Companies for Causes has been involved at Eastern since its relaunch in 2011. Our CEO’s hands-on efforts and financial support have contributed to measurable successes.
Reading & Literacy. CforC purchased books to enable Eastern’s ‘Drop Everything and Read Program’ and has supported additional reading and writing programs. As a result, Eastern’s 2013 DC CAS results in reading ranked 7th among DC public schools while its composition scores were 6th best among DCPS schools.
- Tutoring & Mentoring. CforC member companies have contributed volunteer hours helping students with their school work, supported Career Days, have hosted summer ‘Easternships’ for students and have sponsored students for Youth Leadership programs. As a result, the “on track to graduate rate” has more than doubled. At the end of the first quarter in November 2011, only 17% of the Class of 2015 were on track to graduate on time. By the end of the school year in June 2012, over 50% of the class of 2015 were on track to graduate on time.
- Envision @Eastern. CforC has supported the launch and development of the Envision @Eastern program, Eastern’s twilight program designed to help students who have fallen behind recover the credits they need to move towards graduation. The Majority of Envision students have progressed towards graduation, earning credits at a higher rate than those in regular student population and in other DCPS twilight programs. OSSE is doing a walkthrough of the program in the coming weeks as it has been cited as a successful model by DCPS. A qualitative assessment of the program will be available in late June.
- A Culture of Success. CforC has rewarded honor roll students as well as students who complete summer courses. 105 students were recognized for making the Honor Roll one or more times the 2012-13 school year out of a student body of 520 students.
During our time at Eastern, CforC CEOs have also seen the true scope of the problems facing the educational systems of the District of Columbia. Many students, up to 70% enter Eastern unable to complete Algebra, the required math course for freshman students and as many students enter Eastern struggling to read on grade level. We have come to understand that a long-term, coordinated approach is necessary to have a significant impact on student achievement and to improve graduation rates. Our goal, through the expansion of our work to middle schools and elementary schools, is to leverage the work of CforC members at Eastern High School to attract additional investments for the community of middle and elementary schools for which Eastern HS serves as a “destination.”
The Graduation Crisis
The communities in which we live and work face many challenges. Central among them is that many youth are not graduating high school with the skills they need to succeed in college or a career.
In the District of Columbia 36% of students entering high school with not graduate with their class. Only 55% African-American student and only 53% of low-income students will graduate on time.
Our School Community
Eastern High School, located on Capitol Hill, re-opened to first time ninth graders in 2011 (the Class of 2015) after undergoing a
$77 million renovation. The school has grown by one grade each year in order to strategically design a rigorous high school experience for all students. In 2014-15, Eastern serves approximately 10XX students, including XXX seniors in the Class of 2015, Eastern’s first graduating class since its re-opening.
Eastern HS and its community of schools serve approximately 6,500 students from across the District.
|High School||Elementary Schools|
|Eastern Senior High School||Amidon-Bowen ES|
|Middle Schools||Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan|
|Eliot-Hine MS||Ludlow-Taylor ES|
|Jefferson Academy||Maury ES|
|Stuart-Hobson MS||Miner ES|
|Education Campus||Tyler ES|
|Browne EC||Watkins ES|
|JO Wilson ES|
|SWS @ Godding|
Eastern serves students in grades 9-12;
|DCPS has undertaken an effort to re-draw boundaries in the District of Columbia. Beginning with the 2015/16 school year. This will result in Thompson ES being removed from the Easter Community and changes to the geographic boundaries for Eastern HS and its community|
Companies for Causes has been involved at Eastern since its re-launch. We believe that effective school communities share some common traits, all of which we find throughout the Eastern Community. These include:
Recruited from Boston Public Schools to lead Eastern HS, Principal Rachel Skerritt is widely regarded as an innovative and charismatic leader. Additionally, four of the seven winners of the 2013 Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Leadership (Carolyne Albert-Garvey, Maury ES; Natalie Gordon, Jefferson Middle School Academy; Deneen Olidge-Walker, Eliot-Hine MS; and Andre Samuels, Browne Education Campus) serve within the Eastern system of schools. The Eastern community is also home to numerous Rubenstein winning teachers.
Robust Academic Programming.
The academic program at Eastern and throughout the community is grounded in
International Baccalaureate program. The IB programs encourage students to think broadly, beyond the boundaries of their communities, and to see themselves as members of a global society. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, offered at Eastern, is an intense curriculum for high school juniors and seniors that emphasizes intercultural understanding and enrichment. Other academic programs throughout the community retain the core philosophies of an IB education.
High Expectations for All Students.
One consistent finding of academic research is that high expectations are the most reliable driver of high student achievement, even in students who do not have a history of successful achievement. Throughout the Eastern community there is a belief that we can create conditions that support and lift all kids regardless of socioeconomic status, race or initial ability.
Parent & Community Engagement.
Across the schools included in the Eastern feeder pattern, there has been a steady increase in parental involvement in recent years, led by the Capitol Hill Public School Parents’ Organization as well as numerous parent teacher organizations within individual schools. There are strong, invested local business community and community organizations.