I have been happy with this school. I do not have anything else to say at this time.
My child has attended this school since 5th grade and is now it 7th. Her teachers have been very loving, but firm. She makes all A's and occasionally some B's. She's placing proficient/advanced on all her tests and has shown incredible growth on her TVAAS scores, which is a testament to her talented teachers. This year the middle school has a dedicated principal for our school. The parent body is very involved. There is an active corp group involved in the Parent Teacher Student Organization, who organized its first East Nashville Holiday Market. They partnered with Home Depot for a full renovation of both teacher lounges. There are a ton of deeply committed parents involved inextracurricular activities. Our sports team rank very high city-wide and my student has become accomplished in band. They started a marching band this year. The school has 100% graduation rate and most seniors are accepted into college. There are regular Math, Science, Social Studies, Literature and Paideia Nights for the whole family. I hear that sometimes some kids don't act respectfully to adults, but that hasn't affected my kid negatively. We teach our kid to be responsible for learning.
Our family has had a terrific experience with this school. We get regular communication from the teachers and the principals are always available and respond quickly to any questions or concerns we may have. I wish the middle school had chorus and drama, but academically the teachers and the curriculum are sound. My kids rides the bike bus in the neighborhood, which is a collective way for or kids to commute. Awesome!
My daughter is in her second year at East (btw - it is now called East Magnet not East Literature) and we have had many great experiences. She scores advanced on her TCAP's and DEA's, has fabulous teachers, has met people from all backgrounds and loves going to school. I honestly don't understand everyone knocking this school so badly - I volunteer a LOT and know the teachers and administration and have had lovely experiences there. The students address me respectfully and if they get out of line in class, they are disciplined fairly and quickly. East has a great athletics program and a wonderful band. It is in a cool historical building and some of the kids ride their bikes or walk to school. I know many of the parents volunteer in different capacities - with sports, band, in classrooms, at games or events, etc. There have been great changes happening at this school and it is getting better every day.
I think this school is very unorganized. The teachers don't know how to control there students. The schedules are very confusing and complicated. Mr.Davidson in the lunchroom is a terrible example for kids.
East Magnet H.S. was the second H.S. attended. We found it to have caring teachers, school counselors, and principal. My child grew in many areas including academics but self confidence was an extra plus. I enjoyed many of the parents and found that they also wanted the best education for their child. Very pleased with the whole experience at this wonderful High School.
East Nashville Magnet isn't the best school. My Niece has been going there for two years. 5th and 6th grade..However, because of the behavior at East she will be leaving for this coming year. From what we've heard from her, all of the students curse, and are distracting in her classes, all of her 5th and 6th grade classmates caused nothing but trouble, from fights to back talking the teacher. Most students got a office referral every-day. This is a very ghetto school. I wouldn't recommend this school.
I have a daughter who just graduated from EMS. East is located in/near the downtown nashville area. This community is peppered w folks from lower to high/upper middle class. I come from a NYC educated background & an ivy league degree. A lot of folks/local/small town transplants are not used to This kind of socialization & allowing children to grow expand & defend themselves.Yes there has been bullying (my daughter experienced it &handled it). Yes there are teachers in the school who are new/veterean who don't have their act together. Yes there are parents who work two jobs or they work 14 hour long jobs but support when they can. Put all this on a campus that holds middle & high school kids add some premature hormones &VaVoom! you get pre-teens acting out trying to find their place in the world. Teachers holding them & their parents accountable &youthful white lies. I was an active participant in Middle School it offered 6th graders a way to grow. She enteres 9th going into all honors as all the kids in this padiea & That is different too.As middle School goes it could be worse but it's not bad or horrible. Teacher says to me: She's got an 81 avg. because she sees ur ok w it...
My daughter is a 7th grader at East, this is her first year here. We were so excited for her to get the opportunity to attend a magnet school. Unfortunately this school has been a disappointment. Academically she is doing the same type of work as all the other public schools, she is very bored. The school has very little parent involvement and the teachers dont seem to be to concerned with what the children are doing or learning. The school is very ghetto, by far more than the school she is zoned for. This will our last year here.
This is NOT a good school! My daughter has been going to East since 5th grade. The middle school was fine but the high school is HORRIBLE! The current principal has let a lot of the older teachers go and has brought it a lot of young teachers who cannot control the classrooms. My daughter has had money, textbooks and other personal items stolen from her locked backpack. She was unable to leave these items in her locker since her assigned locker was on the opposite floor as all of her classes so never had time between classes to even use her locker. We are so tired of the disruptive classroom environment and the thieving ingrates that go there so we are pulling her and homeschooling instead. I would not reccommend this school at all. There are a few core parents who support their children and the school programs but the rest seem to be MIA and don't care at all what their kids do. The only time these parents are seen is when their kids are in trouble and then they refuse to believe that their kids did anything wrong. This school is full of thieves with the entitlement mentality and the leadership does nothing to help prevent this.
Who is really reviewing this school? You have got to be kidding! Every student I've talked to complains of the confusing schedules, tremendous amounts of busy work, and teacher's attitudes. My children withdrew because they were not learning anything in this environment. It is not ok for any child to fail, but E Lit offers no help to succeed. Bullying is daily. These are children not miniature college students.
I am an alumni, and I found this school to be far too liberal as students are constantly forced to show a secular, relativistic tolerance to others. Academically, this school is really no better than any other non-magnet public school in Nashville. The subjects taught are often divorced from one another in thought and students learn information, essentially, to pass standardized tests. Some teachers (e.g. Szklany-Brown) do encourage substantive thinking and learning, and expect it from their students, but this is the exception. You will not learn how to learn, so don't waste your time with East if you want your student to be a life-long learner. The literature emphasis is only in name alone as it was rare that, again, this connection was made and subjects were integrated. Behavior was a definite problem. Look at one of the academic magnets (Hume Fogg or MLK) for better quality.
Great teachers and a great learning environment. I have 2 children enrolled at East and have watched them learn and grow so much. The teachers and faculty care about each student.
Even though the school has had shortcomings, I have seen much needed changes. We all grow and mature when we have the courage to face the challenges and make adjustments. I've seen this happen and East Lit. I am a proud parent of this school. Thanks to all the behind the scene efforts from staff, PTSO, parent volunteers for making it happen.
I love East Literature because the staff loves the children at East and provides them with the best teaching skills and they show each student that they are special and that they care about their future.
East has dedicated teachers and staff! They strive to ensure each child succeeds.
My son has been a student at East since the 5th grade. He is now a Freshman at the high school and will be there until graduation. I have seen great growth in my son. He is an athlete with wonderful grades and I attribute great leadership in encouraging the teachers to help the students along the way.
My nieces are fantastic and they all attended East. Also the PTA pres is pretty great too.
This school is a hidden gem. They really care about the students here and will go out of their way to help. I've had my children at other schools in the city, including the academic magnets and I wouldn't want them any where else but East.
This school is always building and striving on ways it can be better and make learning more engaging for the students. They are topping things this year (the 2010/2011 school year) with the Paideia format. My sophomore LOVES it!
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