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.
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!
Clearly, this is a "good school", but I agree with the post from 9/26/11. It isn't hard to be a good school when you pick from the cream of the crop. I am a near neighbor to this school and am happy to be moving soon. At Edison, the principal is unresponsive, and the LSC president is downright rude. The parents, who might be very nice people, seem to want to get out of the neighborhood ASAP, so they zip their expensive cars up and down my alley, which is now filled with potholes from excessive traffic (delivery trucks servicing the school are also partly responsible for this.). In addition, the bus drivers who transport kids to and from Edison are foul-mouthed ,leave their busses running for hours on the streets around the school, and seem just generally pissed all the time. Finally, the maintainance crew doesn't do a great job of cleaning up the grounds. Granted, the neighborhood had a huge litter problem before Edison came to this neck of the woods, but they certainly aren't helping much. In short, it may be a great school to attend, but they don't make great neighbors. I am hoping that some dedicated Edison parents will read this and work to change that.
I would like to respond to the parent who in September of last year remarked on the poor quality of the Edison website & the principal's lack of responsiveness. Basically I AGREE with these observations. Unfortunately, the website is under the control of the principal who in her own words -- "does not seen why a school should have a website" and actually did not supply the minimum funding so the website was down for a number of months last year!!! The good news is that she will be gone as of the end of this school year & a I would expect a more enlightened and responsive principal will soon be taking her place. So hold on -- things are a changing.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.