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K-8
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Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 269

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4929 North Sawyer Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

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December 08, 2014
When my son got into this school, it was like we'd won the lottery. Now, after 3.5 years, we've discovered that this emperor has no clothes. For the past 3 years, we've held on to a very disappointing and negative experience for him, hoping as the grades advance, things will get better. The teachers are (mostly) very difficult to get a hold of and their communication is inconsistent at best. They avoid speaking with parents, even when the student is having academic or emotional issues pertinent to what his happening at school. There is nothing "gifted" about the style of instruction, it is merely accelerated, with no time for socio-emotional development, as with many far better CPS schools. If you are considering this school, do your kid a favor and find a school that wants to work as a team for your child, not in the service of their own rankings. Class sizes are maxed out as well, so the teachers claim they have no time to differentiate for individual kids. Would have started a 504 process to force them to adjust but did not want to label my child due to lazy teachers. To be fair, there are a few outstanding teachers but not enough to make a difference.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2014
We almost shot ourselves in the foot by taking a few reviews on this site too seriously. Thankfully, we accepted our offer for a K seat. Our kindergartener is enthusiastically working on many 3rd grade core math skills while simultaneously being taught thorough 2nd grade skills to make sure there are no learning gaps. They will even be covering some 4th grade math for those who are ready. At the same time, the class as a whole is focusing on 1st grade math for those who need it. Mrs Silvers has done a mind-boggling job of catering to the needs of each child. The leveled readers/comprehension questions our child gets each week range from 4th-6th grade common core standards, which seems to be just what our child needs. Mrs. Silvers' flexibility/adaptability couldn't be better. In addition, our child is thrilled with his specials teachers (Science lab, French, Fine Arts, STEM (they are already working on computer coding), LRC and PE). The other children in the class are a delight, and our child has made diverse, stimulating friendships. Also, the school heavily emphasizes social-emotional learning with frequent dialog about the importance of kindness and empathy. Wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2012
My daughter graduated from Edison and attended the International Baccaleate program at Lincoln Park, where she graduated as one of the top two students. She attended Pomona College and is now a doctoral student in California. The complaints I've read on this website are clearly from parents and students who have no experience with other schools. Edison is a wonderful school - great teachers, challenging curriculum (isn't that the point?), attention to the needs of gifted students. In fact, the only criticism I have would be the sense of entitlement and "my child is the only one who matters" attitude of a few parents, which seems to still exist. It's a great school - if your child is fortunate enough to be accepted here, congratulations!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2012
I am a student at Edison and believe that this is one of the best experiences of my life. I did do the history fair (by myself!) and you get enough time to work if you are efficient. you also get a trip to the harold washington to help. I love Edison!

- submitted by a community member
January 22, 2012
In K-4, Edison is moderately hard but goes relatively easy on the homework. However in fifth grade up, homework is piled on, and because children go from class to class with different teachers almost every period, teachers don't know what other teachers are assigning. Most commonly social studies, which becomes easily the most rigorous subject in 5th-8th grade with at least two large projects and tests a week (just in social studies). in 6th and 8th it gets even worse, for children complete the History Fair, which entails fifty pages of typed motes and two poster boards filled with information in only a little less then a month, with other homework in social studies on the side. When my child was in 6th grade he was told he had 3 days to come up with 20 pages on notes on his thesis for History Fair (which the teacher didn't specify on at all), a book report, 3 test counting for up to 50 % of his grade, a presentation, and other small assignments on the side. Overall I'd say go for it, if your willing to spend long nights working on homework. Make sure our child knows and is prepared for what's coming because there is no warning.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2011
My review should not be taken as seriously as people with more familiarity with the school; however, I find it troubling that this school, which has some of the city's brightest children (and likely some of the brightest parents behind it), cannot get their website updated to reflect even the current school year, let alone the current month. Additionally, they have not returned two inquisitive phone calls I've made. I am not about to call a 3rd time. Finally, when I went to an open house, the principal didn't even come out to welcome us, nor was there an explanation of why she did not. Just based on these facts alone, my assessment is that this school is coasting along on having very bright kids but could do much, much more with an energetic, bright, passionate leader who cares about details like these.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2011
I was a student at Edison from 2001-2007 Would I recommend Edison. Yes. The educational experience I received at Edison was (as much as it pains me to say this) second to none. I learned so much there, that when I went to one of Chicago's top high schools, I was considered to be "smart" by upper class men during my freshman year. The draw back is the administrative staff and their over bearing attitude towards the students. I feel that the students needed more time to grow when I attended Edison. The teachers also had insecurities that did not go unnoticed by the kids. Do not get me wrong, the kids were far from perfect but we did not need to be treated as if we were porcelain dolls. But again, you child will learn tremendously more at Edison than he or she would learn at most other schools, just come knowing that you might have to fight a bit (but it's worth it).

