The English program is a four-year sequence offering Regents track courses in grades 9 through 12. Special programs include grade level honor classes; high school extension programs offering college credit courses; drama classes; and reading and writing acceleration classes. In addition to the study of literature and oral written communication skills, each course offers specialized units that address such areas as media study, myth and folklore, etc. A major term project is also required in the spring term. *Honor classes are offered to students based on teacher recommendation, high scholastic ability as evidenced generally in a minimal grade of 92, and commitment to the rigors of the curriculum.
The Science Department is committed to educating the students of Thomas Edison High School in a manner that leads to a greater understanding of scientific as well as moral principles. We believe that true scientific thought can lead individuals to make sound moral decisions that are the very centerpiece of a democratic society. As a result, we believe that for students to merely memorize information is not enough. Our science teachers are facilitators of understandings and insights that will help students in ways that memorization could never approach. Over the past two years, scores on all Science Regents exams have improved significantly. The department is very proud of the continuing achievement of our students and the professional development of our staff.
Thomas Edison High School's Health and Physical Education program provides our students with knowledge, motivation, and training in living healthy, fit, and successful lives. Our program helps our students perform better in all aspects of life. The program helps students develop physical and mental fitness as well as emotional and social skills. Our healthy students have more energy and perform better in academics and athletics. At Edison we strive to develop lifetime health and fitness enthusiasts.
At the present time, the Instructional Support Services Department at Thomas Edison High School offers students with Individualized Education Plans the following programs- Self Contained Classes, Special Education Teacher Support Services and Related Services. Beginning in September 2007, we will be offering a Life Skills/ Basic Skills class. This class is a 12:1:1 which will be offered to students who meet a specific criteria. Those qualifying students will receive their academic classes in a small structured setting. In addition, these students will spend 2 periods a day in our model apartment where they will develop independent living skills.
A major goal of the Mathematics Department of Edison High School is to give our students the Math skills that they will need to be successful both in college and throughout life. Our staff incorporates real life situations that deal with math so that students can see where the various topics covered can be used. Over 90% of Edison students pass the Math A Regents, a requirement for graduation, and over 90% pass the Math B Regents, necessary for an Advanced Regents diploma. These statistics would not be possible if it were not for the dedication of the Math teachers in the department in preparing the students for these exams. The Math Team is open to all Edison students. There are 3 teams- Freshman/Sophomores, Junior and Senior. The competitions are conducted in the school and our scores are compared with other New York City high schools. If interested, please contact J.Baschinsky or J. LaBella in Room 319.
The Social Studies department strives to prepare its students with the skills to think critically and thoughtfully. This enables students to better function in a complex, diverse, and technologically changing and advancing world. The department is dedicated to the student body as evidenced by the many hours they spend with their students in tutoring and extra-curricular activities. The department offers Advanced Placement courses in United States History, and Government. The department Regents results are impressive with average passing results of 90 and greater.