"Emerson is a enriching space for kids to grow."
Students enrolled 315
Hours 8:25 AM - 2:45 AM
School leader Kathrene (Kathy) Hatzke
Transportation options Yes
Before school no info
After school Yes
Summer program no info

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4803 Lawton Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

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4 stars
Based on 28 ratings

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April 29, 2014
My son is in his second year at Emerson and is completely thriving. I can't say enough about the wonderful TK and kinder teachers. They are an amazing group of young women who work so hard for their students and really go the extra mile. I have been pleased to see the dramatic growth in parent engagement and believe that this, combined with a principle Hatzkys leadership, is setting the stage for higher expectations on all sides and a growing demand for excellence from all. We're thrilled to be a part of the process to turn Emerson into a school that supports, and delivers success for all of its diverse children.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
My child attends Emerson Elementary as a Kindergartener, and he is thriving! HE has developed a love of reading and books and is excelling in Math. We love his teacher Ms. Aiello and Principal Hatzke, and our family feels that our input is valued and welcome. We have enjoyed working with other members of the Emerson community and PTO, and look forward to engaging with more families.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2014
My daughter is learning and thriving in kindergarten at Emerson. Ms. Aiello is a great teacher who is always available for a quick conversation at pick up to discuss what's going on. For example, at the beginning of the year my daughter got very stressed out by line-up, and was bringing up worries about line-up at bed time. When we came to Ms. Aiello, she came up with a strategy that immediately ended my daughter's anxiety. I'm so impressed by what I see in all the kindergarten classrooms: calm, professional, and caring teachers who make learning exciting. My daughter's favorite subject is writer's workshop, and she's writing short stories about her life at school and at home. My daughter is making great friends, and the kindergarten and TK teachers are very focused on fostering a welcoming and inclusive school environment. The parent involvement is growing by leaps and bounds, with a lot of parent led projects -- school beautification, math enrichment, community building, and more. Also, my daughter loves the weekly choral music class with Ms. Grissell. We're so happy to be at our neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2013
Hello, We have a kindergartner in Ms Aiello's class and we couldn't be happier. He was very apprehensive about leaving his pre-school to come to Emerson, but now all he talks about is how much he loves school,his teacher and Mrs. Verna's aftercare program. We chose Emerson because we were impressed with the diversity and nurturing community it offers.The Principals vision for the school is progressive, the teaching staff is committed and the PTO is awesome. That's a perfect combination for educational growth and success.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
Emerson has great teachers and excellent community involvement. Staff are open to ideas and input from parents and the community.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
To me Emerson is a wonderful school. The children there are a delight to be around and the staff at Emerson go above and beyond the call of duty to make Emerson special. Yes Emerson still need work, but what school dosent. This is my sons second year there and he will be there for the next 3 years.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
We have three children who've attended EMERSON ELEMENTARY since 2011 to present :) Our eldest has been flourishing in the inclusion (autism) program and our twins were enrolled in last year's TK program. As a parent IAM grateful for the academic-literacy program Emerson participates and MORE SO appreciative of the inclusion program :) We <3 Ms Dunn and her team ! Our FAMILY has always felt like FAMILY @ EMERSON :) The office staff are professional and polite , especially Ms K and Linda who volunteer :) THIS school IS an awesome SCHOOL... We personally recommended Emerson to our family members and friends, they too AGREED and expressed gratitude to us for the referral... all our children are HAPPY and thriving socially & academically. Sincerely, <3 proud parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
I made the decision to enroll my son in the TK program at Emerson Elementary--site unseen--which is a 20-minute commute for our family. As it was a pilot program, there wasn't a lot of information going in and all the parents were nervous and didn't really know what to expect. I can tell you that we were all pleasantly surprised. What we got was an amazing teacher (Danielle Erwin) who is passionate about educating young minds. Ms. Erwin does a good job blending play and instruction. I have absolutely no regrets about enrolling my son in TK and the Emerson community is great. All of the parents are incredibly passionate, and contribute in their own ways! Emerson TK Parent Alumni

