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- Submitted by PChea on Thu, 11/13/2014 - 19:01
Eventhough I worked part-time as a teacher mentor at East- West, I was impressed with the high caliber of teachers that were hired by the principal. The whole community is one that respects education and the environment is friendly. Having tea with the principal during a meeting was an example of the type of atmosphere that is at East-West. The human appeal is so essential to a functional work place, and that is something that is so well rooted and always developing at East-West. Positive attitudes and growth are nourished here, and it is a gem of a place to be as a professional, student or parent.
- Submitted by PChea on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:23
Estamos muy contentos y satisfechos con todos los profesores y el personal de East-West . Se preocupan por nuestros hijos, y constantemente nos mantengan informados. El principal es muy agradable. Estoy muy feliz con los progresos de mis hijos. Mi hijo mayor se graduó y está haciendo bien en la universidad gracias a los maestros.
We are very happy and pleased with all of the teachers and staff at East-West. They care about our kids, and they constantly keep us informed. The principal is very nice. I'm very happy with my son's progress in school. My oldest son graduated and is doing well in college thanks to the teachers.
Clemente Giraldo parent of Steven Giraldo- 12th grade student
- Submitted by PChea on Fri, 09/19/2014 - 13:29
Dear Mr. Ben Sherman:
I am writing this e-mail because I want to say thank you for all your assistance in my internship at the East-West School of International Studies. I was able to attain my master's degree in school counseling because of the first-rate counseling professionals I encountered, such as Mr. Diaz, Mrs. Park, and Mrs. Washington, as well as the teachers and assistant principals. Your entire staff unselfishly taught me lessons at every turn, and made me see exactly what a professional counselor does. Having the chance to learn first-hand under the tutelage of your counselors was an opportunity without equal, and your interest in my professional growth meant a lot to me. My experience at EWSIS reinforced my aspirations to be a school counselor, and the invaluable knowledge I acquired from your staff will serve me throughout my career. Once again, I thank you for all your assistance.
- Submitted by PChea on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:22
Dear Mr. Sherman,
I want to thank you for the unique pleasure of visiting your school. It takes just moments inside the walls of East-West to sense the comfort level and collegiality of all members of your staff from veterans to newcomers. That kind of environment allows staff to strive for excellence and to truly work collaboratively. That kind of environment is a place where staff can find a long-term home, trusting that the administration cares about their continuing development. It’s a clear testament to a leadership style which values and respects each individual member of its team. It is the kind of place I would want to work my hardest and do my absolute best.
But of course, the bottom line is the students. And the results were evident everywhere. Even near the end of the school year, when students could hardly be blamed for being distracted, these students were both relaxed and fully engaged in their learning. And I mean all of the students. Almost hard to believe. Students knew what they were supposed to be doing at all times. They were either focused on the teacher or quietly involved in intent, relevant and quiet discussions or individual work. None of the students I saw seemed frustrated, alienated or disruptive. Admittedly, I was there for only a few periods. But for that amount of time it was still quite an accomplishment. I can only assume that the students respond to the commitment and nurturing of the teachers and administration as well as to a school which pulses with diversity, creativity, community and fun. How I would have loved to attend East West as a student!
- Submitted by PChea on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 15:33
In 2007, I heard about East-West through insideschools.org. It was featured as a new school with a unique language program. I chose East-West because of the impressive language program and the proximity of the school from my house. I wanted to attend a school that's convenient and East-West was only a 10-minute walk from my house. Although I'm Chinese, I don't know how to speak Mandarin. I wanted to learn the language because China is growing more and more prominent in today's world, and I wanted to get closer to my roots. The school is also small. Teachers can devote more individual attention to students. I wanted my teachers to know me and I didn't want to feel overwhelmed around a great number of peers.
I remember the friends and great teachers I had in East-West. The community is close-knit and I still keep in touch with some of my middle school friends. Mrs. Mandel always made English class a lot of fun. She also pushed us out of our comfort zone. Even though I and my other peers laughed a lot during her classes, Mrs. Mandel challenged us intellectually. She showed how learning can be fun.
Mrs. Chang was one of the best Chinese teachers I've had. Like Mrs. Mandel, she'd always challenge the class in a fun way. I still remember the 10-minute weekly Friday Chinese Dictionary quizzes we had. Mrs. Chang is very passionate about what she teaches. Thanks to her teaching, I was able to take accelerated Chinese classes in Bard.
The format of Mrs. Marinos' social studies class is similar to the one at my current high school/early college. At the beginning of each class, she would pose a question and have all the students write about it for 5-10 minutes. Then we'd have a class discussion on our responses. Open discussions benefit everyone who's involved. I enjoy hearing other people's ideas because everyone carries a different perspective. Learning happens when you're open to ideas around you. Mrs. Marinos proposed open-ended questions, which I liked. The answers were never clear, so in class we'd address the gray areas of topics. Aside from short discussions, we learned a lot of factual historical events. She's also a tough, yet fair grader. Like Mrs. Mandel and Mrs. Chang, she challenged us to do our best.
I distinctly remember the principal, Mr. Sherman. He would pop in classrooms and talk to students around the hallways. He is a very kind person who takes the time to know his students.
