My daughteris receiving such a great education at East Side. the expectations of teachers are so high and their commitment to their work is remarkable. I appreciate what a responsive staff works at the school- the principal , administrative team and teachers are so quick to respond with any issue and are actively cultivating a great community
This schools focus is less on academics but more focus on giving students a voice. It has a very liberal political agenda with kids often leaving school for protest marches with posters around the halls to support such activism. I'd have much preferred a more academic perhaps old fashioned focus that what this school provided. You have to really be on the teachers to get support to push your child through. Some teachers oddly spiteful with the kids too. The casual atmosphere also doesn't foster much respect between kids and staff. Wish we could move to a different school, very disappointing for us. Cool if academics aren't key but you want a hip cool liberal kid
I believe the teachers at this school really invest in their students. They give them their phone numbers, and call them by their first name and really try to relate to the students and teach them as much as they can.
My roommate is a teacher at East Side and she only has the most amazing stories to tell. From the diverse and intelligent students to the helpful and dedicated teachers and staff, East Side is definitely a place I would want my children to learn and grow.
I can not say enough good things about the principle, teachers and staff. East Side community middle school made us feel like family. The teachers are very involved with the students and make sure they are on top of their grades.
My son was in this school through 6-8th grade and we had an AMZING time, until about 8th grade. The math teacher is VERY tough, more than once she threatened my son when he didn't know the answers. Multiple parents have complained about her throwing pens at the students. The counselor is a nightmare she convinced me to send my child to a horrible school where he gets bullied. The principle is amazing and so supportive. I would have loved to keep my child in this school but the Math teacher for 8th grade needs to be REMOVED ! And lose her license
I have two children in this school one in middle school one in high school and I love it...it is one of the best school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. the teachers are great the administration is wonderful and the principal is so dedicated, wouldn't have my kids anywhere else