Tucson >Edge High School
Find Your Edge.
I'm extremely biased since Edge is the only high school I've ever attended. I chose the school for many reasons but there was mainly one. I remember when I was in 5th grade, and my class went to Saguaro High School to watch their theatre production of Oklahoma! My 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Thrall said, "Pay attention to these hallways, because one day, you'll be going to school here."
I was overwhelmed by the size of the school. We were walking through empty hall, but when I imagined the hallway crowded with students rushing to class in between classes, I knew I didn't want to go to that school. I'm also big on listening to my gut, because every time I haven't something terrible has always happened to me. In 5th grade, my gut was yelling no to Saguaro. When I walked into Edge, even though it looked like a dungeon prior to the beautiful renovation, my gut hollered YES!
Edge is a great high school. Walking through the doors anyone can sense there's something different about the place, and anyone knows the difference is good. The environment is positive with small classroom sizes and a self-paced curriculum. Each student takes a one hour elective, and two courses each quarter (students are strongly encouraged to work at steady, productive pace). Each student is only required to go to school 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. The staff is always willing to help with any problem whether the issue is academic or personal. Students move as fast as they are willing to work.
I graduated on time in four years, but I have known others who had finished earlier in 2 ½ years to 3 years. The responsibility to take school seriously relies on each individual student. I have friends who chose Edge because they fell behind at other schools, and once they were in the building (Edge) they had no desire to leave, and they graduated from Edge instead of switching back to their former school.
My third year at Edge they changed the curriculum and class structure to benefit the students more, and I'm sure they are thinking of more innovative ways to make sure each student is well educated. I graduated in 2010 and received a Pima Merit Scholarship to attend Pima Community College, and I got this scholarship because of them. They encouraged me to apply for it because they want the best for each of their students. I am using the scholarship today. I'm in my second semester at college, in fact, I'm typing this review at the Computer Commons, at West PCC Campus.
Anyone who's been home-schooled in all grades up to high school, Edge would be a great school to build an appetite for socializing if the home-schooled decides to go college. If a student is falling behind and wants to catch up on credits, Edge is great for that as long as the student's work ethic is strong, and WARNING: Once you enroll in Edge you will not want to enroll anywhere else. Or if any student wants something new, give Edge a try, whether it's the first high school or the third. Remember, one shoe does not fit all, but Edge happens to make all sorts of shoe sizes.
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