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Elizabeth, New Jersey
Union County
Elizabeth Public Schools
Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Academy is a public school located in Elizabeth, New Jersey with 809 students in grades 9-12.
Comprised of four career strands: Construction Technology, Process Technology, Automotive Technology and Hospitality Retail Services. Newly added career pathway is Electricity/Sustainability
Edison Academy implements the Positive Behavior Support in School (PBSIS) initiative and competes in SKILLSUSA competitions.
The Academy's offers the following certifications: NJ State Certification in Cosmetology; ASE Certification (Automotive Servie Excellence) and ServeSafe Certification

For the 2018-2019 school year, Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Academy's graduation rate was 75.3%. As a career and technical academy students continue to earn National Recognintion via SKILLSSUSA and receive NJ state certification in the areas of cosmetology and barbering and other certifications for CTE programs. The culinary program is renowned for catering district city wide events and international events.

625 Summer Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Principal: Ms. Fatimah Bey
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White 4%
Black 24%
Asian 0%
Hispanic 71%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
Female 33.6%
Male 66.4%
Economically disadvantaged students 85%
Students with disabilities 26%
English learners 12%
Homeless students 1%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
Grade Percent of total students Students
9th Grade 32%
10th Grade 26%
11th Grade 22%
12th Grade 21%
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English & language arts proficiency
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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 71
Weapons 5
Vandalism 11
Substances 29
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 12
Total incidents 125
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 2%
1 to 5 days 29%
6 to 10 days 28%
11 to 15 days 13%
Over 15 days 28%
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Spanish 63.3%
English 31.4%
Haitian 2.6%
Portuguese 1.7%
Other 1.0%
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Learn more about Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Academy.


The Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Academy Promise is to foster excellent citizenship by providing students the opportunity to explore an abundance of career and technical and post secondary options, and to prepare them with the skills to achieve success in their chose fields. Our motto is, "We are the Chargers and We are Charged up For Success!"


Programs at the Charles W. Harris Academy (Edison Annex) and Edison Main campuses are designed to provide a high degree of academic rigor as well as prepare students to learn a skilled trade. In addition to coursework in their chosen field of study, students complete a rigorous academic curriculum that includes classes in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and world language. Students who take honors and advanced placement courses are a part the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program. In their senior year, students are immersed fully in their CTE courses for three blocked periods to deepen students application of skills and knolwedge related to career and technical education.


Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Bowling (Coed), Cheerleading (Coed), Cross Country (Boys & Girls), Football (Boys), Golf (Coed), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Softball (Girls), Swimming (Boys & Girls), Tennis (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Winter (Boys & Girls), Volleyball (Boys & Girls), Wrestling (Boys)


To ensure Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Academy students are provided with a balance between academic and social activities, the Academy has the following clubs: multicultural club, visual arts club, PBSIS Charger Club, National Honor Society, environmental club, Student Government Association, yearbook and class advisory ships. Academy students are active in the SKILLS USA Program. Clubs are represented at both Charles W. Harris Academy (Edison Annex) Edison Academy (Main).


Thomas A. Edison Academy Career and Technical Academy participates in centralized Saturday programs with the other high school academies. We offer APEX Learning for credit recovery, Graduate Rate Improvement Program for credit recovery, Saturday and Weekday Attendance Programs, NJSLA Intensification, after school tutoring and Saturday SAT preparation. Certified teachers offer instruction and school based administration oversees the program.


Through our staff development department, all certified team members participate in professional development around content area skills and competencies. Team members create professional growth plans to document and demonstrate professional pursuits. Professional development is job embedded and content area driven and centered on using data to identify areas in need of strengthening and implementation of tiered interventions. Math and Language Arts teachers particpate in professional learning communites that discuss assessment data, strategies and creation of common lesson plans. Other team members particpate in PLC's by way of ScIP and Middle States teams that discuss school based issues such as observation data (trends and patterns) and accredidation.

Post high school

Our students are accepted to 2 year, 4 year and technical schools such as: Benedict College, Union County College, Montclair State University, Rutgers University, Caldwell College, Lincoln Technical Institute, and Kean University. Many of students enter various branches of the armed services and choose to enter the workforce. Students who receive special services are included in the DVR program to assist with transitioning after high school.