East-West prepared me for the rigor of Bard's curriculum. Though I've always been a hard worker, EW's curriculum definitely wasn't easy. All classes require you to think and put in effort. Coming to Bard's intellectual environment was a relatively smooth transition. EW showed me that it's good to be close with your teachers. In Bard I was also able to get to know my teachers.
I'd recommend East-West if you're into Asian culture. It provides you with a language program that most other schools don't have. There is a study-abroad program that allows you to go to China, Korea, or Japan for the summer. But what it's done most for me is given me a small community to thrive in. East-West provided me unquestionable support from my teachers.
The school I currently attend is Bard High School Early College Queens in Long Island City. I'm graduating on June 23, and I receive my associate’s degree on June 26 2014.
Ms. Chu graduated from East-West in 8th grade and will be graduating from Bard High School Early College Queens and matriculating to Princeton University in the Fall 2014.
- Submitted by PChea on Fri, 06/13/2014 - 09:42
Transitioning from East-West to Townsend Harris was a difficult thing to do. The difficulty of the classes was really different but most of the curriculum for certain classes was the same. A lot of the classes that I took in East-West in middle school definitely prepared me for my high school classes. As a freshman, I had to take AP World History and then in my junior year I had to take AP US History. Although the class was not the same in East-West, some of the things I had already learned so it served as a foundation for me. Some of the classes that I took did help me because it served as a foundation, which helped me understand a little better when I was “re-taught”, the same thing in high school. I will be attending SUNY Geneseo in the Fall of 2014.
- Submitted by PChea on Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:03
My name is Carol, and my son and my niece both attend East West. They transferred from our zoned middle school which they hated because of bullying and overcrowding. Now at East-West, they love the school so much and most importantly feel safe at East-West. This is so important to my sister and I who are both working moms. For our children to love school and feel safe is priceless.
Your administration, faculty and staff all contribute to this exceptional asset at East West. We are so grateful! My sister and I would love to provide a light breakfast to all the staff & administrators of East West to express our appreciation. Thank you so much.
- Submitted by PChea on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 01:15
When I was applying to East-West, I was worried that I was going to a school that wouldn't give me much satisfaction because it was such a small and new school. Fortunately, I was wrong and I am very glad to have chosen to spend my high school years at East-West. Now that I am a college student, I really do miss my high school and I wish I can just rewind time because I was so happy then.
East-West is a very small school, but it was filled with amazing teachers and staff members who I always turned to for a friendly conversation or if I needed help or advice. I have made friends at EWSIS that have truly affected my life and personality. I know this sounds very cliche, but I did feel like I was at home when I was attending EWSIS. The school was small enough to give me a chance to get to know a lot of people, upperclassmen and underclassmen included.
Although EWSIS struggles in getting more advanced courses available, I still think it's a good enough school to prepare students academically and socially.
- Submitted by PChea on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 14:39
Coming from a large middle school to a small high school, I didn't know what to expect. I was going into a new environment where I knew nobody and knew nothing. I was a bit frightened, but after getting myself settled into the school, I felt like I was part of a community. Since the school has a small population, I grew to know all the students and teachers. East-West was, in a way, those small little towns where everybody knows everybody. It is a close-knit community that is still growing and thriving.One of the best things about East-West that I love is the opportunities. Going to high school, I received the opportunity to learn a language I truly wanted to learn, Japanese. Later on in my high school, I received the opportunity of being one of the first students to be at the first offered AP Class at East-West. East-West offers many opportunities for their students that best suits them. They range from internships to study aboard programs. The opportunities that are offered at East-West are one of a kind, making it unique from your ordinary high school. My time at East-West is unforgettable and I hope future or perspective students come to experience what East-West truly has to offer for them.
- Submitted by PChea on Wed, 11/20/2013 - 19:26
To the East-West Community,
I've been a New York City Department of Education Earth Science teacher for the past fifteen years, a member of the Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR), taught within my license (Earth Science) at an individual school for an entire year. This year (2012-2013), I have been circulated around almost ten schools before being placed here, at the East-West School of International Studies in March 2013 where I covered a maternity leave in my area of certification.
The ATR rotation has afforded me a new perspective on public education. There are schools that fight the good fight, but will inevitably close; there are schools where students are graduating with A averages on a regular basis...but need to take remedial Math and English when accepted to our local university system. Fortunately, there are a few schools that fight the good fight, and succeed. The East-West School is in this group. But as good as the teachers and administration are, it would be thoughtless of me to ignore the true heroes of East-West...the students.
The students I worked with at East-West without exception, are the best group of kids I've ever met in my teaching career. That they would allow me to seamlessly take over a class and continue the curriculum during a maternity leave is a true testament to their own integrity, and the values their families and East-West have instilled. The students have truly benefited from the staff's collaborative spirit, and the regular sharing of ides through inquiry. How very fortunate all of you are to have one another!
Finally Mr. Sherman, thank you for having the students and staff recite the Pledge of Allegiance at your daily muster, and offering a moment of silence for our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. Sadly, very few of the "new" schools, I've seen in the last four years think such acknowledgement is appropriate. Your open door policy, cultural awareness, and desire to share personal experiences with humor, is a rare gift and greatly appreciated.
God bless you all,
East-West School 5/31/2013