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Edison High School
700 22nd Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
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Grades: 9-12
Principal: Carla Steinbach
Enrollment: 1055
Hours: 7:56 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 612.668.1300
Fax: 612.668.1320
Email: Carla.Steinbach@mpls.k12.mn.us
Website: edison.mpls.k12.mn.us

Thomas Edison High School is a certified International Baccalaureate World School and certified Middle Years Programme School, which emphasizes an international perspective and individualized, rigorous programming for all students. We provide an academic environment that ignites students’ imaginations, engages them in learning and supports them in achieving their full potential. Our talented team of teachers uses the most up-to-date technologies and brings experience, wisdom and passion to support the academic success of our students.

Thomas Edison High School is a school of innovation where every student flourishes. We provide each student with the instruction, knowledge, resources and inspiration to achieve his or her post-secondary education and career goals. As a prestigious Gilder Lehrman history site, Edison also offers extensive, progressive business and career preparation programs.

We are privileged to have many great student-focused community partnerships, including: 1) Beacons, a leadership program that transforms schools into active youth centers, 2) Project SUCCESS, a youth-development organization, 3) Morris Park Players Performance Theatre, a local community troupe that expands our performing arts offerings. Tommies are the first to tell you that Edison is a place where they strengthen relationships, discover their potential and prepare for the future. This is the place where students will, “Belong. Believe. Become!”

School Tour:

For visits and tours of our school, please call Pamela Vertina at 612.668.1310.

Academic Focus Areas: (Click here for more information)

  • Business Enterprise
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP)
  • Personal Care and Therapeutic Services
  • Technology and Multimedia

Community Partnerships:

  • Achieve Mpls
  • AT&T
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Change, Inc.
  • Copper Street Brass Quintet
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Eastside Neighborhood Services
  • General Mills

College Partnerships:

  • Dunwoody Institute
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • St. Paul College
  • University of Saint Thomas
  • University of Minnesota

Dual Credit Opportunities/Articulations:

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • College in the Schools (CIS)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP)
  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

Post-Graduate Plans (Class of 2013):

  • 29% to four-year colleges
  • 57% to two-year colleges
  • 14% to military service/work/other


  • The class of 2013 was awarded $4,009,000 in scholarships
  • 1 City of Minneapolis/St. Thomas Scholarship for $140,000
  • 1 Carleton Grant totaling $152,000
  • 3 Augsburg College Regents’ Scholarships totaling $128,000
  • 7 Gustavus Adolphus Dean’s Scholarships totaling $476,000

English Learner (EL) Supports:

  • We offer pull-out English support classes for EL students in WIDA Level 1-3
  • Curriculum is based on the WIDA standards
  • Content classes are taught collaboratively with an ESL teacher and content teacher for EL students in WIDA level 1-3
  • Bilingual assistants for students who speak Somali and Spanish
  • Consistent monitoring of EL student progress
  • College in the Schools and IB classes for juniors and seniors who have completed WIDA level 4 ESL

Citywide Special Education Programs: (Click here for more information)

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Developmental Cognitive Disability
  • Life Skills

Other Student Support Programs:

  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID): a post-secondary college readiness system designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance
  • Beacons (YMCA)
  • Check and Connect: school engagement program with a focus on mentoring and attendance
  • Collaborative
  • College Possible: college access program
  • Educational Talent Search (ETS)
  • Mini Clinic
  • Project SUCCESS: youth development organization
  • TRIO-ETS and Upward Bound programs
  • Upward Bound


  • Each year our students earn an average of $1.5 million in scholarships from colleges, private organizations and Edison.
  • 3 KARE-11 Academic All-Stars
  • Junior Achievement student received the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • 3 IB art students received Scholastic Art Awards
  • Debate team placed first in the New School Division.
  • Edison student won the 2013 PeaceMaker Award.
  • Art student received the Dawn Mennes art award; winning art piece is a permanent part of the MPS district art collection.

Unique Extracurricular Opportunities:

  • Drama Club
  • eStudio: photography studios for senior portraits
  • Green Council
  • High Tech Boys/Girls Society
  • Healthy Youth Peer Educators (HYPE)
  • International Clubs: African American Culture Club, Asian Club, Club Latino, Somali Club
What we look like
Student Race School District
Native American 3% 3%
African American 52% 35%
Asian American 12% 10%
Hispanic American 13% 15%
White American 20% 36%

Fall 2013 student data.

Students School District
Receive ELL Services 20% 15%
Qualify for free or reduced lunch 63%
Receive Special Education Services 26% 15%

Fall 2012 student data.

School Summary
Please note that course offerings and activities may be subject to change based on funding and capacity.
Academic Focus Areas
  • Business Enterprise
  • Digital Media Studies
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP)
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP)
  • Personal Care & Therapeutic Services
  • Technology & Multi Media
World Language Offerings
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Spanish
Student Activities
  • Academic competitions
  • Beacons
  • Beginning Dance
  • Chess
  • Citywide student government
  • Community service
  • Culture-specific clubs
  • Dance Line/ Pep Squad
  • Debate club
  • Drama & school plays
  • Garden Club
  • Gay/Straight Alliance
  • Green Council
  • Healthy Youth Peer Educators
  • Junior Achievement
  • Math club
  • Music groups
  • Music Offerings
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • School newspaper
  • Science club
  • Step Club
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Government
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Voyager
  • Yearbook
Music Offerings
  • Beginning band
  • Choir
  • Concert band
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Varsity choir
  • Electronic Music Lab
  • Musical Performance Theater
  • Beginning Dance
Recent Advanced Placement Offerings
  • Honors Algebra/Trig
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Honors English
  • Honors World History
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • TOK - Theory of Knowledge
  • eCIS Writing Studio
  • eCIS Physics by Inquiry
  • Spanish 4
  • CIS Physics
  • CIS College Writing
  • College Prep Writing
Girls' Athletics
  • Adaptive bowling
  • Adaptive hockey
  • Adaptive soccer
  • Adaptive softball
  • Alpine skiing (citywide team)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country running
  • Cross country skiing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey (citywide team)
  • Lacrosse (citywide team)
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Boys' Athletics
  • Adaptive bowling
  • Adaptive hockey
  • Adaptive soccer
  • Adaptive softball
  • Alpine skiing (citywide team)
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country running
  • Cross country skiing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse (citywide team)
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Language Support
  • English as a Second Language - General
Attendance Zones
  • Zone 1