Edison (Thomas A.) Charter School
 Date updated - Summer 2018
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District: Edison (Thomas A.) Charter School Telephone: (302) 778-1101
Address: 2200 North Locust Street, Wilmington DE 19802 Web: Edison (Thomas A.) Charter School Page
Principal: Salome Thomas-El Title IX Coordinator: Angela Cortes
School Demographics
Fall Enrollment

Grade 110499
Grade 285102
Grade 39386
Grade 48985
Grade 58086
Grade 67566
Grade 76456
Grade 85357

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School Promotion by Grade

Grade 197.1%
Grade 298.8%
Grade 3100.0%
Grade 498.9%
Grade 598.8%
Grade 698.7%
Grade 7100.0%
Grade 8100.0%

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Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

African American97.6%97.8%

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Other Student Characteristics

English Language Learner0.5%
Low Income77.2%
Special Education7.0%
Enrolled for Full Year100.0%

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Recently Arrived ELL Students

Number of Students Not Tested on ELA Assessment0

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Class Size (Percentage by Range) (2017-18)
* Elementary and special schools provide their own class size data

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School Finances

District Expenditure per Pupil (2016-17)


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District Sources of Revenue (2016-17)

Percent District Allocation of Current Expenses by Category (2016-17)

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Exemplary Programs
Thomas A. Edison Charter School in Wilmington provides a resounding example of a school that is not only meeting the needs of its urban students, but is also holding its students accountable to elevated levels of academic and personal success. This 2011 State Academic Achievement Award winner has been serving students in grades K-8 since opening in 2000 and has implemented a number of rigorous and challenging programs including Franklin Covey’s 7-Habits leadership training for all students, Pre-AP Math and English in our middle grades, First Move Chess program in grades 2-3, and our 100-Book Challenge Reading Program, school-wide. Our chess program is one of the top programs in the state and nation. Our students have won the Delaware State Chess Championship, The Baltimore Open and UMBC Championship, and finished as runner-up at the National Chess Championship in San Diego, in 2012 and in 3rd place at the Nationals in Nashville, in 2013.

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Curriculum Highlights
Maintaining our commitment to the principle of educating the whole child, a rigorous and exciting curriculum is implemented at Thomas Edison Charter to ensure that all students have access to a well-rounded and enjoyable education—both inside and outside of the classroom. All students in grades K-5 are taught reading and literacy using the StoryTown program by Harcourt. StoryTown is a reading and language arts program with a “2+2 then Review” instructional design for skill and strategy development, plus differentiated instruction that meets the needs of all students. Our reading program is research-based and aligned with the National Common Core Curriculum. Our balanced literacy program is supported by the Great Habits, Great Readers framework and our 100 Book Challenge program to supplement and provide support to our students. Our K-5 students are taught math using the Everyday Math Program. Everyday Math enables our students to fully develop and master state content standards.

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Thomas A. Edison Charter School was established in the year 2000 to provide a rigorous education to a historically underserved population of families in North Wilmington. The core philosophy of the school is that all children are capable of learning at high levels if they are taught by caring and dedicated educators, challenged by an engaging and rigorous curriculum, afforded adequate time in school, and held to ambitious state and national standards. Improvements in student performance can be achieved with an efficient school model that transforms how students are taught at every grade level.

It is the goal of the board of directors, the school administrators, teachers and support staff of Thomas A. Edison to continually improve all students' ability to be critical thinkers and enable them to meet or exceed the state and national curriculum standards.

The vision of the Thomas A. Edison Charter School is to provide a “world class" education to student.

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