I was a student at Eastside Prep for five years. Let me make this clear first: Eastside Prep was originally founded and continues to be for the most part, a school where wealthy parents can place their kids with behavior problems who cannot function at other schools. It's a very expensive day care where children who throw fits, hit students, and scream at teachers can be coddled and their grades inflated to make their high level donor parents pleased. As a normal student my education was constantly undermined by issues like these, and if your parents are not large donors you will not receive much of the special attention and leniency other kids do. Yes there were occasionally good teachers who came to EPS but they never stayed more than a year or two, and most of the teachers are a real miss. They give classes funny names and use all sorts of flashy wording to make you feel like you're academically ahead of the pack. The truth was when I left EPS in the 11th grade for a more traditional high school I was behind, and I have spent several years feeling like I have to play catch up with the rest of the world outside of the fake bubble of Eastside Prep.
"We are committed to having your son walk on our stage for graduation. We will help you get him there!" These words were spoken to me by one of the faculty/staff members of Eastside Preparatory School, and this statement embodies what this school is all about: Commitment to the education of a child AND a respectful partnership with the parents. In addition to this, the quality of the educational experience for each grade level is beyond compare. The teaching faculty are highly skilled in their subjects, and they also have an uncanny way of connecting to the children they teach. They all garner respect from the kids through their infectious enthusiasm for the subject matter and their devotion to the school. This devotion is no doubt due to the extraordinary vision of the Head of School, Dr. Macaluso. She is sharp and is a true visionary in the field of education. We are very fortunate to have this caliber of a school in this area. My eighth grade son won't consider going anywhere else because he also sees himself graduating on EPS's stage--and thank goodness for that!!
Eastside Prep is a remarkable school. The low teacher-student ratio and small class sizes ensure that teachers know their students well, understand their learning styles, and work closely with them to meet their needs. Students are encouraged to advocate for themselves, and teachers are available and willing to meet with students before, during or after school. Lines of communication are equally open for parents, and the head of school meets regularly with parents to listen and respond to any concerns. It is clear that faculty and staff feel genuine enthusiasm for the school. They love their jobs and love being there; no one is just going through the motions. It's great to know that my child is the hands of people who truly like and care about what they re doing. My eighth-grade son doesn t love school, but he loves his school. He d much prefer to spend his days playing video games. But as long as he has to go to school, he absolutely wants to go to EPS. He has no interest in looking at other schools for high school, and neither do his parents. Eastside Prep is the best and only school for us.
As a student of EPS, I feel like I couldn't be at a better place. Before becoming a part of the school community I attended a well known private school in Seattle. The reason I left the school after three years was because this school has lost its traditional model and spark. Eastside Preparatory School shows its school model right when you enter the doors. All the faculty, staff, and students care and respect each other no matter everyone's differences. Not only is the school's environment excellent but, the classes are both academically intriguing but challenging (and use technology to the fullest). Recent graduates have gone to numerous fantastic liberal arts school and IVY league schools. Only a school with a little bit more than 200 students, it's a school like no other. I personally think that this school is the best in Washington state because no other would all supply you with the education, small and loving community, and environment that this school contains.
A gem of a school tucked in between Kirkland and Bellevue, just off the freeway. I am impressed with the dedication of the teaching staff, the customization for individual students learning needs and styles, and the community support for creating a better world. They really live the mission of this place...based on my four years as a parent of a student there!
I looked all over the nation for a school such as EPS. Not realizing this perfect school was in my own back yard. This school provides an environment that is scholastically challenging yet, unlike other college prep schools, devoid of high pressure and competition amongst the students. The student, parent, and faculty community are involved, supportive and kind. They are also good people desirous of making healthy choices. I would not consider any other school in the Puget Sound Region for my bright and healthy son. As a comparative, I would suggest this school is on equal footing to the Thacher School, a boarding school in Ojai, Ca. Nothing else compares!!
This school is a fantastic place to work! Great colleagues, students, and strong community atmosphere.
The attention given to individual students at Eastside Prep is remarkable. I have never worked in a school like this and never want to leave!
Words can't even begin to express by gratitude to the faculty and staff of Eastside Prep. My daughter began in 7th grade and now is a senior. My son started in 6th grade and now is a freshman. I am truly convinced that both of my kids are excelling in school and in life because of the enriching environment that this school has provided. The kids at this school are learning from experience. They are truly interested in the subjects they are being taught. I can tell from the highly intelligent debates that occur around our dinner table, that the education that they are receiving is engaging and inspiring. The teachers and staff truly KNOW who your child is, what their interests are, and what their strengths are. Each child is accepted and encouraged. Sincerely, Jennifer Washburn (proud mother).
