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.