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
My child has attended this school for the last three years and we are very happy there. My son is super bright and has thrived with support from great teachers and friends. Our family has had an overall wonderful experience. Emerson is a vibrant and dynamic place. Principal Haztke has a solid vision for a holistic approach to education. She has been a champion for the kids at Emerson and the school has improved in many ways under her leadership (including test scores). The parent group is making a huge impact at the school by organizing tons of fun community events for families and kids, and fundraising to support many new programs. We have music and art instruction, lots of field trips, gardening and nutrition support, poetry, and community service. The kids are thriving, the teachers are getting the support they need, and there is excellent targeted intervention and support for students who need it. The support staff from office to after school is fantastic. The campus is a giant lovely place for kids not only to learn but engage with and enjoy their days at school. Emerson may be the best kept secret in Oakland! Shhhhh.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
Can't recommend them highly enough. Ms. Erwin was my daughter's teacher. Between her and principal Hatzke, my daughter thrived as a transitional kindergartener there. We are sad to leave Emerson so my children can attend the same school in the fall. It was an eye opening experience. And our neighborhood school will in the hills will no doubt benefit from my experience here.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2011
Emerson is a fantastic place for children to learn, grow and thrive. It has been one of the best decisions of my life to join with this group of committed human beings. Committed to helping children and their families have the best experience an elementary school can offer. Emesrson is not just a school it is a center for growth and development for the community. I have encouraged many families to bring their children to this beautiful campus. It is important to know that parents should participate, contribute, and volunteer where their children attend.

- submitted by a community member
August 02, 2011
Emerson is a GREAT school. I have had two children to graduate from there and I currently have a third child enrolled. The teaching staff are some of the most dedicated and committed professionals in the district despite the Oakland Unified School District financial mismanagement. I live more than 10 miles from the school and I gladly send my child to this school. I had have children who have required additional support which included speech therapy, tutoring and just plain discipline. Each time an event needed to be address, my children and I were always treated with respect and offered a genuine support system to help my children do better. The Umoja Village afterschool care is invaluable. I am very appreciative to have sent my children to such a small and dedicated teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
Completely Regret sending my son to Emerson. I sent my son to Emerson for 4th grade. After 4 weeks he as transferred to a 4th/5th grade class, where he was attacked twice with the teacher in the classroom. Both times the teacher had no idea what happened and had to rely on the kids statements which all varied. Both times she did not stop the attacks but ran to another classroom. The second time he ended up with a big knot on his forehead. The principal insisted that these issues were unique to my son(who had a cast all the way up his thigh) and even called his previous schools. I've picked him up and the same boys were running around with my son's shoes. They also vandalized their classroom. His father then came and sat in the classroom and observed kids cursing each other, throwing things, and that the teacher had absolutely no control. He s been pushed down on the yard. I went to a parent meeting and the first issue discussed was bullying which surprised me because the principal insisted that they had never had any issues before. I feel like I have failed my son and will spend the rest of his schools years trying to repair the damage caused by his fourth grade experience

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2011
although emerson still needs some work, i have to say the the CHILDREN at emerson are absolutely the BEST. i have never seen such a beautiful and bright bunch of kids. the teachers are outstanding and the school campus is one the best in oakland in my opinion. the parents are just starting to really get involved and have recently done some very successful fundraising and have started a full time art and music program. there are gardens and fruit orchards, a lovely library, great PE coach and a top notch (FREE) after school program! this school is one of the best kept secrets in oakland to those of us who know it well. it's only a matter of time until our test scores reflect the growth happening at Emerson. :))

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2011
Emerson has wonderful and great teachers. They are committed to helping each and every student. I'm proud to say my son attends Emerson Elementary School.. The core group of the of their PTO is great. The PTO is pushing and rasing the bar this year. But, they need MORE PARENT involvement. So I challege all PARENTS AND GUARDIANS to do your part!. Come to the PTO meetings and see all the work that is going on behind the scence to Make EMERSON a Great School for Children to thrive at!!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2010
I would somewhat disagree with the last poster; great schools begin with strong leadership at the top. Emerson is not your typical neighborhood school because more than 50% of the children who attend are bussed in from outside the school's zone. All one has to do is drive by this school during normal school hours to observe the demographics of this school, or if you are genuinely interested in knowing the truth, arrange to take a tour when class is in session. It's natural for people to delude themselves into believing what they want to believe when circumstances are bad and maybe even beyond their control, but from a historical and statistical perspective this school is not so great. I would recommend that parents do their due diligence before enrolling your child in this school.

