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.
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
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.
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.
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.
We (both parents and student) could not be happier with Emerson. The teachers are fantastic, my daughter has made many lovely and close friends, and the programs that Emerson offers are extraordinary and beyond the programs offered in many other LAUSD middle schools. Among the many unusual and terrific programs are the Yosemite Trip and the Catalina Trip that the amazing Science Teacher takes the 6th graders on, Emerson Sports Academy, a special program for sports-oriented kids, the MESA science and math program which partners with UCLA, and the incredible Drama department that puts on the most sophisticated productions!
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.
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.
teachers and administration willing to try new ideas to engage students and improve the environmnet for learning
They have the most caring and responcible princple,teachers and staff .
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.
The school is small enough where everyone knows your name. The kids and teachers are wonderful.
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.
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.
It is a small middle school, students are encouraged to learn the staff is caring
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!
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.
My daughter is in 6th grade and we are very happy with the school. The principal is wonderful and the teachers are great.
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!
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