Students enrolled 643
School leader Margaret Kerns

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2625 Josie Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815

(562) 420-2631
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5 stars
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November 22, 2013
Emerson is great with top notch teachers and wonderful parent involvement. Emerson is our school of choice and have we have been so happy with the outcome. It really takes administration, students, teachers and parents to have a great school and Emerson is that school!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
Emerson's parents are what sets this school apart - it's a true community. Nearly all of the teachers are amazing, going above and beyond daily.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
This is our 4th year at Emerson and we are very happy to be here. We got in through school of choice and have been very happy with our choice. The best part of it is the school community. The teachers are very dedicated and the parents are involved and we have a strong PTA who is constantly looking for new ways to enrich our kids academically, not just socially. Lots of school events means you get to know your classmates and their parents which makes it a better experience all around. We've had some bumps with allocating Charter money, but now that the school gave up it's charter, that seems to be moving in the right direction, while we have kept the tight knit community.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
Emerson is a little jewel! It has many dedicated, long-time teachers, a very active PTA, strong parent involvement and a strong sense of community. Proud to be an Emerson Eagle!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
Although the loss of the charter meant the loss of some families, the core of Emerson is still as wonderful as ever. The teachers are amazing leaders and the PTA and parent involvement make Emerson a great place to learn and grow. Every child is accepted on their own terms and their educational and personal growth are encouraged and celebrated. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
I love this school. It really feels like a family, from the teachers to other parents every one knows each other. The budget cuts have really affected class size and activities but the teachers have been amazing at adapting! I love Emerson!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
I am proud to call Emerson Parkside Academy my children's school! It not only has teachers that care about our children, but it also has a wonderful group of volunteers that help create amazing memories & advancements for our kids. The programs that Emerson have are unheard of now days. There are several reasons why I call Emerson a "Great Place to Learn", but here is just a taste of what it is like to be an Emerson Eagle: -Though LBUSD is providing our children with a brand new computer lab, our PTA is also in the process of purchasing an iPad cart that can go to the classrooms! Our students will get the added computer skills to perform well on the new Common Core testing. YES, that means 2 COMPUTER LABS! -Our parents have also raised enough money to have the students go into their very own science lab, where they can get hands-on experience with the standards that they are learning in class. -Our PE program is amazing! The students are learning about nutrition and their bodies, as they are actively participating in lessons provided by our very own PE teacher. -Emerson teachers rock! The spend countless hours planning and implementing meaningful lessons for our children.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
Total community spirit combined with unbeatable academics. We have it all! I have 2 kids that have both attended this school and we have been happy to be able to attend Emerson.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
I have a second grader at Emerson and my husband and I have been impressed with the quality education he has received so far at Emerson Parkside Academy. Yes, six teachers retired, but teachers are free to retired whenever they deem that it is right for them. The teachers that have replaced them are first rate teachers. The Special Education teachers are incredible and they make sure that every child is getting everything a child needs to grow and develop as a learner. My child has not had any issues with bullying on campus, so please go and visit the school yourself. Don't buy into a couple of bad reviews posted on this site. I think you will see what I see, a school that is doing everything it can to provide the best education for every child in the school. I'm a believe and I think you will be too!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
I have 2 kids at Emerson. Although they have had to deal with budget cuts, like all other schools, they have been able to pretty well if you ask me. The teachers are always willing to have a conversation with me and my kids feel safe and comfortable there. There are many things I would love to see.. More supervision on the playground, PE every day, art and music... That, unfortunately, is not a reality in public schools today. I love the principal, the teachers and all the coachies (Coachie Hayes especially reaches out. I thought we were her favorite for a few years until I saw that she treats every single kid like her favorite). Thumbs up for Emerson!!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
This was a great school that has quickly come unraveled. Six teachers retired this year! The class size has steadily gone up and up and up and the teachers seem overwhelmed and this is an assumption, but they seem unsupported as well. The class ratio and prior administration is what made this school excellent. The bullying is terrible and I can site many examples!!! Many parents wrote letters to the district because of the bullying and the passive principal/administration's inefficiency to deal with it. Like many families, we are pulling our child out.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
I have had two kids go through the school and when the first one started I was very very happy with everything but over time things went downhill. My younger one graduated and is off to middle school and not a moment too soon. I believe that the change in administration (principal and councilor) has brought the school down and I believe it will only get worse over time. This is especially true for children with disabilities - both my kids have IEPs. The councilor does not really understand IDEA and tried to deny us an IEE after a very poor evaluation. Luckily I know the law. I worry about the parent that does not. There was a significant amount of bullying this past year and the year before. While the administration is poor, the school has excellent and caring teachers, as well as a great RSP. This is the reason for my rating of three stars. Even with the great staff, I am recommending that my nephew attend a different school when he enters Kinder in 2014.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
Emerson is an excellent school. The teachers are very dedicated, patient, and committed to the development of the children. I currently have a kindergartener and I am very impressed with her progress and all that she has learned. Emerson hosts a well rounded environment where learning is fun. Very happy with this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2013
No doubt about it, Emerson is a superb school. I attended from 2003-2009, and my sister is currently in 4th grade. I have watched it change over the years, through 3 different principals and a shift in ethnic diversity and academic achievement. I'm currently in the rigorous Poly PACE program, and credit my early years in Emerson's GATE classes for igniting my love of learning. All of the teachers my family has had personal experience with are truly phenomenal individuals who obviously love their jobs. I have heard minimal negative comments on teachers as a whole, which is to be expected at any school. I feel lucky to have experienced allday Kindergarten and many fun fieldtrips. The parent community has become more involved over the years, and now there is a Foundation in addition to PTA. Over time, Emerson's academic achievement has improved tremendously. We now have an 883 API, up from 738 when I began. No other school in LBUSD got the Distinguished School award in both '08 and '12! Next year Emerson will no longer be Charter. Although that could mean no more allday Kindergarten, this does mean that Emerson will get better district funding, like for music. Overall, two thumbs up!

