East High School makes a priority to provide families with various educational choices. East High educates some of the top scholars in the state who go on to attend leading colleges and universities around the world. We are home to teachers who are recognized throughout the community as passionate educators. East provides students with a comprehensive, well-rounded curriculum. And, East offers students a wide range of special programs to meet their interests and needs. To learn more about the East’s curriculum offerings and other educational programs, please visit the links listed below.

2020-2021 Staff Handbook




East monitors the progress of every student with a variety of assessments. The year-end schoolwide assessments are called Iowa Assessments. The main purposes of the Iowa Assessments are to provide the school with information that can be used to improve instruction and to help teachers make sound educational decisions about each student’s learning. The scores allow teachers to check each student’s year-to-year growth and to identify areas of achievement and needed areas of improvement. Students should be encouraged to do their best on the Iowa Assessments, as they should for all of their school activities. During the week of testing, make sure your student gets as much sleep each night as they normally get on a school night, so they arrive at school ready to put forth their best effort.



East High School provides students with a well-rounded curriculum to prepare them for the next stages of their lives in the 21st century. Here you will find information regarding the Iowa Core Curriculum and what students are learning in each subject area. You will also find the Des Moines Public School graduation requirements. Every student has specific courses he or she is required to complete before graduating. To find out about the wide range of educational opportunities outside of the classroom, please visit the Activities page on our web site.

East provides students with a variety of options to meet their educational needs and interests. East offers programs such as Advanced Placement, Special Education, English Language Learners, SUCCESS, and many more. East provides educational programs as diverse as the people who learn and live in our community. Here you will learn more information about the educational programs at East High School.



Standards-Referenced Grading
Des Moines schools have begun a transition to a more helpful form of progress reporting. It might not seem all that “helpful” right now, as you’re seeing things you haven’t seen before, but let’s take a look at how things are changing…


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