mission and impact
At Eastside College Preparatory School, we are committed to opening new doors for students historically underrepresented in higher education.
Our challenging and engaging curriculum enables students to discover their intellectual strengths, sharpen their academic skills, and embrace new opportunities in a culture of learning that supports the potential of every student to enter and succeed in a four-year college and transition to a professional career.
Eastside students who are the first in their families to go to college create a ripple effect, changing their own lives, the lives of their families, and the life of their community.
College Acceptance Rate
To date, over 99% of Eastside’s graduates have been accepted to four-year colleges and universities. This was Eastside’s primary mission when it was founded, and remains a critical measure of success.
However, we know that getting to college is only one step in our students’ journeys to success. We have therefore developed a robust alumni support program, with college and career coaches who help our students navigate new challenges and opportunities after graduation. Our success in the following two metrics can be largely attributed to our alumni program, which continues to expand and strengthen as we learn more about the kinds of support systems from which our alumni can benefit.
College Completion Rate
Our alumni have a college completion rate of 69%, which is over six times the average for low-income, first-generation students like those we serve at Eastside (11%). It also exceeds the national average for those who are not low-income or first-generation (55%). While we are incredibly proud of our graduates’ success, we will continue working to improve our college completion rate until it matches that of students in the highest income bracket (77%), for at that point we will have truly leveled the playing field.
First Destination Rate
Nationwide, 56% of young adults are employed in “quality jobs,” military service, or graduate school within six months of graduating from college. For first-generation students like those we serve at Eastside, it is only 30%. To date, Eastside alumni have far exceeded the national average for all students; 75% of our college graduates have a professional first destination.
Sharing Our Success: Best Practices Document
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; and Rocketship Schools. After years of refining our programs, we've reviewed and written about what's worked, compiling a “Best Practices” document available below. 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, and we are grateful for the opportunity to learn from them as well.