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Emerson Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 315 students

Emerson is a enriching space for kids to grow.
 
 

 
 
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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 8 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted April 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted December 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 6, 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


Posted August 5, 2013

My son was in transitional kindergarten at Emerson this year and we've decided to keep him here even after being accepted to a hill school with "better scores". Emerson still has work to do to become an exceptional school but it has all the ingredients to get there...some great teachers, a wonderful and spacious campus, great enrichment programs and a growing group really committed and engaged parents. We're proud to be part of a community of families, teachers, and neighbors committed to making an excellent school for our children and for other Oakland children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted August 2, 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


Posted June 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted November 8, 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 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!


Posted 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.


Posted 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


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

695

Change from
2012 to 2013

-64

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

3 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
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  • This school did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

695

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-64

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

3 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
30%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
33%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
30%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
36%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
11%

2010

 
 
13%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students35%
Females25%
Males45%
African American30%
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Economically disadvantaged33%
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Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability39%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only34%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state29%

Math

All Students45%
Females50%
Males40%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability47%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only44%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state43%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students22%
Females39%
Males13%
African American23%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability25%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only21%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented23%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state23%

Math

All Students27%
Females39%
Males20%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged24%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability30%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only26%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented28%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state31%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students57%
Females60%
Males53%
African American48%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented59%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state57%

Math

All Students53%
Females57%
Males47%
African American52%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented59%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state60%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students23%
Females17%
Males28%
African American14%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino9%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged24%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability24%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only26%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented25%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state26%

Math

All Students20%
Females6%
Males29%
African American5%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino9%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability22%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only19%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented29%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state19%

Science

All Students16%
Females6%
Males22%
African American9%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino9%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability19%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only18%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented25%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state14%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 58% 7%
Hispanic 18% 51%
Two or more races 11% 3%
Asian 7% 11%
White 3% 27%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Significant developmental delay
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Poetry

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:25 am
School end time
  • 2:45 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kathy Hatzke
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (510) 654-7360

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Global
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Significant developmental delay
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations

Umoja Village (after school program)

About the program
  • The Umoja Village program is for children needing full-time after care. It is free of charge, not based on income, and funded outside the OUSD system. It provides support for working families from the end of the school day until 6pm. The grade levels are split into a variety of activities, including in-depth tutorials for students needing help, homework assistance, supervised play, structured sports training, gardening and more.
Types of activities
  • Academic
  • Arts
  • Athletic
  • Life skills
Operated by
  • Bay Area Community Resources
Days offered
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
Start time
  • 2:45
End time
  • 6:00
Is enrollment limited to students who attend the school?
  • Yes
What grades can participate?
  • K-5
Is there a fee for the program?
  • No
Website
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Playworks activities + sport
Girls sports
  • Playworks activities + sports

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • 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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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Claremont Middle School
Westlake Middle School
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4803 Lawton Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
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Phone: (510) 654-7373

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