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Principal's Message


Hello, I am Ty Smith, the new principal at EPHS, and I am excited to serve this learning community. Let me begin by telling you a little bit about myself.  This is my twenty-fourth year in LBUSD, and I’ve held various positions within those years. I started out as a college aide, then I taught for twelve years, I was a pathway facilitator for a year, and this is my tenth year as an administrator. I am passionate about education, and my goal is always to help students and families in whatever capacity needed. I am enthusiastic about starting a new year and embracing the changes taking place at EHPS. 

In order to provide students with rigorous curriculum and to prepare them for postsecondary success, Long Beach Unified School District has adopted a new independent learning model, APEX. APEX courses are standards-aligned, interactive, and highly engaging. APEX curriculum is independent study based; however, students take exams in person proctored by their teachers. In addition to that, teachers are available to provide support for students as needed. This is a shift from what EPHS has been historically, but I am confident that we will be prosperous as we navigate this new road.  Our goal is to meet students where they are and provide them with the resources and tools that they need to be accomplished in high school and beyond. I am looking forward to leading EPHS and providing our students with the tools needed to succeed.