East Avenue has a 2018-2019 enrollment of approximately 648 students. Our population reflects the demographics of Livermore at 56% White, 27% Hispanic or Latino, 9% Asian, 3% Black or African American, and 3% Filipino. Ten percent of our students are English learners, 13% are students with disabilities, and 32% are socio-economically disadvantaged.
East Avenue operates on a 6-period schedule that provides 56,849 instructional minutes per year, well over the California requirement of 54,000 minutes. To accommodate students who wish to take electives that do not fit into their 6-period day, we offer several classes before school during “zero” period. In 2018-2019, we are offering four zero period classes in physical education and science.
Built in 1958, East Avenue’s mid-century exterior belies the facilities and innovative programs housed within. We have two computer labs; a well-equipped Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) facility; an exceptional library; and very clean grounds. Our state-of-the-art electronic marquee keeps the community informed of what is happening “On the Avenue.” Nevertheless, the facility is in need of upgrading and modernization, including roofing, electrical, and equipping of our classrooms for state-of-the-art learning. On June 7, 2016, the community of Livermore approved a $245 bond measure to repair and upgrade the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District’s aging facilities to ensure a safe and modern education environment. The funds will be used to renovate aging classrooms and school facilities, including improving fire safety and security systems; repairing deteriorating roofs, plumbing, restrooms and electrical systems; and modernizing outdated classrooms, science labs and instructional technology. East Avenue is grateful to the community for passing this bond measure in support of students.
The East Avenue curriculum includes core (language arts and social science), science, math, and physical education classes. Honors core and accelerated versions of math are offered. Our electives include classes in STEM; Spanish; vocal and instrumental music; art (including digital photography and computer animation); strength and conditioning; study hall; and leadership. Special interest and intramural athletics round out our offerings.
While our goal in offering a diverse curriculum is to provide each student a bridge to academic engagement and success, our teachers are focused on implementing instructional strategies that emphasize critical thinking and a growth mindset in support of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). We believe in teaching students to stretch themselves beyond their comfort zones, to realize that effort grows abilities, and to understand that intelligence is something to work hard for.
During the 2018-2019 school year, we will continue to place a heavy emphasis on engaging students in evidence-based conversations about literary and informational text; working with students to produce narrative writing that incorporates effective techniques, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences; and increasing students’ vocabularies by reading increasingly complex texts and learning new, powerful words. In math, students will engage in evidence-based conversations to communicate results of their investigations and mathematical thinking; produce clear and coherent writing in various formats (e.g., diagrams, tables, graphs, etc.); and build their math vocabulary to justify their conclusions and communicate to others.