By Kermarie Principe Caceres
East High School has much to offer to scholars, teachers, and the community. It is known that East High School partnered up with the University of Rochester in 2014 while still being a part of the Rochester School City District. East has made some progressive changes to its environment and the building itself.
The building was designed by architect J. Foster Warner which opened in 1902 on 410 Alexander St. and later relocated to its current location of 1801 East Main St. Since the year 2002, many changes have occurred on the property to make it a safer and better place for all. The school split into two separate schools: Lower school and Upper school. The Lower school is composed grades 6-8 grade and the Upper school grades 9-12.
For the past few years the school has been focused mainly on coming up with new programs to help scholars be academically successful, while also meeting their social and emotional needs. Some of the programs developed were Family Group along with after schools clubs such as Hillside Work Scholarship, Upward Bound, TLI, Culinary Arts, after school tutoring, Vision Care and so much more. For seniors, the Upward Bound Program and Hillside Work Scholarship are valuable resource since it helps students get a job, offers scholarships, and supports with the college application process. Family Group also has a big part in the scholar lives because it symbolizes a family who offers support and friendship. The school is still making changes to give scholars and the East community new and better opportunities.
The Support room assists scholars with assignments, gaining one-on-one access to content area teachers, Regents prep and monitoring academic progress. They also advocate for scholars and their academic development. Along with the Support room there’s a Care room also known as the “cool down room” that consists of social emotional supports run by social workers. It shows that East has been how students can be tenacious which has helped the school’s graduation rate to increase in the past few years.