Our responsibility for the student encompasses the spiritual, mental, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional aspects of their development. These are inseparable and clearly determined and governed by the spiritual. The message and presence of Jesus Christ is a thread that must be woven throughout the total curriculum and experience at Eastside. The spiritual must permeate all areas, whether in classroom lessons, extra-curricular activities, or casual discussions with families. The staff at ECS strive to cooperate closely with parents in every phase of the student’s development, and to proclaim a clear and consistent message that our salvation is in Christ alone, and that we are all on this earth to glorify Him.
ECS believes that gathering together for corporate worship and teaching is integral to students' spiritual development. Elementary students in TK-6 attend chapel together for various speakers. Each class plan and participate in a chapel twice a year. Junior High students have their own chapel where high energy worship and games precede a relevant message for their age group. High school students plan chapels, lead in worship and occasionally speak as the Word of God is proclaimed for students on their spiritual growth journey.
Each month, elementary students focus their lesson and offerings (and sometimes even fundraise for) local and global missions organizations. They start with sponsoring children nearby who cannot afford school supplies through Solidarity, and throughout the year develop a knowledge and support for CHOC, Ronald McDonald House, City of Refuge Mission in Mexico, Missions of Hope in Nairobi slums, Orange County Rescue Mission and other worthy organizations.
SPIRITUAL EMPHASIS WEEK & RETREAT
ECHS-JH students engage in spiritual growth days/week throughout the year, with special speakers and topics, as well as experiences designed to stretch students' faith. High school students may opt to go on a retreat second semester with intensive spiritual development exercises for the students who want to "dig deeper."
ECS elementary students learn service very early in their school career. They collect money for projects the high schoolers want to do in Mexico, collect canned food for the OC Rescue Mission (and build a castle out of those cans to reflect our theme for the year), visit hospitalized children and more. High school and junior high students serve in Core Groups throughout the year, including Operation Christmas Child and YWCA volunteer projects. School is suspended one day each spring for all groups to server together, usually at the Orange County Food Bank, Second Harvest or other programs that help our neighbors in need.
ECHS-JH students meet twice a week for 20 minutes with a staff member and other students in the same grade and of the same gender for the purpose of accountability and prayer and simply building relationships for the purpose of Biblical fellowship.