Hello all in the Land of Angels:
Welcome back to our entire East Community (students, parents, community partners, and staff). I am truly honored to represent East High School as your principal. You can and should expect our school to improve every day. East stands for EXCELLENCE! We, as a community, should expect no less.
As we move into the 2016-17 school year, I feel it is important that we, as a school, are clear about our areas of focus for the upcoming year:
1. Continuing our work to close the opportunity gap for all our students!
- Increase our graduation rate from 92% to 94%
- Prepare our students for college by ensuring that our SAT scores are at college readiness levels for all students. East will be working to align all 9th through 11th grade work to the SAT test.
2. Increase our freshmen on-track to graduate rate to 94% (currently 92%).
- AVID principles in all core area courses to ensure a systemic way to organize, plan and study for classes.
- Track weekly grades and attendance for all freshmen. Contact parents immediately for students who are falling behind.
3. Decrease our college remediation rate from 29% to 15% (based on 2014-15 data).
- Offer more Concurrent Enrollment courses that remove students from the remediation list based on the earned grade.
- Offer more tutoring for the SAT or ACT tests through Naviance.
We truly believe that these areas of focus will enhance your student’s educational experience!
The continued challenge I set forth to our students and parents is that all East students, before they graduate, will access at least two Advanced Placement courses or two Concurrent Enrollment courses in an area of strength. Research has shown that students who take these courses matriculate to and finish college at a much higher rate than their counterparts. For East to be a “College Prep High School,” this is a challenge that must be met for all our students.
Please know that my door will always be open to you and your student. We will do our very best to ensure that your student is nurtured, supported, and encourage to succeed. Have a great year!
Andy R. Mendelsberg
Denver East High School