Educational activities play a major role in the growth and development of students at East High School. East High strives to provide students with a yearlong variety of activities, offering enrichment to the everyday course offerings. A few of these educational activities include debate (Jennifer Medina), IHSSA (Virginia Johnson), publications (Natalie Niemeyer), science bound and Spanish club. Students participating in educational activities at East High are taking steps in becoming lifelong learners.

The East High Speech and Debate Team competes on the Iowa and National Circuit from September through March. Students practice Tuesdays and Thursdays in room 1069M. Students may compete all season or personalize a season (by working toward competing at selected tournaments).
IHSSA is a competitive speech and drama group here at East. Students work on large group events and individual events to take to competition. If students earn a division I rating at Districts, they move on to State. After State, students can be nominated for All-State, which is a real honor. East High IHSSA begins in November and goes through March.
Publication classes at East High School consist of journalism, yearbook, and newspaper. Publication students are responsible for covering East High School events and publishing the Scroll newspapers and yearbook. Publication classes require students to not only interact with each other but with other East High students and staff. Among the many skills learned while taking a publications class, students quickly learn how to prioritize their work to meet deadlines.
The goal of Des Moines Science Bound program is to help meet our state and national need for a technical workforce by increasing the number of ethnically diverse Iowa students who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Science Bound and Des Moines Public Schools partnership began with a pilot program that became the foundation for a three-year National Science Foundation grant. Each year, approximately 200 students in ten middle, one K-8, and five high schools participate in the Des Moines program.