Eastern Christian High School
50 Oakwood Avenue

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United States
Coordinates40°56′44″N 74°10′50″W / 40.945637°N 74.180587°W / 40.945637; -74.180587Coordinates: 40°56′44″N 74°10′50″W / 40.945637°N 74.180587°W / 40.945637; -74.180587
TypePrivate Christian
NCES School ID02044443[2]
Faculty33.5 FTEs[2]
Grades9 - 12
Enrollment370 (as of 2017–18)[2]
Student to teacher ratio11:1[2]
Color(s)  Blue and
Athletics conferenceNorth Jersey Interscholastic Conference
Tuition$7,138 – $14,275[1]

Eastern Christian High School (ECHS) is a private Christian high school located in North Haledon, in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. The high school is a part of the Eastern Christian School Association which also has a middle school (ECMS) in Wyckoff, and an elementary school (ECES) and preschool in Midland Park. ECHS accepts students from anywhere in New Jersey.[4]

As of the 2017–18 school year, the school had an enrollment of 370 students and 33.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11:1. The school's student body was 51.6% (191) White, 27.0% (100) Asian, 9.7% (36) Black, 8.6% (32) Hispanic and 2.7% (10) two or more races.[2]

Eastern Christian follows a program called "Faith in Action" in which every student in the high school is required to complete a certain amount of volunteer hours in order to get their high school diploma. In 2015, Eastern Christian School was recognized as a National School of Character and was rated as one of "The 50 Best Christian Schools in America."


The Eastern Christian Eagles[3] participate in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference, which is comprised of small-enrollment schools in Bergen, Hudson, Morris and Passaic counties, and was created following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[5][6][7] Prior to the NJSIAA's realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Eastern Christian was a member of the smaller Bergen-Passaic Scholastic League (BPSL).[8] With 280 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Non-Public B for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 37 to 366 students in that grade range (equivalent to Group I for public schools).[9]

The school participates as the host school / lead agency in a joint softball team with Hawthorne Christian Academy. In turn, Hawthorne Christian is the host school for a joint baseball team. These co-op programs operate under agreements scheduled to expire at the end of the 2023–24 school year.[10]

The boys soccer team won the non-public state championship in 1965 (defeating Saint Joseph Regional High School of Montvale in the finals), and won the Non-Public B title in 1969 (vs. St. Rose High School), 1972 (vs. Morris Catholic High School), 1974 (vs. Academy of St. Aloysius), 1976 (vs. St. Rose), 1980 (vs. St. Augustine Preparatory School).[11] The 1965 team won the Parochial state championship with a 3-1 win against St. Joseph of Montvale.[12] The 1969 team finished the season with a 14-2-2 record after winning the Parochial B state title with a 6-0 victory against St. Rose of Belmar in the championship game.[13] A 6-0 win in the playoff finals against Morris Catholic gave the 1972 team the Parochial B title and a 13-3-1 record for the season.[14] The 1980 team had a 10-3-3 record after defeating St. Augustine by a score of 6-0 in the Parochial B championship game.[15]

The boys tennis team won the Non-Public B&C state championship in 1980, defeating runner-up St. Augustine Preparatory School in the final match of the tournament.[16]

The girls volleyball team won the Group I state championship in 1984 (defeating Park Ridge High School in the final match of the playoff tournament), and in 1990 (vs. Secaucus High School).[17] After dropping the first game, the 1984 team came back to defeat returning champion Park Ridge in three games (9-15, 15-10, 15-9) in the final of the playoffs.[18] The 1990 team finished the season with a record of 24-3 after winning the Group I title by defeating Secaucus in three games (15-11, 5-15, 15-9) in the tournament finals.[19]

In 2007, the girls soccer team, seeded #2, won the North B state sectional championship with a 3-0 win over top-seeded Gill St. Bernard's School in the tournament final, the team's first title in this section.[20][21] The team moved on to win the Group B state championship with a 2-1 win over Bishop Eustace High School.[22][23][24]

Cross country runner Kristen Traub won the Non-Public B individual title in 2009.[25]

In 2010, Eastern Christian won its first North Non-Public B state sectional track and field title, edging second-place team Villa Walsh Academy by a margin of 126-123.[26]

