About The High School
The high school’s focus on the passion and interests of each student and advocates a decentralized delivery method. Eastern Academy’s (The Academy) curriculum is firmly rooted in the belief that students are capable of completing academically rigorous courses if asked to do so within an infrastructure that supports their passions. To create this infrastructure, the Academy draws upon the philosophy of Big Picture Learning as well as the philosophy of the Early College High School Initiative. In addition, curriculum development is informed by the results from Understanding University Success: A Report from Standards for Success, a study conducted by David Conley, Ph.D., on behalf of the Association of American Universities and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Conley’s work identifies the skills necessary for succeeding in entry-level college courses and these skills are intentionally built into both the Academy’s course of study and delivery methodology.
The Academy’s curriculum falls in line with both the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) standards as well as the School District of Philadelphia’s core curriculum. The Early College High School Initiative begin with the student as the catalyst for curriculum development. In essence, the learning goals synthesize the various Pennsylvania subject areas into a more succinct format that focuses on the skills needed to acquire, analyze, and assimilate knowledge.
Students have the opportunity to complete up to 60 credits of college-level work. In some cases, the college course will fulfill the high school graduation requirement as well as earning the student college credit (e.g., English 102).