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About This School

Edgewood Middle School is a public middle school in Highland Park. The principal of Edgewood Middle School is Mr. Matt Eriksen. 576 children attend Edgewood Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 0.2% of the Edgewood Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 3% of the 576 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 0% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Edgewood Middle School is 12:1. Elm Place School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 89% 74%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 2%
Hispanic 3% 20%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% %
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.04%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0% 12%
Limited English proficiency 0.2% 13%
Economically disadvantaged 3% 16%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Hi I am going to be a new student at this school. I am entering eight grade is it really that bad? Are kids mean there? Thanks

  • (3 years ago)

    The main weakness I saw in this school which my daughter attended for two years was the bullying. The students were unusually mean to fellow students. I know of 2 parents who moved their children because of the lack leadership in the school in regards to the mean character of some students. It is my experience that the parents don't believe their kids could be so mean. Most people in the area are very nice individually but collectively they don't include new people in their groups. The children are the same. Except the kids have an air of superiority that is not challenged my teacher principal or parent. Your child would need a very strong sense of self to be a new student in this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    As with all of my experiences at Highland Park schools my experience here was unpleasant and marked by ostracism inept administrators lack of compassion or protection from bullying and mixed academics (at best). None of the so-called "disability services" staff and faculty understood the needs of different learning disabilities nor do they seek to. They are glorified babysitters and during my required "study skills" class that I was required to take due to my ADD diagnosis I spent the majority of the time teaching math to my struggling classmates and the teacher. I had a few very good and encouraging teachers but almost all of them retired from the system and were very bitter about the state of the school. I was not provided useful help with schoolwork in the special education class I was forced to take but was denied access to advanced classes on the grounds that I could not handle them intellectually due to my disability despite having some of the highest test scores in the district. I saw bullying ignored those who complained were either pressured into silence or punished academically if they spoke out. The school seems lovely on the surface but is rotten at the core

  • (3 years ago)

    My child was a student at Edgewood and it was a very mixed experience. My child is both gifted and has a learning disability (expressive language). Unfortunately neither the mainstream nor the special education teachers understand the problem or how to teach alternative learning/coping skills. As one reviewer said Edgewood can be very difficult school socially. To couple that with a few teachers who attempt to shame a student into learning being organized etc is an outright travesty. There are both good and bad things that happen at any school. Hopefully in the years that have passed since our experience at Edgewood the casemanagers have become both more educated and more strength based. Hopefully they now help mainstream teachers understand why a bright verbal kid could have great difficulty writing a paper; and after being shamed and berated would stop trying. Perhaps watching "Fat City" would be a good start. To the wonderful and encouraging teachers I say thank you!! To the others remember we parents hand you our most precious commodity - our children. Please treat them as your own and handle with care.

  • (3 years ago)

    I went to school at Edgewood and so did my siblings. It was excellent and it fully prepared us for high school and college. Academics were way ahead at Edgewood and allowed me to start more advanced courses in high school. Great teachers.

  • (3 years ago)

    I loved going to Edgewood! This is currently my 2nd year there. Although a bit cliquey I love the students. The staff is outstanding! They have a lot of advanced classes tailored to your needs. I am in advanced English and the highest math class. Apparently I am learning freshman year high school material. This is an advanced and great school!

  • (4 years ago)

    Ok so I moved to Illinois this year and the school acdemically is great! socially terrible. I was one of the WORST schools i have been to and I move a lot. The school hides all the things so it would be called " the best middle school in the district". But really it's not. There is many name calling rasicm and bullying throgh out the school. All I have to say is parents check on your kids at the school. The prinicpal doesnt care about the kids they just care about being naames he best schools..they just care about themselves. so if anything I mean ANYTHING happens to your child and the prinicpal doesn't do anything (which they probably wont) go to the BOARD. I would not recommend this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    School is fine-District officials are liars cowards and do not care about the students-only themselves. If you can avoid-Do it!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I started at this school in sixth grade and am currently an eighth grader in the class of '09. I have had both amazing and horrible teachers and the academics overall are pretty good. I would give this school an average review if it wasn't for the vibe of the school itself. Most kids swear a lot and are extremely 'cliquey'. There is a defined popular group nerd group and ugly group. Most people don't talk to 2/3 of the other students in the school. My experience at Edgewood was certainly less than satisfactory.

  • (8 years ago)

    excellent school with great academic program

  • (9 years ago)

    This is one of the best schools in the district if not the best. I have had four children go though Edgewwod and I cannot be happier of the way they turned out. They learned so much both academically as well as socially from being at Edgewwod. I love this great school. Edgewood Pride!

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