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4100 E Walnut Ave.
Orange, CA 92869

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(714) 633-4774
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February 25, 2015
Great teachers, great subjects, small class sizes. Needs to work on a more cohesive front and delivery.

- submitted by a parent

February 05, 2015
I love to see the children playing and learning. Eldorado is a small school with small classes. The school has a philosophy of education. The teachers and parents are dedicated to this. The school is non-sectarian and non profit, so no one is getting rich. The school has been around since 1958.

- submitted by a teacher

January 28, 2015
I have two children who currently attend Eldorado Emerson and they are thriving. This school teaches to your child's academic ability and not by the State's mandated curriculum. Both of my children attend advanced math classes two grades above their current level. The teachers are outstanding. I can call or email them and they always take the time to respond to me. I am grateful for this as a full-time working parent who doesn't have time to volunteer in the classroom. My husband and I suggested putting them back in public school next year, and my oldest son went hysterical. He told me he loves his school and is challenged and inspired everyday and he absolutely does not want to attend a different school next year. I believe children give the most honest reviews of their own school. My kids are excited to attend school every day. They come home sharing their assignments and what they learned with sheer joy and big grins on their faces. To me, that is success.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2015
I have three sons that attend school here and I can safely say "my family loves Eldorado Emerson"! The class sizes are like none other, a maximum of 10 students per class insures each child receives as much one on one time with their teacher as they need. Each teacher is so unique and is allowed to bring that uniqueness to school each day to motivate and inspire in their own special way. The school is a student led environment which really encourages the children to learn at a developmentally appropriate pace based on the individual child. The school has great enrichment programs. The art program is like no other and inspires such creativity. My boys love their music lessons and foreign language study. They take real P.E. and also participate in a sports league for elementary students. The gardens at the school are a certified wild life sanctuary, birds chirp and frogs croak every morning. The kids in lower elementary also write and perform their own opera each year, it's amazing! Eldorado Emerson is quite a special place. We feel we are lucky to be part of the community and can't imagine attending school any place else.

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2014
We are severely disappointed & angered by the way our son was treated here. We enrolled him after a successful evaluation a few months ago, & he started in the Kindergarten class last week. By Day 2, the teacher said that she thought he should be switched to the Pre-K class bc he has trouble sitting still, which we are fine with. Instead, we meet with the evaluation board and his teacher this week to have them kick him out of the school completely, with no warning. They were unwilling to try putting him in Pre-K, and didn't think that a transition period would make a difference. They said,"There is no place for him at our school. Something is wrong with him. He needs to be diagnosed with ADD". Let me make it clear that among his pre-school teachers & staff, doctors, friends & family members that are educators, NONE of them have ever thought anything was wrong with his behavior. He's a normal 5 y/o with a lot of energy. If they gave him time to settle in, he would have adapted and been fine. These people should be ashamed of themselves...educators should be the last people to point to ADD, especially with no justification and not ever taking the time to learn about the child.

- submitted by a community member

August 07, 2014
The school has no leadership. And nepotism problems. There are some problematic people here. That being said, many of the teachers were top-notch, and they offer a great curriculum in small classes. All this is irrelevant when the school is run so badly with terrible terrible communication. As the previous poster stated, the school is going through a leadership transition. Still. And where it is heading doesn't look promising. Many people have left the school. There are several staff and their families that have caused many issues and lead to wide-spread disappointment with the school. Hopefully the new leadership can somehow get the ship back on track and weed out some of the problems. I hope but doubt it will eventuate. It's too bad as my child really grew in confidence at the school but we just couldn't put up with the dysfunction in other areas.

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2013
Potentially could be one of the best schools in Orange County. This school needs some updating on education and some updating of the campus facilities but your child will get personalized attention and will develop a close, positive relationship with their teachers. This school is going through a leadership transition so it will be interesting to see if this school can hold onto its charming old fashion values while also embracing new and better ways of educating. Being an International school we thought that there would be the best of education philosophies applied from the most proven countries around the world. This is NOT the case. They use the California State curriculum that the public schools use and there is no other philosophy other than "Be Kind to Everyone and Everything." This works most of the time due to the teachers but it does not necessarily translate to the students or parents. Much is lost in translation. The High School is 90% Asain students learning ESL so if the student already knows English it is hard to have a larger social experience. The travel program is overpriced and does not follow curriculum. Wish there was a more unified teaching philosophy.

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2013
Elodrado-Emerson. What a fantastic school. Where do I begin? I'm struggling with how to communicate the qualities of Eldorado-Emerson without writing a magazine-length article. I think I'll start with suggesting a couple of videos. Since most sites don't allow links to external content to be included in posts, I'm going to suggest typing the following search terms into Google: ken robinson ted creativity and david kelly ted creative confidence . The first one or two results returned will be videos from TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences. Envision a school that embodies the elusive ideals they're discussing. This is it. My two children are mid-way through elementary school, and have been attending Eldorado-Emerson since preschool. My kids know no other school, and school is something that they love. My daughter has actually feigned wellness when she was sick so she wouldn't have to be sent home. The kids are excited about learning, regardless of the subject, and the school has no shortage of great teachers. In addition to the standard curriculum, they've learned violin, Spanish, Latin, and computer programming. We love this school.

- submitted by a parent

October 01, 2012
We love this school! We swiched to this school mid year (from another private school in south county). The environment has been perfect for our son. Our son has made great leaps in knowledge and confidence since attending this school - this is truly a blessing. He has grown socially and academically. The educational program is structured yet allows for individual exploration. Our son's kindergarten teacher was watchful, caring, patient and intuitive. The school has an Art program with an amazing Art Studio. It was comforting when one of the art teachers told us that in terms of art "they" (the teachers)" develop patience". The school also has a PE program with an excellent PE teacher. Since switching to this school our son has improved dramatically. The environment at Eldorado has allowed our son to catch-up on what he was lacking while attending his previous school. We feel lucky to have found Eldorado!

