Reflecting on our Progress, Refining our Programs

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day details of running a school. From the time students file into the cafeteria at 7:00am to eat breakfast before their first class until the dorm lights turn off around 10:00pm, Eastside is abuzz with activities that keep students, faculty and staff occupied.

That’s one reason we welcome the opportunity to take a step back and look at our programs through the lens of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation process. We embarked on an eighteen-month self-study and evaluation, then presented a report to the visiting WASC committee to review during their three-day site visit. Last year we earned the maximum six-year accreditation status. The report from the visiting committee read:

The school has a well-defined and critical mission that is evident in all aspects of the program. The board, faculty, residential staff, administration, parents, and students are committed to the vision of success in college for all students at Eastside and provide the programming and support to make sure students are successful. The data on college admission and follow-up data on students’ success in college support the belief that the program works: Eastside students are getting into college and the majority are successfully managing the transition to college rigor through to graduation.

We are now focused on the goals we set to guide our next six years, which include: building an emphasis on “service to school” into our community service program; developing a comprehensive system of supporting the “whole student;” increasing students’ self-efficacy, independence and engagement; continuing to improve curriculum alignment between departments and continuing to evaluate and strengthen our alumni program to increase college retention, graduation rates, and successful transitions into professional careers. The overarching goal of all of our programs continues to be helping our students develop the skills that will allow them to reach their full potential in high school, college and beyond.

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Marianne Chowning-Dray Wins Presidential Award

Eastside math teacher Marianne Chowning-Dray has won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is one of two Eastside teachers who have won the prestigious award — 6th grade teacher Suney Park won in 2012.

Marianne teaches Algebra II/Trigonometry and BC Calculus. She is one of only two teachers from California selected for this award, and joined honorees from across the country in meeting President Obama this summer.

Click here to read more about this incredible achievement.

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Thank You to the Garden Court Hotel

We want to thank the Garden Court Hotel for hosting the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) committee during their three-day site visit this spring. We appreciate that you made them feel so comfortable and welcome on their visit.

The commission has notified us that based on the self-study report we completed and the March site visit, Eastside has been granted the maximum Six-Year Accreditation Status through June 2021.