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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 650
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1650 Selby Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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(310) 234-3100
(310) 474-6517
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December 17, 2014
Unfortunately, we will never know the complete truth of who knew what at Foshay Learning Center in 2008. I don t think it is fair to hold this principal responsible.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2014
Our daughter entered Emerson in the 7th grade and is genuinely happy there. The teachers are communicative and make themselves available when we want to discuss a grade or learning issue. The size of the school, while much larger than her elementary school, is not overwhelming and is a great transition before entering high school. Principal Watson and Assistant Principal Muckenthaler are a great team. He sets the vision for the school, works with parents and stays in touch while Ms Muckenthaler is at on the yard with the students every day solving issues, talking with them and knowing them all by name.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2014
This is our son's first year at Emerson and we couldn't be happier. Choosing and worrying about which middle school to send our son to was stressful, to say the least. We feel fortunate to have been accepted into the SAS program at Emerson and our son is thriving. The principal is personable, accessible, and genuinely cares about his students' success. The size of the student body is a perfect transition from elementary school and the Academy structure adds a different element for the kids that keeps them interested and excited to learn.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2014
Emerson is a great neighborhood school. My oldest graduated two years ago, and my youngest graduates this year. Both were involved in programs that you won t find at most LAUSD middle schools. The Sports Academy, where my oldest spent a day at UCLA with a student athlete to better understand what it takes to succeed. The MESA program where he participated in several science fairs and took a full-day trip to the UCLA Brain Institute. The 6th grade trip to Yosemite, where both kids learned what it means to be part of a group working toward a common goal. Both wrote 20,000 word novels as part of NaNoWriMo. My youngest performed Shakespeare and understood the meaning of the words he was saying. He is on the Speech & Debate team, which has given him an increased sense of self-worth. The trip to Astro Camp he'll be taking later this year where he'll get hands-on science experience. I could go on and on, but I think Emerson should be a serious contender for your middle school student. I wish families that have had little to no experience with the school would take the time to learn what the school is really about rather than listening to unfounded rumors.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2014
I couldn't be happier with Emerson. I wouldn't send my kids anywhere else! It's the best kept secret in town! My older daughter graduated 2 years ago, and my middle son is a 7th grader. My 5th grader will be going there next year. The quality of the education is excellent, and the academies afford students a very unique experience. The teachers are just wonderful, as is the principal. ...And the kids are really happy there - nice group of kids!

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2014
A parent a few reviews down commented negatively about our test scores and our principal. I, personally, think that test scores are NOT the best or only measure of a school. As for our principal, he is extremely innovative and I stand by him 100%. Please take the time to read many of the other reviews of this school that relay personal stories of student success. This school is a special place! Middle school is all about preparing for the rigors of High School and also about supporting these kids as they go through so many developmental and emotional and emotional changes. Emerson provides great academics and a supportive environment. There is no bullying, rather a great sense of community. My child feels safe and we feel great about having her there!

