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.
To date, 100% of Eastside's graduates have been accepted to four-year colleges and universities. This was Eastside’s primary mission when it was founded, and it remains a critical measure of our success.
Eighty percent of our alumni have either graduated from a four-year college or university or are on track to graduate within six years. Since the national college completion rate for first-generation college students is just 11%, we are encouraged by our own college graduation rate, and attribute it 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.
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 here. 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.