- submitted by a community member
December 11, 2012
(READ THIS WHOLE THING! DON'T ONLY READ THE RATINGS I PUT, OR MY FIRST FEW SENTENCES, BECAUSE IT CHANGES! FOR THE WORSE! BUT YOU MAKE YOUR DECISION, I LOVE IT, BUT READ THIS!) HI, I am a sixth grader, but i spent Kindergarden through fifth grade at Emerson! this school WAS awesome! they taught me so well, and have an excellent gate program!! it was the best school ever and i am very ahead in sixth grade now, because of the good teaching this school has given me!! it could not have been better, although the teachers are the best, and they teach every kid awesomely the whole office staff including all of our principles were retierd, they were all sooooo nice, but since they are gone, the new principle is mean, and hates anything other then class time, so no extra fun stuff! she even turned down a field trip to MARSHALL ACADEMY OF THE ARTS , one of the BEST middle school ever! because of "instructional minutes!' that is NOT fair. the whole office staff including her is rude, not helpfull, and does not look like they want to be there what so ever!! if we kept our old office staff this school would still be the best in the district, i am sure it's still up there but not for long!

- submitted by a community member
November 09, 2012
I am the proud parent of an Emerson 5th grader. Emerson is an excellent school academically and the teachers are great. I am a little disappointed by the comments the parent made towards Kids Club. My son attends Kids Club and they are the most professional group of adults that truly love and take care of all the students in their care. My son enjoys both food options. They do not serve pop tarts and this service is optional! Judge a school by the knowledge your child receives not the optional snacks provided.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2012
I agree with the reviewer below, but you child doesn't have to participate in the cheesy Tuesday or Wednesday breakfast. That is all extra and the parents have to pay for that. I chose for my child to not participate in those activities. The otter pops are also extra and you don't have to buy them. Kids club staff is great and with all of the extra kids this year, they are doing a great job.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2012
I am a parent of a 1st grader at Emerson and have been very, very happy with everything! I am writing to respond to the reviewer who discussed Kids' Club and their Cheesy Tuesday and Wednesday Breakfast. My husband and I chose to pay the nominal fee to allow our child to participate in this because it is our choice. Nobody is forced to eat the food and there are plenty of kids who don't. We provide healthy meals for our child every day and feel that having a fun snack with cheese (protein) is not the end of the world. As for Wednesday Breakfast, it is a great mix of breakfast foods. In the 2 years that my child has been there, we have never seen a PopTart offered. There are eggs, pancakes, waffles, yogurt, granola, and yes, the once in a while donut. Otter Pops are a wonderful treat on those terribly hot days. Again, we can choose to not have our child eat them. I admire the dedication of the staff at Emerson Kids' Club and feel fortunate that my child gets to be a part of it. Kids' Club is a wonderful part of the Emerson community!!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
School is pretty good but after school care at kids club is concerning. They give candy rewards and otter pops are available daily. They have "cheesy Tuesday" where kids are given a rotating menu of nachos, pizza, quesadilla and grilled cheese for snack and all is high fat. Wednesday mornings they do breakfast with such healthy items as doughnuts and pop tarts. Really wish they were in line with school districts menu guidelines for healthy foods. Kids club gets thumbs down from me, wish I had a choice to stay home with kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2012
Although I believe the school should receive high ratings for parent involvement, I have seen the staff ignore the severe problems they have with bulling. My son stared going to Emerson at the end of 2011 school year and since he was a newer student he was bullied but since he was new I had thought it would get better the next school year. I had spoken with the staff about what was going on(taking him behind the building out of site and trying to put him in trash cans and not letting him leave). Nothing was done and they acted as if he deserved it. During the summer our son told us he always get bullied in the boys restroom becouse he looks white but his friend doesn't becouse he is brown like them (the bullies). I am half Hispanic but my son looks white. I don't think it is okay to bully no matter what. I understand the lack of funding and cutting of staff but we need to know our kids are safe when using the restroom.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2011
My daughters go to this school and they are doing wonderful. I think its a very good school.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2011
teachers with genuine concern and care for the best interest of the children, esp. mrs. jordan (kinder); supportive families and amazing leadership by mr. andreata(principal); WRAP program for afterschool care