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2014
We are having a wonderful experience at Emerson. My son is in the SAS program and is being challenged and learning a lot. All the teachers are responsive to any questions or needs we have. It is a warm and welcoming environment. The principal and teachers know all the kids, there is no bullying, a true community at the school. The parent organization is extremely involved and helping to make positive changes and support the faculty and students.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2014
My daughter is a 7th grader at Emerson and she is thriving. I feel extremely fortunate that I found Emerson and chose to enroll my daughter. After spending our elementary school years in the Palisades, I wanted a smaller middle school for my daughter and Emerson turned out to be the perfect fit. I chose Emerson after touring, listening to the students, its diversity, the parent association, and the Principal. Test scores are not the determining factor on how great a school can be and whether or not a child will thrive. My daughter has had some great teachers at Emerson who care about their students and their success. The academies are outstanding and the school community is amazing. Transitioning to middle school is not easy but we made the transition and my daughter is learning, she is a good student, and most importantly she is happy.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2014
Emerson is the jewel on the Westside. My son will be sad to leave @ the end of this year as he has had a terrific experience @ Emerson. He even was accepted to LACES in 7th grade and did not want to leave here. Under the leadership of our principal, Dimone Watson, the school has excelled and the students are flourishing. There have been many new programs implemented like Speech and Debate, STEM, Leadership and the re-vitalization of Drama w/Ms. Graham which have been tremendous additions for the students and well received. If you are looking for a great home for your child to transition from elementary school, Emerson is your place. I actually only wish they would get a charter for High School.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2014
Emerson s test scores tanked last year in this principal s first full year. At best this principal is a skilled politician. Emerson s test scores need to improve and I see no evidence that this principal can do the job. I was shocked to find out at what happened at his last school while he was vice-principal in charge of deans. Please do your own research. I did not at all like what I found out. Currently Emerson ranks 1 out of 10 in API when compared to similar schools. Why can t we get a principal that can help raise the academic standards to the level our children deserve? We need to demand better.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2014
My daughter is in 7th grade. She had a great 6th grade and 7th grade is off to a great start. She went to her first Speech & Debate tournament last week. S&D is integrated into 7th grade English curriculum. Many of the kids were really freaked out about having to compete, but after the tournament some of those who were most afraid are now totally hooked and can't wait to compete at the December competition. My daughter is so into it that she takes Speech as her elective and goes to the after school Debate club coached by a member of UCLA's Debate team. Last year, my daughter acted in the Shakespeare play, Midsummer Night's Dream. She still rattles off soliloquies that other actors recited. The amazing thing is that she understood the story and themes of the play in ways that I only began to learn in high school and college. This year she'll be studying Twelfth Night. In the first week of school, her English teacher took students to see a production of the play in Griffith Park. 3 weeks later her history teacher took her class to the Pompeii Exhibit at the Science Center. There are so many more ways that Emerson has exceeded my expectations, but you get the picture.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2014
My daughter is in 7th grade at Emerson Community Charter. She is thriving socially in a rare middle school environment where every child has his/her rightful place. The racial/cultural/economical diversity creates an ideal social setting where no one feels less or more entitled than others. When there are so many race/language/style/culture/interests, the "main stream" fails to form. There are no "In crowd". In fact, this is further enhanced by the recent implementation of their charter philosophy of small learning environments where students choose academies of their interest. I believe there are 4 academies; Sports Academy, Media & Art Academy, science & Math Academy, and Leadership Academy. My daughter is in Media & Arts academy and gets to be in a drama class for an hour and half every day with 45 other students from various grades who are strictly interested in drama and are in the same academy. I find that this systematic grouping by common interest really helps break down the age/gender/race barrier. Academically, she was accepted into their SAS program where she is very challenged. Many of her classmates have tutors to keep up with the instructions.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2014
My daughter is now attending 6th grade at this school. it is our home school and we are very happy that we stayed in the area. My daughter is in the STEAM academy and really enjoys it as well as the futsal team. The school has a diverse student body which represents real life in los angeles which we love. Since we chose this school it has became a charter has a beautiful new gym under construction and has done everything they promised. One of the best things is that is not overly sized but still gives real middle school experience. they have a lot of involvement from parents and UCLA which is awesome. My daughter is currently in the UCLA after school, Spanish and guitar programs. Most of all my daughter actually likes to going to school and loves her teachers ! Can't ask for much more :)

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2014
My child transferred to Emerson and we just couldn't be happier! Emerson offers kids a choice of "academies": STEM, Art/media, Sports, and Leadership, and this system creates affinity groups around which relationships are formed with like minded kids and instructors. The academies offer a truly innovative system for both motivating kids to come to school every day and giving them what amounts to an extra elective in a subject area of their choosing. My son was so excited to tell me about all the things they were doing in his robotics class! The facilities are amazing. The new multi-million $ sports facility is being completed and will be open by fall, there's a big impressive theatre where elaborate productions are staged regularly, and the buildings themselves were designed by celebrated mid-century architect Richard Neutra, and they're surrounded by green spaces. The teachers and principal have been very responsive, caring and available (a benefit of being at a smaller school). I feel like they are invested in helping my child succeed. Lastly, my son is having a wonderful experience socially at emerson, and that's so important at this age. Just a great school experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2014
I am a current parent of two seventh graders at Emerson Community Charter. My boys have had a wonderful middle school experience at Emerson. This school has so much to offer a child. There are great teachers, off-campus learning, smaller community learning "Academies", a gorgeous campus, a rich performing arts and costume design program, sports teams, Common Core learning, etc. etc. Most importantly the teachers really care about their students and really help them make a smooth transition through what is a very complicated time in a teen's life. It's so disappointing when I hear the rumors that swirl around our community about our school. I wish those people would just come visit the school and see for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
My daughter will be entering middle school next year and Emerson is our home school. The reviews are really positive and encouraging but why is this school rated only a 3 out of 10?

