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East High: Amid change, challenges persist

November 15, 2017
Shaun Nelms stands in front of a painted mural that reads WE HAVE IT ALL : EAST HIGH"School has to both heal the heart and the mind," says Shaun Nelms ’13W (EdD), superintendent of East High School. "And part of healing the heart is being aware of the resources that are available to truly support students and their families so they can be successful academically." (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

Students say the atmosphere at Rochester’s East High School two years ago was “a hot mess” and disrespect was rampant. That’s when the University of Rochester entered into an educational partnership with East High and began working to change the culture in the struggling school threatened by closure. Host Sandra Knispel speaks with members of the East High community to find out how far the school, the students, and the partnership have come since then.

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All in at East High
In 2014, a Rochester high school was on the brink of closure. Since then, a partnership with the University has helped East High School to forge a new culture and commitment to revival.

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