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2012
The best!! When our family first moved to California, we wanted a nonsectarian private school that had both strong academics and the arts. We feel so lucky to have found Eldorado Emerson! All of the teachers are very knowledgeable and so good at inspiring students. Our older son became extremely interested in science after Mr. Bonfiglio's 4th grade science class, and after having Mrs. Rodriquez (a WONDERFUL teacher) in 1st grade, our daughter has been inspired to write poetry ever since. Just spend five minutes talking with any of the insightful, well-spoken, kind-hearted students at this school, and you'll realize what a special school Eldorado Emerson really is.

- submitted by a parent

August 07, 2012
My husband and I are so grateful to Eldorado Emerson. Our family has so many fond memories of this school and cannot say enough good things about it -- the teachers, the staff, the families have been wonderful. Our son started here as a 7th grader six years ago, and during that time he was involved in so many wonderful events, clubs, activities, and was totally prepared by all of his teachers for successful acceptance into college. In just a couple of weeks he will begin his college career at Cornell University and we are convinced that this could have only happened because of his preparation and academic success at Eldorado Emerson Private School.

- submitted by a parent

July 04, 2012
Our daughter loves going to Eldorado Emerson, she's learning a lot, and we couldn't be happier. What first appealed to us about the school were the small class sizes, around 10 kids per teacher. There is SO much more to this school than that.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2012
My son has had a fantastic experience at this school. We've tried other private schools and this one really is the best. At Eldorado he is learning because he loves it, not because he's forced to. I love that every grade has an arts program, P.E., music, foreign language, and additional engaging activities that inspire the kids.

- submitted by a parent

June 01, 2012
I am so impressed with Eldorado Emerson. Our child is so happy here, and everyone is like family.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2012
My wife and I consider Eldorado Emerson to be of the highest caliber. Today our daughter came home so excited (AGAIN) about what she did in school. This time it was performing in the 2nd and 3rd grade opera(?!), that they wrote, scored, and performed. So cool.

- submitted by a parent

November 01, 2011
this was a good school at first. the teachers were nice and the staff was friendly. i am a student of this school. i would not recomend atttending here. the administration is lazy and only do things that are convienient for them, such as locking the front door 2.5 hours earlier than they are supposed to, and not allowing visitors on campus. honestly, i would post more negative things about this school here, but i wont knowing that this website might not post my review.

- submitted by a community member

February 28, 2010
This school used to be a great school when it was for gifted students. You could bring your 4 year old here and the child would have fun learning to read. They have a beautiful garden in the inner courtyard, and the art teacher Dr. LaGreen is talented. Unfortunately, the school opened enrollment to others and no longer has the same screening process, so quality of peers widely varies. Foreign students may be held back one grade to learn the English language. We left for personal reasons. If your child has ADHD, this school could be right for your child because the class size is under 10 students per teacher and only one class per grade. Tuition costs are about $1,100 per month - very reasonable. Perhaps one day they will restructure and return to being a great school for gifted children.

- submitted by a parent

November 29, 2007
My daughter started this school in preschool. When it was timefor Kindergarden I put her in the local public school that was had a gate program. When the state scores came out and she was 2 years ahead, I put her back in Eldorado and have not regretted it. Her last test scores showed she was 4 years ahead, but at Eldorado she is in a classroom with her peer, who all have exceptional scores and great attotudes. They all enjoy going to school there.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2007
I learned so much attending this school. The only downside is the price. It was easy for me to make friends and the teachers really tried their hardest to get you to learn everything possible. You never felt uncomfortable around them like you do at most schools. You parents wouldn't understand that but it's important. For all the kids looking at this, no stupid dress code, and none of the unneccsary rules, but it's not like we can do anything we want. They have great art, music, and P.E. classes, a pool, a garden with all the trimmings, and I've heard they've added alot more since I went there in '05.

- submitted by a student

February 08, 2007
This school is an 'upscale crunchy granola school,' meaning it's expensive (as expensive as Fairmont Schools) yet has a 'warm, fuzzy' atmosphere. The school grounds are in dire need of maintenance, and the neighborhood around the school has gotten much worse in the last 30 years. Bottom line: music and art are taught by wonderful, experienced instructors. There are much better schools in the county for the same or lower cost.

- submitted by a parent

November 28, 2005
We have been very happy here. My daughter is gifted and has ADHD, and the small classes and nurturing atmosphere have been wonderful for her. She says 'you have no idea how fun it is there!' and enjoys going to school every day. The teacher quality has been very, very high. The teachers are creative and engaged with the children. The school has an art studio, music, and foreign language as well.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2005
We have been very happy! Excellent reading program for preschoolers. Teachers are very caring and enjoy their jobs. Good focus on the arts. Children are very happy and challenged.

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2005
Impressive arts program at the school. Music, Spanish and Mandarin also offered. The center of the school has a beautiful Monet Garden for nature study, composition ideas, etc. By age 12, students are able to use the pottery wheel in the Art Studio. Great for happy, creative kids.

- submitted by a parent
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January 13, 2005
I like their academic programs, on art, music, and reading.

- submitted by a parent
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Earned highest accreditation from Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Graduates accepted into top-ranked universities. Students consistently score high on standardized tests, while school's focus is on educating the whole child. Art, music, foreign language, hands-on science, and athletics courses for all grades. Positive, creative environment catering to highly intelligent children. Bully-free, drug-free. Nationally certified wildlife habitat.

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Eldorado Emerson Private School
4100 E Walnut Ave., Orange, CA  92869
(714) 633-4774
Last modified Eldorado Emerson Private School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Eldorado Emerson Private School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top