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
The diversity of the student body is possibly my favorite thing about Emerson. Coming from an elementary school that was rather homogeneous, I was thrilled to know that my kids were meeting other kids from all cultures and walks of life. The world is obviously a highly diverse place, so being able to learn to embrace that diversity early in life is one of the most important lessons you can receive. The academic and extracurricular programs are also outstanding. My current Emerson student participates in the SAS program (as did my older son who is now a freshman at University High School). The program is very challenging and definitely keeps my son on his toes. The subject matter is tough, but the methods of teaching, including project-based learning, field trips and guest speakers, make it very interesting for the kids and helps keep them focused and engaged. The level of teaching and work required is/was great preparation for high school and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2013
Our daughter can be very uncomfortable in new situations. Every year in elementary school it took her a few months to become comfortable volunteering in class and talk audibly. We were concerned about how she would adapt to Emerson because she knew only two other girls there, but we have been amazed at how quickly she has formed new friendships, and she started raising her hand in class - repeatedly - the first week of school. We have been so happy with Emerson's warm environment. Mr. Watson, the principal, has really fostered an environment that feels like family. We've also been pleased with the strong academic program offered. Our daughter loves the robotics program!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
In 2006, we moved into the Westwood area so our younger son could attend Fairburn Elementary School. Our older son attended Fairburn but under a permit as they issued them at that time. But no more, so we had to move into the area. At that time, our older son was attending Emerson Middle School and we were thrilled. Many of his friends from Fairburn attended Emerson and then moved on to University High School. The Fairburn, Emerson, University High feeder patter of schools provided the perfect foundation and education for my older son, so much so that he graduated 4th in his graduating senior class at Uni. In fact, the top four graduating seniors at University High all came from Fairburn & Emerson. They now attend prestigious universities, such as UCLA, Yale, Cornell & Loyola Marymount University. My son attends LMU on a major academic scholarship. I credit his success to the preparation he received at Emerson, allowing him to be prepared and successful at Uni. When it came time to decide on middle schools for our younger son, we looked no further than the Emerson Middle School doors. We knew it would be a perfect match, a perfect fit, & it absolutely has been without a doubt!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
This is my 3rd child entering a public middle school. I must say, I have been very impressed with Emerson so far. The way my child has been treated, and the way I have been treated, made the transition into middle school very comfortable. When you step onto campus, you see the teachers, the principal, the staff, and the volunteer parents working hard to make the school better. It is a under-enrolled public school in an area where most people send their kids to private schools. It is a very diverse campus. And if you are the kind of person to be put off by that, then this is not for you. If you are someone who can focus on your child's experience and your child's education, I think you'd be very happy there. Besides, you don't want to raise your kid to be the kind of person who can't coexist with diversity.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2013
I have a sixth grader entering Emerson Middle School. She attended Camp Emerson, the transitional program that orients the kids to middle school and the campus. Even though she knew many other kids from elementary school attending with her, she came home from the camp and talked about all of the new kids she met from other elementary schools. She rotated through classrooms and met many of the teachers. They played flag football and had a blast even though she didn't win. The school is very inviting, has dynamic teachers, a principal that has been very accessible and an amazing new assistant principal. Most of all, it has a very diverse and involved parent body. Couldn't be happier that this is our neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
It is the best school ever we just had a camp emerson before we go to school the teachers are great and nice :) I reccomend Ms Graham the drama teacher she is such an amazing teacher !!!! There academics are great all the students have a lot of dicipline they are very nice !! The Principal Dimmone Watson is the best:) All the staff are very polite and respectful they listen to what u need to say :) The classes are really advanced even if u dont get into the SAS program !! Well All I Can Say Is That Emerson Middle School Is A Perfect School !!!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
To be completely honest, Emerson's academics are not that great. I studied there for a year before moving on to a private school. I went through the IHP program and got straight AEEs, but despite all that, I was still behind my peers at the private school. The school is not academically rigorous and there were students in the IHP program that would not be considered "IHP worthy". There seem to be more bad teachers than good. They don't seem to really inspire their students and many are easy graders (but that does not give one an excuse to not work hard). Social life is decent. As long as you are not overweight or weird looking/acting, you will do fine. It sounds cruel, but it's middle school. Many kids love to make racial slurs (if your Asian) or fat jokes to their peers (the students are very unimaginative and it shows by the insults they come up with). Though I do not have as favorable of a view of Emerson, I was glad to spend a year here. I made many friends and enjoyed a stress free year.

