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St. Edward School opened in 1947 under the auspices of Monsignor Thompson. The first building consisted of four classrooms. Additional rooms were added as the enrollment grew. Building A is complete with an Audio-Visual Room, Computer Lab, Library and offices. This building accommodates the elementary classes and in 1962 Building B was built. This building services our preschool, kindergarten, and seventh and eighth grades and includes a faculty room.

These two buildings, a mobile classroom, and two blacktop playing areas make a fitting memorial to the love and devotion Monsignor Thompson had for the children of Corona. He died October 3rd, 1976.

Located in St. Edward's Parish, in the inner circle of Corona, the school draws families of various socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, from all over Corona. Parishioners of St. Edward, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Matthew and Corpus Christi Churches of Corona and St. Mel's of Norco along with some non-Catholics attend the school. Students are drawn from eighteen elementary and four junior high school attendance areas.

Until 1994, the staff included Religious Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. We remember the sisters who taught at St. Edward’s School as we carry on their work by offering a scholarship, by beginning each day with the Prayer of St. Francis and beginning each junior high period with the invocation  “St. Francis, pray for us”. There are both full-time and part-time lay teachers.

Government aid comes in three programs: Title I (assisting a limited number of students targeted for reinforcement work). Title VI (providing some money for library, AV, classroom materials and textbooks), and a free milk and lunch program for eligible students.
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