- submitted by a community member
March 08, 2011
If I could give this school six plus stars, I would. My son has been a student at Edison since kindergarten. Over the years I have been deeply impressed with this incredible school. Not only is the education that our students receive, immeasurable, but there is no standard to measure the amount of time and genuine caring expressed by both the administration and faculty on a daily basis. The superb learning opportunities are rounded out by a close and involved community of parents. The principal, Mrs. Gray, calls Edison a "family." You could choose no better education for your son or daughter than Edison. It is a complete education and a loving and challenging environment at the critical years tof a child's life. I am sure that Edison is not only one of the top schools in Illinois but in the U.S.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2011
This is a school that has some very strong positives but a few strong negatives as well. It's one of the few elementary schools that are fairly rigorous in writing, social studies and science. The social studies teacher in particular expects a lot from the kids, which is great, since it is after all a gifted school. The math curriculum, however, has problems. During my child's time there, it has changed substantially. The kids were once tracked---the ones really good at math (like my child) used to be challenged with subjects a few grades above what neighborhood schools were doing. This tracking has been dropped, replaced by what is basically a remedial math program, whose primary focus is on the lower skilled math students. The principal now feels that the top kids should look at the 5th grade topics over and over and over, rather than learning 6th or 7th grade topics. All the top kids feel they have been cheated in this way.What was once exciting for them is crushingly boring. This should not be happening in a gifted school, whose function is to challenge its students!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2010
My son spent very happy and wondrous 9 years at Edison. He is 21 years old now and working at one of the top companies in the world. Thank you, Edison for the great foundation you have given him. Mrs. Grey, Yeah!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
I love Edison because they engages the children and encourages them to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2010
My grandchildren are being challenged in all aspects of their education and could not be more enthusiastic about their classes, teachers and above all, their excellent school!

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 18, 2010
there couldnt be a more caring administriation and staff. The children thrive there and feel safe and happy and have the best possible enviornment to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
I am currently student teaching at Edison and it is an incredible school. The faculty, students, and parents share an inspiring passion for quality education.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 12, 2010
A top notch academically rigorous school, one of the best elementary schools in the state. Diversity of students and staff add to a great learning environment. Children from Edison are well prepared to meet the challenges of High School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
Edison Regional Gifted Center is a model of public education that every child and family should have the good fortune to experience. There are teachers and administrators that care about instruction and learning. Children are taught to meet their social, emotional and academic potential. Families volunteer and support the school's efforts to be the best they can be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
This school really challenges gifted children.. The school that my son attended before edison was not challenging him enough and the teacher was telling me he was beginning to be disruptive because he would not want to raise his hand to answer questions when the teacher was teaching, he would just scream out answers, little did they know what kind of kid they were dealing with... Thank god for edison.. God bless the teachers there..

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Great school, kids are representative of the socio-economic mix of Chicago, and the teachers are great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
Edison Gifted brought a world-class education to the brightest minds of the city. It fostered the exploration necessary for children to reach their fullest potential. The teachers are exemplary and are consistently in contention for the best grade school in Illinois.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
ERGC is not just a school, but a family. From the prinicipal, the students, and the families, ERGC strives for excellence. It is a holistic approach to education...nurturing, but challenging. Morals and education are both taught here. Thoughtful, bright students walk through its doors. The curriculum, the fine arts program, and many other extracurricular programs are excellent. We are truly privileged to have our daughter here. Thank you to the great teachers, to Mrs. Gray, and to the generous and involved parents of Edison Regional Gifted Center!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
I attended ERGC for nine years and I believe in their mission to provide a wonderful learrning environment for children citywide.Had I been forced to attend a neighborhood school, I honestly dont know where I would be. Overall this school is terrific and Im proud to call myself an Eagle!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 06, 2010
I've been very impressed not only with the education my son is receiving but with the whole family atmosphere of this great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
I attended ERGC for K-8. The teachers were wonderful and always encouraged us. The curriculum was challenging, and it really made us strive to do our best! It gave us a great foundation & and a love for learning.

