An Eastside Education

About This Episode


Eastside Memorial High School at Johnston Campus is a one-story building that looks like a typical American high school. In fact, it’s been used as a movie set, cast for its timeless look. But the stories within the walls fall short of most cheerful Hollywood depictions of adolescence.

For years, one of Austin's lowest income schools has been plagued by failing test scores and negative headlines. The state of Texas has given them three years to meet state accountability standards, or be shuttered for one year. An Eastside Education spends one semester on campus with students, teachers, parents, administrators and community members as they fight for the survival of their school and, by default, their neighborhood.

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