Meet Our Principal

Welcome, Eastmark High School Firebirds!

The Eastmark High School project began as a vision nearly three years ago for a comprehensive public high school in the northern part of our school district. After touring several recently built schools, gathering stakeholder input on design, and working with industry partners on curriculum, we believe we have built a school that will prepare all students for success in their chosen career pathway.

At Eastmark High, we will strive to create an environment in which we expose students to rigorous content on a regular basis, understand the relevance of how what they learn today applies to their future pathway, and most importantly, where every student has a relationship with caring professionals.

At Queen Creek Unified School District, we have a track record of producing students who achieve highly on their state assessments. The curriculum in our core academic classes is built together in partnership with nearly 100 different school districts in the state and originates out of the Vail Unified School District. To build relevance in student coursework, our elective and Career and Technical Education courses work in a cross-curriculum model with our core content areas. Our goal is to have each core area incorporate a hands-on, relevant project from the students’ academy.

Our school is built around the Career Path Academy Model, where all students choose one of four academies to belong to and then choose from one of 13 different pathways. Our academies include Business, Leadership and International Studies, Fine Arts and Media Entertainment, Medical and Social Health, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Each academy will have a maker space with each pathway housed in a demonstration area specific to the type of work happening.

Rigor and relevance can only be put in place once relationships have been established, and I will be challenging all of our staff to build strong relationships with our students through interactions centered on mutual respect. We have an excellent opportunity to build relationships of trust with our students because we are all starting this campus together.

We have some amazing things planned this year, and you won’t want to miss out! We are excited to serve our students in the 2022–2023 school year!

With you and for the students,

Dr. Tom Swaninger

Dr. Tom Swaninger, Principal