- submitted by a community member
May 06, 2010
I am a mother of a daughter that attended ERGC and I am very proud of what he achieved in that school her basic foundation was developed till her adulthood.She finished college and have masters degree Thanks to devoted faculties.more power to ERGC!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
The teachers and administration are very dedicated to the school and students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Challenged my child, provided an excellent education and made him a better human being. The school envirionment and administration is caring, well prepared and always looking for innovative ways to make learning exciting.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
My daughter loves her teachers and her friends. They have a fabulous program and love our children!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
The kids are all so great, the principle is a striving person...

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
My niece and nephew receive wonderful education at this school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 05, 2010
The exceptional teachers have created stimulating programs that challenge my gifted relatives.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 05, 2010
I love this school because teachers are skillfully trained to teach the children

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
I believe the staff cares deeply about the education of the children in their care and put forth an extraordinary effort to do so.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
The academic standard is very high and the school leadership and teachers have high expectation for all students

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Edison has been a portal to amazing opportunities, life long friendships and educational excellence.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
I love the Edison Regional Gifted Center because it has helped my grandson excell. He has loved every day at school, has been challanged and learned....learned.....learned. He has many friends, from various parts of the city. He has had excellent teachers who have spent many extra hours doing above and beyond their contract time. Our family is an educational family. We know, from years of teaching, a great school, and this is IT.

- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2010
We love Edison because of the wonderful faculty, staff, students and parent community

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
There is no better public elementary school for academically advanced students in the state. The diverse students who attend this small school are amazing. The Edison Regional Gifted Center provides an outstanding peer group for truly gifted children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
The principal, staff, parents and students take great pride and care to develop and maintain and fantastic environment for learning and growing. The principal, Mrs. Gray, is a great academic leader allowing her creative staff to fine tune the assignments within a coordinated curriculum. The culture of working together expands into the students, and even extends to the family's of the students. A++

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
I love the broad curriculum with arts and sciences, the attentive faculty and staff. I love that my daughter loves attending Edison.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Excellent program, principal, faculty and staff with focus on enriching the children with great learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
Edison is a great school for students with high capabilities. Everyone has extremely high expectations while respecting individual students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
I love Edison because of the wonderful opportunities it offers the children. I work with dedicated educators who always go the extra mile to provide the very best for our students.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 03, 2010
The staff takes a vested interest in the students and are committed to their pursuit.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Because they work so hard to make it the best possible learning environment for the kids who, as gifted kids, are pushed to excel (mostly by themselves)!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
The staff are very engaged and care deeply about the success of the children enrolled. I had 2 children graduate from this school and move on to selective enrollment high schools (Lincoln Park IB & Whitney Young) and no doubt an Edison education played a large role in that.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
The Edison staff recognizes the personalities and needs of each student and treats them like mature, responsible individuals. Even in kindergarten, nobody talks down to the students and the students respond in kind.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
Edison not only does a fabulous job preparing their students academically, it also teaches them about community and leads by example in that respect.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
This school is the best! We love the teachers and staffs!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
My daughter is a student at Edison. Better school than her previous one.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Edison is a wonderful school. The children are exposed to art, culture, and science starting in Grade K. The teachers are responsive and caring. The administration helps to keep families abreast of what is going on. The school offers a rigorous curriculum. It's really a wonderful school that my daughter has the priveledge to attend.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
the teachers and principal and VP are amazing people. The truely care about each student and provide a loving stmosphere for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
This school has high expectations for its students. This is the main reason why this school is so successful. The teachers, staff and principal all do a outstanding job. Their objective is clear: To prepare young minds for the what lies ahead. All U.S. children should get an education like this.

- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2010
Edison Regional Gifted Center helps children to become great people as well as great students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
All of the school staff truly care about their students. The environment is superb by all means. We are so very fortunate to be a part of the Edison Family!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Edison Regional Gifted Center is the very best school in the city of chicago. The instruction makes a total difference compared with other schools. My son is a student there and I am very blessed that he is part of such a wonderful caring family. The teachers, the staff and everyone put their heart on what they do. Their program is more than effective helping the kids grow and become academically well prepared.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
The staff is fantastic. You can't get a better pricable ir teacher in the country

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
The education is great and the teachers are fantastic. Edison provides an atmosphere where children work together as a team and learn not only from teacher, but each other.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
The school is a true community of teachers, parents and students. The teachers are wonderful and know how to elicit the best out of every student. Parents form a strong bond and volunteer for oh so many events. All of our children grow confident and proud.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Edison School has great teachers and a great administration that really cares about their students and strives to give them the best education. The Edison team gives their students the necessary foundation to pave the way for the future leaders of this great country.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Edison Regional Gifted Center is the most paramount education center in the greater Chicago area. Great balance of education and after-school activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Edison is a model for what every public school should be - challenging, inspiring, and fun!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
Strong leadership, talented teachers, and community-minded parents make Edison a unique haven for students whose gifts are cultivated and celebrated.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
We love Edison because of the great classes and teachers!