- submitted by a community member
November 17, 2012
Our neighborhood middle school is Palms. Though a Magnet, we thought Palms was too big. We hoped to get into LACES because it is 6-12th grade, has a great reputation, and lovely learning space. Emerson was our back-up. We were attracted to Emerson because of its size, welcoming spirit, friendly Principal, an active parent group, and programs that challenge my child. We were excited to be a part of the IHP program, which allows kids to test in to a higher level Honors class in Math and English, the Emerson Sports Academy, which focuses athletes on self-dicipline in fitness and study habits, as well as the Costume Design Workshop a year-long elective in which kids work together to build costumes for the fabulous 8th grade drama productions & the week-long experiential science Yosemite trip, where kids get to learn about glaciers and history and teamwork while surviving snowshoe hikes, cross-country ski outings, ice skating, mountain climbing, cave exploration and night hikes while also taking care of themselves and keeping their feet dry. Because "the only thing that stays the same is change" there's been changes while we've been here at Emerson. Read on for more.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2012
I have a daughter in 7th grade at Emerson. She loves the small school environment and has been academically challenged throughout her time at Emerson. The teachers and administration are committed to creating a supportive and creative learning environment for the students. I have been particularly impressed with the curriculum development and collaboration amongst the faculty.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2012
My child has been at Emerson for the last 2 years and we couldn't be happier! He is challenged academically, the teachers and staff are dedicated, hardworking and committed to educating their students as well as easily accessible to both students and parents. Socially he is grounded and has made a ton of new friends. It is a safe and welcoming community school where each child is greeted by name by their principal - he too, is a hard working dedicated educator! The parent group is also great! They work hard to keep parents informed and make families feel welcome! We will definitely be send our next child to this school in 2 years!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2012
We are proud to have both of our daughters attend Emerson Middle School. Our eldest is in 8th (she is going to miss Emerson next year) and our youngest is in 6th (she feels at home already). Our daughters are thriving in the excellent learning environment at Emerson. The staff is professional and hardworking. The students are motivated and engaged. What a pretty campus sitting up on a little hill!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2012
We are very happy with Emerson, and our 7th grade daughter loves it. She is challenged academically and has made good friends from the other schools that feed into Emerson (she went to Westwood Chater). We really like the new principal Mr. Watson and really appreciate how he is always striving to improve Emerson. Although there have been staff changes, there are still very good teachers. We have no hesitancy in recommending Emerson.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2012
My children love this school. Great teachers and the students are well behaved. Don't hesitate on letting your child attend this school. If there is a problem, which so far I haven't had the principle and teachers will do everything they can to put a stop to the problem. Best school ever!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
I have 2 daughters, one going into 7th & one going into 8th. They love their school. They have an outstanding curriculum. They are always challenged yet always feel confident. My girls' test scores are extremely impressive and that is what I look at. They take amazing field trips. We feel spoiled that we drive 3 minutes to our neighborhood school when I hear stories of their friends having very long commutes to theirs. We couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2012
I am an incoming 7th grader and I really don't like this school. The kids are very mean and annoying. Also, we lost three of our best teachers. Since I have an IEP and a BII, it is worse for me. Many kids are making fun of me because I have this. The only good thing about this school is the academics.

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2012
I previously reviewed this school when my daughter started 6th Grade last fall and I am happy to report that she continues to thrive at Emerson. She has participated in many interesting and unique learning experiences. She travelled to Yosemite and Catalina with her science teacher. She has read so many books in her English class (and an equal number of additional books through the Accelerated Reader program), written many essays and engaged in thought-provoking discussions in class. The most significant evidence that my daughter is inspired by her teachers is that she enjoys coming home and telling us about what she's learned. What more could we ask for.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2012
I am an alumni of this school and nothing could have prepared me more for high school than emerson middle school. I learned how to take notes, do my homework efficiently, and fully understand rather than just learn. I am also part of one of the first graduating classes of the Emerson Sports Academy, which has played a key role in me balancing my school with my soccer. I would recommend school to anyone willing to learn

- submitted by a community member
February 17, 2012
I love Emerson! I'm a 7th grader, and I am in Emerson Sports Academy (ESA) and they really stress how important good note taking, studying, and academics are for you to succeed in high school. I also love stage crew. Our science class is amazing and we just did projects on cell structure and got to see the 8th grade designs and testing for the egg drops. Everybody needs to come visit to see what a great place Emerson is and meet our cool new principal.

- submitted by a community member
February 16, 2012
The academics here are terrible. Most of the actual good teachers all left the year before and more are leaving this year. The only good thing here is the drama program and the fact that you can easily take geometry in 9th grade. I am a student and feel as if everyday I am just falling farther and farther behind in acadmics. There are many disruptive and crude children attending this school.

- submitted by a community member
January 18, 2012
I am an 8th grader at Emerson and i absolutely love it! In 6th grade i was a little frightened to start middle school but the moment i stepped foot into the school everyone gave me warm welcomes. i was apart of ESA-emerson sports academy, which provides an amazing program for sports lovers. in 7th grade i decided to join costume design. Our school is the only school in LAUSD that has this class which is pretty amazing. This year i'm in the drama program and i love it!!! we also got a new principal this year and he is absolutly amazing. In 6th grade i met my 2 best friends but they switched school this year but i still had friends i could rely on. i'm going to miss emerson once i start high school

- submitted by a community member
December 29, 2011
Though I was an SAS student at Emerson, I have to admit that the IHP program will really give your child an incredible 2 year boost in math. Some of my friends are already in precalculus in 10th grade because of this phenomenal program. Not to mention the Drama and arts pogram- the best plays you could ever see at a middle school! I will mever regret attending this wonderful school.

