A succession of principals, eight in the past 21 years, have not been able to substantially raise the levels.For the past school year, 2015-2016, the average composite ACT score at East was 15.7.
Alumnus Chas Mc Vean ('61) was the impetus and, for the most part, the money behind that effort, which continues to this day.Christ United Methodist Church has been involved in supporting and encouraging athletics at East.And while the data is scary, while the numbers, we could talk about the graduation rate, the literacy and the math, that doesn't tell the picture," according to Barrett.The Shelby County School system, of which East High is now a part, often describes itself as "data driven." School districts across the nation are looking at measurements in efforts to determine what is working in the classroom.Exclusive by The East High Alumni Page April 7, 2017 - "Of course, right now, when I look at the data, when I look at the numbers, it's daunting, downright scary. So I put the numbers to the side then I just look at the people, " says East High's Executive Principal Lischa Barrett ('91), now Lischa Brooks.
East High's overall academic performance has been dismal for many years.
Barrett was principal at the Maxine Smith STEAM Academy (STEAM is STEM with arts included), a middle school at what was once known as Fairview Junior High.
Although she will be the top administrator at East High, her executive principal role also leaves her as the top administrator at Maxine Smith.
" Wraparound services are generally thought of as comprehensive plans that address multiple life situations across home, school, and community, including living environment; basic needs; safety; and social, emotional, educational, spiritual, and cultural needs (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports, 2017).
It often includes things such as primary health, mental health, and dental care, family engagement, including adult education, preschool learning, academic enrichment, expanded after school learning time or summer programming, mentoring, and post secondary education and career options awareness (National Education Association, date unknown).
Barrett says she has a four pronged plan to reach out beyond the school, a plan she said she would reveal at a later date. I think the work that needs to be done is work that has to occur outside the four walls.