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2010
Parents have a big part in making this school so successful. Everyday the school is host to many parents volunteering in the classrooms or helping to prepare for special events.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
Our teachers are always going above and beyond for their students. The staff has always stayed enthusiastic, upbeat and worked incredibly hard to continue to provide an outstanding education and school spirit despite statewide and district budget cuts. Emerson has received recognition for Student Success + Terrific Teaching = Academic Results along with California Business for Education Excellence Awards.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
I love the education and activities that my niece is getting at Emerson. It's great to see her have such a great start on the path to becoming a successful young adult some day. I know the lessons & friendships that she is experiencing at Emerson will not be forgotten.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 20, 2010
The teachers are all very qualified and they really care about the students.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
Emerson provides a safe environment with caring teachers, staff and administrators. My daughter is challenged and loves math and science thanks to the extra time spent on these subjects.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2010
Our two grandchildren have been nurtured, challenged, and allowed to grow in the positive Emerson environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2010
Great teachers and staff, involved parents, beautiful campus, science lab

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Why do you love Emerson Parkside Academy Charter? I love every thing about Emerson!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Great teachers, great family involvement, smaller class sizes, full day Kindergarten, wonderful Kids club staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Fantastic school with great teachers and excellent PTA and parental support -- a very nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
It's a top notch school with teachers that really care about our children getting a great education.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
Emerson is a great school. Teachers are amazing, always helping our children grow.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Outstanding enrichment opportunities....Awesome staff...teachers who care...approachable administration...safe and loving place for my child to discover the fun of learning!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Incredible teachers who truly care about our kids, top-notch administration and extremely involved parents. Emerson is a supportive environment for our children to both feel safe and challenged to do their very best!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
Emerson is a nurturing yet challenging environment for my granddaughter. I love watching her blossom from the enriched environment provided by the school!

- submitted by a community member
May 04, 2010
The staff at Emerson is dedicated & friendly! Especially the teachers! They are one of a kind! I have over 15 years experience working with teachers on a daily basis & Emerson teachers are some of the best! The playground staff is great as well & adored by the students!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
Teachers are awesome! They really take care of your kids and help them grow!

