A new high school is coming to the neighborhood.

Eastside Christian School (ECS) announced last month that it will be expanding its K-8th grade enrollment to include a high school, adding a ninth grade class in the fall of 2023 and an additional grade level each year with the first senior class graduating in May 2027.EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN ANNOUNCES HIGH SCHOOL COMING IN FALL 2023 1

“Our mission for the high school will be the same as for our lower school and middle school: to provide academic excellence from a biblical worldview. We are grateful that we have a team in place here at ECS that is familiar with high school, understanding high school curriculum, extracurriculars, athletics, and other facets of the high school experience,”

Dr. Tiffany Stark, Head of School at Eastside Christian, said regarding the announcement. Dr. Stark and her team bring extensive experience to the high school launch. Dr. Stark began her own teaching career in 2003 at Wheeler High School, where she served as a science teacher before becoming the Magnet Coordinator in 2008 and Assistant Principal in 2014. Eastside Christian’s high school will utilize Dr. Stark’s expertise to build a STEM program and will build on the school’s existing performing arts program, which produces full-scale junior Broadway shows every spring, to add a specialty in performing arts and video production to their course offerings.

In its 40 year history, the topic of adding a high school at Eastside has been considered several times, but during the last two years the parent community at the school has shown a heightened interest and commitment to a high school.

“Adding a high school is an answer to prayer. To know that the culture of ECS will continue through high school is amazing, and I hope many parents choose ECS for their high school experience,” said current parent Anna Arrington.

Arrington continued, “We love that Eastside is close to home and has after school athletics, wonderful staff and teachers, a safe environment, a great campus, great students, and great parents. The list can go on! Our favorite thing? Knowing that each day when our children are dropped off at school that they will be hearing about God’s love for them, not only in Bible class but the entire day.”

Parent Tony Sims added, “Simply, we trust the leadership and the educators at ECS. We know the biblical doctrine is sound, and we believe in the strength of the education. We are thrilled to be able to continue to trust ECS to meet the needs of our child all the way through high school.”

Founded in 1983, Eastside Christian School is a ministry of Eastside Church on Lower Roswell Road in Marietta. Elementary students meet in the main church building, and middle school students meet in the Hutchinson Center. A 40,000 square foot building that houses classrooms, a gymnasium, a STEM lab and new STEM workshop, along with other multi-use spaces, “The Hutch” will be home to Eastside Christian’s high school, as well.

The 2022-23 admissions process opens on October 1, 2022. For more information about Eastside Christian and to learn more about the high school experience, visit eastsidechristianschool.com.