The mission of Edgewood Community Developmental School is, “To develop (independence) and positive social interaction so all students can be actively involved in their community. We will accomplish this through a caring, committed, and highly qualified staff, teaching in a safe and nurturing environment.” The child friendly mission statement is, “Our school helps us be the best we can be.” Our students recite our student friendly mission, vision and beliefs statements every morning as well as our school expectations. We truly believe in preparing our students for life in the 21st Century.
We believe in teaching each and every child the way he/she learns best. It’s all about small group instruction. It’s about starting a child academically from where they are and having them achieve their maximum potential and beyond. It’s also important that parents are included in every aspect of his or her child’s education. Their input is valued in creating his/her child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). We recognize that parent involvement is essential in ensuring every student is successful.
We recognize at Edgewood School that every child should be treated as an individual. We believe in educating the “whole child.” Teachers creatively plan lessons using the Common Core and Essential Standards - Extended Content Standards as their foundation in addition to research based strategies to actively engage all children. Staff are committed to providing meaningful experiences to reward and recognize students for their hard work pertaining to their character, academics, and behavior skills in and out of the school environment.
Finally, Edgewood School strives to offer realistic and viable alternatives when our families are faced with decisions concerning their child’s future. Our goal is also to prepare our students for life beyond the educational setting into workshop settings and community based settings and/or job setting.