- submitted by a community member
November 16, 2011
I have two daughters who have attended Emerson, and both have been extremely happy at the school. The core academics have kept them challenged (they are both in IHP-- the high honors program), they have enjoyed the electives (both sports and drama) but what might be most important is that they have been happy, immersed, comfortable and they have pride in their school. They come home from school every day feeling good, and during the middle school years when kids can be mean and awkward and moody, that is saying a lot.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2011
I have a 7th grader and 8th grader at Emerson and I couldn t be happier with the education they are receiving. The English teachers use novels to stimulate critical analysis. UCLA scientists come into many of the classrooms each week to conduct labs with the students. The Math Department has classes for students of all abilities including classes that are up to two years ahead of the standard classes for middle school grade levels. The History Department has a number of outstanding teachers who make history fun and interesting. If you are a fan of the performing arts, the Play Production class puts on two amazing plays per year with assistance from the Stage Crew class and Costume Design. All 6th graders participate in Drama, which even includes aerial instruction! In addition to all of this Emerson organizes some great field trips, including a 6th grade winter field trip to Yosemite. Not only is Emerson currently a terrific school, but it now has a new principal with a great vision for its future. His collaborative approach with faculty, students and parents is sure to make Emerson even better.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2011
I agree that this is an above average school. I sent my son here because of the racially diverse demographics but found a tremendous amount of disparity. Limited Spanish translation services (criminal, considering the backgrounds of many of the parents); and African American boys are unfairly targeted for often minor infractions. One teacher confused our son with another student of color for the ENTIRE SCHOOL year and kept giving him low grades (this is a common occurrence). There are some great teachers here but the school needs to be more culturally aware and sensitive. You *have* to be a pro-active parent at Emerson and not be afraid to confront particular teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2011
Emerson is an above average public middle school with a diverse population and caring teachers. My child thinks the drama program is the best in Southern California! However the current principal is not as effective as her predecessor, and would benefit from learning how to make sure her excellent staff is appreciated, so that teachers are not taken for granted. Despite this, the school is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
teachers and administration willing to try new ideas to engage students and improve the environmnet for learning

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 06, 2010
They have the most caring and responcible princple,teachers and staff .

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Emerson has so many terrific programs: Emerson Sports Academy, MESA, drama, costume design, four students will now participate in Coca Cola's C5 Challenge until they go to college. Teachers who go the extra mile: 8th graders wrote 10,000 word novels! 6th graders visit Yosemite! And teachers who came back again - they are Emerson alumni and returned to give back! Emerson reflects the diversity of Los Angeles in its population.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
The school is small enough where everyone knows your name. The kids and teachers are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Emerson is a great school! My son is part of the Emerson Sports Academy and is loving it! Thanks to all the great staff for 3 great years.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Emerson has a great IHP program, and is doing a fine job educating our son. He's happy and has made many new friends. The school is smaller than other local middle schools, with a great principal and many good teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
It is a small middle school, students are encouraged to learn the staff is caring

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
The leadership - Kathy Gonnella - she and the faculty truly care about the academic and personal well being of the students. Even for a large, urban, public school, Kathy and the teachers have been responsive to individual needs of students. Truly gems!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
Emerson has a wonderful principal, caring teachers, and a small (by LA standards) but diverse student body. Love the neighborhood too -- safe, clean, and easy to get to.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
My daughter is happy at Emerson and enjoys her teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
My daughter is in 6th grade and we are very happy with the school. The principal is wonderful and the teachers are great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Emerson is a great school. My daughter is very happy there and she loves her wonderful teachers. And the after-school program, Prime Time, is outstanding!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
This school has helped my nephew in all his subjects.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Both my daughters are happy there, they have made many friends. The principal is a wonderful lady and educator who listens to all parents, teachers and students and there are many wonderful teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Safe and sound and small and sincere!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
It's become a real neighborhood school again, while still retaining the diversity and intimacy that set it apart from other options.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
Great school! Wonderful teachers, super principal and fantastic after school program - they really care about each individual student

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Because my kid is super happy. The IHP teachers are wonderful and it is part of our community

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
I love Emerson because my son is so happy there. I also love it because the principal is the best in the west and is always there to talk to or get information from. The parents and teachers are the best!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Ralph Waldo Emerson is situated a a very good community...It's a school where you can really find out who you are.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2010
A very safe school with a terrific, motivated principal and some great teachers. Unfortunatly, some teachers are unfit to be teaching and have an unacceptable attitude toward students (one in particular is a bully who scares students and constantly yells at them). As in many public schools, accessive homework load chips away at a positive shcool experience. Sadly, It's a futile effort to try to change that as the teachers do not seem to get the distructive effects of such needless overload and parents (who almost all agree with this statement) who are concerned with the teachers possible retaliation against their children (a very valid concern with some teachers in this school), prefer to stay quiet and bite the bullet..

