Exclusive by The East High Alumni Page April 7, 2017 - "Of course, right now, when I look at the data, when I look at the numbers, it's daunting, downright scary. So I put the numbers to the side then I just look at the people, " says East High's Executive Principal Lischa Barrett ('91), now Lischa Brooks.East High's overall academic performance has been dismal for many years.If Barrett puts the numbers aside and looks at people, what does she see?When I was talking to two young ladies [at East High] yesterday, they don't know who I am.I can have all the ideas in the world, but there is some work that has to be done but I don't think it belongs to us as educators alone." East High has not been isolated and alone in its efforts in recent years.For almost a decade and a half the Peer Power Foundation, originally known as The Greater East High Foundation, has held after school tutoring sessions and other academic enrichment opportunities for students without cost to them.
The conversion will take place over the next four years, with the ninth graders starting in August, 2017, being the first group of all optional students.Alumnus Chas Mc Vean ('61) was the impetus and, for the most part, the money behind that effort, which continues to this day.Christ United Methodist Church has been involved in supporting and encouraging athletics at East.The graduation rate was cited at 76.1%, a seven point increase from the 2014-2015 rate.The East High Alumni Page has focused on the ACT scores as the one consistent and comparable measure of academic performance for many years and believes it to be the best measurement available.
Barrett thinks the wider scope of services should extend beyond the East High families.