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Eastern High School

Public | 9-11 & ungraded | 850 students

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Posted November 24, 2009

As a alumni of Eastern Highschool. My decision to put my son in Eastern was the easiest. With the guidance from Mr. Chisulm and other teachers that care My son has improved tramendously. I love Easter High
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2009

I graduated in 2009 and mr chiselom did turn around the school since i been there i had 4 different principles and nothing had happen until he came. He even help out the marching band go places. Eastern will never get props again.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2009

The principal, Wllliam C. Chiselom is awesome! He's turned the school around and made it a place where students and staff alike can be proud of!


Posted June 2, 2009

okay so after reading the negative comments, i decided to post. like all inner city schools, there's definitely a struggle. it's what you make it, i'm an alumni from the 04 class. i can talk about the 'bad' or elaborate on the good, no one ever seems to look at the positive side. Eastern in my opinion, was a great school they definitely prepared me for college (which i graduated one of the best in 08). try it out, look at the bigger picture, i've been out for 5 years and still have pride in my school. E-Ball for life! c/o 04
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 24, 2008

I am a 2007 graduate from Eastern High School. Eastern is one of the best schools in DCPS to me, because we have the best teachers, best band, and etc. I love Eastern so much that I hate when people judge when they probably was not even involved when their child went there. Eastern can be better and I believe it will get better, but people always putting them down. EASTERN STILL HAVE SOME GOOD LEFT IN IT, but people only see the bad thats happening. I have learned a lot from that school all 4 years and now I'm carrying that one to college. Eastern has many intelligent students, but people don't realize that, I guess because the bad out do the good in this situation. The Class of 2007 got accepted into 62 colleges from various amounts of colleges, that shows the teachers must be doing something right.


Posted January 3, 2008

My son re-entered the public school system this year as a 10th grader at Eastern. I was terrified to send him at the idea of putting him in public school, especially Eastern. Though I and his father are alumnis, the school's reputation and environment has severely decreased in value. However, my taken lemons and made lemonade. He joined the marching band, made friends, and is doing well in his classes. He was overwhelmed by the size of the school and concerned about getting along others. As he learned his way around the school, found a club to join and make friends, and adjusted to the class work, I am satisfied to say that things are going well. The school could be in better shape, there's no question, but our overall experience has not been bad at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2007

Eastern's external beauty and appeal seems to be in definite shambles but its faculty's internal resolve to be the pride of Capitol Hill has stood year after year despite DC politicking from Congress, the Mayors Office down to the DCPS Main Office. I have stayed on-board long enough (since 2004) to see our teachers lead a debate team to beat Banneker, our marching band play for citywide celebrations, know that some of our graduates succeed in landing hundred thousand scholarship grants, and for our sports teams to show significant come-back signs. But we have kept the faith and the pride for we believe in the critical importance of our work. So we forge on to better heights.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 27, 2005

It hurt me to read the negative comments about the High School that means a great deal to me. I remember Eastern as the school of champions in sports and academics. In those days we took exceptional pride in our school. I want to be apart of the team of Alumni who is committed rescruing Eastern from peril. We can accomplish what ever is necesary to bring restoration to the school facility, academic programs, and the school spirit in student body. Time is of essence, so let the task begin.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 31, 2005

When I attended EHS (1987-1990), this school was full of life. There was a thriving athletic program and countless extracurricular activities. I was part of the marching band for three years, a period where we played for the president, and travelled to many interscholastic competitions. In 2005, my nephews are enrolled. This school has truly lost all direction. The building is dilapidated, and the teachers are struggling to teach. However, there is hope. The teachers, despite the challenges, are still committed to educating; in fact, of the teachers from my time are still there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 6, 2005

In my opinion, the core issues with Eastern, like all other inner-city educational institutions: apathy from the larger society, parental neglect, negative peer influence, and laws and policies that have allowed children too much freedom and latitude to act-out and be disrespectful to authority. The collective 'WE' have failed our children with the attitudes and social policies that have helped to corrupt our communities since the 1970s. Some of the Eastern alumni, from the 1960s, are attempting to work with the school administration to help turn the school, that we love, around and pointed in the right direction. Also, the profession of teaching needs to be respected in order to attract and retain good teachers. Children can not be allowed to be abusive toward them, nor disrespect them. And, parents need to be held accountable for their children's behavior and actions in the classroom. James W. Preston,Sr. Class of 1965
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 8, 2004

