We take the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” to heart. We know that our students, families, and faculty members cannot do it all alone. That’s why we offer numerous student services to ensure the success of every child. From tutoring to career exploration to counseling, if there’s something a student needs, we fulfill that need.
Learning Resource Center
The Edgewood High School Learning Resource Center (LRC) aims first and foremost to provide academic support across the curriculum with the goal of ensuring that students reach their greatest scholastic potential. Essentially a “home away from home” within the school, the LRC is a community of approximately 20% of the student population who work with a team of teachers who provide individualized attention and support. Students who take advantage of the LRC may have diagnosed learning differences, challenges like test anxiety or organizational struggles, problems in particular courses or trouble keeping up with content because of insufficient study skills or extended periods of classroom absence due to health issues or other time commitments.
The further goal in the LRC is to promote student self-confidence and independent learning. The LRC teachers encourage students to take personal ownership of their academic lives by teaching the skills needed to be better students, as well as encouraging the development of social skills with peers, teachers, and administrators. Because of the smaller teacher-student ratio, teachers in the LRC are able to focus on the whole student, developing personal connections beyond those typically found in the traditional classroom.
Using background information supplied by parents and school counselors, LRC teachers identify individual areas that need attention for students and develop strategies to address those areas. In addition to re-teaching and reinforcing core material, LRC teachers assist students in organization of academic materials and time management. The program provides other resources such as audio books, website listings, computers and textbooks to assist students. The LRC offers alternative testing accommodations, including use of the Kurzweil Print to Voice Educational System, computers for testing, and extended time testing for enrolled students. The teachers problem-solve with the students as issues arise, providing feedback and communicating with faculty, counselors, and parents via phone, e-mail or PowerSchool.
There is a charge for LRC services, based on the number of periods per week the student uses it, from a minimum of one mod per week to a maximum of six mods per week. Financial assistance is available.
Academic Success Program
The Academic Success Program (ASP) is a guided, enhanced study hall for students who do not need as much tutoring as is provided in the Learning Resource Center, but who need extra encouragement, guidance, and academic support.
Students receive personalized support with organizational, study, motivational, and test-taking skills. An adult supervisor is present at all times to oversee study and build relationships between students, counselors, teachers, and parents. ASP also provides a UW-Madison guidance intern to teach study skills and content, as well as LINK Crew (selected upperclassmen), National Honor Society members, or Edgewood College students, when available. ASP respects and allows for learning differences. We also have computers available for student use.
ASP meets in the Collegiate Counseling Center school days during mods 7 through 9. About one in 20 students use ASP, and they may join or withdraw throughout the school year. Scheduled freshmen go to ASP in place of afternoon study halls. Upperclassmen go to ASP during their open mods.
Edgewood Honor Society Tutoring
Edgewood Honor Society members are available to tutor fellow students during school in almost all subjects. Students in need of some extra academic help can meet with tutors one-on-one during free mods, study alongside tutors in ASP. To request tutoring, students should contact their counselor or directly connect with a tutor through the EHS Peer Tutor Database.
A third of EHS juniors and half of our seniors take advanced placement courses in English and history, languages, mathematics, and science. We offer 12-14 AP courses each year. Over 85 percent of AP students score high enough to earn college credit for the courses. The number of AP Award Scholars at EHS has tripled in ten years, to over 20 percent of our graduates.
Edgewood provides a driver education program through CESA. Courses include classroom training, online classroom driver education, and behind-the-wheel practice.