Who We Are

Basic Information

WHAT IS A CHARTER SCHOOL? A charter school is a public school whose operation is based on a contract with an authorizer (such as the USOE), and is publicly funded. Charter school laws allow differing degrees of autonomy. The purpose of charter schools is to find new and innovative ways of educating students and to give parents an alternative to the traditional district school setting. Being publicly funded, charter schools do not charge tuition.

WHAT GRADES LEVELS ARE SERVICED? TECS services kindergarten through fifth grade in the traditional elementary setting of a self-contained classroom. For Edison North, grades six through eight comprise the middle school, being serviced on a seven period per day schedule. Edison South’s middle school also includes ninth grade.

HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE SERVICED? Enrollment has steadily grown over the years of the school’s existence, and yet we still enjoy the closeness of a relatively small school. Edison North’s max capacity is sixty students per grade level, equaling a total of 540 openings. Edison South’s max capacity is ninety students per grade level, equaling a total of 900 openings.

WHAT ARE THE GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE STUDENT BODY? Being a school of choice with a reputation of high standards and rigorous curriculum, we tend to attract families dedicated to their children’s education.

About Thomas Edison

He is probably the most influential man of the modern age. Indeed, some argue that Thomas Edison’s inventions have shaped modern society more than any other. From electricity and light in our homes, to recorded music and movies, much of the technology we use every day originated with Edison. Edison epitomized the American Dream of rags to riches. His ingenuity and hard work took him from humble beginnings to fame and affluence. In all, he earned 1,093 U.S. Patents -- a number still unmatched by anyone. His greatest achievement was bringing us into the age of electricity. Not only did he invent the electric light bulb, but he also developed the power systems to deliver electricity to homes and businesses. His phonograph was the first machine to record and play back sound. And although the telephone wasn’t his invention, Edison made numerous, practical improvements to it. His patents also included the mimeograph, motion-picture cameras and projectors, batteries, X-rays, and methods for making cement. The world’s first industrial research lab was his and became a model for modern industrial innovation. He had many successes. He also had failures. Pianos, phonograph cabinets, and houses built out of cement never caught on. His attempts at iron ore extraction didn’t work out. Yet, he persisted in inventing. “I have not failed,” he said, “I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." That indomitable spirit and love for inventing kept him working into his 80s. At 83, he earned his last patent. And at the time of his death, at 84, he was trying to create a less-expensive rubber made from the goldenrod plant. A few days after his death, Americans paid tribute by simultaneously turning off their lights for one minute in honor of “one of the greatest benefactors of humanity.”