The education that I received at EGHS was nothing short of incredible. The teaching staff as a whole prepared me to excel in a competitive college environment. When I first arrived to college as a freshman, like anyone else, I was worried if I was adequately prepared. Fortunately, I was one of the strongest students with one of the best skill sets due to the preparation provided to me by the teachers along with the learning environment at East Greenwich.
The teachers who have taught me over the course of my lifetime at East Greenwich went above and beyond in order to help me become successful after high school. The mind-set, the knowledge, the attitude that the teachers at East Greenwich bestowed upon me is the reason I have the ability to be successful today. Across every subject, the knowledge level of the teachers and the dedication they have to educating the students has set me and other East Greenwich alumni apart from the pack from an educational and professional standpoint.
-Austin Vutech Class of 2015
University of Tampa sophomore
30 January 2015
Last month EGHS alumni flooded back to town to celebrate the holidays with family. For many students it was a time to reconnect with old friends, teachers, classmates, and teammates and to learn from each other about our adventures beyond East Greenwich.
Our college experiences are unique, but they share one common thread. East Greenwich High School gave us the skills, knowledge, practical experience, and desire to succeed as students and human beings in the next stage of our lives.
The rigorous high school program of study prepared us for the challenges of academic life in college. We are poised to build relationships with peers and professors and to advocate for ourselves and others when necessary. We possess the confidence to get involved in sports, drama, clubs, and other extracurricular groups, and are eager to volunteer our time and talents in our local communities and beyond because of our time as Avengers.
At Harvard, Professor Mankiw’s challenging Microeconomics course was digestible because of the excellent instruction [in the Social Studies Department]. Likewise, EGHS English classes ... prepare students to read and think critically and to write with precision and passion. Those skills proved invaluable at Harvard this year.
Across the country at Stanford, advanced chemistry classes teaching quantum mechanics to nuclear magnetic resonance build upon the strong foundation gained from [the Science Department]. Teaching students to think critically and methodically, EGHS teachers and classes equipped us with the skills needed to tackle ordinary differential equations or analyze Emma Goldman’s work on feminism. This strong high school education establishes life skills essential for success at any university.
We thank you, the EGHS faculty, and staff for your time, effort, and dedication. We move forward to fulfill our goals and dreams because of your commitment to our education.
Andrew Miner Heather Shen
Harvard 2018 Stanford, 2018
I connected with several teachers at EGHS in ways that followed me and guided me years after I left. Whether they be the teachers I adored or the ones who challenged me most (who were sometimes one and the same), the relationships I forged with these educators played an important role in the person I've become. I am so grateful for the foundation set in my adolescence by the community at EGHS and am now using these tools in my own classroom. I reflect on the many role models I had in high school on a daily basis and am so proud to carry their strength, compassion and knowledge with me as I make my mark on the world.
EGHS Class of 2002
I am extremely grateful and fortunate to say that I graduated from East Greenwich High school. Throughout my education in the East Greenwich Public schools I was always greeted by teachers with a smile, treated as an adult, and looked at as a whole person rather than just a student. As I further my education, I continue to see how lucky I was to attend the EGPS, as it is very evident that I was thoroughly prepared for my future endeavors . Not all students can attest to being greatly cared for in school and well prepared for their future, however, East Greenwich definitely provided this for me.
Rhode Island College
East Greenwich High School teachers don't just shape learners, they mold responsible, wise, and well prepared young adults for the future. After growing, developing and learning for four years at East Greenwich High School, I was well prepared for college. It was my teachers who prepared me. As I stepped onto the Providence College campus for the first time, I had the confidence I needed to succeed. I was ready to foster new friendships, become involved in the college community, and actively engage in college level courses. While I witnessed new friends from all across the country struggle to make sense of assignments, rattled by the rigor, I adapted quickly. I was prepared for college level learning. For that, I can thank my EGHS teachers. Their expectations for me throughout high school allowed me to be successful in college.
Beyond college, I am still reflecting on my high school knowledge in my career and daily life. Today, I am a seventh grade special educator. Not a day goes by in my classroom when I don't think about my own education and development. While I certainly learned strategies, pedagogy, and educational philosophy through my college courses, it is my education from the East Greenwich school system that has become my model. I think about the expectations my teachers had for me and how they guided me to meet them. I reflect on the compassion that my teachers not only showed me but taught me to show to others. I try daily to pass these lessons on to my own students.
To my teachers, thank you. Thank you for always encouraging me to keep trying, challenging me to be a better person, and helping me develop my best self. I am most thankful for the safe, comfortable, and loving community in which I was able to grow, while always being challenged to think and apply myself. I hope to emulate the learning experience you gave me for my own students.
Providence College, 2014
I graduated from East Greenwich High School in 2006. Even though it was over 10 years ago, I still feel that the education I received during high school prepared me for college and the "real world." Throughout my four years at EGHS, one aspect that stood constant were the teachers. Whether I was in ninth grade or in twelfth, I always felt supported by my teachers. [One teacher} answering last minute questions before a biology test; [another] reading over a paper one more time before it was due; [my science teacher] helping with Physics homework during homeroom; I always felt I could turn to my teachers for homework help, study tips, or explaining a specific topic. In feeling supported, I never felt stupid about asking questions or knowing when I needed extra help. During my freshman year of high school, I felt my classes were more structured, which allowed for an easy transition from eighth grade to ninth grade. However, during my Senior year, I had more flexibility in choosing my courses. The freedom of choosing classes provided a sense of a college environment.
With the education I received at EGHS, I was fortunate enough to have an easy transition to college. I knew the importance of completing assignments on time, being present in the classroom, and how to adjust my study techniques to be successful in taking exams. Most importantly, I went to the professors and teaching assistants for extra help; I stayed after class to debate topics with professors; I went to review sessions prior to exams. By acknowledging my strengths and weaknesses in high school, I was able to succeed in college and be prepared for the working world. I am truly thankful for the education I received at EGHS.
Melissa Gesmondi, R.N.
University of New Hampshire 2011