- submitted by a community member
November 08, 2010
We are on our second year at Emerson Elementary. My daughter is a first grader and she loves school! The staff is amazing, afterschool program is wonderful, and demographics are very diverse. I am a very involved parent with PTO and am striving everyday to involve our families. The only thing that makes a school better is if the community wants the school to be better. I chose to support my neighborhood school and am happy that i did. I feel fortunate to raise my child in such a diverse environment and am always frustrated by talk of our school being too one race or another. The only thing that should matter is if it is a caring and welcoming environment and i see it as that! Of coure we want more parents involved, but the only way that can happen is if WE parents get involved! Support your neighborhood school!

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- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
The teachers are AMAZING, as is the administrative staff. They do SO MUCH with SO LITTLE, & are getting cuts all the time! They ROCK and my hat goes off to the SUPERB job they do!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 20, 2009
My non-profit has operated programming at Emerson for the last four years and is working there again this year. I love working with the teachers, principal, afterschool program and PTO there. Everyone is committed to making the school a success. It's great to be a part of the positive things going on at Emerson.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 19, 2009
Emerson is a hidden treasure with its diverse student population, committed Staff, Faculty, and Principal to academic success for all the students.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Emerson is a great elementary school in a great neighborhood. The staff and principal are AMAZING!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
As a partner of Emerson Elementary, we work closely with them to provide their students with ongoing 1:1 or small group tutoring and mentoring. We have come to know their administration and staff very well and have seen passionate, caring people who go above and beyond to support their students. Wendi Caporicci is the 'best of the best' of principals and runs a very tight ship but with a big heart. The PTO is also dynamic and with momentum growing, they are laying an even stronger foundation for student support. While they're important, test scores don't always do justice to how good a school can be. Emerson is a clean, safe neighborhood school that continually improves. If you're a caring, invested and involved parent, your child can thrive here. We recommend them highly, and if nothing else, suggest you come see the school for yourself...you may be pleasantly surprised.

- submitted by a community member
March 28, 2009
The principal, teachers, and staff are quite committed to the development of their students, often working late and putting extra hours in committees to enhance their enrichment programs. I have been to a lot of schools as an educator around California, and it is rare to see this level of commitment. They just need more parent and community involvement, as they are carrying a great load.

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March 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
I really like Emerson my brother's have attended and now my children are enrolled there. The principal is very hands on and my kids really love their teachers. With more parent involvement the could be even more outstanding!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2008
Emerson is a good school, I think that if there was more parent involvement and funding was better we could have a excellent school.

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no rating July 23, 2008
My dauther attended this school last year in kindergarten. She has never taken pre-school before attended this school. After one year with Emerson in Miss Campos's class, my dauther has significant improvement. Few of other parents said the same about their kids' ability to read and write in this class and significant improvement in our kids. My dauther enjoys study here especially with her first teacher, Miss Campos. This school has a good after school program and it is free.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2006
Recently, a very active parent group has informally been constituted to create an active PTA or other group of parents in order to increase local neighborhood kids to attend this school. Hopefully this will have a positive effect on the school's academic performance.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 01, 2005
So far my son really like the school. His 3rd grd teacher is nice and is very informative....as well as the office staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2004
Emerson is a small school located in the Temescal area. The principal Caroline Yee is great. She is supportive of staff, and students. The school has reduced sized classrooms (20 students per class- even in the upper grades). Emerson also has a strong Sports for Kids program which is run by a great coach. As a previous student teacher, I felt supported by my cooperating teacher and Ms. Yee.

- submitted by a staff
December 16, 2003
Emerson is a wonderfully diverse school. Principal Yi is an awesome person and loves all of the children as her own. Although I believe the class work and the homework can be more challenging and parent participation should increase, overall I'm pleased with Emerson.

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With just over 300 students, Emerson Elementary is a small learning community. Yet our students reflect the wonderful diversity of Oakland as a whole, with a range of skin tones, beliefs, and languages. We have low student-teacher ratios, averaging 25 students in our kindergarten through third grade classes. With new murals on the walls, halls filled with art, music on the stage, and a vibrant, caring community, Emerson is a enriching space for kids to grow.

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Emerson Elementary School
4803 Lawton Avenue, Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 654-7373
Last modified Emerson Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Emerson Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews.