Frequently Asked Questions
Our website is packed full of helpful information, but sometimes you have a specific question for which you’re seeking an answer. You’ve come to the right place! If you have additional questions, please refer to the Student Handbook, located in the Parent and Student quick links on the Home page, or contact us!
Our enrollment varies from year to year; however, we typically have about 600 students enrolled. Each grade level averages about 160 students, with 18 to 22 in each class.
More than 17 percent of Edgewood’s students are of Asian, African, Hispanic, Native American, or mixed heritage, a similar percentage to the Dane County metropolitan area from which the school draws its enrollment. EHS has seen continued growth in diversity over the last decade.
Freshmen participate in the Freshman Interdisciplinary Team, or FIT program. FIT establishes the building blocks of critical thinking, analytical reading, and effective writing and communication. Socially, FIT ensures students make an immediate connection with a consistent group of classmates and, by rotating class groupings throughout their freshman year, they meet most of the other freshmen. FIT also allows teachers and counselors to collaborate and keep an eye out for challenges any students may experience. Take a look at our FIT page for more information.
On the first day of school, freshmen go through a thorough orientation. A trained group of upperclassmen, the “LINK Crew,” helps with the transition. Freshmen meet their FIT teachers, tour the campus, learn what to expect, and receive tips for success. The orientation is designed to help students feel at ease both with one another and with teachers. Freshmen receive further information about procedures in the first several days of FIT classes, as well as in regular Group Guidance led by counselors.
EHS does not require uniforms, but students adhere to a dress code and there are “dress-up days” throughout the year for special in-school gatherings and for athletes and other students as ambassadors of the school. Clothing may not pose a distraction to the learning environment. For detailed information about the dress policy, please review the Student Handbook, located in the Parent and Student quick links on the Home page.
City buses drop off and pick up students directly in front of our school. Carpooling is also common; however, we do not offer any other form of transportation. We do have a parking lot for upperclassmen who wish to drive to school. Parking on campus is limited; we grant permits first to seniors, then to juniors.
Absolutely. In any given year, an average of 25-30 percent of our students are non-Catholic, representing a diverse group of Christians and others. Catholic means universal, and it has been within our mission since our origin in 1881 to welcome students of all faiths. We teach our students about Catholicism, but we do not require them to become Catholic. Liturgies are all-school; the messages shared address and are appropriate for the school community as a whole. We encourage students to reflect on and share their own faith traditions as an impetus for community and fulfillment.
We firmly believe that through service students experience many ways to love their neighbor in need. We require students to complete 100 hours prior to graduation—10 hours in their freshman year, and 30 hours in each subsequent year. We find that most students complete more than twice the requirement by graduation.