Welcome to East!
We are so excited to welcome you to East High School! 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:
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.
Understanding Multiple Pathways to Learning
As part of our commitment to ongoing improvement, some shifts have been made to the ninth-grade academic core in the past two school years. These shifts have been researched and designed in an effort to continue to grow our most popular Pathway options. We know that if we change the starting line, it will impact the finish line! As an esteemed high school, it is no longer enough to graduate our students with just the credits they need to graduate. Instead, we believe that every East High Student must be given the opportunity to explore a meaningful progression of coursework that leads to a diploma that reflects each student’s passions and purpose. Our goal is to provide not just a diploma but also a credential of value that aligns to each students post-secondary goals.
What is a credential of value?
Here are some of the most popular Pathways currently offered at East:
East’s designation as an AP Capstone and Diploma school is one example of how our work is growing the rigorous upper-level courses we are able to offer. This year we have doubled participation in AP Seminar for our 10th-12th grade students and we have added AP Research. Other examples are the addition of two new Concurrent Enrollment courses and the addition of Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Spanish including University of Utah Bridge classes offered at East High school.
Foundational Pathway is our core learning for all 9th and 10th Graders at East. It is a collection of 4 courses that are common for all 9th graders: ELA, Math, Science and Social-Studies. At 10th grade, students take 2 courses that are common: ELA and Math.
In order to prepare all students to opt into any Pathway they’d like, the ninth and tenth grade core have been updated to ensure more alignment across classes and teachers and to increase preparedness for advanced coursework. 9th grade students will be taking a high-level English Language Arts class and Social Studies class in Pre-AP and AP Human Geography. 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.