Eastern Senior High School offers a comprehensive and developmental guidance and counseling curriculum that is an integral part of the total educational program designed to promote the academic, career, and personal social development of all students. As an essential part of the instructional program, school counseling helps to build a foundation for student learning and academic success. Various services provided through the school counseling office include classroom guidance, crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, consultation with parents, teachers, and administrators, and coordination of services with outside agencies. Additionally, resources are offered to help students with the adjustment/transition to high school, course selection planning for high school years, achieving academic success in high school, career awareness and exploration, decision-making and coping skills, and personal/interpersonal issues.
Special Education at Eastern Senior High School is a collaborative effort involving the student, family, school and community in developing an appropriate educational program which supports inclusionary practices and provides the opportunity for every student to maximize his or her potential and become a productive member of the community.
Social Work Office
The school social workers develop plans and strategies to improve students’ academic performance and social development. The social workers meet with students in both individual and group settings to address issues such as aggressive behavior, bullying, and depression.
The Attendance Counselor and Team works to improve student attendance and ensure students are present to receive the quality education they deserve. The counselor maintains accurate attendance records and implements effective interventions when students are absent including home visits, automated calls, and court-referrals. The attendance office is also where students or guardians should submit all excused absence, late, and early dismissal notifications.
Dean of Students
The primary function of the Dean’s office is to monitor, track, and assign consequences for student behaviors in an effort to support a safe and productive school community. The Office facilitates mediations, creates student behavior plans, and works to foster communication between the student, school and families.
School Resource Officers and Security Team
School Resource Officers (SRO’s) are Metropolitan Police officers stationed in schools who perform regular police duties and are specially trained to work with young people. They work to foster positive relationships with people in schools, prevent criminal activity, and respond quickly and effectively in emergency situations.
School Security officers work for the Metropolitan Police Department through a contract. They work with the school principal and staff to make sure that students are physically safe at all times. They conduct security patrols throughout the building and grounds, monitor the dining hall, auditorium, hallways, stairwells, restrooms, entrances and exits, and provide security at athletic events, social gatherings, group assemblies and other school activities.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
The primary role of the International Baccalaureate Coordinator is to work with students within the IB program. This rigorous course of study includes six core classes, as well as an extended essay, Theory of Knowledge course, and Creativity, Action, Service project. At Eastern, IB is an open access program, allowing interested students to complete the entire IB diploma program or selected classes for a strong foundation in college preparatory skills and higher level thinking.
Unity Health Care
Eastern has a full-services School-Based Health Center, operated by Unity Health Care, Inc. The center is open year-round and provides routine medical care, such as immunizations and sports physicals, as well as acute illness management. The center is staffed by a nurse practitioner, pediatrician, case manager, medical assistant, receptionist, and a health center manager. There is no charge to students and families for services provided in the health center, but we will bill your insurance if you have insurance. The case manager can assist families with signing up for health insurance. Eastern’s health services also include a full-time school nurse, under the supervision of Department of Health and Children’s National Medical Center, who conducts screenings, supervises and monitors health matters and records, and administers first aid.
The health center is located on the ground floor near the parking lot exit. Students with special health problems should report to the nurse at the beginning of the school year. For first aid or other illness, students should report to the health center immediately with a pass signed by a teacher or school official. Only the school-based health center provider, nurse or an administrator can excuse an ill student to go home after parent/guardian notification. In case of an accident or serious injury, the parent/guardian will be contacted immediately and an incident report will be completed with each injury. The school nurse does not administer medication; however, if a student is on medication prescribed by a doctor, the medication may be kept in the health center during the day and the students may take it under the supervision of the nurse.