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2009
I am an eighth grader at Emerson Middle School, and going to this school has been a wonderful experience for me. If you really want to learn at a high level, Emerson will be great for you. The teachers are great!

- submitted by a student
no rating November 04, 2009
Teachers are awesome and principal is dynamic and school-changing!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
serious about growth of students

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
our school has a lot of parent involvment so the kids like to come to school and get involved aswell. We have a great principle that cares about the school & the kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2009
I am a parent of current Emerson student. I want to say that Emerson is a very good school. Unfortunately current economic crisis is affecting Emerson - it looks like the Music program will be canceled in Fall 2009. I am posting following information to all interested Emerson alumni: If you want to see the last 2009 Spring Music Concert please visit Emerson Auditorium on 6/4/2009, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. and join the legend - Mr. Lanni with the Marching Panthers Orchestra plus alumni. It will be most probably the last Marching Panthers Orchestra performance. I am sure Emerson will be different without Marching Panthers Orchestra. I am also sure Emerson still be great place to study and to have fun.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2009
I am parent of a current eigth grader and I am so happy we selected Emerson. My son came from Fairburn and we also heard all the nasty rumors about the school which turned out to be untrue. He has received an excellent education; he is still scoring off the charts in both math and english thanks to the rigors of the IHP curriculm and the nourturing teachers. In addition, he as grown into a well rounded person having taken drama with Mr. Weiss and through other electives. And most importantly, the friendships he developed at Fairburn have continued through middle school and will continue beyond. A few days ago he mentioned he was graduating with very fond memories of his middle school experience and will look back with much happiness. To me, those words meant plenty.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 11, 2009
Thank goodness that in my oldest daughter's fifth grade year, several of her friends decided early on Emerson. It has been a treasure. I am so grateful we didn't buy into the unkind rumors that were being spread by the 'private school' parents who were trying to justify their choice to pay for an education likely not as good or diverse as what they could have had for free at Emerson. Starting with 'Howdy Days' (a 3-day orientation for 6th graders, where they learn its ins and outs), the school was extremely welcoming. The SAS/IHP teachers are dedicated, caring indivduals. Our daughter was challenged to think by Ms. Cruz, encouraged to explore by Mr. Joseph, motivated to push her limits by Ms. Senior, and shown that learning can be fun by Ms. Cook. 7th and 8th have been great too, culminating with Mr. Weiss and drama. Great staff (thanks Mr. Cota)!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2008
I am going to second that statement of an earlier review, this school is awesome. It's small enough that the principal knows every student and cares too. The teachers are professional and really impart so much knowledge into these kids. Emerson Middle School is the best kept secret on the Westside. They have a great Academic program, a fantastic Performing Arts program and a wonderful after school program. It's a safe small campus and would recommend it highly. I have had kids at this school now for 4 years and I see a great influx of great kids and great parents rolling up their sleeves to make this school even better. MJ

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2008
It's an awesome school who deserves a visit before judging and also some involvement on the great programs and opportunities for bright kids

- submitted by a student
September 11, 2008
In response to Sept 5th review - yes there is only one teacher per subject, because there is only one IHP class! For those who don't know - IHP is the individual honors program which is the highest academic level that your child can access through the LAUSD. There are only 2 LAUSD schools which offer IHP - Emerson(Westside) and Walter Reed(Valley). If you live this side of the hill, consider Emerson. My children are very happy there - the new principal is outstanding, there are great teachers and good teachers. Almost 1/3 of the incoming 6th graders are from Warner, Fairburn and Westwood Charter.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2008
I think this school is okay. Im in IHP and in sixth grade. There are two problems. They dont put uniform restrictions like they said in the uniform rules. They olny have 1 teacher for IHP per subject. the school needs updating. I give it a 6 1/2 out of ten.

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 01, 2008
We have been an Emerson family for 4 years in a row, and our children have been completely safe. All schools (including Paul Revere and Palms receive 'opportunity transfers-you can check the LA Unified website. Emerson is by far the smallest school of the three mention-Paul Revere has 1000 more students and Palms has 700 more. If you want a much smaller school in an upsale neighborhood (Westwood), where the students are put in classes (School for Advanced Studies) with students of similiar abilities, choose Emerson! Brand new principal as of 07-08 school year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 30, 2008
Do not send your child here. It is not safe. They bus in kids that have been kicked out of other schools -- LAUSD calls them opportunity transfers. Because the building supposedly have architectural significance they have not updated anything -- this school may be the only one left in LAUSD without air-conditioning. Many classoom have no computers. Send your kid to Paul Revere or Palm.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2008
I was a student at Emerson and I just graduated this year.Emerson is a great middle school.It has great teachers .To be honest some teachers can be mean but there are teachers who are really great.I have learned alot at this school and I have made alot of friends.Kids should really go to this school it is the best!!!

