Eastside Preparatory School was started by a group of parents in May 2002. These parents, who formed the first board of trustees, wanted to create an academically rigorous and engaging school for students in grades 5-12 on the Eastside. They were committed to creating a school that would captivate and challenge students of all kinds.
In late spring of 2002 Alice and Tom Strong, who had the original concept to open a new school on the Eastside, met with Terry Macaluso, PhD, previously Head of School at Lakeside School in Seattle, to discuss the process involved in establishing a new independent school. Their research, investment of time and resources, and ongoing support gave Eastside Prep its start. Forums held during summer 2002 by Chris Unger and Robin Pringle on the impact of contemporary brain research and the development of effective curricula helped shape the vision of Eastside Preparatory School.
Through the remainder of 2002 seed funding was raised, the Board was increased and the first head of school was hired. Eastside Prep opened its doors in September 2003 with sixteen students in sixth and seventh grades, three faculty members, and three staff people.
After more than doubling in the second year of operations, EPS has continued to experience a pattern of ongoing and robust growth. While still a growing community in their second decade, Eastside Prep maintains a school culture that focuses on the student’s experience – they understand that students are the most successful when they feel known, accepted, and challenged by their community of peers and faculty.
Eastside Preparatory School is accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools, (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.
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.
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.
Eastside Prep dedicates multiple days every year to Service Learning.
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.
Fall afternoon sports offered for the 2016–17 school year are: 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.
Winter afternoon sports offered for the 2013–14 school year are: 5th Grade Coed Basketball, MS Boys Basketball (6th–8th), MS Girls Basketball (6th–8th), US Boys Basketball, US Girls Basketball, Seasonal Ski Bus.
Spring afternoon sports offered for the 2013–14 school year are: 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
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