My daughter is in her third year at Eastside. It has been excellent for her and she loves it. The teachers are for the most part fantastic, knowing each kid and really caring that the school excels. The middle school head is amazing, he knows all the kids and knows where mine is doing well and not so well. Downside would be the size so there arent that many kids in sports.
My son is a senior and entered as a 6th grader. His two older siblings had attended another well-respected private school on the Eastside; but after visiting an open house, he decided -- and we agreed -- that EPS was the right place for him. Six years later, we're all very happy with that decision. If you're looking for a school with an up-to-date and individualized curriculum; excellent, dedicated teachers; accessible, effective administrators; an involved group of parents; and a fun, diverse group of students -- this is the place!
We are big fans of EPS. We have been with school for five years now and have two children in the upper school. Recently, we moved our daughter from another highly regarded east side independent school to EPS and she couldn t be happier. EPS provides the right amount of structure to get the kids headed in the right direction, while also having the flexibility to treat each student as an individual. EPS has students that can get perfect scores on SATs, as well as those that have to work really hard to keep up with college prep curriculum. With small class sizes, the teachers and students are able to establish great working relationships. Finally, the school provides great opportunities for students to get involved in extracurricular activities such as varsity volleyball, crew, or with plays and musicals.
I thought I should put a review in for Eastside Prep since my soon to be ninth grader can't wait to go back next week. They seem dedicated to both academic rigor AND a committment to reaching every child in a way that is much more enjoyable. This school is very responsive to the needs of both students and parents. My son is happy, and his dad and I are happy. It's expensive, but having experienced Public K-12 in three different top public schools districts with my other child, I know that EPS is worth every cent. I'm investing in my son's future. The difference in quality between our public school experiences and EPS is huge. I haven't had kids at any other Seattle area private school, but I would be surprised if any were as open, flexible, and vibrant as this newer one.
My son has just completed his 5th year at Eastside Prep. He made the decision not to remain in the public school or to follow his siblings into another private school. It was the best decision he could have made. If you are looking for something other than the cookie cutter education offered in the public schools; if you expect a responsive caring, and effective administration and faculty; and if your student is curious and ready to learn, then take a serious look at all that EPS has to offer.
Eastside Prep provides my son with a challenging academic program that is also highly supportive of his emotional needs. We could not imagine a better learning environment for him.
Our son started at Eastside Prep this year, and we couldn't be happier. This is a school with the best of many worlds: teachers and administrators with longstanding experience in the area of independent education, brought together into a community with a fresh, energetic approach to learning. This school puts into action what many other local private schools speak to only in brochures. At Eastside Prep, there truly is a multidisciplinary, experiential approach to learning. The faculty is absolutely dedicated to ensuring that each student is engaged with school and learning academic material in meaningful and enduring ways.
I am very pleased with Eastside Prep. My son has been a student here since sixth grade. He is now entering ninth grade. He is thriving in the small classes and loves the class trips, clubs and newly established summer programs. Eastside Prep is a great environment for learning.
I really like this school for my daughter. She has been here since 6th grade. She feels very safe here and I see her trying new things because she is not afraid the other kids or teachers will laugh at her failure. She is doing well academically. She has made some really nice friends. She is doing some extra curricular activities. She loves the class trips. I know she would be lost at a large public school. Here she is a leader.
I have a child who has been at EPS for one year. There were other choices - more established schools in Seattle, but my child chose this school because it felt like the right match. It was a great choice. I am confident that despite its newness, this school rates with any of the top private city schools. Yet because it is up and coming, there is energy, motivation, and openness with which a highly established school would find it impossible to compete. The teachers have superb backgrounds - highly able educators were probably naturally attracted to a new, innovative institution. The student body seems to have a nice feel to it. Lots of commeraderie, yet no visible cliques that I can see. The kids appear to feel safe about being themselves. Pretty refreshing for this age group.
We have two kids at Eastside prep, who are very different. The school has helped each of our children succeed in very different ways, which is indicative of the overall approach and quality of the education they provide. Here's a recent experience we had. At the beginning of 07/08 school year, our daughter was having a tough time in 8th grade science. She was losing confidence and definitely not interested, nearly failing a few tests. We had several conversations with her advisor and with the teacher about how we could help her, and how the school could engage her more effectively. To make a long story short, she finished the year energized about science and with a very good final grade! The community involvement at the school is also excellent. We could not be more pleased with how the school operates, delivering a great education to kids at all levels.
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