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Ralph Emerson Elementary School

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Posted August 22, 2013

This school could be a solid 4 star if it had the right leadership and a 5 if they had a bigger PTA rather than the same handful of people getting overworked and underappreciated, and disrespected by the principal. As long as you are a person who doesn't evaluate your child's education then you will be fine. If you have ANY issues the principal will NOT listen. This is based not only on my experience but more than 20 people I know who have had the same experience. I highly recommend you interview the school principals before you get into a Burbank school and be sure to ask important questions like how do you handle parent's considerations for class placement, and if there was an issue like misplacement of your child how would things work to change that. What about split classes? I am not talking for frivolous reasons I mean true learning issues. As for the teachers it would get a 4 1/2 stars. Handful of amazing teachers! Amazing Kindergarten teachers and 3rd grade teachers. Please consider the principal's attitude wisely.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2010

We considered sending our daughter to a private school. After much research and debate we decided to go with Emerson. We are thoroughly impressed with the teacher quality and level of caring. There is active parental involvement, which is a huge plus. Barring any serious changes, we won't hesitate to send our second child there as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2010

All three of my children have attended this school for several years and absolutely love it, though my oldest promoted to middle school last year. It's a wonderful neighborhood school. The principal, Ms. Acuff is kind and understanding, loves children but runs a tight ship.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

My daughter is currently a 2nd grader. I like this school a lot. Everything seems to be intended to promote education and help students to build self-confidence. I am noticing how my daughter's reading, writing, problem-solving and other skills are improving every day. Isn't it what we (the parents) want?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

Emerson have wonderful teachers and they are very nice with our kids. Thnaks
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

My daughter has attented this school from K-5 and the school is great. They have wonderful teachers there and I feel my child is safe. I'm not very fond of Linda (princpal). She needs come back to reality and get a grip.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2008

Emerson is the best school. Kindergarten teachers works with their heart and soul and kids are benefited. They have wonderful playground.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2007

The Principal should be less of a boss and more of a mentor. Emerson is not a Fortune 500 company
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2006

I think Emerson is the best! You should check out our Chalk day tomorrow October 6th. We have many programs reguarding the arts and I would like to know why Great Schools list the most negative comment first. Shame on you! No school is perfect, but we come pretty close.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Wonderful teachers and parent participation. However, the principal regularly curtails learning opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2006

I think Emerson is a great school, but I think they should have more of a music program. The parent involvement is absolutely the best I have seen and the teachers are awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2006

Teachers are well trained and motivated. Parents are involved and create programs that augment kids' learning experiences beyond the classroom. Think anyone interested in learning about Emerson should speak directly to teachers and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2006

Our children collectivly were at Emerson for 8 years. There are many good teachers and parents are involved for the good of all the students. However, the principal has curtailed many learning opportunities. The popular Outdoor Science School program was recently stopped. There also used to be tutoring in reading at the library before school. Today with the drop in enrollment overall, I would reccomend investigating the opportunity to attend a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2006

Good school. Teachaers accessible and well trained.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2006

My daughter has attended Emerson for 3 years now, from kindergarten to 2nd grade. She has been very happy there. Her teachers have been qualified and dedicated. The school has continued to improve over the 3 years. The musical program/arts program could be better but overall, it has been a good experience for us. There is a high level of parent involvement within the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2005

Very good school. Nice teachers, excellent library, big parent involvement. The parents even came and taught us music (violin).
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 9, 2004

We have had two daughters go through K to 5th at this school and have been generally very happy. The older teachers who were burned out have left, and the younger ones appear well qualified, energetic, and enthusiastic about teaching. We are generally very happy with the faculty and staff. Parent involvement is very high, although we've encountered parents who were intrusive to school administration. That is probably not specific to this school, though the demographics of the neighboring families might have some effects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2004

A lot of single parent apartments feed the school. Very diverse. Conflict resolution inconsistent. Great parent art program not enough parent participation from the population. Great resources. Some really good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


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887

Change from
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students73%
Females76%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner64%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state67%

Math

All Students81%
Females83%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner76%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate80%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students64%
Females60%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner44%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students88%
Females91%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner78%
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate98%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students76%
Females79%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner40%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students85%
Females79%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students79%
Females85%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)85%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students79%
Females81%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate72%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students70%
Females68%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner25%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 63%
Hispanic 21%
Asian 8%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Two or more races 0%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/AN/A
English language learners 27%N/AN/A

Teacher resources

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Media arts
  • Computer animation

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Linda Acuff
Fax number
  • (818) 843-2359

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Media arts
  • Computer animation
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
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