Testimonials

Eastern Christian High School is more than a school. It is more than a place to get involved with sports. It is a home. Since the opening of Eastern Christian, it has been a home to thousands of students and will continue to be for years to come. 

  • Amanda
  • Class of 2020

Amanda

Class of 2020

Eastern Christian High School is more than a school. It is more than a place to get involved with sports. It is a home. Since the opening of Eastern Christian, it has been a home to thousands of students and will continue to be for years to come. 

If you were to say this to me four years ago, I would have responded with, “Are you crazy?” Now, as a senior, looking back on my time at Eastern Christian, I can confidently say that this school has become my second home. I often make myself laugh when I think about how I was when I started high school and how I am now, finally graduating. 

Four years ago, when I was told that I was attending Eastern Christian, I was nothing less than angry and disappointed. I was feeling these emotions because my friends from my eighth grade class were attending other schools. Attending Eastern Christian meant a new start, new building, new people, new teachers, and an entirely different experience. My whole life, up until that point, was comfortable; I had attended my town public schools which meant the same friends, classmates, and experiences for years. I was not ready to give that up and attend a school where I knew only a few people, including my older brother and his friends. Little did I know that God had a plan for my time at Eastern Christian. A plan that I would have never imagined or thought for myself. 

The first few weeks of my freshman year were rough. I felt uncomfortable in the halls and in the classrooms. I remember being in Mr. Dykstra’s writing class and thinking to myself, “Don’t worry, in a few weeks everything will be different. Just hang on to that”. At the time, I couldn’t latch onto that idea, but as time went on my words slowly became true. As the year continued, I made more friends, joined many different clubs and sports teams, created amazing relationships with teachers, and built the foundation for my relationship with Christ. By the end of the year, I was disappointed that summer had come so soon! Throughout that summer, I waited patiently and eagerly for the start of another year at Eastern Christian. 

Sophomore year was nothing less than amazing and filled with many opportunities, including my first mission trip to Kansas City, Missouri. It was on that mission trip, that I absolutely fell in love with missionary work. Now, I realize that if I attended the same schools as my friends, I would have never been able to go on mission trips and my relationship with Christ would have remained weak. 

Junior year was something special. I was challenged in the classroom, supported in the beginning of the college process, and encouraged to travel abroad. In September of junior year, we were introduced to the new locations of the mission trips. Immediately, I was drawn to Tanzania. My family supported my decision and all of my teachers encouraged me throughout the fundraising process. Without Eastern Christian, I would have never been able to travel to Africa. A place that I now hold so dear to my heart. A place that I plan to go back to after I get my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. 

Lastly, senior year. A year that was long anticipated for, but turned out completely different. In the beginning of this year, my class and I could not wait for the end of the year. Why? Because Eastern Christian always celebrates seniors in the most special ways; those include senior breakfasts, senior celebration night, graduation, senior prom, and so on. Although, the year of 2020 had other plans for us. Being quarantined and confined to online school has shown me that Eastern Christian means more to me than I ever realized. This time has always shown me how much can be taken away in the blink of an eye. Although this experience is not how I imagined my senior year to end, I am still so incredibly thankful for the efforts of this school to celebrate my class and I. I will forever love this school more than I could ever express. Thank you Eastern Christian, for the best four years of my life. I will miss you. 

As I look back on the past 5 years of my education at EC, I truly realize how blessed I am. It is rare to find such a loving school community like EC, but I am so thankful I did. My mom’s words to me in 7th grade as I considered starting all over at a new school were an echo to me through my 5 years at EC… EC is my home. 

  • Tara
  • Grade 12

Tara

Grade 12

I came to EC when I was in 7th grade. The decision to leave the familiarity of my old school was very difficult for me. At my old school, a public school in town, I felt a piece missing in my education. I was a dedicated student who worked hard in school and had friends, but something was missing, something I didn’t understand until I came to EC. When I originally shadowed at ECMS, I absolutely loved the community that surrounded me. I barely knew anyone, but they were all so welcoming. I struggled to make the decision whether or not to leave the familiarity of a school I had gone to my whole life, but I knew I was not happy where I was. I realized how much I loved the community at EC, something I didn’t have in public school. As I talked to my parents after shadowing, my mom, an EC Alumni, asked me if, when I was in EC’s school building, I felt like I was home. At that time, it was hard for me to think of any school as home, but something felt different about EC and the community that surrounded me…  so halfway through the school year, I took a leap of faith, trusting in God’s plan, and arrived for my first day of school halfway through the school year. Overwhelmed is the most fitting word for how I felt that first week of school. As overwhelmed I was with the unfamiliarity of my surroundings, I was also overwhelmed by the way the EC community opened their arms to welcome me in. At the end of my first two weeks, I hopped into my mom’s Jeep, absolutely beaming. I told her that she was right, EC is my home. 5 years later, EC is still my home. 

