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Posted: July 12, 2012 10:11 p.m.

Eastside High students strive to do best

With some of the best test scores in the county, Eastside High requires its students to strive to be the best in everything they do.

"What makes Eastside great is the fact that our students and staff strive towards excellence and are satisfied with nothing less," said incoming Principal Jeff Cher.

"Our students continually perform well in academic, athletic and artistic settings. An analysis of test scores indicates that our students traditionally perform above the state average on nearly every standardized test. We have an outstanding Advanced Placement program with an increasing number of students taking AP courses, taking AP exams and scoring 3 or higher on the exams. Eastside High School ranks in the top 10 percent of all Georgia high schools when comparing the percentage of AP test-takers scoring a 3 or higher on AP exams. Our athletic programs finished in 10th place in 2011-2012 for all AAA Georgia schools in the Director's Cup which ranks schools according to the successes of the boy and girls sports. Further, our students have demonstrated outstanding artistic performances in the areas of music, drama and visual arts.

"While these accomplishments are due to the hard work and dedication of our students, I am especially proud of our staff members who maintain a safe and intellectually challenging environment. We have found that the best educational settings begin with an eager learner and a quality instructor. Our teachers convene weekly in Professional Learning Communities to review student performances as well as teacher performances. This environment of continual growth is necessary to provide effective instruction in a constantly changing world. We challenge our staff to continually develop and refine their craft and grow towards mastering the ‘art of teaching.'

"In the future, we will continue to focus upon the needs of our community and provide our students with a rigorous education with direct relevance and application for the world in which they live."

Superintendent Gary Mathews said, "EHS enjoys strong results on Georgia assessments and last earned Adequate Yearly Progress with the final year of NCLB. Like most other high schools in the state, math is an area of concern. With changes in the state curriculum in math over the years to the so-called ‘integrated math,' it does not appear that students have benefited sufficiently when looking at scores locally or statewide. That said, Eastside has many successful graduates who have benefited greatly from matriculating there. New Principal Jeff Cher and EHS faculty and staff will continue to provide a strong learning environment for all."

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