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 02, 2010
This school has many positive influences on the kids. The staffs, especially the teachers are dedicated to teach and help students to achieve their max potential. Also the parents are devoted to promote an environment where kids can learn and have fun simultaneously....

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
The teachers and staff at this school are thoroughly committed to helping each child learn and grow to their full potential.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Edison is a phenomenal school - very smart kids, dedicated and talented teachers, more-than-typically involved parents and a wonderful facility. We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Edison has a great program. The teachers and administrators care a lot about the students. It is a special school that recognizes that gifted children have special needs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Edison is a gem in the city. Can't find a better public school in Chicaog - wonderful teachers and student bodies and families. Loved the old school location more - quieter and safer feeling. Pity that PBS made us relocate. Plus side is kids get to know more friends and a broder society...

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Whatever they are doing, it's working! I can see the diffrence immediately compared to other young students of other schools, in theirvattitude about the school, about their teachers, about their school mates, etc.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
My son loves Edison -- the staff and administration are top-notch and inspire the kids to love learning and to be their best. In a state that's in the mood to cut funding for schools like Edison, we constantly do more with few resources than any school in I can think of.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
Best school in the city of chicago - great staff - great program! It stinks that CPS funding is so low! We need this money bad!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
There are many things I think make this school special, the students, classes, and staff. But tyo me the thing that makes this school special is how the staff and the students work together.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 14, 2010
I dissagre. Edison gifted is a fantastic school and schol have the highest ratings of cps elementary. Decatur has good test scores but, Edison has great teachers. I am also currently in 6th grade and Mr. Motsumoto is very good at his job as a science teacher. I feel as thouht we are learning at a high school level, and it's good to have a challenge. The only concern for you as the parent, should be getting in. With te fact that Edison goes up to 8th grade, getting in from grades 5th-7th is a challenge.

- submitted by a student
April 05, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2009
My DS is in KDG. The teacher, Mrs. Weinstein, is absolutely amazing. The principal is enthusiastic, friendly and approachable. The building is relatively new. The parent involvement is intense.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
ERGC attracts and keeps teachers who like teaching and who are driven to make their students into highly capable, educated individuals. Yes, it is a public school, but the motivated familities that go through the process of getting their kids into the school are almost by definition people who value education highly and are devoted to their kids. This goes a long way in explaining ERGC's success. Yes, the workload is demanding, but becoming really educated is hard work, although Edison makes the environment as pleasant and nurturing as possible. I had very bad experiences with public school growing up (mean/lazy/imcompetent teachers clinging to their tenure, duing the barest minimum per their 'contract' until they qualified for their pensions, etc.), but Edison's staff is truly dedicated and goes above and beyond, working before and after school, participating in extracurricular activities, etc. --as a parent I'm very impressed and delighted!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2009
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December 26, 2008
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December 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2008
I go to this school it is awesome. We have lots of extracirricular like baseball, basketball,tennis,guitar,drama, robotics, River North Dance Co. and more. Our Principlas, Mr.Mendez,Mrs.O'toole, Mrs,Gray.and Mrs.Oberhardt. We have a big school with lots of room. There are security checks 3 times a week and we have a very safe bus company. I really think u should apply for this schoo;

- submitted by a student
November 10, 2008
My child attends Edison and has been there for a number of years. We have struggled with the decision of keeping him/her there not just because of the move, but the involvement that is required to help your child succeed in such an intensive program. Yes, children are above grade level, 1 or 2 years. I find the Staff and Administration very supportive and wonderful. I have been around school and teacher's do not 'yell' as the one review said. My child finds the program challenging and is succeeding to the best of their ability and truly belongs in this program -- if they weren't I hate to see what they'd do in a neighborhood school with him/her. The parental involvement is incredible and the Administration is extremely dedicated. Lastly, the students look out for one another and truly are caring!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2008
After reading all the reviews made by parents, I don't understand what there saying. I have been a student for 8 years and this will be my ninth meaning I am finally graduating and going through the process of high school selection and might I say, the claim that the principle and the vice principle don't show enough leadership is preposterous. The principle and vice principle are some of the most influential and inspiring people I have ever met. I was having problems in sixth grade, right before seventh when grades really counted for my future, both of them helped me mature and surpass both my parents expectations and my own. They helped me succeed and they will not stop until every single one of my classmates is accepted into a good high school.

