Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is the Edison Academy?

Edison Academy is a dynamic learning environment which offers 14 specialized career-oriented electives. Highly qualified instructors, a support team, counselors, a Career Transition specialist, experienced office staff, and an Academy Administrator work together to support students. ◦The Academy is located at Edison High School ◦Most programs are not offered at base high schools ◦Courses focus on academic & career preparation for post-secondary education and/or career fields ◦Learn valuable skill sets in emerging technologies that help ensure success in chosen careers. ◦Most courses are 2 credits and can be taken for 2 years (4 credits). ◦May earn college credit for some courses! ◦Earn industry certifications in ALL courses. ◦Mainstream environment; instructor and resource support teacher (CAST)

2. What years in high school do I attend the Academy?

9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades

3. What classes can I take?

Animal Science; Air Force Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corp; Auto Collision; Auto Technology; Cosmetology; Criminal Justice; Culinary Arts; Electrical Construction & Engineering; Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning; Cyber: Computer Systems Technology A+; Network Administration; Oracle; Security; Teachers for Tomorrow.

4. How many students attend the Academy?

700-800 students

5. What high schools send their students to Edison Academy?

Annandale, Bryant, Edison, Falls Church, Hayfield, Lake Braddock, Lee, Mt. Vernon, Quander, South County, Stuart, West Potomac, West Springfield.

6. How do I get to the Academy during my school day?

Bus Transportation may be provided between base high school & Edison Academy.

7. Can I park my car at the Academy?

Parking is extremely limited. There are only 30 spaces available and most students do not receive parking permits. Students without transportation from their base schools have first priority. Other students are chosen to receive an Academy parking permit through a lottery during mid-September.

8. How do I sign up for a class?

•Make your Academy selections with your guidance counselor when you register for your next year classes. •Choose 2 courses (1st choice and 2nd choice.) •That easy

9. Can I take 2 classes at the Academy?

This is possible if your course schedule allows you to take the time. This is a decision that you and your parents should discuss with your high school guidance counselor.

10. Why should I take an Academy class?

•An Academy class allows you to explore possible career options and learn valuable skills that will prepare you for entry level employment and/or post-secondary education in a chosen career field. •The majority of the course work is applications based or hands-on where you demonstrate skills. •Verified Credit: Verified credits may be earned after passing certification and licensure exams in several classes. •Career Experience Activities: field trips, job shadows, guest speakers, interviewing and resume writing workshops, an extensive internship program, and part-time jobs are all parts of our program. There is a full-time Career Transition Specialist on staff to establish business and community partnerships and oversee student internships. •Classroom-Based Entrepreneurial Businesses: student-run restaurant and catering service, hair and nail salon services, computer repair and up-grade services, networking services, construction services: electrical, HVAC, auto-technology services, auto-body services, and animal grooming, shampooing and manicuring. These student businesses provide services and products to the school community as well as the general public. •State-of-the-Art Technology: network administration (Microsoft) computer lab, network design (Oracle) lab, computer technology lab, professional auto-tech shop, professional auto-body shop, commercial kitchen, beauty salon, and a wireless computer lab for the Academy. •College Credits Available: Students may receive college credit at George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, Stratford College, or Johnson and Wales University upon successful completion of certain Academy courses through articulation agreements with state colleges and universities. •National Certifications/Licensure: Students may earn nationally recognized certifications from Oracle, Microsoft, Cisco, National Restaurant Association, National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI), National Association for Automotive Service Excellence, Computer Technology Industry Association, Virginia Board of Cosmetology, American Hotel & Lodging Association, and other organizations. •Scholarships

11. Can I visit a class before September?

 Yes, we recommend that you come and observe the class you are interested in, so you know what to expect in September. You can schedule a visit through your guidance counselor. Students may visit classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from March until May. You must come with a pass from your base school counselor.

12. How often do I attend the Academy?

Class meeting times vary based on the course you are taking. Some meet every day; others meet every other day for two blocks.

13. Can I obtain a job through the Academy?

The Academy empowers you by teaching you the skills employers are looking for in an employee! Many employers in Fairfax County are aware of the advantages you have as a result of being an Academy student. Many students have gotten jobs as a result of the skills they have learned at the Academy.

14. What enables a student to be successful at the Academy?

•Attend class every day •Possess a high degree of interest in the subject area •Have the ability to work independently and part of a team •Students who are punctual, reliable, committed, have good work habits, and practical problem solving abilities

15. How can parents learn more about the Academy?

•Contact the Academy counselors •Attend the Open House in February •Explore our web site as well as FCPS Career & Technical Education at:  FCPS Academies

16. How can Academy students learn about post-secondary programs related to their Academy course?

Please contact the instructors of the Academy course (see staff listings), our guidance counselor (see contact link), or our career experience specialist (see contacts link) for more information.