School Details

Eastside High School

1201 SE 43rd St, Gainesville, FL 32641
(352) 955-6704
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1324 students 18 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alachua County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
86%
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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alachua County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Florida End-of-Course Assessments (EOC)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alachua County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Eastside High School is a public high school in Gainesville. The principal of Eastside High School is Mr. Jeff Charbonnet, whose e-mail is ehs@gm.sbac.edu. 1,324 children attend Eastside High School and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0.3% of the Eastside High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 49% of the 1,324 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Eastside High School is 18:1. Compassionate Outreach Ministries is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 4%
Asian 9% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 53% 36%
Hispanic 5% 8%
Multiracial 3% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 29% 46%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49% 49%
Limited English proficiency 0.3% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Eastside High School has the reputation of being such an amazing school because of all the wonderful test scores it gets. However I believe that these scores are a result of the people that go there mainly people who dont have much else to do with their lives. When examining the student body not many IB students do much except for perhaps one club. Eastside is notorious for its lack of a social community. The kids dont really have social lives beyond a couple so-so friends. Really your child could succeed in any other school just as well and at other schools maybe actually having fun is an option

  • (1 year ago)

    Eastside High School in Gainesville FL I disliked how this school is extremely segregated between the IB program and the 'major program.' Students in the 2 programs rarely interact at all and are quite racially and economically segregated as well. It was discouraging to see this. From what I understand teachers in the IB and major programs also don't have much collaboration or interaction. Overall a negative tense environment.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am an IB graduate from a few years back. While the program was challenging grades often in no way reflect you performance. Many teachers pick favorites have little care for their students and assign grades based on how much they like that person not their academic ability. Very little outside help and in some cases teachers can be disrespectful not understanding and often even cruel. Students form tight knit cliques and are obnoxious often treat those that cannot afford nice things less then human. That goes towards some IB students but also the mainstream crowd which they often poke fun off often joking that if you don't wear a collared shirt in this school you are nobody. Children also very socially stunted and have absolutely no social skills. If you don't wan your child being made fun of in college don't let them go to this school even for IB.

  • (3 years ago)

    I attended Eastside as a NON IB student. If you aren't in IB you can expect low level classes with a bunch of kids that don't care about school. Don't get me wrong there ARE students that try but the majority of the main stream students could care less about education. Most of the teachers spent their time yelling at direspectful students and sending them out of the classroom. I hadto take all Honors classes to get even a decent education. Just remember this school's Ib programmight help your kids but the atmosphere sucks.

  • (3 years ago)

    As a Mother of a first year student in the IB program and Administrator of a top performing private school in GNV I am very pleased with the smooth transition that my daughter made from a small (27 students - grades 6-8) classroom environment to a public high school with over 1 400 students. The teachers have been very nurturing and easy to communicate with when needed; the principal is very involved and supportive of all the students activities and day to day school life. I have been to the school numerous times at night for meetings and events and have never felt that there was any danger. The IB program offers a global perspective and is highly challenging. The students who have graduated from the school I work at and who have gone through the IB program have thrived and have been very successful students and graduates.

  • (4 years ago)

    Be very careful when selecting this school's IB program. Although they accept most of students teachers are not prepared or willing to extend themselves to all students. Many teachers are unable to return work to the students in a timely manner often taking well over one month to return graded work. Some teachers regularly demonstrate anger and unprofessonalism in the classroom by the use of profanity and degrading the class performance. Expectations are very high for students yet low for the faculty. The curriculum is inflexible even for electives parent involvement is discouraged and volunteering is difficult. There is a lot to do to improve this program. Request data for decision-making purposes--AP pass rates by teacher IB pass rates by teacher the number of students who leave the program by year what classes are allowed as electives and an understanding of the "hybred" program.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son is starting his 3rd year at Eastside in the IB program. Despite the fact that the school is located in a very poor neighborhood my son has felt completely safe there and when visiting the school I have always found it to be secure with not one person wandering around between classes. With the exception of only one teacher my son and I have found the faculty to be outstanding. I have also had occasion to deal with teachers outside of IB and find them to be just as dedicated and competent. I think very highly of the principal. He is tough but very personable and has ALWAYS been present and visible before and after school and at school functions. My only suggestion for improvement is to offer more electives (which I guess is a budget issue) and to have more regular on-going communication between teachers and parents.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is really two separate schools one of which is excellent and one of which is abysmal. The IB program is outstanding. The IB students however don't generally interact with the rest of the student body. Outside of a strong culinary program the non-IB portion of the school is horrible with disinterested and disrespectful students and an unsavory atmosphere in general. If your students are not going to be involved in the IB or culinary programs look elsewhere.