Two months into my freshman year at ECHS, my mom was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer and my junior year, she passed away. During this time, as I struggled with grief and questions, the EC community surrounded me and my family. As I grieved, I was supported by friends, teachers, and the administration in a way that I will always be thankful for.

On a bigger level, over the 5 years I have gone to EC, I have been blessed with life-long relationships and supportive teachers. One of the “holes” in my public school education was this supportive EC community that surrounds students and families. The teachers at EC truly want their students to succeed not just in their academics, but also in their relationship with Jesus. The faculty takes the time to get to know each and every student on a personal level in order to help them succeed. The friendships I have made have helped strengthen my faith in God and have, in part, made me the person I am today. 

As I look back on the past 5 years of my education at EC, I truly realize how blessed I am. It is rare to find such a loving school community like EC, but I am so thankful I did. My mom’s words to me in 7th grade as I considered starting all over at a new school were an echo to me through my 5 years at EC… EC is my home. 

I learned a lot more Bible stories about God's goodness and I've learned how I can help other people who are far away by praying for them. I can spread God's love by encouraging people, writing letters, doing food drives, and telling people about God. You don't have to be afraid to tell other people that God loves them!

  • Aubrey
  • Grade 3

Aubrey

Grade 3

What do you love about EC?
It is a Christian school and we get to worship God everyday. I love going to chapel every Tuesday because it’s a time that I get to learn about God and we worship God through song together.

In what ways have you grown in your faith as a result of your experience at Eastern Christian School?
I learned a lot more Bible stories about God’s goodness and I’ve learned how I can help other people who are far away by praying for them. I can spread God’s love by encouraging people, writing letters, doing food drives, and telling people about God. You don’t have to be afraid to tell other people that God loves them!

If someone was thinking about joining EC but wasn’t sure it was the right school for them, what would you tell them?
If you feel like you want to learn more about God and want to practice praying daily, it can help you to begin good habits in your faith. EC shows you that reading your Bible, praying, and going to church are a way of living out God’s plan for your life.

Who is your favorite teacher and why?
My favorite teacher was Mrs. Sinclair because she gave me a safe place to work out my feelings and my friendships. She always reminded me that people love me and you’re not alone. God is always there for you!

What opportunities do you have at EC that you may not have at another school?
God is talked about in all of my subjects! It’s fun to explore how God has a hand in everything we learn about.

If you are looking for a school where each child is important, where teachers, administrators, and staff take an active interest in their students' well being, where rigorous coursework will prepare your son or daughter for the challenges of the future, where enduring friendships are made, and where a Christ-centered education is a priority, then you must consider enrolling your child at Eastern Christian.

  • Daniel Onove
  • Parent

Daniel Onove

Parent

What do you love about EC?
Eastern Christian provides a rigorous academic environment with a caring, competent staff. It is small enough to present a family atmosphere and yet large enough to offer a full range of extra curricular activities in the areas of athletics, drama, and technology. All of the teachers, administrators, and staff knew my children by name and took an interest in their present well being and prospects for future success.

Why did you choose Eastern Christian School for your children?
We chose Eastern Christian because we were looking for a school that offered engaging educational opportunities in a Christ-centered environment. We wanted to ensure that the school they attended would prepare them for the future they envisioned. We have not been disappointed. Our older boys secured generous college scholarships and are now safely ensconced in rewarding and promising professions. All were prepared by their experience at EC for the advanced education that followed high school.

In what ways have you seen your children grow in their faith as a result of their experience at Eastern Christian School?
Through their exposure to teachers, administrators, and staff who embody Biblical values, my children were presented with Christian role models who helped guide their path. Faith-based community service and regular Bible study also led them to grow in faith and commitment.

The Eastern Christian tagline is “Engaging. Nurturing. Transforming.” How does your child experience this at EC?
Eastern Christian has so many wonderful, caring, and committed teachers, staff, and administrators. It is through their nurturing that students are motivated to get involved in activities that engage their minds and spirits. And as they become more deeply involved in studying the Scriptures, praying, and worshiping, a transformation occurs that deepens their faith and leads them into a closer, more productive relationship with our Creator, and, by extension, those within their sphere of influence.

