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, while gaining 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 21st century 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, 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, many 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.