Is EAS the right choice?
Leaving your neighborhood school to participate in a choice middle school is a major decision for families. Here are important things to consider before applying to and accepting placement at EAS.
Expectations of EAS students
- Demonstrate appropriate behavior in keeping with classroom, school, and district rules and regulations.
- Keep student planner, binder, and school supplies organized and current.
- Keep up with homework in all classes (average time spent on homework is about 1.5-2 hours per night – sometimes more; sometimes a little less.)
- Manage a schedule that varies from day to day with multiple teachers and classes.
- Maintain consistent attendance and a 3.0 in all subject areas. (Required for participation on trips, electives, and stewardship projects.)
- Read extensively in both fiction and informational materials.
- Write effective paragraphs and compositions in all classes.
- Know and apply basic math facts and computational skills in the process of problem-solving.
- Engage in a rigorous science program, including environmental science and outdoor projects.
- Develop art skills in various media through a challenging art program.
- Participate in fitness class instruction and activities.
- Actively participate and develop skills in three years of Spanish instruction
- Participate responsibly in group projects as a productive team member
- Develop effective leadership skills.
- Actively and responsibly participate in 3 week-long school excursions each year.
- Actively and responsibly participate in 3 Community Stewardship sessions per year.
Facts about EAS and Parent/Family Commitment
- Students who enroll at EAS are making a 3-year commitment. EAS is not a 1-year placement on the way to another school of choice. The curriculum at EAS is organized by theme instead of grade level. In order to complete all of the subject area critical content expected of a student in LWSD by the end of 8th grade, students need to complete 6th through 8th grade at EAS.
- The three yearly excursions (Camp Hamilton, Spring Trips, and Bowman Bay) and Community Stewardship Projects are important components of the school’s integrated curriculum and attendance is not “optional”. All of the excursions and stewardship projects have specific learning components that directly connect to district and state learning objectives. Students are assessed on their expeditionary learnings and these grades are included in all core classes (LA/SS/Science/STEM/Art).
- EAS is subject to the same student-teacher ratio as other LWSD schools. Class sizes range from some smaller Math and Spanish classes to 36 students in the four 6th-8th grade Integrated Studies classes.
- Transportation to EAS is the responsibility of the parents. Currently LWSD provides a shuttle bus from the Redmond area for a fee.
- Students will make friends with other EAS students across the district and may request transportation from parents to engage socially or work on school projects with their new friends.
- There are extra costs associated with attending EAS to cover projects, excursions, and special school purchases. These expenses include an expected $200 contribution per year per child.
- All EAS families are expected to fulfill a Family Participation Commitment of 25 hours per year. Volunteer driving and assisting with excursions, stewardship projects, and the Wednesday Elective program during the school day are the areas needing the most volunteer involvement of parents.
- Placement at EAS is determined by a blind, computer-generated lottery. In accordance with district policies, siblings do not have preference in the admission lottery.
- Special Services for EAS students are limited. The EAS integrated curriculum schedule, field studies, and week-long trips limit the availability of daily services students can receive from the Finn Hill Middle School Special Services team. EAS can only schedule IEP students for one hour of services to be provided through Finn Hill Middle School during the first period of the day (rather than taking Spanish). In accordance with District Policy, the IEP team will determine if placement at EAS can appropriately meet a student’s service requirements.