Eastwood Academy

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Coordinates: 29°44′08″N 95°19′43″W / 29.7356°N 95.3285°W / 29.7356; -95.3285

This article is about Eastwood Academy in Houston, Texas. For The Eastwood Academy in Essex, England, see The Eastwood Academy.
Eastwood Academy
Eastwood Academy Charter High School
Eastwood Academy Crest.jpg
Motto Where learners become leaders!
Established 1999
Type Public Secondary
Category Internal Charter- Houston ISD
Gender Co-ed
Principal Paula Fendley
Asst. Principal Sunny Bell-De La Garza
Faculty Approximately 20
Students Approximately 410
Grades 9-12
Location 1315 Dumble Street,
Houston, Texas, USA
District HISD
Trustee Juliet Stipeche
Campus Urban
Colors Blue, Gray
Athletics Eastwood Boxers
Mascot Boxer
TEA Rating Exemplary
Website eastwoodacademy.org
Eastwood Academy

Eastwood Academy is a secondary charter school in the Eastwood neighbourhood of the East End, Houston, Texas, United States. The school is a member of the Houston Independent School District. It is a school-of-choice for residents in the city of Houston.

Eastwood Academy has been an "exemplary" high school since 2008, and is rated by the Texas Education Agency[1] and was nominated as a Blue Ribbon School in 2010 and received the award, officially, in 2011.

Eastwood Academy's city, state, and national rankings are as follows: they are ranked number 3 in the Greater Houston area by Children at Risk; number 11 out of 1,145 high schools in the State of Texas, also by Children at Risk; number 72 in the nation by The Daily Beast (Newsweek); number 14 in Texas and number 121 in the nation by US News and World Report; and number 2 in the city of Houston, number 6 in Texas, and number 23 in the Nation by The Washington Post.

History[edit]

Eastwood was built in 1954 as a Baptist Church before the Houston Independent School District bought the property and admitted the school as an internal charter in 2001. The 22,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) building was renovated and expanded for "re-adaptive" use for 175 students. The renovation included administrative offices, library, cafeteria, classrooms, science laboratories, computer laboratories and a multi-purpose room with a stage. The school was originally supposed to be a 9th grade school and feeder to the nearby Austin High School. After some consideration, the founders decided that the school would serve as a small-school alternative to Austin HS, Milby HS, and Chavez HS.[citation needed]

Since then Eastwood Academy has admitted students from all around the Houston area; the majority enrolled are from nearby schools, some of which include Jackson Middle School, Edison Middle School, and Project Chrysalis Middle School, but others include Rice Middle, Lanier Vanguard, and TH Rogers Middle. Project Chrysalis Middle School makes up 38% of the class of 2016. Students are required to apply since it is a charter school and are admitted based on their grade point averages, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, and interviews (which are conducted by the faculty and administration.)[citation needed]

the pie chart shows where all incoming ninth graders for 2012-2013 came from.[citation needed]

Eastwood Campus Expands[edit]

The Eastwood Academy campus expanded when HISD purchased the property fronting on Dumble and across from the neighboring Jack in the Box restaurant in Spring 2007. Eastwood is currently under construction for a new wing, new parking, new soccer and rugby fields, and park.

Academics[edit]

Eastwood Academy offers Advanced Placement courses and Dual-Credit courses (through Houston Community College.)

Eastwood offers 18 Advanced Placement courses:

Statistics, Calculus AB, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Human Geography, World History, US History, European History, Art History, Studio Art, Computer Science, and US Government. Dual Credit courses include: English 1301 and 1302, Psychology 2301, Sociology 2301, Economics 2301, and Government 2301.

Eastwood encourages the spirit of independent learning and studying by encouraging students to self study for AP exams without requiring to take the course, however, students are still provided with enough material to help them achieve the highest score possible on the AP exams.

Eastwood has a Science and Research Design team (rocketry), award-winning Robotics team, and award-winning Debate squad (policy debate and public forum styles). Eastwood also has Mu Alpha Theta (Math club.) Other extracurricular activities include The Woods Project, Exercise Club, GEMS (Girl's Empowerment Movement Society), Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Student Leadership, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, National Forensic League , Student Council, Houston Urban Debate League , Texas Forensic Association , Film Club, Theatre, YAAP (Young Artist's Apprenticeship Program, ACE Mentorship Program (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering), Youth About Business (YAB), and Skills USA. Furthermore, juniors and seniors have the opportunity to raise funds to travel in Europe during Spring Break.

Graduation and college acceptance[edit]

Eastwood Academy has averaged, over the past seven years, a 99.7% graduation rate. In some cases juniors (11th graders) are able to graduate early because they have completed the required coursework earlier than their peers (3-5% of students each year). 100% of each graduating class has been accepted to college since 2007.

The list of top tier Institutions of higher learning that students have been accepted to include: University Of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Fordham University, Cornell University, University of Chicago, Rice University, University of Texas, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, and the University of Houston, Amherst College, Beloit College. [2]

Other colleges include: Abilene Christian University, College of New Rochelle, Portland State University, North Texas University, Pratt Institute, Sam Houston State University, Tiffin University, Texas State University, University of Texas at Arlington, Stephen F. Austin University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M Galveston, Houston Baptist University, Texas Southern University, University of Saint Thomas, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. John's University, University of Alaska, and the University of Houston–Downtown.

Athletics[edit]

Eastwood Academy is a small school which impedes it from participating in High School sports through HISD. Students may participate in sports through Eastwood's affiliation with Austin High School. Eastwood Academy also participates in sports through local leagues in Houston parks.

Some of Eastwood Boxers Athletic teams include:

  • Soccer (Boys and Girls)
  • Volleyball (Girls)
  • Rugby (Boys and Girls)

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