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A Parent-Run School

I get to walk around school buildings for a living. I get to do this with families who are considering school options. I do other stuff too… but campus visits are definitely my favorite part of my calling at EC. It is a fascinating to converse with families to hear their concerns about their current school experience, and what they are looking for in a possible new school community. One theme that comes up again and again is parent involvement in education. Parents feel increasingly disconnected or even “pushed away” from their child’s education. Which is weird- because the research tells us exactly how strongly parent involvement and educational success correlate.

Public Schools’ National Educators Association regularly looks for ways to respond to decreasing parent involvement. Some groups of frustrated parents pull their children out of school to have literal direct control over their child’s school experience through homeschool options. Eastern Christian School offers a unique alternative: the Parent-Run School.

Our school was founded more than a quasquicentennial ago (that means more than 125 years). Throughout our history multiple local Christian Schools joined together to form the “Eastern Christian School Association” (ECSA). These days, we don’t really use the “Association” vernacular, but that’s still our official, legal name to this day. You’ll see this name in a bunch of legal documents and on the sides of our buses (fun fact- your full legal name needs to be on the side of school buses). The primary premise of the ECSA has always been around the model of a Parent-Run School. Here’s what this means- If you send your child to Eastern Christian School (or if you financially contribute to our mission), you’re in the Association. Welcome to the club! This membership qualifies you to vote in the Association. The senior leadership of our school association is the Board of Directors.

Leadership Structure:

The Eastern Christian School Association Board of Directors (BOD) consists of 9 to 13 members who are elected to their posts by the membership of the ECSA. Elected officials hold 3 year terms that are renewable up to 3 times for a total consecutive term limit of 9 years. The BOD holds regular meetings that are closed to the public, but open to all members of the ECSA. EC uses a governance model of leadership. This means that the Board of Directors delegates the day-to-day responsibilities of Eastern Christian School to the Head of School. The Board of Directors focuses on three key areas that mirror their three primary sub-committees: Governance, Finance, and Strategy. Governance tackles policy and leadership. Finance deals with all financial matters and helps our school set the budget and handle resources in a stewardly manner. Strategy sets the long-term goals for our school community and helps to bring this vision to reality. The people who volunteer for these positions dedicate many hours every month to meetings, agendas, issues that arise, and all of the other things that leadership has to (and gets to) deal with. The Eastern Christian School Association Board of Directors is a group of highly skilled professionals who see the big picture and know how to keep the Main Thing the Main Thing.

Meet the Team:

Boots on the ground: Indicators of healthy parent involvement

If the school is literally run by the parents of the students, it should be no surprise that the parents in our community have many opportunities for involvement in their child’s education. Our volunteer approach is “Zero requirement, (Virtually) unlimited opportunity.” We recognize that parents are busy and that not everyone can regularly contribute the gift of time to our school. But there certainly are many opportunities to get involved if you desire! Just to name a few, we have: PTO, room parents, field trip parents, fundraising events like homecoming or the Auction Gala, and ditto upscale resale (which has contributed over $1MM to EC over the past 7 years!).

We have an army of volunteer parents and community members who pray for our school, serve our students pizza, raise funds, build community, support our teachers, and run events.

Come see it for yourself!

Does this sound like the kind of school your child should belong to? Ready to begin exploring EC for yourself? Our friendly Admissions Team can’t wait to introduce you to this amazing Christian School!

Click here to book your personal campus visit or sign up for an upcoming admissions event.

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Rudi Gesch

By: Rudi Gesch

Rudi is the Director of Marketing & Enrollment at EC. He loves meeting prospective EC students and parents, hearing their story, and walking along side them to see if God might be nudging them consider enrolling at Eastern Christian School.

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