  • (4 years ago)

    Teacher quality has significantly changed since my older child attended this school. It all depends upon the teachers. Check out all programs before selecting this school. Principal is extremely weak in leadership. Almost all reviews are based upon a magnet program called IB. If your child is not enrolled in one of the magnet programs no sane parent would ever put their child in this school. It is in one of the most crime ridden areas of the city and very unsafe. Alachua county does this to try to bus kids from across the county to prop up school grades in poor performing schools. There are now many options in the county and worth your while to check out other programs.

  • (5 years ago)

    the Diversity is tops. The quality of students and teacher is outstanding. Talents of all types from athletics - to academics to the arts is impressive.

  • (5 years ago)

    EHS is a veritable salad of diverse gifts interests ethnicities personalities and nationalities. We attract dedicated students and staff who manifest a cooperative and optimistic spirit. Go RAMS!

  • (5 years ago)

    Great students and faculty. Lots of clubs to choose from.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a mother of an IB graduate I found this school to provide my daughter with an excellent education preparing her for college. The teachers are caring and provide a family environment for the kids. I give it a big two thumbs up

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm currently at EHS. When I was choosing high schools I had a really tough time. I was comparing Eastside and GHS. I liked the atomosphere and athletics at GHS but I felt like Eastside was the better choice education wise. The IB is an amazing program that really can help prepare you for anything. The staff is better than any school in Gainesville in my opinion although grant it that I haven't attended BHS or GHS. It is also a very diverse program. I have many friends that are a different race than me as well as in programs other than IB including major program. There are certain aspects I don't like about Eastside but I think that any school will have its ups and downs. As far as drugs and gang violence that problem occurs at many schools and I don't think it in any way reflects the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a parent of a former student yes this school has excellent programs and teachers (ie. IB drama band cullinary) for students interested and motivated. The school also has a significant drug and gang problem that perhaps mitigates any good from the programs.

  • (7 years ago)

    I was also once a student who had a hard time deciding between the Eastside IB program and the strength of the Buchholz math team. In the end I chose Eastside because I believe the IB program enables students to become well-rounded individuals and prepares students better for college life and the real world. The philosophies of the IB program teaches the students to think independently and creatively. Though Buchholz is strong in Mu Alpha Theta that is still only one type of math competition out of many and only one subject area in school. In all Eastside is the better school with wonderful teachers that will positively impact the students for life (and pass the AP tests too).

  • (7 years ago)

    I was also once a student who had a hard time deciding between the Eastside IB program and the strength of the Buchholz math team. In the end I chose Eastside because I believe the IB program enables students to become well-rounded individuals and prepares students better for college life and the real world. The philosophies of the IB program teaches the students to think independently and creatively. Though Buchholz is strong in Mu Alpha Theta that is still only one type of math competition out of many and only one subject area in school. In all Eastside is the better school with wonderful teachers that will positively impact the students for life (and pass the AP tests too).

  • (7 years ago)

    I was a student who had a hard time deciding between the IB program at Eastside and the AP courses at Buchholz. I visited both. I ended up choosing Buchholz and have never looked back. I was on the math team which just placed first in the nation and the school was just given the award for best AP program in math science and technology by the college board. From what I've seen and heard Buchholz is superior in every subject area except Social Studies. Don't let false statistics fool you Buchholz is a better school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Yes IB is a lot of work but it prepares students to really be able to handle a college course load. The school environment is what the student makes of it- there a plenty of activities that any student should be able to find one or two to suit them. IB faculty awesome as well.

  • (8 years ago)

    The IB program is intense but very much worth all the extra work for a motivated child. If followed completely the child will get an excellent foundation for college as well as a headstart on college credits earned but also will likely be eligible for a florida scholarship.

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