Edgewood Academy | School Profile

School Profile

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Each student at Edgewood Academy is a unique individual with different physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs. The main objective of Edgewood Academy is that students' learning needs should be the prime concern in all decisions. Teachers at Edgewood Academy should recognize the different learning styles of all students and adapt their teaching to meet these styles. Administrators, teachers, parents, and students at Edgewood Academy share the responsibility of providing a safe and comfortable environment that promotes student learning. Continuous improvements at Edgewood Academy are necessary in order to prepare students to become lifelong learners.



Edgewood Mission

Edgewood Academy provides students with a comprehensive college preparatory education in a safe and supportive environment; preparing students for a future of lifelong learning and productive citizenship.

Edgewood Vision Statement

Edgewood Academy will be regarded as the school of choice in the River Region, continuing a tradition of educating successful students for over 40 years.

Admission

Admission to Edgewood is selective and competitive. Admission test, prior academic and discipline records, standardized test scores, and family interviews are required for admission consideration. Edgewood Academy enrolls qualified students without regard to race, sex, religion, or ethnicity.

Faculty & Staff

  • Total = 25 faculty members (including administration).
  • 100% elementary faculty holds current certification.
  • 100% secondary faculty teaching in endorsed area/college major.
  • 60% of the faculty have advanced degrees.
  • 1 teacher is National Board Certified.

Accreditation & Memberships

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
  • Alabama Independent Schools Association (AISA)
  • The National Honor Society
  • The National BETA Club
  • The College Board

Awards & Recognitions

  • Blue Ribbon School 14th Consecutive Year

Testing

All students in grades 1-8 are given the Stanford 10 Achievement Test (SAT10) each spring. Students in grades 2, 4, 6, & 8 also take the Otis Lennon School ability test. The Star Reading Test is administered four times yearly in grades 1 – 6. Students in grades 10 -11 complete the PSAT and PLAN which are predictors for the ACT and SAT.

Fine Arts

The Fine Arts department consists of Drama and Music and Art Appreciation classes. On the high school level, Drama is offered to students in grades 10-12. Drama is incorporated into the exploratory class for Middle School students 6-8, with a production held each year. Drama Club is open to students 6-12, with a production each year. Art is offered to all students in grades K-5, and Art Club is open to all students 6-12. Music/Chorus is offered to students K-5.

College Fairs & Visits

Edgewood participates in the Elmore County College Fair, where approximately 45 colleges are represented. In addition, numerous college representative visit Edgewood each year and meet with Juniors and Seniors.

Athletics

Edgewood competes as a 2A school in the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA). The secondary athletic program is comprised of 17 separate teams in 8 different sports (football, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, golf, baseball, softball, and track). Since 2000, Edgewood athletic teams have won 20+ junior varsity or varsity state championships in 5 different sports. The 2008 football team won the National Private School Athletic Association National Championship. Teams have also won numerous area, region, and tournament championships. Edgewood student athletics have earned athletic scholarships in softball, baseball, basketball, and football. The JV and varsity cheer squads have won numerous AISA cheer camp top team awards.

Edgewood elementary offers students the opportunity to participate in football and cheerleading in grades 2 – 6.

Elementary Enrichment

Elementary students participate weekly in art/music, computer, library, and Spanish. Students also participate in physical education daily. Numerous educational field trips are taken yearly to such places as Lanark, Camp Chandler, Old Alabama Town, Wetumpka Depot, American Village, and others. Fifth grade students attend a three-day overnight science camp annually.

Before school care is offered to grades K-5 at no charge from 7:00 – 7:30 am daily. After school care is available from 2:30 – 5:45 pm daily.

Academics - Secondary

Grading Scale GPA Scale AP GPA Scale
  A   90 – 100 4.0 5.0
  B   80 – 89 3.0 4.0
  C   70 – 79 2.0 3.0
  D   60 – 69 1.0 2.0
  F   59 and Below 0.0 1.0

The Valedictorian / Salutatorian is determined by grade point average. In the event of a tie, ACT scores are used. Beginning with the class of 2012, Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be determined by numerical average. In addition, the Valedictorian and Salutatorian must have attended Edgewood since the 10th grade and enrolled in all advanced classes.

Standard Diploma Requirements

24 credits to include:
4 units of English
4 units of Social Studies
4 units of Math (including Algebra II and Geometry)
4 units of Science (must include a physical science and biology)
1 unit of Foreign Language
1 unit of Physical Education
1/2 unit of Health
1/2 unit of Computer
1/2 unit of Fine Arts
4 1/2 units of electives
50 hours of volunteer service (20 hours must be served on school grounds)

Advanced Diploma Requirements

25 credits to include:
4 units of English
4 units of Social Studies
4 units of Science (must include physical science, biology, physics, and one additional life or physical science unit)
4 units of Math (must include all advanced Math offered)
1 unit of Physical Education
1/2 unit of Health
1/2 unit of Computer
2 units of Foreign Language
5 units of electives
100 hours of volunteer service (40 hours must be served on school grounds)

Extracurricular Activities

First Priority
National Honor Society
Math Team
Student Government Association
Spanish National Honor Society
Youth In Government Club
Beta Club
Spanish Club
Yearbook Staff
Scholars Bowl
Drama Club
Art Club

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