Thomas Alva Edison School is geared towards the students’ intellectual development and harmony with a social consciousness that permits them to become bilingual and productive citizens. TAES aims to develop educated and competent students to be social, creative, and able to act effectively as critical thinkers within the different cultural contexts. Students will use effective skills to help them understand themselves better and develop greater tolerance and solidarity with other people of the 21st century.
The academic program is focused in providing students with opportunities to fully develop their personality and talents throughout varied, dynamic, and interactive educational activities. The diverse school community of TAES recognizes the importance of knowing both English and Spanish, while providing learning experiences that enhance the development of the whole individual with whom TAES is committed to.
- Every child is different and has the capacity to develop his/her talents and interests into an auto sufficient being within our learning community.
- The educational process is a joint effort in which the teachers, parents, and all those who make up the Edison community, have a defined and measurable responsibility towards developing Edison’s whole child.
- All the learning experiences respond to the development of Edison’s whole child.
The school is divided in three levels:
- Preschool (Pre-Kinder and Kinder)
- Elementary (1st – 6th grades)
- Secondary (7th -12th grades)
- To foster English and Spanish communication and thinking skills in which they develop sensibility towards moral and ethical values that will enable them to become positive and productive human beings, respect themselves, their families, and their culture as well as others’.
- Strive to develop citizens capable of communicating both in Spanish and English.
The content taught in every subject responds to the competencies in attitudes, knowledge, and skills of the student. All subjects are important; emphasis varies according to the requirements of each one. Our faculty is committed to attaining Edison’s whole child, and is our most important human resource.
How can parents support Bilingual Education?
- Believe in your son/daughter’s capability of learning two languages simultaneously at an early age.
- Reinforce language skills at home on a regular basis.
- Promote use of English programming and movies without subtitles.
- Implement computer programs and technology to develop and reinforce skills taught in school.
- Read different materials with your child every day, such as books, magazines, newspapers, and manuals.
- Practice writing with the child. Make lists, notes, or keep a diary.
- Talk in English with your child. Speaking and listening are very important skills.
- Speak in English during daily activities such as playing games, singing, and dancing.
To create a new generation of bilingual individuals educated and capable of communicating without barriers or limitations. In this manner, the student will be able to meet the challenges of the new millennium.
Electives may vary by semester or year and new electives can be added according to students’ needs and interests.
- Fine Arts
- Breaking Media
- Physical Education
- College Life
- Advanced classes in High School
- Business Administration
- DIY – Do It Yourself
- Big Day program for Pre K prepares the students for success in kindergarten and beyond. It provides a curriculum organized around “Big Experiences” involving meaningful conversations using innovative technology.
- Pre K students are also introduced to a variety of vocabulary words and basic commands. Emphasis is given to oral communication.
- Kinder students are introduced to phonics, reading and writing. Math and Science are introduced in English to continue expanding their vocabulary.
- First through Fourth grade students continue to expand their vocabulary and in fifth grade their concepts in
- History will ingress their vocabulary as well.
- Social Studies is integrated in English in 5th and 6th grade.
- Students will develop effective communciation skills, both orally and in writing.
- Students will become capable of expressing their thoughts and ideas orally and in writing.
- Students will become strategic and independent readers, enjoying reading for pleasure.
- Middle and High School are completely bilingual.
- English is fully exposed.
- Students will continue to develop effective communication skills orally and in writing to use language proficiently for a variety of purposes.
- Students will continue to be strategic and independent readers , developing skills in analysis and interpretation.
- Students will apply concepts and comprehension skills to solve problems in real situations.