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Program Overview

Why Summer School?

Edison High School has a long tradition of excellent instruction and student success. Our Middle School Summer Program (Summer Program) puts the same proven practices to work. Our goal is to help middle school students with learning differences reach their full potential. Over the long summer vacation, these students can lose the skills they were developing just as the school year ended. Our Summer Program helps maintain academic momentum, giving kids a "running start" into the next school year. We receive overwhelming positive feedback about the Summer Program from parents and students year after year, noting that it consistently produces students who are happier and more successful entering school in the fall.  

NEW THIS YEAR: Students entering 9th grade this fall are eligible!

Who Does the Program Serve? 

The program is open to any student with learning differences, or who struggles in school, entering 6th–9th grade the following fall.  

Schedule & Classes

Morning Classes 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

In the morning, our "classic" academic summer school program reinforces basic skills, while encouraging the higher-order thinking demanded in high school. Grouped in small classes, students are supported and encouraged by expert teachers in a safe environment. Students choose two classes from among the three offered: reading, writing and math.

Afternoon Enrichment Classes 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Available to morning students, our afternoon enrichment program (12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) allows students to explore "passion projects" with our Edison High School staff on a week-to-week basis. These classes promise to spark new interests in any learner, with themes such as:

  • BALLS, BIKES, DISCS, AND MORE!
  • MAKING THE WORLD BETTER
  • ENGINEERING AND DESIGN
  • BODY MOVIN’ - SPORTS, GAMES, AND MORE
  • MINECRAFT – EXTREME MAKEOVER

"My student's progress in your summer school program improved her writing and reading skills. Your reading teacher helped me by modeling truly motivating compliments. She kept saying, 'Your daughter works really, really hard!' My student was nearly in tears with gratitude for having someone take notice of her. What a watershed time last summer was!"

Middle School Summer Program Parent

Expectations & Policies

General EXPECTATIONS

We acknowledge individual differences, and expect our summer school students to work cooperatively with teachers and classmates. Please remember that we do not have a counseling staff in the summer, and we focus on academic need. Our program is not appropriate for students with serious behavioral or emotional challenges, and for students who cannot work in a learning community. Please make an honest and thoughtful choice in this area. If we cannot serve your student once the program has begun, we regret that we are not able to refund tuition. We reserve the right to exclude, at any time, a student whose conduct, influence or behavior is deemed harmful to the best interests of the program or its participants; or whose financial obligations have not been met. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask for clarification.

We are a closed campus, and students will be supervised at all times while on campus. Parents should drop their student off no earlier than 8:15 a.m. Please pick your student up by 12:15 p.m. (morning only) or 3:15 p.m. (enrichment.) If your student will leave campus independently after school, please let us know that is the plan.

The Edison Middle School Summer Program is an equal opportunity school. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in the hiring of staff, administration of educational policies, student admissions, financial aid or other school-related programs.

FINANCIAL POLICIES

While we ask for payment at the time of registration, we are excited to offer PayPal to help parents get reward miles and/or finance their payments flexibly with a credit card. If students withdraw from all or part of the program on or before May 15th, the total tuition paid LESS a $200 penalty will be returned to them. If a student withdraws after May 15th, they forfeit the entire tuition.

Summer School Class List

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.

MATH

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.  

WRITING

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! 

READING

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.

Afternoon Enrichment Program* (12:00 P.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

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. 

BALLS, BIKES, DISCS, AND MORE! – WEEK ONE:  JUNE 24TH – 28TH 

In this active course, you will have the opportunity to play multiple ball games (soccer, touch football, and perhaps tennis baseball), in addition to practicing the basics of ultimate Frisbee.  You will also have the opportunity to practice safe cycling (i.e. basic signalling) and take part in cycling obstacle courses.  Please note that our number of bikes is limited, so sign up fast if you're interested to take part in this course.  See you there!

MAKING THE WORLD BETTER – WEEK TWO: JULY 1ST – 4TH

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, making blankets for children in need and hats for cancer patients, collecting food for the Oregon Food Bank, and putting together homeless care packs for local distribution.

ENGINEERING AND DESIGN – WEEK THREE:  JULY 8TH – 12TH

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!

BODY MOVIN’ - SPORTS, GAMES, AND MORE! – JULY 15TH – 19TH 

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. 
MINECRAFT – EXTREME MAKEOVER! – JULY 22ND - 26TH 

Change is ​the ​name and finding solutions is the game! In this summer’s Minecraft class, students will team together, put on their empathetic hats and take on challenges to make improvements all around through creative development, using individual strengths and group collaboration. The villagers of Minecratia need help and students will help out different families who are struggling in different ways. Students will examine their situation, generate creative solutions, critically examine and choose solutions that will best help and finally implement them while building each family a dream home.

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

If you would like to apply for the Middle School Summer Program, please begin the application process.

Registration Information & Policies

Dates

Our 5 week summer session will run from June 24th through July 26th.  The program is open to students with learning differences, or who struggle academically in school, entering the 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grade in fall 2019.

Registration

If you would like to apply for the Middle School Summer Program, please begin the application process.


FEES

  • Registration Fee:  $50.
  • Five Week Academic Program: $1,345.
  • Optional Afternoon Enrichment Classes: $250 for week-long classes, $200 for the four-day week (4th of July)
Tuition assistance is available for the morning academic program. You may apply for assistance by completing the Financial Aid Form.    Financial aid application must be received by May 17, 2019.  If you are a tuition assistance candidate, your conditional registration can proceed with a deposit. This feature is built into the registration program.

Financial Policies

We ask for payment at the time of registration. We do offer PayPal to help parents get reward miles and/or finance their payments flexibly with a credit card. If a student withdraws from all or part of the program on or before May 15th, the total tuition paid less $200 will be returned. If a student withdraws after May 15th, no refund is available.

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

We acknowledge individual differences, but expect our summer school students to work cooperatively with teachers and classmates. We do not have a counseling staff in the summer, and focus on academic need. Our program is for students with learning differences or children who struggle in school academically. We are not able to serve students with serious behavioral or emotional challenges, or students who cannot work in a learning community.

Please make an honest and thoughtful choice in this area. If we cannot serve your student once the program has begun, we regret that we will not be able to refund tuition. We reserve the right to exclude, at any time, a student whose conduct, influence or behavior is deemed harmful to the best interests of the program or its participants, or whose financial obligations have not been met. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask for clarification.

Summer Hours of Operation

Edison is a closed campus, and students will be supervised at all times while on campus. Parents should drop their student off no earlier than 8:15 a.m. Please pick your student up by 12:15 p.m. (morning only) or 3:15 p.m. (morning + afternoon enrichment). If your student will leave campus independently after school, please let us know in advance.

The Edison Middle School Summer Program is an equal opportunity school. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in the hiring of staff, administration of educational policies, student admissions, financial aid or other school-related programs.

Contact Edison

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. Click here for a map and driving directions.

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