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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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