A tour of GISD’s East View High as it graduates its 1st senior class
Thursday, May 22, 2014
On May 31, East View High School will hold a ceremony for its first graduating class of seniors, and with a 100% college acceptance rate, all 363 seniors are headed toward bright futures.
It’s a major milestone for East View High, which opened in 2008 as a 9th grade campus. Construction of the second phase was completed in 2012, and today the school has a 2,000-student capacity in its state-of-the-art facilities. East View has been rated as a TEA Recognized Campus for three years in a row, and is classified as a UIL 4A campus.
As he prepared to say congrats and farewell to his first class of seniors, East View Principal Dr. Dave Denny recently hosted the Teravista blogging team for a tour of the campus.
Dr. Denny expressed pride in the students’ academic achievements, noting that East View has three National Merit finalists and seven commended finalists. Calling students’ Advanced Placement scores are “outstanding,” he said that dual credit AP courses are offered free, allowing students to graduate and begin college as sophomores.
The school offers a number of programs to help students thrive academically, including Career Cruising – Pathways, which helps them choose majors and career paths.
Project 2nd Chance offers students who fail a class the opportunity to regain half of the credit in the next semester, by spending time after school.
With Homework Haven, the library remains open an hour after the school closes, with later buses available to take students home. Students have two sets of textbooks – one for school and another for home. Every teacher has a website where students can see homework assignments, view lesson plans and access notes and other resources.
Proudly leading us on a tour of East View, Dr. Denny showed us its eight computer labs, its popular Culinary Arts facility, and its NJROTC program, which is the only national finalist program in Texas.
The FFA program has an expansive shop with a private computer lab, and the Auto Tech shop has eight bays with the latest technology and tools.
In the Engineering Lab, students learn on professional equipment including a 3D printer and a Mini Mill that forms aluminum using computer programs written by students. The greenhouse also uses computer technology.
In the Health Science program, juniors and seniors visit hospitals for real-life professional experience. At the campus, they have practice hospital beds, a nurse’s station and a pharmacy.
The Criminal Justice program has a simulated courtroom complete with a judge’s bench, and students also participate in Georgetown’s Teen Court program.
The Fine Arts program includes art, photography, dance and theater, with professional quality facilities including a 345-seat theater and an Orchestra Room with a recording studio.
Athletics are another highlight at East View, home to the winning Patriots and two gyms. With capacity for 2,500 spectators, the large gym has three separate basketball courts.
The school’s award-winning cafeteria is a national model for healthy and delicious eating.
East View High will play a supporting role in the movie “Pale Blue Dot,” which was partly filmed at the school. Starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner, the movie is scheduled for release later this year. Of course we’ll keep you posted on that!
Soon, East View High will be joined by a new GISD elementary school opening in Teravista in 2015, and a new middle school opening near the community in 2016.
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