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ACADEMIC PROGRAM (8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.)

All classes are taught by current or former Edison High School teachers who have extensive experience teaching students with learning differences. The student and her/his family choose two of the three course offerings. Classes last 90 minutes and average eight students. All classes offer access to technology and study skills support.


Students are challenged to see math in a new way as they solve real-life problems using practical, hands-on math activities. Abstract math concepts gain new relevance as students review basic arithmetic facts and practice the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Instruction is driven by students' individual needs and targets statewide math curriculum goals.  


In writing class, students develop confidence in their own creativity and ability as they practice key strategies for improving different kinds of writing. The students write an essay, a report and several narrative pieces. Learning strategies include note-taking for research, using graphic organizers and self-monitoring with planners to organize time and deadlines. Writing skills and confidence will soar! 


Our reading class promotes better reading by improving students' comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and basic decoding skills. The reading teacher uses a variety of engaging fiction and non-fiction materials at each student's reading level. Students work on outlining strategies, prepare a book report and develop crucial laptop skills.


After lunch students will explore a topic in-depth. Our outstanding Edison High School teachers will share some of their favorite ideas and topics to encourage deeper learning in content areas, spark new interests and spread excitement about learning! Participants may sign up by the week. Below are examples of the classes that may be offered in the afternoon.

*Afternoon enrichment classes are only available to registered morning students. Afternoon-only attendance is not an option in our program.


Week ONE: June 28 - July 2
Summer Service Learning for Youth!

Do you like working in teams on hands-on projects? Want to make the world a better place? If you like helping others and making a difference in the community, this class is for you! In this elective, Edison Service Learning director, Kassie Halpin, will lead students in projects that will improve the lives of people right here in the Portland metro area, and create smiles in other areas of the world. Students will get the opportunity to work on projects such as creating cards for service members for Operation Gratitude, making blankets for children and teens for the Linus Project, decorating masks to hand out, collecting non-perishables for the Oregon Food Bank or local food pantries, and putting together homeless care packs for local distribution.


WEEK TWO: July 6 - 9 (Four Day Week)

Have you ever thought about what it takes to make a replacement heart valve? Do you like to build things that fly, float or move? Join us for the Engineering and Design class.

Engineers ask critical questions about what they want to create, whether it be a skyscraper, amusement park ride, bicycle or smartphone. These questions include: What is the problem to solve? What do we want to design? Who is it for? What do we want to accomplish? What are the project requirements? What are the limitations? What is our goal?

In this enrichment class, students will explore physics and math by building a model of a heart valve. We will explore aerodynamics through paper airplanes and water bottle rockets. We will gain a better understanding of buoyancy by constructing clay boats. This class is hands-on and will be a lot of fun!


Week THREE: July 12 - 16

Take a basic American Sign Language class at Edison High School. Students will learn how to fingerspell, sign basic sentences, numbers, colors and so much more. Lessons are taught using engaging interactive activities and games focusing on real-world applications.


WEEK FOUR: July 19 - 23

Come on a tour of the culture, cuisine, and community of Central and South America this summer. We will try out some artistic techniques, learn a few dance steps, and be introduced to a variety of music. Students will investigate how the geography of the Andes, Amazon, plains, and beaches influence the food, sports, festivals, and fashion of regions. Of course, this will come with some cooking and taste tests. We'll practice some Spanish phrases and vocab. Students interested in expanding their view of the world will enjoy diving into the rich and diverse cultures of our American neighbors.



Time to get up and get active, everyone!  This week will involve various sports, games, and activities – both indoors and outdoors – meant for fun, exercise, and to expand our appreciation of the greatest machine you will ever own: your body!  Some of the activities will include:

  • Frisbee
  • Yoga
  • Self-Defense/Knowing your surroundings
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Capture the flag
  • Kickball

Also, bring your own ideas for fun activities you’d like to share with the group.

Afternoon enrichment classes are subject to change or cancellation if a minimum number of students do not register.


Edison High School
9020 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway
Portland, OR 97225

Phone: 503-297-2336
Fax: 503-297-2527

Edison High School is located on the campus of Jesuit High School.

Located in Portland, Oregon, Edison High School is a private school dedicated to meeting the special education needs of Learning Disabled teens (LD teens). Our students' learning differences include dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, Asperger syndrome, Tourette syndrome, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, auditory processing, visual processing, communication disorders, executive functioning weakness and nonverbal learning disorders.