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Since the earliest days of Clara Barton’s school on Amboy Avenue and Thomas Edison’s laboratory, Edison has always been known for its outstanding educational opportunities.

The fifth largest district in the New Jersey with more than 15,000 students, Edison public educational system contains two high schools, four middle schools, 11 elementary schools and two pre-schools. In September 2014, New Jersey Monthly Magazine ranked JP Stevens High School as 30th and Edison High School as 135th out of 335 high schools within the state. The rankings are based on school achievement which is determined by the Advanced Placement courses offered and taken.

The District boasts 19 AP courses at both schools with over 900 students taking a total of 1700 exams. Student performance is also high-ranking including 93.8% of the District’s students scoring 3 or more on the AP Exams, SAT scores exceeding State average and graduation rates well above the state average. JP Stevens and Edison High School are both accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Each year graduates from both of Edison’s high schools get accepted into the nation’s top colleges and universities.

Students in Edison’s public schools are exposed to 21st Century learning as all are prepared to be college and career ready. The District’s commitment to technology includes all classrooms in grades Pre-K through 8 utilizing interactive Promethean Boards, and high school classrooms outfitted with Smart Boards, Promethean Boards or Proximas.

The media centers in all District schools have been redesigned and upgraded to include the latest computers and e-readers. In September 2014, the District began its one-to-one initiative, with students in grades 3 through 5 receiving Chromebooks as the first step towards bringing content to students in a digital format rather than traditional print. Students in grades 6 through 8 will received Chromebooks in September 2015.

Edison also has many high quality private schools that draw students to the community, including the Wardlaw-Hartridge School, St. Joseph’s High School, Bishop George Ahr High School and Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva.

Edison is also home to Middlesex County College (MCC) which currently enrolls more than 12,000 students in a variety of majors. The college is situated on 200 acres and offers a comprehensive curriculum designed for one of the most diverse student bodies in the country. Daytime and evening classes offer students the opportunity to pursue vocational fields such as computer maintenance, hotel management or practical nursing or use their MCC coursework to build a strong foundation as they continue their higher education in four year schools after graduation with majors in business, education, performing arts among others.

Rutgers University is a 10 minute drive from Edison. Residents also have the opportunity to gain vocational or technical training at Lincoln Tech, Middlesex County Vocational & Technical School and DeVry University.

Edison is proud of its public library system with a main library on Plainfield Avenue and two branches, one on Grove Avenue and the other in the Clara Barton area on Hoover Avenue. The Library also has a Bookmobile that visits pre-schools, senior centers and social clubs on a published schedule throughout the year.

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