The King James Version of the Bible translates Proverbs 29:18 this way: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” With this wisdom in mind, before the school leadership met and planned over the summer, they were sent back to read the school’s mission, vision and core values.
Across the school, the community of believers surrounding EC has been working behind the scenes to carry out the same mission in a new, post-COVID era. Following is a snapshot of some of the exciting developments as we forge ahead.
- This year, we are marking the 100th year that we have been an accredited school. Although accreditation is nothing new for EC, this next cycle marks a milestone, with the pursuit of not one but two accreditations: our usual, Middle States, and a new one, with Christian Schools International.
- EC has won several distinctions in recent years. These include the National District of Character, New Jersey Small Business Success Award Winner, Top 50 Christian High Schools in America, and a Top Place to Work in NJ. The school is also a founding member of Christian Schools International.
- Forty-six employees have earned advanced degrees and teachers are certified. In the past five years, we have seen our students go on to a number of prestigious colleges, including the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Georgetown University, Boston College and Yale University.
- MAP test scores from this year, our measurement of performance, have bucked national trends and revealed a continued pattern of our student growth meeting and exceeding norm group expectations.
- School enrollment is currently resting at about 900 students, with families representing 204 churches. We remain committed to being a covenantal school, working in partnership with Christian parents.
- We are aware of more than 6,100 alumni living and working around the world, and count among our great cloud of witnesses pastors, missionaries, professionals, artisans, business executives and entrepreneurs.
- More than $2 million a year is raised through various initiatives and events to reinvest back into the community, including through the efforts of supporters and volunteers at ditto Upscale Resale.
- Our faculty and staff sign as part of their contract that they subscribe to the Heidelberg Catechism, Canons of Dordt, and the Belgic Confession, as well as have a strong philosophical commitment to Christian education and the mission of Eastern Christian School.
- We are looking forward to the high school’s Spiritual Emphasis Week to kick off the second semester, and are thankful that on every campus, Christ is proclaimed as Lord, in chapel and in the classroom.
- Every year, the school is guided by a prayerfully and thoughtfully decided upon spiritual theme. This year’s theme is Promise Keeper, based on Psalm 145:13b: “The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.”