Edison High School serves students living in homes in Alexandria, VA. Edison High School is part of Cluster 5 and the Edison High School pyramid, falling within the Fairfax County Public School System (FCPS) district. The FCPS system is the largest public school system in Northern VA. Edison High School's mission statement is to provide students with an academic environment which fosters personal responsibility and the respect for cultural diversity while maximizing each student's achievement and success.
Edison High School serves students in grades 9 through 12 and offers several diploma options including a standard diploma, advanced studies diploma and a modified diploma.
Students from Twain Middle School feed into Edison High School. There are six elementary schools located near to Edison High School that are within the boundaries for Edison High School: Bush Hill, Cameron, Clermont, Franconia, Mount Eagle and Rose Hill. The Fairfax County Public School system has created a convenient boundary locator that can assist residents in determining which public school their child is eligible to attend based on where houses are located.
In addition to providing academic services to students in grades 9 through 12, Edison High School also offers three programs to help ensure that all students have the ability to find academic success. Teachers in the Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program work to ensure that students outside of the Honors program will be successful on their college-prep path.
The Edison Academy is like a school within Edison High School. It is a program where upperclassmen enroll to learn specific skills and knowledge in a specialized area while exploring different career options. Students have the option to earn technical certification and job placements after graduation in certain fields.
The third program which focuses on improving a student's access to college is the Pathway to the Baccalaureate program. This program supports twelfth graders as they move from high school to Northern Virginia Community College and then again when they transition to a four-year university. Edison High School is fortunate to be one of only a small number of high schools in Fairfax County which is piloting a new program called Pathway Connection. This program offers the services provided in the Pathway to the Baccalaureate program to tenth and eleventh graders as well.
Edison High School students strive for excellence in academics, artistic fields and athletics. Edison offers students Advanced Placement classes in preparation for future college study. Edison High School also offers an International Baccalaureate program for advanced students. This program is only available in a small number of high schools in the county and is for eleventh and twelfth grade students who are internationally minded and who would like to take college-level courses in high school. This program offers a challenging international education program along with rigorous assessments. The goal of the International Baccalaureate program is to create a better and more peaceful world by helping all students understand that other people with their differences can still be correct.
Edison High School offers students the opportunity to participate in Band, Choral and Orchestral programs. The athletic department offers students the chance to take part in many different sports. Over the years, Edison has earned state championships in several sports including: basketball, football and track.
The Debate and Forensics teams have both earned recognition for their strong programs over the years.