Eastern Senior H.S. Students and University Startups Tackle the Transition to High School

University Startups is partnering with Eastern Senior High School to provide its students with courses in social entrepreneurship, key organizational skills, and all aspects of college preparation. The introduction of this unique hybrid learning program will help prepare the students for each stage of their educational journey. 

“Eastern High School is a great place for this program. There are a large number of students enrolled in specific IB courses, but few graduate with an IB diploma. I believe this University Startups program can change that,” says Joe Weedon, a former representative on the District of Columbia State Board of Education and parent of an Eastern High School student. “The partnership with University Startups is a great step in preparing the students for the IB diploma as well ensuring the students receive the support needed for the college selection process.”

In the coming year, roughly 25 Eastern High School freshmen will participate in the University Startups’ program focusing on community involvement, self-advocacy and organizational skills. A group of sophomores will take a Social Entrepreneurship Course where they will come up with a business model that solves a problem the students have identified. The course teaches key skills, such as, critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving. Up to 100 upperclassmen will also have the chance to participate in programs from college essay writing to applying to college. 

The online University Startups classes are taught by professors from top-tier business schools and encourage Eastern Senior High School students to think creatively and find ways to translate their passions into real-world experiences. 

University Startups is a dynamic addition to the EPIC program that will keep students motivated and on-track for the Eastern IB program” says Tami Levey, creator of EHS Fall program courses. 

About University Startups: Founded in 2020, University Startups is committed to creating opportunities for students and lifelong learners to expand their worlds beyond a traditional curriculum. The organization empowers students by fostering an entrepreneurial mindset, which helps students to think creatively and find ways to translate their passions into real-world experiences. Whether students want to start a business, attend college, or find a job, University Startups uses proprietary instructional courses and groundbreaking technologies to get them there. All classes are designed by expert instructors from top-tier universities. 

About Eastern Senior High School: Founded in 1890 and located in Washington D.C., Eastern provides engaging, college preparatory coursework and extracurricular learning experiences that ensure all students graduate with the content knowledge, character, and confidence to serve as innovative, inclusive global leaders. Students, with support from outstanding teachers and a diverse set of community partners, built upon rich traditions and set a course of excellence.

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