Eastside Preparatory School

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Eastside Preparatory School
10613 NE 38th Place


United States
Coordinates47°38′36″N 122°11′54″W / 47.64333°N 122.19833°W / 47.64333; -122.19833Coordinates: 47°38′36″N 122°11′54″W / 47.64333°N 122.19833°W / 47.64333; -122.19833
School typeIndependent, 5th grade, Middle School, and High School College Preparatory School[1]
MottoThink critically. Act responsibly. Lead compassionately. Innovate wisely.
FoundedMay 2002
PrincipalBart Gummere
(Upper School)
Sam Uzwack[2]
(Middle School)
Head of schoolTerry Macaluso, PhD
MS HeadSam Uzwack
US HeadBart Gummere
Age range10–18 years
Number of students450
Average class size16[1]
Student to teacher ratio8:1
Hours in school day8:00–3:30
Campus typeSuburban
School color(s)Gold & Navy Blue         
MascotEdgar the Eagle
Team nameEastside Prep Eagles
AccreditationNWAIS, NAIS, State of Washington OSPI[1]

Eastside Preparatory School is an independent school for upper and middle school students. It is located in Kirkland, Washington, USA. It is a secular, coed, college preparatory school for grades 5–12.[4] The Head of School is Dr. Terry Macaluso. The school's mission is to "Guide students to think critically, act responsibly, lead compassionately, and innovate wisely."[5]


Eastside Prep was founded in May 2002 by a group of parents and educators seeking more school choice, with a focus on interdisciplinary work and strategic thinking.[6] Dr. Terry Macaluso, previously Head of School at Lakeside School, was a consultant to the founders and subsequently became the Head of School at Eastside Prep. The school opened its doors in September 2003 with 16 students in grades 6 and 7, along with 3 full-time and 1 part-time faculty. Eastside Prep graduated its first class of students in 2009.[4]

Eastside Prep has expanded each year, adding students, faculty, administrators and buildings. At the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, the school has over 100 employees and over 450 students in grades 5–12.[1][5][7][8]

In fall of 2015, Eastside Prep expanded, completing the construction of a new 4 story building (The Macaluso Academic Collaborative) that includes a gym, science labs, a design lab, an amphitheater and several multi-purpose classrooms. In fall of 2018 the school's newest building (TALI Hall) opened. TALI is a 50,000 square foot building housing a 500+-seat theatre, new art studios, a set shop, instrumental and choral music rooms, science labs, general purpose classrooms and administrative offices.


Eastside Preparatory School is accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools,[9][10] (NWAIS, formerly PNAIS). It is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and recognized by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.[1]

In addition to all courses required by the Washington State Graduation Requirements, Eastside Prep offers a multi-year Spanish curriculum, numerous core options and electives in the English, History, Social Sciences, Fine and Performing Arts, Mathematics, Sciences, Environmental Practices, Technology, Information Literacy and Media.[11]

Afternoon activities at Eastside prep include teams for Math, Debate and FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics, as well as over twenty-five other student-driven clubs.[12]

Eastside Prep dedicates multiple days every year to Service Learning.[13]


Eastside Preparatory School has multiple robotics teams, in two separate leagues: FIRST Lego League for middle school students, and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) for students in 7th grade or higher. They have two FTC teams, a junior varsity team named Void Robotics, and a varsity team named Null Robotics.

Void Robotics team number is 9884.

Null Robotics team number is 8103.

Null Robotics has won multiple awards. During the 2017-2018 season they most notably won the PTC Design Award. They won Tesla Interleauges in 2018.

Null Robotics also designs and produces some of their own parts.[14]


In addition to Physical Education courses, Eastside Prep offers a number of afternoon sports. Eastside Preparatory School has a gym as of 2015. In 2012 the Eastside Prep Eagles opted up to the Emerald City League 1A athletic conference competing against much larger prep schools. In their league are The Bush School, The Overlake School, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, University Prep, The Northwest School, the Annie Wright School and the Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.[15]

Fall sports offered include Coed Crew (7th–12th), MS Boys Soccer (5th-8th), MS Girls Soccer (5th–8th), MS Coed Cross Country, MS Girls Volleyball, US Girls Volleball, US Boys Ultimate Frisbee.[16]

Winter sports offered include 5th Grade Coed Basketball, MS Boys Basketball (6th–8th), MS Girls Basketball (6th–8th), US Boys Basketball, US Girls Basketball, Seasonal Ski Bus.[17]

Spring sports include Coed Crew (7th–12th), MS Co-Ed Track and Field, MS Coed Ultimate Frisbee, MS Coed Tennis, US Co-Ed Track and Field, US Girls Ultimate Frisbee, US Boys Soccer.[18]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Eastside Preparatory School. "FAQ". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  2. ^ "On the move". Seattle Times. 2009-01-27. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  3. ^ Eastside Preparatory School. "Faculty Biographies". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  4. ^ a b "Eastside Prep graduates first students". Kirkland Reporter. 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  5. ^ a b Eastside Preparatory School. "Inspire Spring 2013 Vol. 4 Issue 2". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  6. ^ "Eastside Preparatory signs lease". Seattle Times. 2003-05-16. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  7. ^ Eastside Preparatory School. "History". Retrieved 2012-09-05.
  8. ^ "For some, 'school choice' means starting their own". Seattle Times. 2003-03-04. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  9. ^ "Eastside Preparatory School awarded accreditation". Kirkland Reporter. 2010-02-15. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  10. ^ NWAIS. "Eastside Preparatory School". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  11. ^ Eastside Preparatory School. "Eastside Preparatory School Course Catalog 2013-2014" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  12. ^ Eastside Preparatory School. "Eastside Preparatory School Clubs". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  13. ^ "Eastside Prep cleans Kirkland parks for Earth Day". Kirkland Reporter. 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  14. ^ Thingiverse.com. "FTC Team 8103: NULL Robotics Group's Forums". www.thingiverse.com. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  15. ^ Emerald City League. "Emerald City League - League Member Schools". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  16. ^ Eastside Preparatory School. "EPS Fall Sports". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  17. ^ Eastside Preparatory School. "EPS Winter Sports". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  18. ^ Eastside Preparatory School. "EPS Spring Sports". Retrieved 2014-02-16.

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