Echo Ridge Christian School has been educating students in Nevada County for over 80 years. Established in the 1930's, the doors opened in 1962 at our current location, we have been educating students in grades K-8 since that time.
Our teachers are enthusiastic and passionate about serving God and inspiring children to reach their full potential. They are qualified professionals who provide research-based instruction and assessment. Teachers are committed to educating the whole child by working together with parents to find individualized solutions for the education of each student. Class sizes are kept purposefully small, so as to best serve the needs of each child and to encourage a family-like environment.
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15504 Liberty Circle, Nevada City, CA - Located in a private wooded community in Nevada City just across from Nevada Union High School. The campus is on 3 acres with 3 large classrooms, a playing field, library, kitchen and gymnasium.
Echo Ridge offers Kindergarten through 8th grade in multi-grade classrooms with a teacher-student ratio of no more than 17:1.
A carefully researched blend of public and private school curriculum is used that follows a Christian world view. Choir, Music, Art, Spanish, and Computer classes are also provided for students.
ERCS began using MAP standardized testing in 2021. MAP testing takes place 3 times during the school year to help asses each child's progress throughout the year. ERCS student test results place in the top third of private schools nationwide.
Echo Ridge Christian follows a traditional schedule starting mid August through early June. School days begin at 8:30 and end at 3:30 Monday through Thursday with a shortened schedule of 8:30 – 12:30 on Fridays.
Please see the Tuition page for more information about tuition.
We exist to help students grow in their love for Jesus. While spiritual growth can’t be measured and quantified with numbers, we do see it happening every day. It starts with our commitment to making Christ the center of all we do––not just the subject of a single Bible class. And it continues through our focus on the Bible as the sole guide for our beliefs and behavior as Protestant Christians. We invite you to visit our campus and experience how our teachers and staff model their love for God and nurture it in our students.
Our goal is to help students grow in wisdom, not just knowledge. In order to facilitate that we structure our academic program with God first. We find that this results in students who grow academically at a higher rate than their peers in other schools (see the next paragraph). It really is true that when we “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) To learn more about the specific results of our school, schedule an Education Success Consult with our principal.
Students in Adventist schools outperform - In a three-year study of 51,000+ students in Adventist schools (kindergarten through high school), researchers documented that they outperformed the national average. At all grade levels. In schools of all sizes. And in all subjects.
Students in Adventist schools achieve - Additionally, researchers compared student performance on standardized tests with what would be predicted based on their Cognitive Abilities Test scores, and found they performed above what would be predicted.
Students in Adventist schools gain even more with time - One of the most dramatic findings is that students who transferred to Adventist schools saw a marked improvement in test scores. Furthermore, the longer students are in Adventist schools, the better their achievements and abilities.
Making healthy choices is a way of honoring our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). And plenty of research documents the importance of healthy bodies in developing healthy brains. So we include learning about taking care of our bodies with daily exercise, good sleep, healthy eating, and more. To see how we integrate wise lifestyle choices into our curricula, come visit our campus.
Loving and serving others is part of God’s plan for each of us and something we practice daily. As we interact with each other here at school and as we practice service in our community, we are guided by Paul’s words, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2) While we are not perfect, we are constantly aiming to be more Christ-like with each other and to serve our community. Come see how this influences our students with a visit to our campus.