To date, 100% of Eastside's graduates have been accepted to four-year colleges and universities. This was Eastside’s primary mission when it was founded, and it remains a critical measure of our success.
Eighty percent of our alumni have either graduated from a four-year college or university or are on track to graduate within five years. Since the national college completion rate for first-generation college students is just 11% (according to research conducted by the Pell Institute in 2009), we are encouraged by our own college graduation rate, and attribute it to our alumni support program, which continues to expand and strengthen as we learn more about the kinds of support systems from which our alumni can benefit.
Our model – a challenging academic program coupled with extensive support for students from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education – draws visitors from around the country who want to learn why Eastside students are beating the odds. Visitors have come from KIPP schools; Teach for America; Uncommon Schools of New York and New Jersey; the Seattle, Vallejo and New Orleans school districts; Phoenix Academy in East Palo; Rocketship Education; and the Lighthouse Academy of Oakland. We are honored to share our time, ideas, curriculum, and best practices with other schools and organizations committed to closing the achievement gap for first-generation college-bound students.