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9-12
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Gainesville, FL
Students enrolled: 1,261

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1201 Southeast 43rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32641

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(352) 955-6704
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September 11, 2014
I find IB puts a lot of pressure on kids who partake in this academy but I guess thats why they've got the program to challenge kids so depending on a persons perspective you can argue if IB is good or no. BUT thats NOT why i gave EHS 2 Stars. This school, yeah Im not gonna lie, isn't safest one in Gainesville b/c of past incidents but what I don't like is it's rasicm and prejudice. They LITERALLY divide the school in 1/2. IB kids and non-IB. Its unfair that kids who aren't in IB don't get same opportunities as students who aren't in an academy in other HS. The school separates themselves into groups based on race/religion/ethnicity. People in IB are told NOT to talk to anyone & EVERYONE that doesn't take part in IB. Smh, I am multi-racial & wasn't born in USA so maybe it is a "foreign thing" but telling people not to communicate with another race is just plain wrong and ignorant. One thing I liked though was it opened my eyes that racism and segregation STILL EXISTS. "Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong" LEARN. LIVE. LOVE.

- submitted by a student
June 21, 2014
As in any school, the faculty is uneven, but some of them are outstanding. The principal is enthusiastic and a tireless cheerleader for his Rams. The graduation rate of mainstream students has increased under his leadership. Two of my children graduated with IB diplomas. IB is an excellent choice for bright, academically motivated students. To be top in the class may take an inordinate amount of time, but it is possible to be an A/B student with a normal advanced HS level of effort. Most of the students do get involved in some of the many extracurricular activities, especially soccer. I think the emphasis on independent thought and critical thought creates students who can evaluate information in a mature way. I liked the level of abstract reasoning my kids developed there. I liked the Theory of Knowledge activities, which were interdisciplinary and interesting. To improve: some teachers forget the boundaries between student and adult, and share too much personal information. A few are scathing towards conservative political and social viewpoints. I can not address the experience of mainstream students.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
Eastside High School has the reputation of being such an amazing school because of all the wonderful test scores it gets. However, I believe that these scores are a result of the people that go there, mainly people who dont have much else to do with their lives. When examining the student body, not many IB students do much except for perhaps one club. Eastside is notorious for its lack of a social community. The kids dont really have social lives beyond a couple so-so friends. Really your child could succeed in any other school just as well, and at other schools, maybe actually having fun is an option

- submitted by a student
August 14, 2013
Eastside High School in Gainesville, FL: I disliked how this school is extremely segregated between the IB program and the 'major program.' Students in the 2 programs rarely interact at all and are quite racially and economically segregated as well. It was discouraging to see this. From what I understand, teachers in the IB and major programs also don't have much collaboration or interaction. Overall, a negative, tense environment.

- submitted by a community member
February 07, 2012
I am an IB graduate from a few years back. While the program was challenging, grades often in no way reflect you performance. Many teachers pick favorites, have little care for their students, and assign grades based on how much they like that person, not their academic ability. Very little outside help, and in some cases teachers can be disrespectful, not understanding, and often even cruel. Students form tight knit cliques and are obnoxious, often treat those that cannot afford nice things less then human. That goes towards some IB students but also the mainstream crowd, which they often poke fun off, often joking that if you don't wear a collared shirt in this school, you are nobody. Children also very socially stunted and have absolutely no social skills. If you don't wan your child being made fun of in college, don't let them go to this school, even for IB.

- submitted by a student
December 18, 2011
I attended Eastside as a NON IB student. If you aren't in IB you can expect low level classes with a bunch of kids that don't care about school. Don't get me wrong, there ARE students that try but the majority of the main stream students could care less about education. Most of the teachers spent their time yelling at direspectful students and sending them out of the classroom. I hadto take all Honors classes to get even a decent education. Just remember, this school's Ib programmight help your kids but the atmosphere sucks.

- submitted by a student
March 20, 2011
As a Mother of a first year student in the IB program and Administrator of a top performing private school in GNV, I am very pleased with the smooth transition that my daughter made from a small (27 students - grades 6-8) classroom environment to a public high school with over 1,400 students. The teachers have been very nurturing and easy to communicate with when needed; the principal is very involved and supportive of all the students activities and day to day school life. I have been to the school numerous times at night for meetings and events and have never felt that there was any danger. The IB program offers a global perspective and is highly challenging. The students who have graduated from the school I work at and who have gone through the IB program have thrived and have been very successful students and graduates.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2010
Be very careful when selecting this school's IB program. Although they accept most of students, teachers are not prepared or willing to extend themselves to all students. Many teachers are unable to return work to the students in a timely manner, often taking well over one month to return graded work. Some teachers regularly demonstrate anger and unprofessonalism in the classroom by the use of profanity and degrading the class performance. Expectations are very high for students, yet low for the faculty. The curriculum is inflexible even for electives, parent involvement is discouraged, and volunteering is difficult. There is a lot to do to improve this program. Request data for decision-making purposes--AP pass rates by teacher, IB pass rates by teacher, the number of students who leave the program by year, what classes are allowed as electives, and an understanding of the "hybred" program.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2010
My son is starting his 3rd year at Eastside in the IB program. Despite the fact that the school is located in a very poor neighborhood, my son has felt completely safe there and when visiting the school I have always found it to be secure with not one person wandering around between classes. With the exception of only one teacher, my son and I have found the faculty to be outstanding. I have also had occasion to deal with teachers outside of IB and find them to be just as dedicated and competent. I think very highly of the principal. He is tough but very personable and has ALWAYS been present and visible before and after school and at school functions. My only suggestion for improvement is to offer more electives (which I guess is a budget issue) and to have more regular on-going communication between teachers and parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2010
This school is really two separate schools, one of which is excellent and one of which is abysmal. The IB program is outstanding. The IB students, however, don't generally interact with the rest of the student body. Outside of a strong culinary program, the non-IB portion of the school is horrible, with disinterested and disrespectful students, and an unsavory atmosphere in general. If your students are not going to be involved in the IB or culinary programs, look elsewhere.