 

What would you tell another parent to encourage them to consider enrolling their child at Eastern Christian School?
If you are looking for a school where each child is important, where teachers, administrators, and staff take an active interest in their students’ well being, where rigorous coursework will prepare your son or daughter for the challenges of the future, where enduring friendships are made, and where a Christ-centered education is a priority, then you must consider enrolling your child at Eastern Christian.

 

 

The student body and faculty at EC are second to none, and no matter what your circumstance, your peers and teachers will do their absolute best to support you and encourage you to continually be better.

  • Tyler
  • Seton Hall

Tyler

Seton Hall

What do you love about Eastern Christian School?

The teaching staff at Eastern Christian has been extremely supportive of me in all my endeavors with both education and extracurriculars as well as putting the maximum effort into making sure I succeed as a student and person. Teachers at EC are so friendly, and I look forward to seeing them every day in class, and passing them in the hallway. I’m really going to miss them because I know that no other school that I attend in the future will have teachers even half as amazing as EC.

Describe one of your favorite teachers and tell why he/she is a favorite.

Mrs. Troast has taken countless hours out of her prep block to have meetings with me whenever I have questions on assignments or I start to fall behind on homework or tests. She makes learning history both engaging and fun, and more than any other person in my life has done her best to ensure my success in humanities and as a student.

In what ways have you grown in your faith as a result of your experience at Eastern Christian School?

By having the opportunity to publicly speak about Christ, and by having devotions every morning I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many amazing Christians outside of church and both grow more accepting as a person and to grow my faith with God.

In addition, I’ve also worked on chapel Tech for all 4 years of high school, and I’ve gotten to talk to and work with nearly every speaker and every member of the chapel band who has taken part in a service during my high school career. This gave me a unique opportunity to have conversations with people who love God and the Scriptures which has deeply impacted me.

How do you feel that EC prepared you for graduation, college/career and life?

The skills and education I received at Eastern Christian, as well as the respect, confidence, and morals which were reinforced in my life really prepared me to feel ready for college.

What opportunities did you experience at EC that you don’t think you would have gotten to experience anywhere else?

The grace and kindness which teachers and faculty show to the student body at EC is something I have never seen before and can only be compared to a family.

What would you say to a prospective student considering joining Eastern Christian School?

The student body and faculty at EC are second to none, and no matter what your circumstance, your peers and teachers will do their absolute best to support you and encourage you to continually be better.

What else would you like to share about your EC experience?

Coming in to Eastern Christian I had been homeschooled my whole life, so I had no friends and no schooling experience, but the student body and faculty accepted me with open arms and really made me feel comfortable and loved.

The community at Eastern Christian is by far the most supportive, thoughtful, and kindest school community that I have ever encountered.

  • Kristen
  • Pepperdine

Kristen

Pepperdine

What do you love about Eastern Christian School?

The community at Eastern Christian is by far the most supportive, thoughtful, and kindest school community that I have ever encountered.

Describe one of your favorite teachers and tell why he/she is a favorite.

Mrs. Genuario is my favorite teacher in EC. She is incredibly caring, loving, and can make my day better by just talking to me.

In what ways have you grown in your faith as a result of your experience at Eastern Christian School?

Eastern Christian helped me grow in my faith significantly. Being able to talk about how God is moving through the generations in History, marvel at how God had created our bodies in Health, and many other things in each class helped my faith grow and be more applicable in my day to day life.

At Eastern Christian we talk about an education that is “Engaging. Nurturing. Transforming.” How did you experience this kind of education at EC?

EC education was engaging, nurturing, and transforming. Teachers have a relationship with every single student and encourages them to be more engaged in our lessons and discussions. Through the way that the teachers showed that they care for us and in Bible Study Clubs such as ‘Anchored’, I would constantly feel nurtured during the harder days. EC helped me transform my view on life and had pushed me to run after a life full of purpose, excitement, and one personally given to me by my Creator.

What opportunities did you experience at EC that you don’t think you would have gotten to experience anywhere else?

Eastern Christian has provided me with a modern Christian environment and gave me a platform to be able to freely talk about my experiences in life and how God had been working through me.

What would you say to a prospective student considering joining Eastern Christian School?

I don’t know any other school like Eastern Christian. You can expect to have your world shaken once you join EC.

I have been pushed to not only strive for excellence but more importantly strive for Jesus in all that I do.

  • Hans
  • Sophie Davis

Hans

Sophie Davis

What do you love about Eastern Christian School?

I love the EC community. Coming from a different country with a totally different school system I was very afraid to start school, but that fear quickly faded. From the very first day of school I could tell that I was surrounded by a warm and nurturing community that is unified by Christ’s love. The culture at Eastern Christian is one that encourages you to strive for excellence in all that you do. Be it in academics, theater, music, or athletics, the EC community will be right there cheering you on.

