Middle School students and faculty look forward each year to a very special outing we call EDGE Day.
Expanding a Dynamic and Gifted Education (EDGE)
EDGE Day was developed to expose our older students to a variety of high-interest learning opportunities that are novel, unfamiliar, and often challenging both physically and mentally. Under the supervision of experts in each EDGE area, our students and teachers test their limits and explore new horizons by trying their hand at kayaking, controlled-flight hang gliding, pottery throwing, learning ukulele, fencing, gourmet cooking, trapeze artistry, surfing, and more.
EDGE Day is extremely popular with our sixth through eighth graders, a highlight of their academic year, and a touchstone of the ACDS Middle School experience.
What our students have said about the day …
"EDGE Day was really fun!! I loved being on the San Jose State Campus and working on investigating a crime scene. It was more fun than I expected."
— GABY, 6TH GRADE, C.S.I.
"EDGE day lets you experience things that you would not normally do and gain confidence in your abilities."
— Jackson, 8TH GRADE, Karting
"It is all about trying something new and stepping out of your comfort zone. I did surfing and was afraid of falling off my surf board but I found out you can just get back on after you fall!"
— RILEY, 6TH GRADE, SURFING
"The trapeze was exhilarating, and the best part was doing a catch."
— COLE, 7TH GRADE, TRAPEZE
"I think EDGE day was a wonderful experience because we were able to try new things we normally would not do. I was able to connect with my friends and learn a new skill, pottery making with clay. I had looked forward to EDGE Day since last year and could not wait to try it. It exceeded my expectations!"
— SOPHIA, 6TH GRADE, POTTERY