Students enrolled 453
Hours 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 a.m.
School leader Lori Orum
Transportation options None
District Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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2425 Kansas Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404

(310) 828-0335
(310) 449-1250
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4 stars
Based on 29 ratings

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June 23, 2014
The school is overall really great. The kids do learn Spanish. The teachers coordinate what will be taught, so all kids have access to the same major projects. There is a decent mix between skill-building and project-based lessons. P.E. is provided on a daily basis. Extra help is provided to kids who need it because parents volunteer in classrooms. There are many after school activities available. I have more than one child in the school. Kids in some grades are a better mix of personalities than others -and some teachers are stronger than others, but that's the case in any school.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
I feel so fortunate to have my children at Edison. Principal Orum is amazing and works tirelessly to make the school excellent in every way. She is also very open to hearing concerns and making changes as necessary. The new campus is state of the art. The teachers are dedicated to the students and are outstanding. There is a great sense of community and parent involvement. There is enormous diversity in the school. I also feel fortunate to have an elementary school that is tied to excellent middle and high schools, where my children can continue the immersion program through the 12th grade.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
Edison school is a wonderful and friendly small school providing immersion bilingual education in Spanish. The teachers have amazing enthusiasm and drive to give the children a quality bilingual education. The level of commitment is especially inspirational considering the modest pay of a public school teacher. (The only weak spot is the very occasional teacher who is not so much bad, but rather burnt out.) It is amazing that the children end up speaking fluent Spanish. However, make no mistake that for English speaking families, the bilingual education does not come without a fair amount of determination and commitment. However, our family thought the life long benefits of bilingual thought and cognition were well worth the effort. But be prepared for some confusing and arduous homework sessions! The community of parents are warm and welcoming. And the principal, Lori Orum, is the heart and soul of the school. An amazing woman. Edison is a fantastic school, equal to any public or private school in the nation.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
I don't understand what the school is trying to teach its students. The way they grade papers is not helpful to a young student's self Esteem. They give quizzes and tests that are only 4-7 problems. When my son made one simple mistake and one problem he didnt understand which make 2 wrong, he gets a D!!?Children are just starting to form an opinion about school And about what kind of student they are; this view of their self will carry them through the tougher Adolescent years. If they are a D student because of educators errors they won't feel they are competent enough to get through more difficult subjects ahead. Meanwhile as strict as it is in the classroom, there is fowl language, racism, and physical violence out on the playground, which I've been told by my sons, is ignored by the yard employees.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
Edison Elementary Language Academy is a great school. It is a dual immersion school where all the students learn to understand, read, write, and speak in both English and Spanish. It has a wonderfully diverse student body and huge parent involvement. It is a school of choice, so everyone who is there, is there because they want their child(ren) to have the benefits of a dual language program. My second grade daughter loves Edison. The teachers are wonderful and the principal is outstanding. Edison is so much more than simply a school. It is a community, filled with a wide array of families, teachers, and staff that are passionate and committed to providing all children with an academically rigorous and culturally stimulating school experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2010
The gift Edison gives our children cannot be measured - the mental flexibility to think in two different languages from kindergarten on. And the sense of community is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
Our older son went to Edison as is in 6th grade at JAMS now. His Spanish is wonderful and he can read practically anything in English or Spanish. Our older son is in 1st grade and getting tremendous added value out of the bilingual curriculum. For both of them, learning in 2 languages has helped them refine listening skills and requires them to think more before they answer questions. Edison is a wonderful school with outstanding teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
Just love what Edison is doing for my grandchildren.

- submitted by a community member
March 26, 2010
We LOVE Edison. My daughter is in 2nd grade and can read, write, and converse in Spanish, in spite of her parents not speaking the language at all. The community of staff, families and students is beautiful and dedicated to the goal of having a great education experience for all the children. Everyone here feels lucky to be here. The principal is the very best, she is an amazing communicator and you can see her pride in the school and children at every event, because she attends them all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The school has a Spanish-immersion program that has the students speaking Spanish in a few short months. It's incredible. The principal is excellent and the overall community is the best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 12, 2009
I volunteer here and i love this school, the kids are great and the staff is friendly and very disciplinary when they have to be to make sure the students are able to learn without any interruptions. Its a multi-cultural school with mostly free or reduced lunch students but everyone tries to get involved when they are able to do so

