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Letter to 9th Grade Families

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Welcome to East!

We are so excited to welcome you to East High School! The Class of 2024 will have a high school experience unlike any class that has entered our school before. At East, we are mission-driven and feel compelled to make sure that every student who joins our community feels safe and supported to thrive as a Leopard:

Our Mission

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.

As part of our commitment to ongoing improvement, some shifts have been made to the ninth-grade academic core. These changes are reflected in the English Language Arts (ELA) and Social Studies (SS) courses all ninth graders are enrolled in as they begin their academic journey at East.

9th grade grid

We believe that these new course offerings better reflect the high expectations that East sets for all of our students; all 9th grade students will be taking a high level ELA class and SS class in Pre-AP and AP HUG. Utilizing the consistency of the College Board frameworks will deepen student learning. This framework keeps students and teachers focused on the skills and concepts essential for complex thinking and critical problem-solving. The new 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 CTE Pathway programs as students advance at East. These high-level classes will be reflected on your student’s high school schedule and transcript. These intentionally designed and coupled courses that connect the goals of ELA and SS allows for teacher collaboration in a way we have never seen before.

This innovation has been a true community effort. Our ELA and Social Studies departments have worked alongside the School Community Council, School Leadership Team as well as school and district leadership to promote a vision of East that supports both inclusivity and rigor.

Please reach out to your student’s Counselor or Administrator with any additional questions.

We are all looking forward to “seeing” you on September 8 if not sooner!



Greg Maughan
East High School