Like many other parents, we were impressed by the Open House presentations, given by teachers and their students from the Honors or SAS programs. However once our child arrived, he did not have any of these teachers. Instead, he had a temporary teacher who didn't even bother to present the class schedule during the Back To School Night - she left after 8 weeks. The other teacher for History/English made it a point to say he didn't respond to email, something we quickly learned when none of our requests for information or help were ever responded to. If your child is NOT in the honors, SAS or Gifted classes, do not send your child here! Our child has an IEP and left 5th grade with all 3's and 4's on his report card. He walked into Emerson with confidence in himself and a great attitude toward school and learning. He was met with indifference and ineptitude on behalf of the beleaguered teachers who have to spend the majority of their day disciplining children who, thanks to LAUSD, no longer have consequences for their behavior. Our child has been bullied since day 1, including a physical altercation in the boys locker room, and after numerous meetings with the asst. principal (the principal never bothered to get involved, as he claims he did in the Open House presentation), we've decided that for the sake of our child's education and sanity, we are pulling him out of Emerson. I wish our experience was different. We were very involved in our elementary school - served on the parents board, were room parents for years, volunteered our time and money - and were looking forward to the same at Emerson. Sadly, that was not the case. If you do decide on Emerson, make sure your child is an Honors student and is in the Sports Academy or be prepared for frustration and disappointment. I did give this school 2 stars as the P.E. teacher is amazing and encouraging and there are other invested and engaging teachers at this school. It's too bad our child didn't have the opportunity to experience their classrooms or programs.
I HAVE SEEN HOW WHEN STUDENTS GET SENT TO THE ASST. PRINCIPALS OFFICE, THEY JUST GET A SMALL TALK AND THEN THEY GET SOME CANDY AND HAVE A NICE TIME IN HER OFFICE. ALSO THE PRINCIPAL SEEMS TO THINK THAT SOME STUDENTS JUST NEED A HUG AS PART OF THEIR PUNISHMENT, WHICH I THINK IS WRONG FOR AN ADULT TO WANT TO HUG A CHILD THAT DOES NOT WANT TO BE HUGGED.
My daughter is very happy and proud to be attending Emerson. Her teachers are engaged and enthusiastic, and often go above & beyond in many ways, tutoring kids at lunch or after school. I don't understand how Great Schools determines its ratings, but it is just not an accurate representation of the real experience at Emerson. There is a national award-winning Speech and Debate team which competes against schools from all over the country. They read Shakespeare. They build robots. They design costumes and produce theater. They write novels. They camp in Yosemite and Catalina. Very rigorous honors program. They have fantastic connections to UCLA for the arts and sports. Beautiful new gym and athletic field. Principal is dedicated and available and parents go out of their way to make new families feel welcome. If you are considering Emerson for your child, please come take a tour and see for yourself, don't rely on an arbitrary number on a website to make a decision about the actual experience your family is going to have every day for several years. There is a true community feeling at this school and we are SO happy we chose Emerson.
This school has a very diverse student body. Their students come from inner-city to the surrounding upper middle class neighborhood, including children of UCLA faculties. Every child is honored and treated fairly. I think this kind of environment produces less entitled more humble young people. NO one feels they are special and no one feels they are outsiders. Everyone is made to feel like his/her own person.
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 an 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.
Good teachers are extremely good. And we have been pretty lucky with getting mostly all the good teachers. I have heard some complaints about some teachers but we did not personally experience them. The weirdest thing is, this school has the most amazing PE teachers. I have a very unathletic child who looks forward to PE every day. I am so touched by that. I never imagine my child would enjoy PE in middle school.
Sometimes it feels like a lot and sometimes it's just a little bit. Luckily, my child has very good time management skills. She does her homework right away after school so I have never felt like she had too much homework. I think its the right amount for her age.
My daughter has had to work very hard to remain in the SAS honors program. When she had a difficult time during Common Core transition, her teacher encouraged to keep showing up to lunch time tutoring to get better and that is just what she did.
My child is in SAS program and in her classes students are very respectful. I have never seen or heard of students being kicked out of her class for disrespect which was quite common in my older kids' middle school.