George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work| Case Study

Edwards Middle School

Grades 6-8 | Charlestown, MA

Engaging Students by Expanding Learning Time

Students’ math, reading, and science skills – and behavior and attendance – improved by leaps and bounds after expanding academic time allowed for support in core areas and participation in extracurricular enrichment courses.
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What This School Is Achieving


Edwards has added three hours to the school day Monday through Thursday (about 300 hours per year) to increase learning time in all core subjects. They receive grant funds to support the the additional hours.

Since implementing extended learning time, this school has achieved the following:

  • 150% growth in math
  • 73% growth in reading
  • 533% growth in science
  • 37% decrease in the rate of suspensions

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