Charles K. Ross
Charles Ross graduated from Rutgers University in 1990 with a B.A. in History and completed his education coursework at Rutgers Newark in 1993. He obtained his M.A. in Educational Administration in 2000 from New Jersey City University and has begun doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania. He taught history in East Orange. Mr. Ross was an SAT Site Director/Math Teacher for the Princeton Review and an Assistant Principal of East Orange High School and East Orange Campus 9 where he helped build a successful system of small learning communities. Other jobs he has held include Security Supervisor at Yankee Stadium, paralegal for Jacoby & Meyers, and sandwich maker for Blimpie. His interests include both family history and the history of secondary schools in New Jersey.
Many of you know my favorite question to ask is “What’s great about Edison High?” I love this question because it has thousands of answers. Our present students and staff who every day put forth their best effort to learn as much as possible in a challenging academic environment are over two thousand alone.
Another 450 answers are our recent graduating class of 2015. They had the highest state test scores in school history and helped us pass 517 AP tests last year as a school, almost double the number of 5 years ago. Our graduates are heading off to some of the best colleges and universities in the country including Princeton, Rutgers, U Penn, UC Berkeley, Cornell, TCNJ, NYU and more. Others are choosing to serve our country in the armed forces.
Newcomers to our district will find that EHS is a school on the rise where pride for the Red & Gold is ubiquitous. Our widely diverse population is our version of 21st Century America. Our students come together for many community service projects raising thousands of dollars for causes, local and global. It is a regular occurrence for upperclassmen to reach out helping hands to their younger Eagles in academics and activities.
Our STEM Program has an outstanding 100% AP passing rate and we await our first cohort of AVID students’ college acceptances. Our music program is one of the most decorated in the state winning first place in national competitions in band and choir. Our music tech, guitar and orchestra are not far behind and are examples of classical training molded with the 21st Century.
Athletically, we compete in the GMC Red and White division and boasted back to back District 19 Wrestling Champions and the #1 Lady Bowler in New Jersey this past year. Our athletes give back to younger students through the Heroes and Cool Kids program.
We have a wide array of extracurricular clubs and Honor Societies that provide opportunities for our students to broaden their experiences and demonstrate leadership. These clubs are as active, diverse, and energetic as our student population.
Check our website regularly to see how we continue to expand on the people, programs and pride that make up “What’s Great about Edison High!”