- submitted by a student
July 17, 2008
Very nice,nice & educated staff,my daughter and I love emerson

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2008
Hiya, i'm a mom with a beef. There are persistent false rumours about Emerson's safety by neighborhood parents who send their kids to private school. Emerson's safety record beats all the surrounding middle schools year after year because of contained campus and security policies. It is so good, in fact, that we constantly have to fight to keep our safety officer to protect the premises from outside threat. Take the time to look it up. Wild talk about guns? We've never had a gun on campus in the memory of our longest serving teachers. We don't have gangs on our campus, like say, Palms, for the simple reason that this is not their neighborhood and they are not trying to protect turf. Kids feel safe, and they are.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2008
Fact: If your kids come to Emerson scoring high, they will leave Emerson school scoring high. Stop looking at the API overall and start looking at kids in your demo. Did you notice that the school rating on this site can be broken down by the performance of kids from the same kind of family as yours? For example, the overall school rating for Emerson is 4, yet our school rating based on performance of our kids from parents with college to graduate school level educations is 7 to 9. Considering that classes are streamed by ability, doesn't that make sense? Then you are comparing apples with apples.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2007
My daughter and her friends have been so happy at Emerson. Even those who chose to go to other schools have come back for 8th grade...it's like coming 'home.' The teachers she's had, bar one, have been amazing. She's had some wonderful educational opportunities in a low stress, high achievement atmosphere. We really like the new principal, too.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2007
We ve encountered many misconceptions about Emerson particularly about busing and safety. First of all, no children are bused to the school for integration. The students who ride the buses live within Emerson s boundaries. As for safety, Emerson is as safe as any school anywhere. Our daughter, currently in 6th grade, and her older friends at Emerson have not encountered any bullying, gang activities or violence. Everyone, including teachers and staff, is held accountable. It's a shame that many eliminate Emerson as a possible middle school strictly because of rumors and misconceptions. This school offers many dynamic programs and opportunities from its outstanding drama department to its highly differentiated GATE program. We have found Emerson to be a community school with a small-school feel. Everyone we have encountered, from the dedicated teachers to the vibrant new principal, is constantly encouraging students to be the best they can be.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2007
The SAS/IHP program is extremely challenging for all 3 grades. It is truely a 'school within a school' with about 100 students per grade. The students become very good friends after 3 years together in all of the same classes. This is a great neighborhood school where students from Westwood, Warner and Fairburn can easily walk to and from school. By the time they are in 8th grade it is nice to be able to give them that independence. Most of their friends will still live close by (just like elementary), and they won't always have to wait for 'Mom or Dad' to pick them up or to set up a car pool, or sit in traffic.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2007
My name is Cassie Hobbs-Monterroso, my son Juan Antonio Monterroso is 12 years old, in the 6th grade, and he goes to Emerson Middle School. He is in the Advanced class. I like this School a lot, it is clean, has beautiful grounds, and the teachers really seem to care a lot about the students. The principal seems decicated to learning. I like the uniform policy, and the atmosphere is warm, friendly.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 10, 2007
I would have to say that maybe this year with the new principal things wil be better. I am very disappointed to see such a great neighborhood and such a terrible school. Major events take place and no care or concern is admionistered or even advised to parents and students. Unfortunately, I feel like this is the only school that is descent in comparison to the few ones in my area.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 06, 2007
Emerson actively seeks parent involvement at all levels, I've never lacked for something to do! Teachers teach the subjects that they are credentialed for - we have a very high level of teacher retention at the school. Regarding the 'locker area' - Emerson only has lockers for PE, where the PE teachers remain while students are accessing the locker area. The locker rooms are then locked during classes until it is time to change and they can be supervised again.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 06, 2007
Suggestions for improvement of school with a 'good heart' and some promise: Train teachers and all staff to engage parents and kids as clients and partners. Management staff must not give parents the run around. Teachers should comunicate regularly and actively with the parents using email. Stay the coursse with discipline at the school. A small percentage of slackers and bad apples can set the tone if the school allows it. Implement innovative strategies to reduce delinquency. Raise expectations in the classroom from the students. Even the SAS/IHP can benefit from a tightening of standards and higher goal setting. All in all, this is a good school with good people who are struggling to stay above the surface like so many other schools in the NCLB swamp. But with a sustained push from the principal, the staff, the teachers, and the parents, it can break free and shine eventually.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
I think the school needs alot of improvement, such as more parent involvement. the school needs teachers that will comit to the subject they are supposed to teach. i think the school needs more security specially in the locker area.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2007
This is my son s first year at Emerson and so far it has not been good. I ve had so my issues with the school s administration and staff. Every time I call the school because I have a question or concern I get the run-around. I get transfer to several people before I get a clear answer in ENGLISH. No one ever knows what is happening in the school. I m also frustrated with the school s low curriculum. I had heard good things about the principle, but apparently it seems that she is not taking enough care over her school.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2007
I was really impressed with the transitional program Emerson provided for incoming six graders. However, some of the teachers are very dismissive and show little concern when a student is struggling academically. I phoned one teacher 3x and received no return phone call. I also did not receive proper notice from this teacher of my son's academic struggles so that I could have dealt with this problem accordingly. OK counselors, OK principle, wonderful music program (don't give six graders a lot of options to join the programs). Can become a good school with the proper leadership.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2006
The only good part about Emerson is their IHP/SAS program, my daughter is in the 8th grade and is taking Algebra 2, many other schools will not accept a student into algebra 2 or geometry because the do not have the teachers to teach it, in this way Emerson is unique. I would suggest LACES and Walter Reed, if your student is advanced in math. There is also a very good drama program, your student must get into it, it looks good if they want to apply to Beverly High, or North Hollywood High.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2006
School in need of renovation; decent teachers, but facility is rundown, drab, whole place has a feeling of depression. typical LAUSD school - budget cuts, etc.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2006
Emerson has an exceptional staff from the principal to the support staff. All stakeholders put in the extra effort to make it a conducive learning environment for all students. I highly recommend this school to all students. Many diverse cultures are represented in the student body. All students' needs are the priority.

