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Beyond the Basics

By applying "best practice" methods, and resources provided by the program, your relationship with your student will continue to grow through your student's four years at East -- and even beyond. Below you'll find tips for: Academics; Extra-curricular Activities; Preparing for the Future; The Student's Family; and Behavior and Health.  See also Common Questions and Worrisome Situations


  • Expectations. During the freshman year, students and mentors are made aware of graduation requirements. The East High Guidance and Counseling Program Quick Reference Guide lists academic, social, and post-secondary expectations for each grade level.  
  • Failed classes. Students who fail a required class should attend summer school. Students can take only one summer school class a year. A+ Angels will cover the cost provided the student attends all classes. 

Extra-curricular Activities

  • At East. Students need to get involved in extra-curricular activities for both academic and personal enrichment. See the Activities page on the East website for more information.

  • Athletics. East supports a full complement of athletic opportunities. See the athletics directory on the East website for more information. Note that students with two or more Fs, at any point during the season, are ineligible to participate in sports.  

  • Field trips. You are encouraged to take "field trips" with your student outside of school hours. These trips can stimulate your student's interests and expose a larger world. Mentors and students often enjoy time together at meals, sporting events, theater performances, hiking, college visits and more.

Preparing for the Future

  • After-school jobs. Some students can manage a job during high school. Getting an early start with working, can improve communication, collaboration, organization, time-management and other job-worthy skills. See also Summer Jobs and Volunteerism.

  • College and post-high school discussions. Start discussing your student's post-secondary options as early as freshman year. Having earnest, no pressure talks with your student, and perhaps viewing college websites, touring campuses or exploring vocational options, can help your student visualize a future after high school. 

  • Preparing for a job. Shadowing you or someone else for a day exposes the student to professional work places. 

The Student's Family

  • Communication. Focus on your student's needs first. Your relationship with your student's parents will vary depending on everyone's comfort level. Some parents will welcome your involvement, others won't. Stay within your comfort level. See question 5 in Common Questions.

  • Discounted Internet. Your student's family might qualify for discounted Internet service through Comcast Internet Essentials.  

  • Laptops. All students are issued a DPS-provided Chromebook upon entering 9th grade. They are responsible for the computer and battery-charger until they graduate. If charger or computer is lost or damaged, they are responsible for the cost. Any technology issues can be addressed with our in-school technicians in room 230.

Behavior and Health

  • Serious Issues. Students may require help beyond your capabilities when faced with suspensions, drug abuse or addiction, pregnancy, bullying or suspected abuse. You are not a social worker or psychologist, nor are you expected to be. In these situations, contact Aimee. See the Help Hotline reference sheet for other community resources that may be helpful to you and your student and A+ Angels recommended responses to various situations.

  • Actionable offenses. East has determined specific disciplinary actions for various offenses. For more information ask your student to see the Student Handbook in their planner.

  • Denver Metro Health Clinic provides free and confidential support for family planning, teen clinic, HIV testing and counseling, and STD counseling. Denver Metro Health Clinic brochure.

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