Thomas Edison High School of Technology

Silver Spring, MD Completed 2018
Project Highlights
  • Montgomery County Public Schools
  • New Construction
  • 171,000 sf
  • Anticipating LEED Silver

Success through hands-on learning.

As the focus in secondary education makes its shift towards career-readiness, the Thomas Edison High School of Technology is ideally positioned to give students numerous paths to explore and immerse themselves in. Located on a 26-acre campus shared with Wheaton High School, Edison is Montgomery County’s central hub for career and technology education, serving students from each of the county’s 25 high schools.

Students are given the opportunity to select from 17 unique pathways offered through four major clusters: Automotive, Construction, Human and Consumer Services, and Information Technology and Computer Science. Programs include cyber-security, nursing, architecture, restaurant management, graphic design, automotive technology, construction trades and cosmetology – each providing experiential learning opportunities that help students gain hands-on experience in areas that have peaked their interest.

Edison’s diverse programs are organized around a central Showcase space that is the school’s core of student activity. Students gather frequently in the Showcase, with access to a tiered seating platform, a food service counter, Cafe Edison, as well as projects on display. Student work permeates the school’s circulation paths, with abundant glazing into the labs to highlight the hands-on activity within.

The top floor of the school is also home to the Junior Achievement Finance Park – a dynamic space that hosts a half-day personal finance simulation program for every MCPS 7th grader. The Junior Achievement program, and the accompanying tour given by Edison student ambassadors, showcases Edison’s programs to potential middle school recruits throughout each academic year.