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Welcome to Ninth Grade

East E with the castle look in the background
Incoming 9th Grade Students & Families (Class of 2025)

Below you will find resources to guide you through the transition to high school.

First Day Orientation

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021 is the first day of school for 9th grade students (the Class of 2025) and is reserved for only 9th and 10th grade students.  This will be a day of acclimation with activities to support 9th graders getting to know the building and High School.  The day will consist of a building tour, getting to know East activities, and a shortened class schedule so students can find their classes.  Students will receive their locker assignments on this day as well. 



East High School is structured with “Small Learning Community Neighborhoods.” These Neighborhoods (Olbrich, Tenney, Warner, and Yahara) do not correlate with where families physically reside, but are assigned randomly. Within each neighborhood, students are supported by an Assistant Principal, Administrative Assistant, Counselor, Social Worker, Psychologist, Dean of Students, and Nurse and ideally these connections will stay the same during a students’ four years at East. East’s Neighborhood structure offers opportunities for student-to-student and student-to-staff relationships leading to students’ becoming personally involved in and taking responsibility for their own education. The result of students’ feeling a part of the school’s academics and activities is increased chances for success both in and out of the classroom.  A full list of all staff by neighborhood can be found here.

Class of 2025 students and families were emailed their Neighborhood assignments and a Neighborhood Welcome Message on August 27th, 2021.

Neighborhood Welcome Messages 2021

An Introduction To 9th Grade At East High School

View the slides and information shared at the May 12th, 2021 Spring Virtual Family Night about sports, clubs and organizations at East High School. 

Watch the recorded virtual presentation and recording of electives Q&A session from January 7th, 2021 about East High School for current 8th grade families led by current East staff and students.

Program Options

Personalized Pathways

Personalized Pathways


Dual Language Immersion (DLI)


Questions about the transition from 8th to 9th grade?  Contact East's 9th Grade On Track Coordinator, Tom Kanies, at or 608-204-1683.

Para preguntas en español, se puede comunicar con la Sra. Silvia Gomez al 608-204-1624 o,  o la consejera escolar bilingüe, Robin Murphy-Sinha, al 608-561-7370 (llamadas o textos) o


Purgolder Press (weekly)
Peppy's Periodical (monthly)
Tower Media (student news site)
East Calendar

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