The girls spring track team was the Non-Public B state champion in 2014.[27]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Tuition and Fees, Eastern Christian School. Accessed August 21, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e School data for Eastern Christian High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 1, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Eastern Christian High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  4. ^ Who We Are Archived January 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Eastern Christian School Association. Accessed September 22, 2007.
  5. ^ Mattura, Greg. "Small-school NJIC may debut its own league championship", The Record, January 9, 2017. Accessed August 30, 2020. "The small-school North Jersey Interscholastic Conference may debut its own boys basketball tournament this season, one season after introducing its girls hoops championship. The NJIC is comprised of schools from Bergen, Passaic and Hudson counties and the event offered to the 36 boys teams would serve as an alternative to likely competing against larger programs in a county tournament."
  6. ^ Member Schools, North Jersey Interscholastic Conference. Accessed August 30, 2020.
  7. ^ League & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2020-2021, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  8. ^ New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed December 15, 2014.
  9. ^ NJSIAA General Public School Classifications 2019–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  10. ^ NJSIAA Spring Cooperative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
  11. ^ NJSIAA History of Boys Soccer, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  12. ^ "Bergen Teams Defeated In State Soccer Play; Eastern is Winner", The Record, November 12, 1965. Accessed January 11, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Del Willink came up with two third period goals and paved the way for a 3-1 Eastern Christian victory over St. Joseph's of Montvale in the Parochial championship game here yesterday."
  13. ^ "Title To Eagles", The Record, November 21, 1969, Accessed January 12, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Robert Richard and Barry Smith each scored three goals yesterday as Eastern Christian pummeled St. Rose of Belmar, 6 0, to win the NJSIAA Parochial B championship.... Coach Pete Andreas' titlists ended their season with a 14-2-2 season. The defeats came at the hands of Essex Catholic and Clifton. The Eagles last won the Parochial B crown in 1965."
  14. ^ "Eagles win state soccer crown;It's Eastern Christian", Herald News, November 11, 1972. Accessed March 9, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "There was nothing new in the way Eastern Christian captured the state Parochial B soccer crown yesterday. The Eagles simply turned Larry Smit loose and put on another power show that demonstrated how Eastern Christian amassed a 13-3-1 record. When it was over, Morris Catholic (5-5-1) walked away on the short end of a 6-0 score."
  15. ^ "E. Christian, Queensmen take State championships", The Record, November 23, 1980. Accessed February 1, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "The Northern New Jersey Parochial Conference must have learned the secret to winning State championships in soccer. Eastern Christian crushed St. Augustine, 6-0, Friday in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Parochial B championship game for the Eagles' fifth State title in 11 years.... The Eagles (10-3-3) opened the scoring with an odd goal midway through the first period."
  16. ^ History of Boys Team Tennis Championship Tournament, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  17. ^ NJSIAA Girls Volleyball Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
  18. ^ Brennan, John. "Ramapo wrests area supremacy from Old Tappan", The Record, November 19, 1984. Accessed February 9, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Eastern Christian struck a blow for Passaic County volleyball by topping defending champion Park Ridge, 9-15, 15-10, 15-9, in the Group 1 final The Eagles, county champs in 1983, were led by Brenda Douma and Laura Golden, who had nine serves apiece, and Jill Hoogerhyde, who had six spikes."
  19. ^ DeMarrais, Kevin G. "Late goal foils Mahwah in quest for State crown", The Record, November 18, 1990. Accessed January 23, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "The only close match was in Group 1, with Eastern Christian holding off defending champion Secaucus, 15-11, 5-15, 15-9.... Eastern Christian (24-3), which last won a State title in 1983, fell behind, 6-0, on Nancy Ulrich's serve."
  20. ^ 2007 Girls Soccer - North B, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 15, 2007.
  21. ^ "Ramapo buzzing over latest crown", The Record, November 9, 2007. Accessed December 15, 2014.
  22. ^ NJSIAA History of Girls Soccer, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  23. ^ 2007 Girls Soccer - Non-Public Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 24, 2007.
  24. ^ Celentano, Rob. "Eagles fly high -- Spoelstra's two goals give EC title", The Record, November 16, 2007. Accessed December 15, 2014. "The Eagles defeated Bishop Eustace, 2-1, in overtime to win their first State Non-Public B title at The College of New Jersey."
  25. ^ NJSIAA Girls Cross Country State Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  26. ^ Kensik, Edward. "Eastern Christian girls win sectionals", The Gazette, May 27, 2010. Accessed July 11, 2011. "Eastern Christian head track and field coach Joel Apol was not optimistic about his girls chances of winning the first Non-Public North B state sectional meet last weekend.... But his team came through in the second day and the Eagles nipped Villa Walsh, 126 to 123."
  27. ^ NJSIAA Girls Spring Track Summary of Group Titles, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
  28. ^ Chadwick, John. "Wyckoff natives return to stomping grounds for concert" Archived January 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, The Record, March 9, 2007. Accessed September 22, 2007. "The brothers -- Kevin, 19, and Joseph, 17, -- are Wyckoff natives who attended Eastern Christian -- a pre-K-12 private school with three North Jersey campuses."
  29. ^ Hauled Aboard the Ark, PeterKreeft.com. Accessed December 2, 2008.
  30. ^ a b c Orr, Tamara. The Jonas Brothers, p. 17. The Rosen Publishing Group, 2011. ISBN 1-4358-3572-7. Accessed July 11, 2011. "Eastern Christian High School is a small private school in North Haledon, New Jersey.... Famous graduates include actresses Katie Sagona and Antonique Smith, and Alex Noyes, the drummer for the band Honor Society."