Q. How can I find out if ECS is right for my child?
A. We would love to give you a personal tour of our campus, show you our curriculum and introduce you and your child to our principal. Half-day classroom previews can also be arranged for prospective students. Please inquire online or call 760-745-2071 for scheduling.
Q. How is the school funded?
A. 100% of your tuition dollars go directly toward your student’s educational program, with over 85% of that going toward our K-8 staff payroll and benefits. Did you know we have over 40 wonderful, dedicated employees in the K-8 program, not including our janitorial and landscaping contractors? The additional 15% covers curriculum, facility maintenance, utilities and business operating costs. Extras are funded through PTF membership fees and fundraising efforts. We thank you for supporting our PTF!
Local public schools typically are allotted an average of $7,100 per student each year from the state. We do not receive government funding. We are proud to utilize our tuition dollars wisely to keep tuition costs low for families.
Q. What religion is taught at your school?
A. Our curriculum is non-denominational Christian and evangelical. Because we are non-denominational, our budget is not funded through church sponsorship. Our teachers are active in a variety of local churches. Students are of many different faiths. Denominational specifics are left up to parents.
Q. Where can I read independent parent reviews of your school?
A. All our classrooms are equipped with projectors to provide students the ability to interact with online content as a group. Each elementary classroom also has some student devices for independent academic practice. Our K-5th graders have a quarterly STEM classes, as well as a dedicated computer class each week where they learn technology skills, including touch typing and internet safety. Our 6-8th graders participate in weekly STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classes and our 6th-12th grade program incorporates a one-to-one Chromebook laptop program.
Q. What is the dress code?
A. Our preschool students follow the free dress regulations in the handbook. K-8 students wear uniforms. See this page for more details.
Q. Does the school participate in scholastic competitions?
A. Yes, we participate in ACSI district-wide student activities such as Math Olympics, Spelling Bee, and Speech Meet. We are extremely proud of our students' showing in these events. Several middle school students have gone on to compete at the regional level in Spelling Bee.
Q. What is the school’s policy on standardized testing?
A. We participate in the research-based, nationally-normed IOWA Assessments in use across the nation for many years. These assessments are administered with paper and pencil over a 4-day period in the spring for grades K-8. Parents receive performance data by June. Click here to view our results.
Q. How does your students' performance compare to local public schools?
A. On average, our students score 1-3 grade levels above national norms. See this article to understand why a direct comparision with proprietary state test results is not possible.
Q. Do you offer academic support for struggling students?
A. Several of our teachers offer after-school tutoring in various subjects. Our Power Learning Program is available for students who need additional help.
Q. What enrichment classes are offered?
A. All students have the opportunity to take PE, music, art, computer, and Spanish during the school day. In addition, after-school sports, drama, choir and band are offered for various age groups. Middle school students select an elective class each quarter, such as disc (frisbee) golf, photography, broadcasting, computer coding, etc.
Q. What are regular school hours?
A. The tardy bell rings at 8:15 for grades 6 and up, and at 8:30 for grades K-5. Dismissal is at 3:00 for K-5 and 3:15 for 6th and up to facilitate traffic flow. At 3:30, students are sent to extended care. The school year starts the day after Labor Day and there are monthly early dismissal days for K-5 with every Friday being a 12:20 dismissal for grades 6th and up. See our calendar for specifics.
Q. What about care before and after school, and during summer?
A. We provide extended care for students from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm on school days for a nominal fee with a monthly cap of $100 per student. We host a summer day camp from mid-June to late August. This program is open to the public, and does not require school-year attendance at ECS.
Q. Do you offer field trips?
A. Our K-8 students attend various field trips that support the educational program. Kindergarteners go on 10 field trips a year. Fourth graders take the train to Mission San Juan Capistrano. Fifth graders have an overnight field trip to the USS Midway. Our sixth graders attend a 3-day Astrocamp in the mountains. Seventh graders spend 3 days at a marine science camp on Catalina Island. Our eighth graders tour the East Coast for 9 days in the spring as part of their American History program. Families have opportunities to raise funds for these larger trips through our scrip (gift card) sales program.
Q. Do you require mandatory parent volunteer hours?
A. While we welcome parents and grandparents as volunteers, it is not mandatory. We appreciate volunteers in our Watch D.O.G.S. program, the lunchroom, classrooms, as field trip chaperones, in our sports and drama departments. Just ask in the office, and we will find a place for you!
Q. How is tuition collected?
A. Tuition payments are handled via an outside service called FACTS. Families make payments directly to FACTS via multiple options such as automatic bank draft or credit/debit card.