The purpose of gifted education in Edina Public Schools is to provide appropriate learning experiences and intellectual challenge that result in continuous academic growth.
A growing concern with the historic under-representation of students from culturally, ethnically, linguistically and economically diverse backgrounds in gifted education services impelled Edina Public Schools to take a more comprehensive approach to this issue.
In 2010-2011, Edina Public Schools adopted the Young Scholars (YS) model, developed by Fairfax County Schools in Virginia. Fairfax conducted a study and found the Young Scholar model essential to a continuum of equitable gifted education services.
Edina Public Schools has a long history of community service. We are proud of this history and are excited to include service-learning as a teaching strategy that engages young people in addressing community issues, problems or needs as a part of their academic studies or as part of another kind of intentional learning activity.
Options is a state approved alternative learning program located within Edina High School. It is designed to provide students who qualify with a second chance at designing and pursuing a graduation plan.
Students who are interested in taking courses through the Options alternative learning program must be considered at-risk under at least one of the state determined categories called Graduation Incentives.
Intake into the Options program for full-time students will be considered after a referral from a guidance counselor or administrator and a meeting with a parent, student, guidance counselor and the program coordinator.
Students interested in credit recovery through after school independent study should meet with a guidance counselor to determine eligibility.