Describe one of your favorite teachers and tell why he/she is a favorite.

One of my favorite teachers is Ms. Bazanowski, who teaches Biology and Anatomy & Physiology. Ms. Bazanowski has had a huge impact on my ambition to become a doctor. Her love for God is very evident in the way she teaches and prays for her students each and every day. Ms. Bazanowski not sparked my love for the sciences but she has also been a great christian example to follow throughout my high school career.

In what ways have you grown in your faith as a result of your experience at Eastern Christian School?

As a freshman I considered myself a Christian but I was very disconnected from God. Because of the safe and comfortable environment at Eastern Christian I have been able to invest and grow deeper in my faith. I was also able to go on a missions trip with EC to Tanzania. This further reinforced my faith and revealed to me the joy in serving Christ through serving others.

At Eastern Christian we talk about an education that is “Engaging. Nurturing. Transforming.” How did you experience this kind of education at EC?

Every class I have taken since freshman year has been very engaging. The teachers always encourage us to learn new concepts, ask questions, and think critically. Through the nurturing environment here at EC students are then transformed into strong christians that are prepared for college and eventually life.

How do you feel that EC prepared you for graduation, college/career and life?

I have been pushed to not only strive for excellence but more importantly strive for Jesus in all that I do. Because of Eastern Christian’s emphasis on service I have been able to be a part of multiple service projects, community outreach, and missions trips. These experiences have continued to reinforce my ambition to become a doctor that serves the underserved

What opportunities did you experience at EC that you don’t think you would have gotten to experience anywhere else?

During my senior year I was able gain work experience at a local hospital through the WINGS program. This experience is something that has truly helped prepare me for my career in medicine. Volunteering at the hospital exposes me to things that you wouldn’t learn in a classroom.This amazing program allows me to gain invaluable knowledge to make me a more advanced student and prepares me for my future.

What would you say to a prospective student considering joining Eastern Christian School?

I would tell a prospective student that at Eastern Christian you will find a God loving community made up of people that want to see you grow into the amazing person God intended you to be!

I am ready to step out into the world with kindness and humility, two things I learned from my teachers, and conquer any challenges with God as my shield.

  • Elaina
  • Humber College

Elaina

Humber College

What do you love about Eastern Christian School?

As a student with multiple diagnosed learning differences, I have always struggled to find a school that supports me both academically and emotionally. Having learning differences can cause many problems with a student’s self-esteem and until beginning my education at ECHS I never truly felt intelligent or equal to my peers academically. I have experienced multiple ways of schooling; I’ve been in the public system in both America and Canada, I have been home-schooled, and now, I am finishing in a private Christian school. Throughout my public education (K-7) I was treated less than my peers because of the way I learned and I also felt like a burden on my teachers. However, at ECHS the possibilities are seemingly endless when it comes to the teachers and resources this school provides for students like me. Mrs. Englehard, Mrs. Post, and Mrs. Johnson have sat patiently with me and helped me understand any work I had to complete without complaining or even a sigh. I am so thankful EC has given me a place to thrive in. For the last 2 semesters, I have achieved high honor roll and it was possible because of these accommodations EC happily provides.

Describe one of your favorite teachers and tell why he/she is a favorite.

I am extremely thankful for Mrs. Genuario. She is a light in ECHS and a light in any student’s life who has had the opportunity to take one of her classes. Her ability to always be herself no matter what is truly inspiring and I hope I grow into a woman similar to her. She is a woman with apparent, deep-rooted faith and so much love for God. Her continuous prayers for me and my life have always brought me a sense of comfort and her ability to produce multiple newspapers a school year and a fully completed yearbook all by herself is mind-boggling. I am so thankful she is here and I was able to be taught and inspired by her every-day.

In what ways have you grown in your faith as a result of your experience at Eastern Christian School?

EC has taught me a lot about God’s love and God’s forgiveness. High school is a time to make huge strides in your emotional maturity and academic maturity but it is no secret that high school can also be a time to make mistakes (and I have made MANY mistakes). Through it all, God showed me the importance of ‘moving on.’ I have learned that everything that happens is for a reason.

In this school and through my teachers/mentors I have grown in this aspect of my faith. I have learned to trust God and not worry so much.

At Eastern Christian we talk about an education that is “Engaging. Nurturing. Transforming.” How did you experience this kind of education at EC?

The teachers at ECHS are some of the most caring and loving men and women I have ever encountered. Not only can they make an hour and twenty block class fly by, but you can sense the true care they feel their students every day. My teachers have always wanted me to thrive (something very rare in the public system) and I am very thankful for that.