- submitted by a staff
April 10, 2006
My daughter is an international student here at Emerson. In comparison I am disappointed with the schools academic structure. I immediately found out about the SAS program at the school. There was a drastic improvement... However the quality between the two is far too troubling for a parent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 29, 2006
Both of my kids have gone to school at Emerson Middle, and the youngest is still there in 7th grade. They really loved the uniforms, because it adds an element of structure to the school environment.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2006
This school has been an enormous disappointment. While the staff is trying, they are faced with an overload of tough, disrespectful kids and no money. I definitely would not recommend this school to anyone who cares about their child's education.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2005
I was very upset with the physical education program and the extreme stringent standards of its staff.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2005
My son is in the SAS program and the academic program has been rather anemic. He has gotten A's and B's with little effort. He has been required to write almost no papers and the grading suggests that spelling, grammer, punctuation, and coherence are not terribly important. Teachers make and receive cell phone calls during class. Most days in PE they are left to play on their own. Parent involvement seems minimal and does not seem strongly encouraged.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2005
The booster club has done a lot to the facility. The PTA has added a garage sale and International Potluck. More Westwood Charter, Fairburn, and Warner parents are opting in. The SAS is packed and thriving.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
Great drama program. If your kid is a band geek, there's a great place for her/him with Mr. Lanni. The band travels around and has summer practices. The dance program is stellar. Excellent principal. Nice campus. Smaller than the usual LA middle school. The staff is committed and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2005
Fabulous principal. Wonderful grade level counsellors. I only know about some of the teachers, but the ones I'm familiar with are great, with one exception, who's fair. Excellent band which travels quite a bit, dedicated instructor. Excellent drama program...pro productions. Excellent dance teacher. Excellent remedial programs. Take a look at the SAS program....this could be the best middle school in LA for your kid. New paint,landscaping, and vegetable gardens plus the removal of security bars on the windows have really lightened up the institutional atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2005
This is my daughters first year at Emerson as a 6th grader. I have no problems at this point. I would like to state that there does not seem to be enought discipline in the classrooms. The teachers dont seem to do enough to keep the students from talking. Also it took my daughter 6 weeks to get her permanent teachers which in my opinion is poor planning. The school stated that they were not expecting so many students. Again, poor planning. However, the staff at this point does seem very supportive to your childs needs and will try to make the necessary changes when necessary.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2004
Our daughter has gotten a very good education in the GATE program at Emerson Middle School. She is now in 8th grade. We've been really pleased with the quality of Emerson's teachers generally and their efforts to provide more challenging assignments, curriculum and field trips. The drama program is excellent. The principal is top notch. She's dedicated to providing a quality education to all the students, maintains a firm oversight on safety and discipline issues, and works hard to make the school more appealing to neighborhood families while continuing to meet the needs of its diverse student population. There is a small but active parent group that raises supplemental funds (including for some facility improvement projects) and also develops school involvement opportunities. We wish more families would give this school a chance.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2004
I think the schoool needs a lot of improvements! They have a low number of graduates.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2004
Excellent teaching staff, organized school, good atmosphere. The students come first.

- submitted by a teacher
August 11, 2003
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1650 Selby Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90024
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