- submitted by a student
November 08, 2008
Our daughter started kindergarten this fall at Edison Regional Gifted Center, and we are thrilled with our choice. She is thriving at this school. The atmosphere is supportive and friendly. We have yet to hear any yelling, or negativity of any kind. The new school is beautiful, the facilities are modern and clean, and I'll take that over a so so location any day. In conclusion, Edison is a top school for a reason. The teachers are excellent, the parents are involved and comitted and the children are challenged in a positive environment. We couldn't ask for anything more.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2008
My child attended Edison on Olcott. We were on the fence about leaving Edison before the decision to move was made. So we applied to other schools and tested. The reason we left is because I was not thrilled with the program, it was not what is it made out to be. I also found the environment to be very negative and nonsupportive. There was a lot of yelling being done and to me that is not an acceptable method of teaching. I also felt the there was a lack of leadership by the adminstration. If it were not for the parents stepping up to the plate this move would not have been as successful as it was. It is the same school, diffrent location, with more challenges than it had before. New buidling is nice / area is not. The parents are very committed to making changes to the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2008
Accelerated schools should have accelerated homework... but in no way does this mean MORE homework that the average student at the same age. It should mean LESS homework than students at the same age. Please give these children time to read books of their own choosing, learn about things outside of the curriculum, daydream and simply pursue their own interests, whatever they may be.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
We love Edison. My kid is happy and loves going every day. The teachers and administrators are engaged and welcoming, the other parents are great, the new building is gorgeous.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2008
I disagree with the previous poster and believe that she no longer has a child at the school. The new location is a beautiful new building. Yes, it does not have as much green space as the previous location, but a new playground has been installed. The fact that they have recess is a plus; many CPS schools do not. The transition has been better than expected, I think. My child has adapted well as have many others. My husband and I have been very pleased with our experience with the school, the staff, the parents and the other children enrolled at Edison. The principal is a very caring administrator. One of the best in CPS. Overall, a really great school!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2008
My daughter has been at Edison since Kindergarden. The school was located in the Edison Park area and I was thrilled with the teachers, administrators, ciriculum, etc...However last year the city told us we had to move into the Albany Park neighborhood into a brand new facility that is shared with the Albany Park Multicultural students. Parents fought hard to keep our kids in Edison Park but in the end the city won out, as usual, and we were forced to move. Administrators, teachers and parents all worked hard to make the move as seemless as possible and have worked hard to make sure there is minimal disruption to the kids. It's been tough. However regardless of the location, the teachers are amazing, parent involvement is great and administrators are accessible and receptive! My daughter is working at a 4th grade level and loves her school and friends!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2008
We are new to Edison so I supposed time will tell---we did not have to experience the move and started our first year already in the new building. The building is amazing, especially if you've visited other CPS facilities, which I have. Brand new, nice classrooms, really good shape. The principal is dynamic and involved. The few instances of disorganization on the first week were dealt with promptly. We get excellent communication from the school (something I never got with our previous private school). My child's teacher is warm and welcoming and has great control of her classroom, and my child is doing interesting challenging work well above her grade level. There are plenty of 'specials'---art, music, and gym every week as well as science lab. We love Edison and feel so lucky to be there!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2008
Edison Regional Gifted Center really disappointed us. It does not live up to the hype. This is not a school for gifted children and while it is accelerated it is working at the level of most private schools. 1-2 grades ahead. It has recently moved to a new location on Sawyer Ave in the Albany Park Neighborhood and it is at best to be decsribed as chaotic. The work my child is receiving is to easy. The school Principle and Vice Principle really lack leadership qualities and the school would not be what it is with out the parent volunteers. Before applying here I suggest you vist the new physical plant. It is nice and new but it lacks green space. The children play in the street at recess. There is a new play ground being built however it is very cramped space.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
I am pleased with the daily challenges that the teachers of Edison provide for my daughter. Higher level thinking skills are taught as well as life long learning skills. She comes home daily feeling empowered!