How do you feel that EC prepared you for graduation, college/career and life?

Well, I can write an essay like nobody’s business at this point… but I can also think critically, logically, and spiritually on my own. I feel like I am ready to step out into the world with kindness and humility, two things I learned from my teachers, and conquer any challenges with God as my shield.

What opportunities did you experience at EC that you don’t think you would have gotten to experience anywhere else?

I was able to participate in the WINGS program at Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff. For a student like me who does not take very rigorous courses in school, it is so helpful to have an internship with credits attached to it. I was able to bump up my GPA and resume in one class which is extremely helpful. I am thankful for my internship because it taught me so much about the working world and what to expect.

What would you say to a prospective student considering joining Eastern Christian School?

It’s a small school, so try to get involved. I made the majority of my friends in the first two weeks of high school after I joined the school play. Of course, this was terrifying, but I thought it would be fun to play a part like “tree #3” and make friends while doing it. It’s important to be involved, not only socially, but also later in life. Involvement means a longer and stronger transcript and better relationship with teachers, which can never hurt.

Due to the comforting and supporting environment, I was able to explore interests, things about myself, and come out of my shell without worrying about failing.

  • Jaylyn
  • William Paterson

Jaylyn

William Paterson

What do you love about Eastern Christian School?

I love the environment and community that the staff creates for these students. Throughout my years at EC I’ve noticed significant differences between this school and others. The faculty’s relationship with the students is different from any other school. They’re supportive, nurturing, involved and loving. I’ve formed such great relationships with some of my teachers that helped me feel supported and cared for throughout my years at EC. I felt comfortable to explore talents and interests that I may have been too timid to explore without those teachers supporting me and being there for me to approach whenever I needed to.

Describe one of your favorite teachers and tell why he/she is a favorite.

It was only until recently that I realized how much this teacher has impacted my faith and growth. I was being interviewed for an article in EC Times, and when asked about people who have influenced my growth I could not stop talking about Ms. Lindemulder. Through having classes with her, I’ve learned so much more than another language. She displayed what it means to walk in Christ every single day she walked into the classroom. She taught me how to explore other people’s cultures– to be open-minded, loving, and accepting. She taught me how to put myself into other people’s shoes, so I could better understand and love them. She also just always brought light into any interaction, and never ceased to brighten up my day no matter what she was going through. She has been such a role model to me as a Christian.

In what ways have you grown in your faith as a result of your experience at Eastern Christian School?

I’ve learned how to better minister to others through my actions, and to love others the way Christ loves us. It’s easy in the community that Eastern Christian provides to grow in these ways, especially with supportive teachers and students around you who want you to grow.

At Eastern Christian we talk about an education that is “Engaging. Nurturing. Transforming.” How did you experience this kind of education at EC?

Like I answered earlier, the teachers here create nurturing relationships that set Eastern Christian apart from others schools, and I am so grateful I was able to have that. High School is hard time for teenagers. It’s time where your figuring out how you view the world, and a lot of our lives changed a great deal during our high school years. It is amazing to have teachers that are willing to be with you through every part of it and offer guidance, support, care, and advice, that go beyond what’s being taught in the classroom.

How do you feel that EC prepared you for graduation, college/career and life?

I knew from my freshman year that I wanted to go into therapy of some kind, specifically to help people with special needs. However, EC gave me a different motivation. I now want to go into this career so I can help better love others the way Christ calls us to. This stems from my classes with Ms. Lindemulder, where she taught me how there are many ways to do this even by just putting yourself in their shoes and getting to know how they live their life. I decided that I wanted to incorporate this into the work I want to do, and love the kids I work with the way Christ calls us to love.

What opportunities did you experience at EC that you don’t think you would have gotten to experience anywhere else?

I really came out of a shell that I wasn’t aware I had at EC. I came to EC very reserved and not comfortable with myself. Due to the comforting and supporting environment, I was able to explore interests, things about myself, and come out of my shell without worrying about failing. I knew I was supported in anything I wanted to try, and that when I did something to come out of my shell I would supported and welcomed. I don’t think I would have felt that same comfort or had that same opportunity anywhere else.

What would you say to a prospective student considering joining Eastern Christian School?

Do not be nervous or afraid. I remember coming into my freshman I was nervous. Nervous about getting to know new students, teachers, and trying to navigate my high school experience somewhere I had never been and where I was completely new. However, I couldn’t have felt more welcomed. You won’t regret coming to EC, and you certainly have nothing to worry about. My first day at EC teachers were so welcoming and helpful, and I found students to navigate with and laugh all the way through it.

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