Our teachers are masters of the SAT! Having worked at several other prep academies, he has the test-taking strategies of these college entrance exams down to a science. He will give students the broad concepts of the test, the basic details of the testing strategy, and lots of practice. His greatest strength is that he believes every student can master the test! The individual time he commits gives his students the confidence and practice to be successful.
Students can choose the slow, steady approach and enroll in SAT Prep math or English for the year, or take a more concentrated (and results-oriented) path in the after school SAT Academy. The Academy is open to the public, and includes periodic full-test practice giving students an ongoing improvement record. Students will often see their score increase 400 points or more in one session. ECHS students receive a discount on the Academy.
The PSAT is the official College Board practice test before the SAT, and juniors whose scores rank in the top 15,000 of the 1.5 million students who take the test each year qualify for a National Merit Scholarship commendation or to compete as a semi-finalist. Scores for this prestigious opportunity vary each year; one ECHS student received an NMSQT commendation for his scores on the 2014 test. ECHS recommends all 9th-11th graders take the test when it is offered in mid October; Eastside is an approved testing site, so students do not even have to travel!
COLLEGE ADMISSION SUPPORT
ECHS students receive thorough guidance in planning for college. Beginning with 9th grade planning conferences, parents are informed of college expectations. Juniors connect with the ECHS Counselor to visit colleges, get involved in volunteer opportunities, and ensure their resume and personal statements are ready for the college application process. Seniors are enrolled in Senior Seminar where they receive daily counsel on what colleges they should apply to, how to complete the application process and how to gather the supplemental requirements. Once applications are complete, students are guided through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application process and explore the myriad of scholarships available as they work to pay for college.