- submitted by a community member
June 11, 2010
Teacher quality has significantly changed since my older child attended this school. It all depends upon the teachers. Check out all programs before selecting this school. Principal is extremely weak in leadership. Almost all reviews are based upon a magnet program called IB. If your child is not enrolled in one of the magnet programs, no sane parent would ever put their child in this school. It is in one of the most crime ridden areas of the city and very unsafe. Alachua county does this to try to bus kids from across the county to prop up school grades in poor performing schools. There are now many options in the county and worth your while to check out other programs.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
Great students and faculty. Lots of clubs to choose from.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 03, 2009
the Diversity is tops. The quality of students and teacher is outstanding. Talents of all types from athletics - to academics to the arts is impressive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
EHS is a veritable salad of diverse gifts, interests, ethnicities, personalities, and nationalities. We attract dedicated students and staff who manifest a cooperative and optimistic spirit. Go RAMS!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
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January 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 04, 2008
As a mother of an IB graduate I found this school to provide my daughter with an excellent education preparing her for college. The teachers are caring and provide a family environment for the kids. I give it a big two thumbs up

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2008
I'm currently at EHS. When I was choosing high schools, I had a really tough time. I was comparing Eastside and GHS. I liked the atomosphere and athletics at GHS, but I felt like Eastside was the better choice education wise. The IB is an amazing program that really can help prepare you for anything. The staff is better than any school in Gainesville in my opinion, although grant it that I haven't attended BHS or GHS. It is also a very diverse program. I have many friends that are a different race than me, as well as in programs other than IB, including major program. There are certain aspects I don't like about Eastside, but I think that any school will have its ups and downs. As far as drugs and gang violence, that problem occurs at many schools, and I don't think it in any way reflects the school.

- submitted by a student
March 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2008
As a parent of a former student, yes this school has excellent programs and teachers (ie. IB, drama, band, cullinary) for students interested and motivated. The school also has a significant drug and gang problem that perhaps mitigates any good from the programs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 17, 2007
I was also once a student who had a hard time deciding between the Eastside IB program and the strength of the Buchholz math team. In the end, I chose Eastside because I believe the IB program enables students to become well-rounded individuals and prepares students better for college life and the real world. The philosophies of the IB program teaches the students to think independently and creatively. Though Buchholz is strong in Mu Alpha Theta, that is still only one type of math competition out of many and only one subject area in school. In all, Eastside is the better school with wonderful teachers that will positively impact the students for life (and pass the AP tests too).

- submitted by a student
August 17, 2007
I was also once a student who had a hard time deciding between the Eastside IB program and the strength of the Buchholz math team. In the end, I chose Eastside because I believe the IB program enables students to become well-rounded individuals and prepares students better for college life and the real world. The philosophies of the IB program teaches the students to think independently and creatively. Though Buchholz is strong in Mu Alpha Theta, that is still only one type of math competition out of many and only one subject area in school. In all, Eastside is the better school with wonderful teachers that will positively impact the students for life (and pass the AP tests too).

- submitted by a student
August 04, 2007
I was a student who had a hard time deciding between the IB program at Eastside and the AP courses at Buchholz. I visited both. I ended up choosing Buchholz and have never looked back. I was on the math team, which just placed first in the nation, and the school was just given the award for best AP program in math, science, and technology by the college board. From what I've seen and heard, Buchholz is superior in every subject area except Social Studies. Don't let false statistics fool you, Buchholz is a better school.

- submitted by a student
September 16, 2006
Yes, IB is a lot of work, but it prepares students to really be able to handle a college course load. The school environment is what the student makes of it- there a plenty of activities that any student should be able to find one or two to suit them. IB faculty awesome as well.

- submitted by a former student
June 14, 2006
The IB program is intense but very much worth all the extra work for a motivated child. If followed completely the child will get an excellent foundation for college as well as a headstart on college credits earned but also will likely be eligible for a florida scholarship.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
Very good school for the college bound student. Tremendous diversity of student body. Everyone seems to be able to find a niche. IB students need to be especially motivated. Not for the faint of heart-be prepared to work. Social Studies and French are especially strong.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2005
I am so pleased to have a child in this school. The IB program is top-notch!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
January 25, 2005
I have daughter that goes there, and she loves it. It is within walking distance of my house. I have never seen her so excited about going to school. She never wants to miss a day of school. She loves Eastside High School. She went to GHS last year, and she said Eastside is a whole lot better then GHS. The kids at Eastside shows a whole of respect for each other and for the teachers. Thank You for giving my daughter this experience she will never forget. If I can help it, she will be graduating form Eastside in 2yrs.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2004
I think this is a good school to attend because the teachers are helpful and the prinicpal interacts with the students and they have a good cullinary arts program and a great band program which I am apart of.

- submitted by a student
April 20, 2004
Eastside High School is definitely a school that you and your child need to seriously talk about before considering it. Many who enter have had drug problems even if that student seems to not be the type. The IB program is excellent but ask yourself if your child's mental and physical health is worth toying with in the process.

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March 21, 2004
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Eastside High School
1201 Southeast 43rd Street, Gainesville, FL  32641
(352) 955-6704
Last modified Eastside High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Eastside High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top