Edison High School empowers students with learning differences to experience academic success and personal growth, while preparing them for a productive future.
Edison is guided by a set of Core Values: we are student-centered and characterized by attunement, collaboration, dedication, accessibility and organization; our students become future-ready.
Edison High School is open to students who have learning differences such as Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivty Disorder (ADHD), Tourette Syndrome, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Visual Perception and Nonverbal Learning Disorders. Students are referred by parents, schools, counselors, tutors and medical professionals. Each student and family is interviewed prior to admission and evaluated by staff to ensure a good fit.
EDUCATIONAL APPROACH & STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
Edison’s curriculum prepares students for graduation and beyond. Classes average nine students, allowing teachers to become familiar with each student’s learning abilities and learning challenges, and to individualize instruction within a classroom setting. The strong bonds that form between staff and students are a hallmark of our school; these relationships encourage and steer academic and personal success. Enrollment is approximately 90 students. Edison High School is accredited through AdvancED (formerly Northwest Association of Accredited Schools).
HISTORY/RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL
Founded in 1973 in Portland, Oregon, Edison is located on the campus of Jesuit High School. Though independent, there is a collaborative relationship between the two schools. Some Edison students attend classes at Jesuit, some Jesuit students take classes at Edison, and many Edison students participate in the sports, theater, music, and other extracurricular activities offered by Jesuit.
Everything we do at Edison is possible because of the cooperative, supportive partnerships among parents, students and staff. More than a school community, our common purpose unites us into the "Edison village." It is gratifying to see the changes that occur within families of students as a result of the environment. As students accept responsibility for their own learning, parents are relieved to find that they can simply "be parents" again—able to enjoy their kids and focus on their special qualities.
School Day & School Policies
School Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Tuesday, 9:25 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Edison's daily schedule has a unique feature built right in: eighth period. Available every afternoon (except Friday) from 2:50 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., eighth period is a chance for each and every student to visit teachers in their classrooms after the school day is over to get some extra help.
Our general school policies, including schedules and course offerings, are outlined in our Student & Parent Handbook.
Edison’s staff of twenty-seven includes fourteen teachers; three counselors, including two Licensed Professional Counselors and a Licensed School Counselor, all with master’s degrees; one transition specialist; and administrative and development staff.
Edison’s success is built on an effective partnership with parents. Communication with parents is fostered through weekly mailings and frequent phone calls. Parents are expected to assist the school in a volunteer capacity.
Tuition for the 2018-2019 school year is $23,000
Edison is a four-year, full-service high school program with a strong record of academic success. The vast majority of our students receive their high school diplomas and most Edison students continue their education beyond a high school diploma. About one-third of our graduates go on to a four-year college, while two-thirds of students attend a two-year institution, enter the workforce or work while continuing post-graduate education. All students who earn their diplomas from Edison receive career awareness and guidance through our transitions program.
Edison High School’s funding come from tuition, private gifts and grants. In addition, the proceeds from two annual fundraisers, the Edison Breakfast held in November and the Brilliance Auction held in March each year, flow to financial aid to support families in need.
Our school is named in honor of the famed American. As a dyslexic, Thomas Edison struggled greatly in school. His mind often wandered, he talked when he was supposed to be listening, and he paid little attention to detail. The schoolmaster considered Edison such a poor student that he advised Edison's mother to take him out of school altogether, "for he would never make a scholar."
Of course, Edison proved everyone wrong. And while not every child with learning differences will attain such notability as an adult, his achievements serve as our daily inspiration. Just as he transformed the way we live, Edison High School works to transform the lives of our students.