Collaborative and Co-teaching classes are offered in all content areas. In 2011-2011 East Hall High School will be participating in the Georgia Department of Education Graduation/Dropout Prevention Project (SPDG) to help our students with disabilities stay in school and graduate. Our ESOL teachers are highly qualified content teachers who deliver instruction through a sheltered environment. Support classes to accelerate language are also offered to students who are English Language Learners while engaging the academic program of the school. Both the special education department and ESOL department plan collaboratively with content teachers during their assigned planning period.
The physical education department offers courses in recreational, team sports, weight training, and physical fitness. Health classes offer drug awareness and driving safety. The goal of the department is to instill life- long appreciation for physical, mental and emotional wellness.
The Career and Technical department offers a variety of career pathways to aid in student career awareness and to prepare them to be work ready in various careers and transition into postsecondary education. The CTAE department accomplishes this through incorporating real work scenarios into the classroom, annual job fairs, mentorships, work-based learning opportunities, and articulation with local technical colleges. The department includes three industry-certified programs and eight faculty receiving grants for Career Tech Student Organizations. Over the last several years, East Hall’s CTSO’s have participated in numerous leadership training conferences and competitions, with winners at the region, state, and national levels, and both region and state officers. Family and Consumer Science offers “Examining the Teaching Profession” where students have actual teaching experiences at an elementary school. Family and Consumer Science also offers an on-site child care program for preschoolers which prepares the student for employment in early childhood careers and postsecondary education. SkillsUSA collaborates with Habitat for Humanity and has won the playhouse competition for the last four years at our local Mule Camp Springs. The Horticulture program developed a Gray Water Project, which recycles collected rain water. Our Automotive program is currently partnered with the science department in developing a hydrogen-fueled engine.
East Hall High School has the only Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps unit in the Hall County school system. It is one of over 600 Navy JROTC programs across the United States emphasizing responsibility, character building, and citizenship. In recent years, our cadets have had the opportunity to visit California, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. They have been introduced to high tech career opportunities, visited numerous historical sites, competed against other JROTC units in a wide variety of activities, and met many notable military and civilian leaders. For five of the last seven years, an East Hall cadet has been selected as the Outstanding JROTC Cadet for Northeast Georgia by the Sons of the American Revolution. Three times that cadet went on to be selected as the Outstanding JROTC Cadet for the State of Georgia. Last year, an East Hall cadet competed against the best cadets from forty units in the area, and was chosen as the Outstanding Metro Atlanta NJROTC Cadet by the Navy League of the United States. We are very proud of our cadets and the work they are doing. While most cadets go straight into the work force after graduation, many have earned scholarships and gone on to area colleges or opted for an exciting career in the military. Now in its seventeenth year at East Hall High School, our cadets have proven that the NJROTC program develops informed and responsible citizens, and that it is an excellent means of improving self-confidence and leadership ability.
Our Fine Arts Department has a reputation for excellence in our local school and across the state. The East Hall Viking Band has won countless awards in competitions for both Marching and Concert Bands. Our chorus department as well as Symphonic and Concert Bands entertain us with regular performances at holidays and special occasions. Our art department offers courses in Comprehensive Visual Arts as well as drawing, painting, and photography was added in 2008 to our curriculum. The Drama department has participated in the One Act Competition each year. The technology in the drama department has grown steadily to allow for improved sound and lighting.
Modern language studies at East Hall High school offer courses in Spanish including AP Spanish and Spanish for Native Speakers. Students have opportunity to explore literature and culture of other countries through their studies. Students have also taken Virtual School courses in Latin, Chinese, and German.