The Thomas Edison K-8 School serves children in an environment that is nurturing, safe and rigorous. Edison students learn to read, write, compute and think through a high expectations curriculum that includes academic and arts education. The five core values of Respect, Responsibility, Resourcefulness, Righteousness and Rigor are taught and celebrated throughout the school and the school year.
The Edison School embraces the spirit of invention and experimentation that were the hallmarks of Thomas Edison. Self -assessment is a theme for students and teachers as they constantly ask themselves, “How am I doing? What have I learned? How can I help myself learn more?” As you walk through our building, you will see adults and children inquiring together into how something works, how best to solve a problem, or how to effectively show what was learned. These techniques are applied throughout the school day, in the classroom, at lunch, and on the playground, because learning never stops.
All students get music and theater instruction as well as opportunities to learn an instrument, act in a play or sing in a chorus. During the school year students have multiple opportunities to hear professional musicians perform and to demonstrate their own learning by performing for their peers.
The school is located in a quiet suburban neighborhood near parks, athletic fields and environmental science sites. We are able to take advantage of the many resources of the Allston Brighton community.
What makes our school special:
• Arts-focused curriculum
• Instrumental music, chorus, theater, dance, and art
• Drama and musical productions twice yearly
• Lunchtime enrichment activities and clubs
• Basketball, track, volleyball and soccer
• Exit portfolio requirement for grade 8
• New science labs
• Auditorium, gym, full service cafeteria, a new playground, outdoor classroom and gardens
• Peace First partnership for character development
* K-8 Pathway: Guaranteed assignment for students from the Baldwin ELPA and Winship.
Special academic programs:
• Advanced Work Class for eligible students in grades 4-6
• Emphasis on inclusion practices for students with disabilities
• Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) in all grades for students from 65 countries
• Allston Brighton Library, Boston Arts Academy, Boston College, Berklee College of Music, Harvard University, City Connects, College Success Academy/ Steppingstone Foundation, Jackson/ Mann Community Center, America SCORES Boston soccer and writing, Playworks
Before and after school programs in our building:
• Before school: On site, run by Jackson/Mann Community Center for students in K1-grade 5
• After school: Jackson/Mann Community Center, College Success Academy, America SCORES Boston soccer and writing, rowing sports; Shining Lights arts afterschool program, Strong Women Strong Girls, Science Club, student government, Playworks Junior Coach program