Many students come to The Edison School with an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) for gifted; however the traditional classroom environment has not lead to academic success. It is not unusual for gifted students have a comorbid or “twice-exceptional” diagnosis: gifted with special needs for dyslexia, ADHD, autism or anxiety. At TES, a student’s strength can be nourished while receiving support in needed areas. Addressing both needs, together, can lead to your child’s optimal success.
Our gifted students benefit from the 7:1 student-teacher ratio, an individualized learning pace and an enriched curriculum with the opportunity to take part in a variety of learning experiences, challenging students on their level. Students are given regular opportunities for personal expression, which fosters higher levels of critical thinking.
Traditional or E1 Program
Our traditional or E1 program was designed to meet the needs of students with average to above-average cognitive abilities who might not thrive in a traditional classroom setting. Many of our students have learning differences such as ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger’s or other learning exceptions such as giftedness. All classrooms have a student-teacher ratio of 7:1, creating an environment where the focus is on the individual.
E1 students may have no diagnosis at all, but are transitioning from a Montesorri or home school program. Many of our students deal with anxiety and need the smaller classroom settings that TES can provide. TES acts as a bridge and prepare them for transfer to public or private high school.
In addition to academics, numerous opportunities are provided to build self-esteem and leadership. These opportunities include learning and applying new skills in a supported environment, participating in leadership opportunities, developing character and social-emotional skills through our character education programs, being involved in our community and school service projects, participating in clubs, expressing creativity in the fine arts and developing self-advocacy skills.
The Lower School
The Lower School at TES provides a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment to students in grades K-5, as they acquire the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics.
E-Squared Enhanced Program
Our Enhanced or E-Squared (E2) program is designed for students with learning differences and who need additional time to process content. E2 allows students to achieve mastery at their own pace. Students may or may not work at grade level in all areas.
With a student-teacher ratio of 7:1 in place, there is opportunity for individual and group learning. E2 is appropriate for students in grades K-8. In Kindergarten our numbers typically run less than the maximum of 7 based on the needs of the class.
Note: Although behavioral support is available, this program is not for students with behavioral challenges, defined as students who might do harm to others or themselves. Students must also be toilet trained. We understand that children in Kindergarten might have accidents, but we require that all students at Edison be out of diapers and using the toilet on their own.
The Project Jumpstart classroom was designed for kindergarten-aged children who require a different
instructional and behavior–management strategies than those required to teach typically-developing
children. Upon its inception, the parents of Project Jumpstart reported a need for access to professionals who have the heart of a teacher, who can facilitate the development of skills needed to meet their child’s needs. Behavioral consultants Dr. Peter Beddow and Mr. Andre Anderson from Accessible Behavior, LLC, both Board-Certified Behavior Analysts, work to equip the teaching staff in the Project Jumpstart classroom to become not only the primary teachers, but the primary therapists for their students. At the same time, the parents are trained to understand their child’s individual abilities and needs, and to be taught the strategies needed to lead their child toward continual learning and growth.
The two primary goals of Project Jumpstart are:
(a) to facilitate the development of critical teacher behaviors necessary for teaching young children with Autism and related characteristics; and
(b) to establish a foundation upon which a sustainable classroom might be built.
To accomplish these goals, the Accessible Behavior team conducts activities across several domains, including :
Direct teacher training and modeling
Observational data collection of teachers and students
Individualized data-based feedback for each teacher
Criterion-based formative and summative assessments
Graded online coursework
Curriculum development and
Parents have been thrilled at the outcomes they have observed with their children since the time they began at The Edison School, and are excited about the months to come. According to Rebeckah Dopp, Head of School at Edison, “Intervening early in a child’s education will bring the best long-term results for the student. For our children with autism and developmental delays, we strive to make their learning differences a strength.”