The Academic Focus
In 2019, the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) launched the Utah Portrait of a Graduate, a tool that identifies the ideal characteristics of a graduate from a Utah K12 school. East has utilized the plan's essential areas of Mastery, Autonomy and Purpose to inform all improvements to our overall academic priorities. At East, all ninth and tenth graders are held to the grade-level standard for of academic mastery through our Foundational Pathways which prioritizes acceleration and inclusion. East has streamlined ninth and tenth grade offerings as a way to ensure both the quality and consistency of the early high school academic experience for all students. Foundational Pathways sets a strong launch pad for all students to then exercise their Autonomy and explore their Purpose through our four Advanced Pathway offerings: AP Capstone, Dual Language Immersion (Spanish), Concurrent Enrollment, and Career & Technical Education.
We empower student voices and actions that value growth, embrace equity, and achieve high expectations.
East High School is a student-centered and inclusive learning community. We are dedicated to a school culture that ensures each student has the supports and opportunities necessary to find an academic, social, and emotional place to be BEAST (brave, engaged, accountable, safe, thoughtful). At East, the dedicated teachers, staff, parents/guardians, and community members model what it means to be BEAST by putting students first in our learning and doing, striving for ongoing improvement, and keeping our minds, hearts, and doors open to collaboration.
At East High School we are proud of our history and traditions. Sustaining our past requires an active focus on our future. If we only focus on who we have been as a school, it will be impossible to change in ways that keep us relevant to what is coming next. In order to truly respect the shifts in the world around us, East has taken a collaborative approach to updating our school Mission and Vision. Since the revision, these ideas have become a north star for the work we do here. They consistently guide our efforts and allow for a clearer path into our future. This includes our adjustments to ninth grade courses and the move towards offering more pathways, including an AP capstone diploma, so that students will be prepared for success beyond high school.
As part of our commitment to ongoing improvement, strategic shifts have been made to the ninth-grade academic core. This core will help create a foundation that will encourage every student to challenge themselves. Our growth objectives are:
- Grow the foundational skills that our students need to be successful moving forward
- Foster a growth mindset culture by encouraging the minimum of 24 credits for graduation to be the start, not the finish
- Offer an AP Capstone Diploma and additional academic and career pathways for students to explore
The foundation we are setting for ninth graders will increase student opportunities to enroll in higher-level courses (e.g. AP and Concurrent Enrollment) and promote the pre-requisite knowledge necessary to excel in Advanced Pathway programs as students progress at East. These high-level classes will be reflected on your student’s high school schedule and transcript. Our equity objectives are:
- Reduce the opportunity gap at East by ensuring each student has the foundational skills and access to opportunities to help them be successful
- Increase the opportunities and choice for each student to choose their own exploration into career pathways they are interested in
ACHIEVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS
We believe that rigorous Foundational course offerings reflect the high expectations that East sets for all of our students; all ninth-grade students will be taking a high-level ELA, Science, Social Studies and Math class. Utilizing the consistency of the College Board frameworks wherever possible will deepen student learning. This framework keeps students and teachers focused on the skills and concepts essential for complex thinking and critical problem-solving. These changes will ensure our students are prepared for their post-secondary choices because they better align with the changes happening in both higher education and in the workplace. Our high expectation objectives are:
- Focus on building and refining foundation skills our students need to be successful
- Focus on 21st century skills that students will need in order to be prepared for college and their career
- Make the ceiling, 34 credits needed to obtain the state's General Education Certificate of Completion, our floor for East students.