Edgewood Indians share their bounty


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Students at Edgewood Junior/Senior High School collected a record 21,750 cans of food for the Brevard School District's Food for Thought food drive in October. Many families in the Viera area use the school of choice on Merritt Island as a middle school and they stay through grade 12 or return to attend Viera High School. 

“Our Edgewood families really stepped up to the plate to make sure we will be filling up a lot of local food pantries,” parent-leader Susan Taylor of northwest Viera said. 

The project was organized by the Student Government Association, headed by Laura Robbins, one of 86 faculty and staff members at Edgewood. 

“The students themselves made this effort a success by going above and beyond. They are great leaders, not only in the school, but within their families and in the community,” Robbins said. 

The record drive was one of many pleasant surprises for new Edgewood principal Jackie Ingratta. 

“I'm very pleased. At every turn, Edgewood students and their families are doing great things for the school and for the community. Very impressive.” 

Edgewood, as the grade 7-through-12 school is collectively known, holds many state and national titles for excellence. 

Among its many ratings, the school is ranked No. 4 in Florida by U.S. News and World Report and No. 30 in the nation, and among the top three schools in the nation for math and science. It routinely swaps top rankings with its sister school of choice, West Shore Junior/ Senior High School, ranked by U.S. News and World Report as eighth in Florida and 54th in the nation. Located in Melbourne, West Shore is also used as a middle school or middle and high school by Viera/Suntree families. The attendance boundary on the mainland is Wickham Road and Suntree Boulevard north to Edgewood, south to West Shore. 

West Shore is the highest performing school on the state reading and math assessments out of 575 high schools in Florida that have reported their assessment performance to the U.S Department of Education. 

The size of both schools is intentionally small and entrance literally requires winning a lottery, as well as a family's willingness to provide transportation. They both serve about 950 students in grades 7 through 12 and have about 50 full-time teachers, for a ratio of about 19 students to a teacher. 

All middle school courses are taught at an advanced level, and high school courses are offered at the honors or advanced placement levels. The student’s parent/guardian must also volunteer for the school at least 20 hours per year. 

For more information or to reach either school, call the district at 321-631-1911, ext. 500.