Upper School

As the ‘preparatory’ part of our name indicates, a central intent of the Upper School experience at EPS is to prepare students for college. This process entails gaining mastery and command in the traditional academic disciplines, and developing skills to excel in today’s competitive institutions of higher education.

To this end, Eastside Prep students:

  • Become technologically literate, honing their ability to use tools effectively in research and presentation of knowledge.
  • Engage sophisticated, complex coursework as a preparation for the future, wrestling with questions of high complexity.
  • Integrate thinking from each of their classes, learning to apply knowledge mastered in one field to enhance learning in another.
  • Practice academic collaboration with teachers and peers, with the expectation that this will be a continued and important part of their college experience.
  • Navigate a robust collection of course offerings, learning to discern their personal academic interests and choose a relevant path.

These skills culminate in the 12th grade year, as each senior at Eastside Prep designs, engages, and presents a year-long project reflective of both previous knowledge and new learning experiences from multiple disciplines. In addition, some seniors take the opportunity to construct, propose and complete independent study courses (upon faculty approval): a process which prepares students for their college experience by allowing each to develop a strong idea of both their individual interests and strengths.

The mission of Eastside Preparatory School’s English Discipline is to empower students in self-directed exploration and analysis of literature and writing. While in in the Middle School, students learn to approach writing as a process while acquiring foundational skills in grammar conventions and basic research techniques. Additionally, they examine and identify different literary genres while learning how to read critically. In the Upper School, students continue to build on these skills and processes and begin collegiate-level analysis of literature and writing across disciplines. Eastside Prep students graduate prepared for academic writing and thinking in every aspect of their future education.

US Graduation Requirement (4 years)

  • 12 trimester courses taken, one per trimester in grades 9-12

Courses Offered

Latin American Literature Ancient Poetry Medieval Literature Shakespeare
Middle-Eastern and Middle-Eastern American Literature Modern Perspectives: European Literature Modern African Literature Revolutions in Thought: British Literature
Modern Asian Literature and Film American Literature Western Fiction and Drama The Modern Novel
The 1950: Literature, Culture, and Film Critical Practices: Studies in Literature Postmodern Literature and Theory Creative Writing
Advanced Creative Writing Advanced Creative Writing: Genre Study
Through creative participation in the arts, students develop the skills and the courage to become self-actualized: to be aware of, connected to, and able to attain their goals in an increasingly complex world. Students are introduced to the disciplines within the arts, such as visual arts, music, theatre, and dance, and taught the tools and concepts underlying each discipline. Above all, the goal of the program is an appreciation of the fine and performing arts that ultimately leads to an awareness of the role art plays in one’s life and an understanding of its cultural importance. In all cases, the way to truly know an art is to do the art.

US Graduation Requirement

  • 5 trimester courses must be taken in grades 9 to 12.

Courses Offered
Theatre: Acting; Original Works; Directing; Stagecraft
Visual Arts: Art Meets Science; Mixed Media; Drawing & Painting 1; Drawing & Painting 2; Digital Photography; Digital Filmmaking1; Digital Filmmaking 2; Printmaking; Paper Engineering; Graphic Design
Music: Choir; Chamber Choir; Intro to Instrumental Music; Instrumental Music Ensemble; Chamber Music Ensemble

At Eastside Preparatory School a foundation of historical, cultural, ideological, and geographical literacy and the ability to think like a social scientist is fostered through a diverse curriculum and progressive pedagogical methods. A rigorous curriculum employs experiential learning and integrated course work to develop a broad historical perspective and to encourage active and contributing citizenship in a global society. Coursework focuses on critical analysis, effective written and oral communication, and strong research and study skills.

US Graduation Requirement (3 years, with 4 years recommended)

  • 9 trimester credits required in grades 9-11

Courses Offered

Latin American History Prehistory: Building Civilization Medieval Era: Europe in Transition Renaissance: The Cultural Epicenter
The Modern Middle East Modern Perspectives: Ideologies in Practice Modern African History Revolutions in Thought: Enlightenment to Industry
Modern Asian History United States History Comparative Government The Economics of Development
International Relations Democratic Theories Jurisprudence Public Policy: Race, Class, Gender and Environment
Undercover Economics Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval Thinkers Philosophy: Ethics
The purpose of the Math Discipline at Eastside Prep is to equip students with the number sense and problem-solving skills required to succeed in advanced work in math and other disciplines, to be discerning consumers of quantitative information, and put these to practical use in their lives. This is achieved through a combination of direct instruction and hands-on investigation, stressing process and context as much as solution. Understanding is assessed through the application of knowledge and skills to a new context, and whenever possible, stress is put on application to the real world.

