The school was the 311th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 316 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2008 cover story on the state's Top Public High Schools. The school was ranked 309th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 370th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2009-10 rankings which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
Demographics and achievement
As of the 2008-09 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,731 students and 295.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 5.9:1.
EHS is 55% Hispanic of various Latin American nationalities, 43% Black, 2% White. 37% of the school speaks Spanish in their homes while another 32% speaks another language that isn't English at home. There are also Limited English Proficiency students or LEPs who compose 12% of the school. Limited English Proficient students cannot speak, read, or write in English and are placed in "bilingual" classes. 45% of the students participate in the free or reduced price lunch program.
The average class size is 39 students, excluding special education. The school's ratio of students to computers is 9 to 1, with the state average being 4 to 1.
On the Language Arts section of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), 51% scored proficient and 46% scored partial. On the Math section of the test, 39% scored proficient and 57% scored partial. The average SAT score is 736 out of 1600. The Advanced Placement Program (AP) participation is 2%. The average attendance rate is 87%. As of the 2004-05 school year, EHS had a suspension rate of 10%. 60% of Eastside High School seniors graduated. 71% of the school graduated via the SRA process and 10% graduated through the LEP SRA process. Roughly 38% of the graduating seniors go on to four-year colleges and another 34% of the graduating seniors go on to two-year college.
The faculty gets paid $46,500 a year while the state average is $52,563. The administrators get paid $105,000, the state average is $102,755.
Since the school is in a “special needs” or one of the Abbott Districts, the district receives almost 85% of its budget from the state.
Eastside plays an annual Thanksgiving Day football game against Kennedy High School. In 2011, Eastside won the 87th annual match-up between the two schools by a score of 17-12, ending the series at 40 wins, 40 losses and 7 ties.
Paterson Eastside High is famous for its renaissance in the mid-1980s under the leadership of Joe Clark as principal. The school was depicted in the 1989 film Lean on Me, starring Morgan Freeman.
Johnny Briggs (born 1944), major league baseball player with Phillies, Brewers, and Twins.
^Stapleton, Art. "He was just Mr. Doby", The Record (Bergen County), June 24, 2003. Accessed May 31, 2007. "On Monday morning, Bradley stood on the corner outside the Trinity United Presbyterian Church and reminisced with friend Vince Fiasconaro, both of whom were varsity teammates of Doby's at Eastside High School."
^Bob Giraldi: Partner, StarChefs. Accessed January 2, 2012. "Born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1939, Bob Giraldi was educated at Paterson Eastside High School and Pratt Institute, where he graduated with a BFA in 1960."
^ abIdec, Keith. "Where are they now? Eastside's Ricardo McDonald", The Record (Bergen County), March 7, 2011. Accessed May 5, 2012. "While many of them suffer from debilitating physical ailments, financial difficulties and marital problems that often lead to divorce in their post-NFL lives, McDonald is in good physical condition, is a happily married father of four and is part-owner of a thriving truck stop 90 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, where the ex-Eastside star was a collegiate standout for the Panthers.... He and his twin brother, former Kennedy star and NFL linebacker Devon McDonald, were among the best high school football players in North Jersey during the 1980s. They also experienced personal tragedy that made them want to provide positive examples to Paterson’s youth."