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November 05, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
October 31, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2007
Edison is a selective enrollment school. Children must test into the school. As a result, the student body is generally above average to extremely bright academically. There appear to be fewer safety and discipline problems than with other Chicago public schools. The teachers are caring. There is significant parent involvement considering that the school draws students from the entire north side of the city, although a few parents are obsessed with the 'gifted' aspect of the school. Since the students live throughout the city, it is difficult for the school to sponsor many extracurricular activities. Children may not have as many friends in their own neighborhood because they do not attend school in their neighborhood. Children may spend over a hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon being bussed to the school. I believe that Edison is one of the best elementary schools in Chicago.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2007
Edison is in general a very good school. The best teachers there are Mr. Barber, Mr. Matsumoto, and Mrs. Strelecki. A few of the students there really belong in a neighborhood school.

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April 14, 2007
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July 18, 2006
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June 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
While I believe the education here is excellent by CPS standards, a lot of the teachers don't seem to understand gifted students and spend a lot of time yelling.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2006
My daughter attends Edison and we have been very satisfied with her overall education so far. Edison is very good at evaluating the students and making sure they are challenged. Having said that, I think they teach to the ISATs too much, albeit with all the pressures schools receive, I can hardly blame them. They have a great fine arts program and a private company comes in and offers music. Edison doesn't offer much organized sports, but they do have basketball team for the middle grades. The kindergarten teacher is fantastic, but the quality of the teaching drops until third grade. Edison enjoys strong parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2005
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November 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2004
It was very hard for both my daughter and I when my husband's job transferred him out of state. Leaving Edison has been one of the hardest things we had to do. As a parent, I enjoyed helping around the school, it was great to see a school where everyone worked as a team, and as a family, with the same goal, for the wellbeing of the children. To be part of Edison's family, was an honor and quite an accomplishment for my daughter. I'm glad my daughter had the chance to attend such a fine institution; which to me, is one of the Best public schools in the city of Chicago. Academically it is excellent, and most of all the staff, teachers, students, and parents' involvement is the key to this school's success. Once again, it was very unfortunate leaving Edison.

- submitted by a former student
February 04, 2004
Edison is a great school, for bright and, according to the entrance guidelines, 'gifted' children. The leadership from the principal and assitant principal is strong; they are both dedicated and qualified individuals committed to the well being of our children. The teachers are great, well qualified, and teach students in groups based on assessed abilities by subject. Parental involvement is high, safety and discipline are of no concern at Edison, but extracurricular activities are limited due to the majority of the students being 'bused.' A great school!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2003
My kids love this school both socially and academically. There are some fabulous teachers here. However, there are a few teachers who shouldn't be here as they haven't been trained specifically in gifted education.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2003
First, No child has 5 hours of homework a night! CPS has a homework policy that even at 2 grade levels above doesn't allow for that! This is a great, nuturing school that provides a challenging environment for gifted students with their peers. It is an extremely safe school environment with few discipline problems none of which been serious in the egiht years our child has attended. Because the school draws from about half the city of Chicago, extra cirricular activites can be hard to arrange. Most people in Chicago know that sports at the elementary school level are done through the Chicago Park District. Other extracirricular activies are sponsored through the school and need parental support and involvement to be sucessful. If you get the chance, I strong urge you to check this wonderful school out.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
I agree that less emphasis should be placed on their homework and more placed on children being children. However, this school teaches children with gifted minds and parents should understand well in advance whether or not they and their children can tolerate this form of education. It is up to us as parents to dictate their abilities and know when enough is enough. If the child is in need of challenge on a daily basis, Edison will give it to him/her. I believe children should be given the opportunity to use their knowledge to their fullest capacity. Education is a very important asset. Although there have been some small occassions of disagreement between the teacher and I, the best interest in my child was always first and foremost. For this reason I have to say, Edison is a very good school.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
Although Edison is one of the best schools in the city, my concern is not acedemic but social. All I hear from the kids is that they have at least 5 hours of homework a night and the weekends are spent in the library. I think that there should be a little more time for fun.

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Edison Elementary Regional Gifted Center
4929 North Sawyer Avenue, Chicago, IL  60625
(773) 534-0540
Last modified Edison Elementary Regional Gifted Center is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Edison Elementary Regional Gifted Center Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 113 reviews. Top