What in the world is going on with Eastern? My daughter has begun her first year there and she as of today (9/8/04) one week after DC Public schools opened just got her schedule. It is a shame that the motto for DC Public Schools is 'Children First' because based upon the way things have happened at Easten the children were apparently not first. Firing the principal may have been the quick fix but there are people above the principal who should also be held accountable for this also. DC Public schools are only taken as serious as the people who are placed in charge to run it and there should be a clean sweep of the whole board and staff overseeing all the schools. Pray for our children because the job may be left up to the parents ultimately.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2004

Eastern has turned into one of the worse schools in the District. Staff and faculty are behind on everything, test scores are low, and the overall moral is that no one seems to be concerned. There is a big problem when 50% or over of the 2004 senior class has failed. The school has potential to be good but the students and staff seem to be self involved. Is anyone looking at the bigger picture? The Children are what's important..If we do not teach them how will they know? The students coming out of this high school are ill-prepared for the real world that awaits them. They are in for a rude awakening. I feel sorry for them. Because someone has defenitely failed them. I will never send anymore of my children there until valid, documented changes are made, Nor will I refer anyone elses.
—Submitted by a parent


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Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

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In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2011.

16 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

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In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 45% in 2011.

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12%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

All Students39%
Black, non-Hispanic39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Disabled32%
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students47%
Black, non-Hispanic46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Disabled41%
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students33%

Writing

All Students58%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

In 2012-2013, this school was designated "Priority".

About the tests


The DC school classification system includes multiple measures to evaluate performance and student growth. The possible classifications, from highest to lowest, are Reward, Rising, Developing, Focus and Priority. These measures include the DC CAS, annual growth, graduation rates, attendance rates and participation rates. Under the system, required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), each school is given a School Index Score based on the performance of its students. Schools receive different levels of support, resources, flexibility and monitoring based on their classification.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

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ACT/SAT participation

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ACT/SAT college ready

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1 This rating is based on 2012-13 DC CAS results from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores, ACT participation (% of 11th graders taking the ACT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 98% 1%
Two or more races N/A 57%
White N/A 1%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62%N/AN/A
Special education 27%N/A13%
English learners 1%N/A7%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Attendance

  This school District averageState average
All Students 85%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 85%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 84%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 83%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 95%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Graduation rate

  This school District averageState average
All Students 68%N/A75%
Female 73%N/A77%
Male 61%N/A71%
Black, not Hispanic 68%N/A77%
Hispanic 67%N/A62%
Economically disadvantaged 100%N/A96%
Not economically disadvantaged 40%N/A58%
Students with disabilities 100%N/A94%
General-Education students 65%N/A73%
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Browne Education Campus
Eliot-Hine Middle School
Jefferson Middle School & Stuart-Hobson Middle School
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Significant developmental delay
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club: Marching Band and hip hop
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45am
School end time
  • 3:15pm
School Leader's name
  • Rachel Skerritt
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (202) 698-4800

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Standards-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Significant developmental delay
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Business management
  • Health and Medical Sciences

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • College and Career Advisory
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • 96, 97 (East Capitol Street-Cardozo Line), B2 (Bladensburg Road-Anacostia Line), D6 (Sibley Hospital-Stadium/Armory Line), E32 (Eastern High School Line)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club: Marching Band and hip hop
  • Debate
  • Digital and Media Arts
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • JROTC
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Reach Inc.
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Wilderness Ldrshp & Learning
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
School colors
  • white, light blue, and navy blue
School mascot
  • Ramblers
More from this school
  • Eastern will enroll ninth, tenth and first time eleventh grade students for the fall of 2013, growing by one grade each year in order to strategically design a rigorous, well-rounded high school experience for every student. The 850 students in the Class of 2015, 2016, and 2017 with support from exemplary teachers and a diverse set of community partners, will build upon rich traditions and set a course of excellence on our newly restored, state-of-the-art campus.
School leaders can update this information here.
 

How to apply

Does this school have an application or enrollment process?
 

No

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College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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1700 East Capitol St. NE
Washington, DC 20003
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Phone: (202) 698-4500

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