth is God’s truth, and that the Bible is the inspired and the only infallible, authoritative Word of God that contains this truth. God created all things and sustains all things. Therefore, the universe and man are dynamically related to God and have the purpose of glorifying Him.
Our passion is twofold: 1) To lead young men and women to a saving knowledge of the Lord, and to walk closer to Him each day, and 2) To provide these future leaders of our world with intellectual stimulation and experience so that they will be prepared to compete with worldly scholars and rise above, guarded with God’s truth. This is our mission. We see the fruit of this vision being carried out in selfless service to our community...local and global. ECHS-JH students have a place outside the halls of our schools where they see need, and work to alleviate that need in the name of Christ.
Our aim socially is to provide a Christian perspective on the total worldview from which will develop a balanced personality and a proper understanding and acceptance of a person’s role in life - at home, at work, at play and at worship – all grounded in the Christian concept of love. With this understanding, the believer will value and participate in serving the local and global community sacrificially and meaningfully. Eastside Christian School students are learning to lead, leading to serve.
This philosophy channels our energies to promote high academic standards while helping the students to achieve skills in creative and critical thinking, using the best-integrated curriculum available. The objective of our instructional program is to enable the student to pursue the post-secondary education of his choosing, whether in college, university, or in vocational training areas.
Our responsibility for the student encompasses the spiritual, mental, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional areas. These are inseparable and through them run the insistent thread of the spiritual. Therefore, it must be our aim to shun the tendency to teach the Bible compartmentally or on the intellectual level alone – the message and presence of Jesus Christ is a thread that must be woven throughout the total curriculum.
It is apparent that the types of activities we employ or permit in the classroom or school program will either facilitate or militate against our basic philosophy. The spiritual must permeate all areas, or we become textbook-oriented rather than student-oriented.
This philosophy dictates that we cooperate closely with parents in every phase of the student’s development, always offering assistance in understanding the purpose of Eastside Christian Schools.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Since 1999 when we self-incorporated, we have had a self-perpetuating board which is typical for 501.c.3. Corporations like ours. Each board member has a heart for the Lord, is active in their church, strongly supports Christian education, and brings needed expertise to the board. Meetings are held regularly (depending on need) and act as a committee-of-the-whole. Board members are also considered consultants to the administration and are accessible for assistance and advice. The Board is primarily concerned with policy, financial solvency, preserving the mission of the organization, and making sure that strong leadership is in place to handle the administrative functions of the school. Efforts are made to have a well-rounded board to be able to deal with a variety of needs and situations.
Robert Lee (Chairman of the Board)
Robert C. Lee attended the University of California, Irvine and majored in Physics. Robert is currently a Sr. Manager of Electrical Engineering at Broadcom, Inc. Robert has been with Broadcom for 21 years. Robert has been attending Grace Korean Church since 1985. Robert is an Ordained Elder at Grace Ministries International. Robert has been married to Joanna J. Lee for 24 wonderful years and is father to 2 sons and 1 daughter. His son, Noah is a graduate of Eastside Christian Schools.
Justin Kwon is the founder and CEO of a manufacturing firm producing electronic components for the government and defense industry. He earned his B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder. He is married to Lena Kwon, an interior designer. Justin Kwon serves as ordained elder at Grace Ministries International and also serves as an executive committee member for the Grace Ministries International mission organization. He and Lena both love to travel worldwide, visit mission fields, serve and share the love of Jesus Christ.
Ann J. Kim graduated with a B.A. in English and Comparative Literary Studies from Occidental College and a J.D. from Chapman University School of Law. Ann is currently a Deputy Trial Counsel at the Office of Chief Trial Counsel, State Bar of California. She investigates attorney misconduct and prosecutes these cases before the State Bar Court. Prior to working at the State Bar, Ann was a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles specializing in immigration and family law. Throughout her time at Legal Aid, Ann served the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the Los Angeles area and victims of domestic violence.
Ann is married to Bryan Hong, a freelance cinematographer. They serve as deacons at Grace Ministries International - English Ministry and lead a small group in Los Angeles.
Ree-Na Kim holds an MS in education and a Masters of Divinity from Talbot Seminary. She has held senior level positions in the Korean Ministry of Education, Seoul Science High School, Korea University and additionally hosted two radio programs while living in Korea.
Currently, she is a pastor at Grace Ministries International as well as is an active supporter of our school staff and parents. Her son, Joshua, graduated from Eastside Christian Schools and is currently a Senior at UCLA. Her second son, Caleb is a Senior at Eastside Christian Schools.