- submitted by a community member
November 01, 2008
We have two children at the school, and they are very different. Both, however, are exceedingly happy to go to Edison every morning. The dedication of the teachers is immense, and the Principal is, I think, the strongest in the District. Our scores reflect that. Though a small school, it is intensely diverse, something we are very thankful for.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
I think Edison is an outstanding school. Our principal is a wonderful caring leader and the community is fabulous. Furthermore, the teachers are life-long learners that model a great attitude toward second language acquisition and learning. I am vey happy that my daughter attends this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2008
Edison is the best think that has happened to my family, we are traveling to Spain this summer since my Kinder and 1st grade kids can already converse comfortably in Spanish. The teachers are amazing and truly love the children. It feels like a family. We have been given extra help in areas we need as well.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2008
This school is a model for all schools in America. All graduates leave the school speaking two languages perfectly, they learn about other cultures outside of the United States. In an increasingly globalized world, all American parents should be trying to teach their children about other cultures. It's only shortfall are the standardized tests that are, unfortunately, a requisite of California public schools curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2008
A great school that gets better every year! Principal Orum is a wonderful, bringing out the best in everyone. My 1st grade daughter has loved her teachers and can read well in both English and Spanish. The campus is a warm and inviting space - everyone seems to know everyone! As far as test scores are concerned, compare us by demographic groups and we areas measure up to all the other Santa Monica schools in our district.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2008
Edison is one of the most family friendly schools I have been to. Due to its size you can get to know nearly everyone that walks through its doors. As a parent I have met lifelong friends with parents and teachers. Thank you for your awesome experience for me and my formal preschool daughter.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 29, 2007
This is a fantastic school for both English and Spanish speaking children. We have seen the school evolve over the past two years under the new Principal, going from a good program to a fantastic one. For anyone who values the effects of learning a second language, as well as naturally-occurring diversity, this is the perfect school. Since it is a school of choice, all the families who are there want to be there, and that makes a tremendous difference in the commitment to the program. Of the families who came and then left, many of them were clearly not comfortable with the wide diversity of the community. For those who value that as well as an excellent teaching staff and a thoughtful, thorough program, it is a unique and wonderful place. We count ourselves very lucky to have gotten in.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2007
Edison is a quality institution. I sent my older child from kinder through fifth grade at Grant Elementary, which was a fine school, but my experience with my second child here at Edison far superior. Because this is a school of choice, there is a much greater cohesion among the parents here than at many other schools. The academic instruction is excellent, although there are greater challenges for kids learning in two languages, but there is excellent support for parents of both English and Spanish learners. The music programs in Santa Monica are excellent, but our children also have opportunities to learn traditional Latin American music and dances, as well as theater that incorporates Latin Cultural themes and traditions. Our children learn to respect and value each others cultural traditions in ways that are far more apparent then at many other schools in this community. We Love it

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2007
Our experience in this school has been a disappointment. The quality of its academic programs are very poor. We thought that a Immersion Program was the best education for our child, we were so wrong. There is no balance in the structure of how Spanish and English is divided. Most of all our children safety is their last priority. I do not recommend this school for anyone that is in their right mind.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2006
Dual immersion program English/Spanish, wonderful program. Great principal! Music in Santa Monica starts at 4th grade. Parent involvement is high for those parents that have the money to stay at home.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2005
We are very happy with Edison Language Academy, Spanish immersion school, and have been delighted with the quality of my daughter's kindergarden teacher and now her current 1st grade teacher. My daughter is engaged and happy in her classroom and motivated in all aspects of her learning. She entered the school as an English dominant student and is now clearly bilingual in Spanish and speaks with a perfect accent. She reads and writes in Spanish in school and yet at home enjoys reading and writing in English. This year, with Ms. Oram as the new principal, both parent and teacher satisfaction has increased greatly. There is a lot of parent involvment allowing for improvements in both the school site and classroom resources. I would only wish for better extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2005
Edison is an excellent school for parents who want to explore alternative language instruction for their children. It is demanding, however, it has been very beneficial to my children's education. It is very hard on children with special needs, however, with little funding available for out of district children. With a little work, though, we have managed [we have four boys in the school in 2005-6 academic year]. The only problem with a Spanish immersion program is the mathematics instruction is also in Spanish, and this confuses children in the 8 to 10 year range when doing problems requiring comprehension and computation. Overall, our experience has been excellent however.

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October 22, 2005
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August 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2005
I attended this school from K-4th grade. I cannot begin to explain just how much I appreciate what they do there. Thanks to their amazing bilingual program, I am now fully bilingual and have open opportunities to do whatever I want in life. As I remember, parents have many opportunities for involvement, from PTA to extracurricular activities in which they can help. There was always something to do at Edison - whether it was class or an after-school activity. I have no complaints to make about this school - it was probably one of the best things that happened to me.

- submitted by a former student
April 11, 2005
Good school, unorthodox teaching methods, good language immersion. safe neighborhood. very diverse

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2005
Extraordinary elementary school with remarkably dedicated and well-trained teachers. The school is one of a handful of Spanish Immersion schools in the country that use immersion models that have been studied and validated in other countries and states. In K-2, 80-90% Spanish curriculum, and then proportion English increased sinificantly in 3rd through 5th. School stresses both language development and cultural diversity. Students from varying backgrounds, ~40% mid & high SES English speakers, 40% English Learners with low to high SES, and ~20% English speakers with Spanish speaking parent(s). On average English speaking students perform better than distric average on Math, English language arts,by 4th & 5th grade and English Learners do as well by 5th grade. Has feel of private school in terms of intensity though much more diverse students and parents than typically would find in private school. Given that kids come out proficient in 2 languages - good value

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 14, 2003
Edison Elementary is an immersion program (Spanish/English). It is a school of all social and ethnic backrounds which we believe makes this school so fantastic. A child sees that the school is made up of all types of people just like the real world. Our son has attended Edison Elementary for the last three years (K through 2) and is currently enrolled for grade 3. This is an excellent school which provides children with a duel language education. No one in our family spoke Spanish until we enrolled our son who is now fluent in the language. The involvement with the prinicipal, teachers, students and parents is fantastic. My husband and I give high praise to the principal, Stephen Martinez. Although he was promoted within the SMMSUD and we will no longer have him as a principal, he has definately created an enviornment that has enriched our childrens' lives. The teachers are teachers that truly care about a child and want to be at the school. They are loved by the students and that says a lot. My husband and I cannot say enough good things about Edision. It is truly a remarkable school and one that our son will continue at through to the 5th grade. We highly recommend Edision.

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Edison Elementary School
2425 Kansas Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90404
(310) 828-0335
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