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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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