Eastside Academy Programs
Students' needs are met through the following programs:
Students who come to EA have traditionally failed in 2-3 other schools. EA provides students with small class sizes and a highly individualized learning plan to ensure that every student receives the attention they need to succeed academically.
Drug and Alcohol Recovery
Over 80% of EA students struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. These youth participate in daily recovery classes with a professional Drug and Alcohol Counselor, as well as participate in random drug and alcohol testing.
Mental Health Counseling
Students who come to EA are overwhelmed with the challenges of unstable home lives, abuse, homelessness, and more. Every student is provided with weekly one-on-one counseling with a professional Mental Health Counselor. Here they begin to face the trauma experienced in their lives, and work toward building a healthy lifestyle.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
"I have never spoken with my father. He left as soon as he found my mom was pregnant with me. But, there were a lot of other men involved in my life when I was growing up. My mom would meet guys on the internet. One of my mom's fiancees took advantage of me when I was 12. My best friend made me tell our 5th period teacher. That man is now in prison. But my mom didn't believe me when I told her. She thought I seduced him and so did some of my sisters. They said I did the whole thing to get attention.
It was also at the age of 12 that I first used drugs and started cutting. Most people get drunk or do drugs to escape, but I cut. That was a stronger addiction for me than marijuana ever was. It released all my anger, frustration and hatred towards everyone. It got to the point that I just didn't care. I finally got fed up with my mom; she never gave me a chance to prove myself. She didn't give me respect or trust, so I just left. I found out I was pregnant and things started to not go very well.
I moved in with a friend who told there was a school she wanted me to try: Eastside Academy. EA is different than other schools. I didn't just become another student. People here actually care about each other. When I started to get behind, they were on my case. I never understood the material at my other schools. Here the teachers actually care and I understand.
At Eastside Academy, I have a counselor that I was able to open up to. She's honest, straightforward, and she understands. She helped me open up and learn to trust people more. I also realized that in previous relationships I was looking for the wrong thing. I did things just to make the other person happy. Now, I've decided I'm not going to be in a relationship for a long while.
Eastside Academy gave me the amount of support that I needed to graduate. I have learned to be patient. I have also learned self-confidence and self-control. I have been very successful with both my attendance and grades. There have been a few people that said that I could not and would not make it to graduation. Yet, today I am able to announce that I am a high school graduate!"
Eastside Academy's program rely on community support in order to continue. Students who attend EA contribute tuition on a sliding scale, based on family income. As a result, tuition accounts for only 6% of our budget. We rely on the commitment and support of foundations, corporations, churches, and individuals to continue to ensure that these are students are provided with an opportunity to turn their lives around and earn a high school diploma.