Students who receive special services receive services outlined by their Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) which includes academic and behavioral interventions, counseling and in class support and upon graduating, DVRS. English Language Learners receive sheltered instruction and in class support for students who have obtained a certain level of language acquisition. The academy offers guidance support and social services by way of a social worker for school level/based counseling needs.


All students are offered a nutritious free breakfast and either free, paid or reduced lunch daily. Our school nurse is on call to administer to all health concerns and specific health needs of students. The school nurse provides professional development to teachers and staff on health related topics. Students partake in physical education for one period a day for five days a week and has one 10 week marking period of health. Curriculum covers sports, peer collaboration and health wellness.


The Academy offers various opportunities for parents to be involved in our school. We conduct 2 open houses, one for current students and parents and another for prospective 9th grade students. During the summer, all 9th grade students are invited to 9th grade orientation. Edison encourages parent involvement by way of our PTO and our School Improvement Plan Committee. Parents have access to the districts student portal called PowerSchool to review academic progress and engage with teachers. Througout the school year we offer parent events around concerns such as HIB, special education, graduation requirments and family fun nights.


Thomas A. Edison Career & Technical Academy was built in 1935 and named for the great inventor who worked on many of his major contributions to the scientific and commercial world here in the State of New Jersey. To enhance our our barbering program, Edison Academy has created a barbering salon, the exterior bay doors to our automotive, construction and auto body shops have been updated. Our new endeavor is to expand the site location of the commericial foods program. The goal is to create a modern cafe/bistro for the baking program. The Academy has a staging area for students with themed colored benches and bike racks. In the fall of 2017, the Edison Annex was rededicated and renamed, Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Academy 9th Grade at Charles W. Harris Academy, to honor former school adminstrator Charles W. Harris. With an overall population of 862, our enrollment steadily increases.

School safety

In our changing climate with the increase of global and local threats affecting communities, Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Academy remains committed in assuring our academy, team members, students and parents are prepared for an eventual crisis. A detailed schedule for both fire and security drills is created and on file with the school district. As per NJ Code, fire drills occur once a month, with two fire drills occurring in September; and security drills (lockdown, bomb threat, active shooter and evacuation) are initiated monthly. To ensure compliance at least of the drills is to be attended by an officer.


All students pariticpate in the the districts' ILeap Technology 1:1 Initiative which places a laptop in the hands of every students. To boost technology use, all teachers and adminstrators are provided laptops also. The district lauched the Performance Matters / Unified Classroom for teaching and learning and administration of benchmark assessments. Edison continues to utilize PowerSchool our database system to catalogue grades, attendnace, discipline records, 504 and IEP information.


For the 2018-2019 SY, Edison has met the graduation rate expectations outlined by the state of New Jersey. To remain compliant with ESSA, Edison created a School Improvement Plan which is a plan to improve the school’s graduation rate, improve proficiency in langaugage arts and mathematics, chart English Language Learner progress and chronic absenteeism. Edison Academy has outlined four improvement goals: to increase proficiency in language arts and math by way of implementing research based strategies and use of data, decrease chronic absenteeism rate by strengthening our attendance tracking and monitoring system and discovering alternatives to suspension and to increase the graduation rate by way of intense monitoring and tracking of the graduating cohort and to view subgroups to determine strategies for success and interventions. As a result, our progress to reach those goals have warranted district wide focus and targeted attention for building administrators, teachers, students and other stakeholders. We believe our programs offer our students an ideal learning environment by pairing academics with career and technical education. The skills learned Edison Academy prepare our students for real-world work environments where they have the opportunity to continue to excel in their fields of choice. Partnerships with industries have been also developed to assist our students as they transition from high school to the work force. As an Academy, we believe in educating the whole child; therefore, we have developed programs designed to help students grow academically, socially and emotionally. With the Charles W. Harris Academy (Edison Annex) it is our goal to intensify our progress monitoring of 9th grade students in efforts to address academic and social emotional concerns germain to transitioning students.

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