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Eastgate Christian Schools

4377 Eastgate Mall
San Diego, CA 92121

(858) 558-9020


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

At ECS we offer age appropriate activities that are designed to develop the whole child. The curriculum offers opportunities for learning in language arts, math, science, social studies, physical education, fine arts, and Bible. Eastgate also offers a rich environment for play.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Social/Emotional Skills: Most preschool learning comes through play. As children play, they are learning how to work with their peers by sharing, taking turns and developing empathy. Teachers guide this process through activities, discussion and modeling. Language Skills: ECS teachers read to the children and encourage creative expression. Many activities involve thoughtful discussion, increasing vocabulary and enhancing verbal communication. Age appropriate lessons include letter identification and early writing and reading skills. Our teachers provide a literacy rich environment where the children are encouraged and offered opportunities as they display readiness. Physical Skills: The physical education aspect of the curriculum provides for the development of large and small motor skills. Large motor skills are exercised through active play such as climbing, running and jumping. This type of play is accomplished through free play and activities designed to work on particular skills. Using hands and fingers strengthens small motor skills. Activities such as cutting, hole punching painting, holding a crayon/pencil or stringing beads are practiced. The teacher provides opportunity for development of fine motor skills through art activities and play centers with manipulatives. Cognitive Skills: Children are learning to think about and process the world around them. The teacher helps guide them by planning stories, science experiments, social studies themes, math activities, creative expression, art and guided self-discovery. Creative Skills: Children work with arts, crafts and imaginative play (drama, dress-up and puppets) to explore the world in new ways. The teachers offer a variety of creative experiences for the children to explore. Spiritual Emphasis: ECS is a Christian school. Your child will learn that God created the world, God loves him/her and God has a wonderful plan for his/her life. Teachers teach about God through Bible stories, songs and finger plays. **Music and movement are incorporated into the daily schedule.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We consider it a privilege to be a part of your child’s life as they learn and grow. We believe that each child in our school has been sent here by God to be cared for in a safe and loving environment. We value stability in our classrooms. Many of our teachers have been teaching at Eastgate for over five years. We embrace diversity and have teachers of differing backgrounds, ages and ethnicities. We currently have staff members who speak Spanish, Tagalog, German, Cantonese, and American Sign Language.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that through play and guided learning, children develop all the skills they need for school. Childhood is a time for fun, exploration and self-discovery. Eastgate Christian School offers an environment that encourages the love of learning and provides opportunities to explore new ideas.

ECS places a strong emphasis on language skills. For many of our children English is their second language. Our teachers are sensitive to this issue and are skilled at teaching English to all children regardless of their background. We use the A Beka curriculum in all our classrooms to assist in learning language through phonics.

A Typical Day

Daily Schedule
Though each classroom has a different time schedule, all class schedules include the following activities:

Free Center Play
Blocks, Legos, dress-up, home living, reading, listening center, art, writing, manipulatives, puzzles, etc.

Guided Activities
Language Arts, math, science, social studies, Bible, art, drama, stories, games, music and finger plays, etc.

Circle Time
Calendar, unit themes, games, guided reading, language development, weather, music, finger plays and stories, etc.

A healthy snack is provided in the morning and the afternoon by ECS. Students with food allergies or special diet restrictions must inform the school office immediately.

A nutritious lunch is provided by ECS. The lunch menu will be posted monthly. If your child has special dietary needs please inform the school office during registration.

Nap/Rest Time
A quiet time of rest is provided for each child after lunch every day.

Outside Play
Sandbox, water table, tricycles, slides, games, running, jumping, gardening, etc.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We encourage communication and partnership between our teachers, parents and staff. Parents are notified of school events and special activities through our monthly newsletter, calendar, notes and daily conversations with our teachers. We also have the following events:

Parent’s Night
At the beginning of the school year there is a Parent’s Night required of all returning and new families. This is an important time for each family, whether new or old, because it is a time that parents are able to formally meet the teachers (and vice versa) and for the teachers to discuss their classroom goals and important aspects of the new classroom.

Parent Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences can be scheduled with your child’s teacher. Progress reports will be sent home twice a year. This is where your child’s teacher will evaluate your child’s developmental progress. If needed, your child’s teacher will go over the evaluation with you and talk to you about any concerns. Parents are welcome to ask questions at any time.

Musical Programs
The students at Eastgate Christian School are proud to present a Christmas program and a spring program each year. All students, ages two through five years and their teachers participate. Our programs take place in the chapel and all parents, relatives and friends are welcome.
Parents may be asked to make costumes, build props and volunteer in many ways as we prepare for our exciting bi-annual productions. We appreciate your enthusiasm as we encourage our young prodigies in the fine arts.

Family Fun Nights
Throughout the year ECS will host Family Fun Nights. These nights are designed to connect families within our preschool and church. The evening consists of dinner, conversation, and games based on our monthly themes. It's a great time for the children to interact with their friends, teachers, and families outside of the classroom.

Parent Volunteers
ECS is an open preschool. We love to see our parents participating in our classrooms. There are many opportunities for parent involvement.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Before the first day of school:
We suggest that parents talk to their children about the first day of school. Let them know what they will be doing in class. Help them understand that you will take them to school in the morning and pick them up after class. If possible, make an appointment for your child to meet their teacher and see their new classroom. You will need to stay with your child on this day.
On the first day of school:
Take your child to their classroom. Please let your child walk into the classroom if they can. Carrying a child makes for a hard goodbye. Make the drop off easy- Give your child a hug/kiss and say "I love you and will pick you up later." Then leave, lingering makes it more difficult on your child. Your child might cry at first but our teachers are trained professionals. They will give your child the love and attention they need. If your child does not stop crying in a reasonable amount of time, we will call the parents and let them know.
Every child is different so we will work with your family to ensure a routine that works for your child.