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.
Emerson has great teachers and excellent community involvement. Staff are open to ideas and input from parents and the community.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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. :))
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!!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Emerson is a hidden treasure with its diverse student population, committed Staff, Faculty, and Principal to academic success for all the students.
Emerson is a great elementary school in a great neighborhood. The staff and principal are AMAZING!
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.
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