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2010
So glad my daughter goes to Emerson. It is a wonderful school with an awesome staff! Very supportive and diverse.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2009
Emerson is an amazing school. Despite a crippling national fiscal crisis, Emerson has the lowest student ratio in the district for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. It has been able to hold onto it's Music, PE, Science and other special programs. The teachers are wonderful. This is the 6th year my children have been at Emerson and I truly believe one of the best schools in a district full of excellent schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
I really love this school. My daughter is now in 1st grade and I have nothing but positive things to say about the school. The reponses from the principal and teachers is amazing. You leave a message and your call is returned immediately. All of the staff is amazing including the coachies and Kids club staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
Great admin, great teachers, lots and lots of positive learning!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2009
Unfortunately the previous review is written by a bitter parent who has left the school. The entire Long Beach School District requires uniforms for their students. Emerson in fact has more choices than most of the schools as the students may wear plaid, dark blue, or tan bottoms and white or dark blue logo shirt. Our school like all in California have had to make painful choices. Yes it's true that this year our 4th and 5th will have 25 students. But the bitter poster has her facts wrong that most school in the area have far more, often over 30 children in their 4th and 5th grades. Parent participation is as strong as ever and is required. Many of us volunteer hundreds of hours rather than the required 25. There is a strong PTA at Emerson that supports the school and puts on great events. Emerson is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
I am grateful to the vision and dedication of former principal Cindy Young who laid such a strong foundation for Emerson. Our school would not be what it is today had it not been for her leadership guiding staff, parents and students. She turned a struggling neighborhood school into a charter school that is an example for others to follow. Thank you for all you did for Emerson students, faculty and parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2008
The best elementary school in town. Mr. Gibson a teacher with compassion with our children. He is remarkable teacher.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 28, 2007
This is my sons 5th year at Emerson, he is now in 4th grade and absolutely loves it. I looked around a lot before I decided on what school was best for him, and I chose Emerson. My son tends to be a bit hyper-active, and the teachers and staff just love him and work with him. They are a great asset to the teaching community. We now live in another school district, but keep him at Emerson, because we know that it is best for his education. Thank you Emerson!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2007
Safe, diverse environment. Parent involvement level is unusually high. Students are provided with specialists (outside the classroom) once a week in science, computers and physical education. Introducing the MIND program for Kindergarten and 2nd grade. Extremely organized learning environment for the kids. This school provides way more than the typical public elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2007
Since the installation of the new principal, I can tell that the teachers are a much happier group. The quality of education at Emerson is very good for the Long Beach area. The teachers are very talented and work hard.

- submitted by a teacher
September 25, 2006
I have 2 Daughter in this school and I am so happy to be part of this Family because that is what Emerson feels like.The staff is great the teacher are awesome the school is clean and always open to parents and little siblings. I would recomend this school to anyone and look forward to sending my other children there too.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
My son is in Kindergarten and we have been very happy with his teacher and the curriculum. He is reading at a First Grade level and his writing is improving everyday. The principal is involved and proactive and the parents are fairly involved. I am not familiar with alot of the teachers but I have heard very good things about most of them. We are moving this summer and although we are excited about the move I will miss the school, parents and staff.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2006
i toured this school and am very impressed at how it is managed. by being a charter the principal can spend the money as she see fit, and runs the school like a business. the teachers rooms are so comfortable. i really advise all parents interested in this school to take a tour. the k class is from 9 to 3 and this is nice if your child is already 5 with a late birthday.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2005
I have two students currently attending Emerson. One in 1st and one in 4th grade. Both have attended here since Kindergarten. Emerson has made tremendous growth over the past 5 years in academic performance, parent involvement, and availability of programs for students. Parent involvement is mandatory at Emerson with a 25 hour per family/per year volunteer requirement. (very easy to meet) Parents are very visable on campus and really help the school to run as well as it does. Up until this year I have been very pleased with the quality of the academic programs. The 4th grade GATE program however, is not as challenging as the previous years have been. I am disappointed with the way things are going this year.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2005
I am delighted that my daughter is lucky enough to attend Emerson. I have found that the staff is dedicated and truly cares about the students. From the principal, teachers and support staff (office, janitorial, etc.) everyone is friendly, helpful and accountable. Recently they were able to help out those Emerson families in need of more uniforms and school supplies from donations they had received. Parents are required to donate 25 hours per year, per family. It is a great way to help out your child's school and stay involved with what is happening in his/her education. The PTA is strong and there are many avenues to help out. The Parent Center is a wonderful place and we are lucky to be the only school, thus far, in LSUSD to have one. I say 'Thank You' to Emerson on behalf of parents like me who benefit from your dedication.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2005
This is a fabulous school with a great staff.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2005
Academic programs are good. There is a GATE program. My daughter was behind the academic standards when we moved here from out of state, but the teachers and counselor worked with her and she in advanced proficient in every skill except for spelling. Not once was she discouraged by the teachers to try and learn something new. All of them had confidence in her that she could achieve proficiency. She just need the opportunity and teaching to learn. Her teacher has given her extra worksheets to help in those aread where she has tested lower. She has also been involved in the choir and the director is awesome! He has done astounding work with the kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2004
I would like to say that having my son at Emerson for kindergarten has started his school experience in a very positive manner. He loves shcool and I attribute the school, principal and staff to be the reason. Thanks you everyone at Emerson!

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Emerson Parkside Academy
2625 Josie Avenue, Long Beach, CA  90815
(562) 420-2631
Last modified Emerson Parkside Academy is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Emerson Parkside Academy Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top