*Prior to enrollment, students are tested and placed at a math level commensurate with their past course experience and current skill level. Placement decisions are based on the placement exam and/or the discretion of the Math Discipline Faculty and the Upper School Head.

US Graduation Requirement (3 years, with 4 years recommended)

  • Required in grades 9-11

Courses Offered

Algebra 1 Geometry Algebra 2
Pre-Calculus Calculus Advanced Calculus
Advanced Topics in Math Math Beyond the Numbers Statistics
The mission of the Eastside Prep Physical Education Program is to inspire, prepare, and encourage students to develop a positive attitude toward participation in physical activity and healthy living. Team-building and development of athletic skills and knowledge encourage participation in lifetime sports and activities.

US Graduation Requirements (5 trimesters)

  • 5 trimester courses must be taken in grades 9 to 12. PE Wellness must be one of these credits during the 9th grade year.

Participation in Sports

  • A student in the process of earning credit for participation on an EPS sports team is required to be enrolled in 6 academic courses during that term.
  • A portion of the 5 trimester PE distribution requirement may be satisfied by substantive participation on:
    (1) an EPS sports team (may satisfy up to 3 of the 5 trimester PE distribution requirement).
    (2) a non-EPS sports team (may satisfy up to 2 trimesters of the 5 trimester PE distribution requirement)

Courses Offered

Physical Education Wellness Intro to Dance
Dance: Flamenco Yoga
The Science Discipline instills in its students a passion for inquiry and an understanding of science as a process. The goal is to produce scientifically literate citizens able to understand, appreciate, and analyze new discoveries. The focus is on the design and implementation of scientific experiments, the scientific approach to problem-solving, and the role of science in society. Student will engage in hands-on lab work every week.

US Graduation Requirement (3 years, with 4 years recommended)

  • Required in grades 9-11

Courses Offered

Biology Chemistry Physics
Advanced Biology Advanced Chemistry Advanced Physics
Environmental Science
All students at Eastside Prep study the Spanish language. Spanish is spoken in more than twenty three countries, is one of the official languages of the United Nations, and is the second most spoken language in the United States. The goals of the Spanish Program at EPS are:

  • To introduce students to a foreign language and help them develop their communicative ability through consistent application of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing;
  • To prepare students to eventually live, work, or study in a Spanish-speaking environment;
  • To prepare students for placement into university-level Spanish classes; and
  • To develop intercultural awareness by exploring the diversity of the Spanish-speaking world.

*At the time of enrollment at EPS, students are placed at a Spanish level commensurate with their past Spanish experience and current skills. Placement decisions are made based on a placement exam and/or at the discretion of the Spanish Faculty and Upper School Head.

US Graduation Requirement (3 years or completion of Spanish 4, All 4 years recommended)

  • 9 trimester credits (unless fewer are required to complete Spanish 4)

Courses Offered

Spanish 1 Spanish 2 Spanish 3
Spanish 4 Advanced Spanish: Literature Advanced Spanish: Language
Advanced Spanish: Conversation Through Cinema Advanced Spanish: Conversation Through Music Advanced Spanish: Conversation Through Current Events
Eastside Prep strives to offer students experiences with the current state of the art in technology whether that is the, now, traditional courses of programming, web design or video editing, or the more innovative like Physical Meets Digital or the more abstract Evolution of Society. While we have dedicated classes in technology, these tools and ideas are also infused throughout Eastside Prep’s curriculum whether it is using tools like spreadsheets to analyze science or pulling in disparate resources and visualizations over the web. We aim to walk the fine line between jumping on the bandwagon of various trends and doing things the way we did them last year.

Across courses, we also utilize technology to assist students, teachers and parents in managing the vast amounts of educational data that flows throughout a term. Primarily this occurs through the learning management system, Canvas, with a number of Eastside Prep specific customizations that work to get information distributed effectively.

Courses Offered

Web Design 1 Web Design 2 Programming 1 Programming 2
Advanced Programming: Software Design Advanced Programming: Web Applications Advanced Programming: Algorithms and Data Structures Physical Meets Digital
Coursework that draws from multiple disciplines can be explored by students in addition to the academic core options.

Courses Offered

Intro to Public Speaking Modern Mythology in Film Truth in Film: The Crafting of Reality American Pop Music and Culture
Media Literacy: Finding the Message The Evolution of Society Innovation and Entrepreneurship Urban Planning
Experience: Arches National Park Neurobiology of the Mind Independent Study Senior Project