Students enrolled 702
School leader Russ Bouton
Transportation options Yes
District Riverside Unified School District
After school Yes

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4660 Ottawa Avenue
Riverside, CA 92507

(951) 788-7462
(951) 274-4221
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3 stars
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July 14, 2014
My son started Kindergarten at Emerson for the 2013-2014 school year. Prior to the start of the school year I never received any information I had to go online and find out when school started.On the first day of school I met with his teacher and talked to her about her plans/curriculum for the school year and she answered all my questions and seemed to be very nice and enthusiastic about the start of the year. My son was a transitional kindergarten student and after the first week she made sure I knew he was. Anything that happened she blamed it on his age but in actuality it was because of her. She was very intimidating her actions and her tone were. When we went to back to school night everything she had to say in reference to the TK students was just so negative like she wasn't gonna do her best to teach our children the necessary information that they need to know to move on to the next grade. Well I was very pleased when my child was switched to Mrs.Sykes kindergarten class where he was taught the necessary information, excelled like I knew he would received multiple awards and is now moving on to the first grade.Thank you Mrs.Sykes!The office staff is very nice and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2011
I transferred my children to Emerson from their home school Highland over the summer not knowing the principle was going to change, but at the time when Mr. Mc Combs was there everything was great, staff was very friendly, the custodian I have have to say does an AWESOME job, always cleaning, never once have I seen him sit down, hes great.. Well come the 11-12 school year we get Mr. Bouton, whose great as well, but boy does he have some major changes for that school, he also is VERY much more stern which I totally believe is rubbing off on the staff, now they are not as friendly, they can give a whooo about your concerns.. The teachers overall, I have a 4th grader whose teacher can seem somewhat careless at times, I also have twins that are in the same class, Teacher Mrs. Moreno, Boy I didn't even know that lady could talk, well at least to me she hasn't yet.. I know there are some great teachers at Emerson but I guess you just have to get lucky an get one.. One thing they DIFFIDENTLY NEED IS A CROSSING-GUARD, I can't begin to count how many kids I have seen almost get hit by cars/buses, RUSD we have to remember THINK SAFETY FIRST for these students....

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2011
If you have any ability to attend another school please do. There are a few..and I mean only a few teachers that are skilled enough to teach at Emerson, the principal needs to be more aware of his teachers skills. There are huge safety concerns, beware of your children on the playground, there has been several serious injuries to children while at this school, do a quick news search. Terrible test scores and the children barely learn. If I had it to do all over again My children would had never attended, we are now playing catch up at their new school due to the lack academics at Emerson. Due to safety concerns and lack of academics any good parent would go elsewhere. Since this is a title 1 school you should be able to transfer...I would recommend it!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
What kind of school is this.??? How can such a great school have bad API scores so many years in a row. Shouldn't parents want the best education for their kids? If all California schools have to meet the state requirements and they get the same material to teach the kid, why should some schools fail while others do well. I feel bad for the teachers who actually give a dame about making a difference because they are classified with those who have bad attitudes. If a teacher cannot control their own behavior, then how can they teach your child?? Wake up, parents!!!

- submitted by a community member
November 27, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 06, 2009
we have enjoyed the past 5 yrs at Emerson My kids have had Wonderful teachers that were very dedicated to their students. Mrs Folger, Mrs Sykes, Mrs Gonzalez, Mrs Herrera , Ms Nieto and Ms Turner just a few of the many teachers that make a difference in the lives of their students. My kids have loved working in the garden and eating the fruits and vegetables they helped cultivate at the salad bar at lunch. My 5th grader last year was in the Music class and was proud to perform with the band at the end of the year. The Principal and the kind office staff all know my kids by name and always have a friendly word. I have been impressed by the School choir's performances at assemblies. My son is looking forward to 6th grade Science camp and is actively fund raising. Thank you Emerson Staff!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2009
My family has been at Emerson for three years. We've had great teachers and have always been able to contact them with concerns. The teachers we had have gone above and beyond for their students. Regarding some previous posts: If your not happy get involved parents make a difference. Voluteer in the classroom or playgound. As a working mom I ask if there is anything I can do at home to help with preping materials; I'll also call every couple of weeks to make contac w/the teacher. Realize teachers are human too. Goto PTA meetings, usually there are only a handful of parents that show up on a regular basis. Never had a problem with the principle when I needed to discuss an issue w/him. Office staff is great; my kids love getting a treat when they go up there. Thanks to all the Emerson Staff for their hard work.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2009
My son and I love Emerson. He has been attending for 5 years now. We did have a unprofessional K teacher but I made sure I volunteered everyweek to help out. Everyother year since Kinder has been great. He enjoys it. My daughter will be attending this fall and I look forward to it. Every parent should volunteer time to see what your child goes thru and what the teachers goes thru. Experiences are different for everyone but as long as you communicate with your child and help with their education your child will succeed in what ever school they attend.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2009
Not coming back. Wosrt experience ever!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2009
Very clean, good programs, good teachers, and accountability of children, needs more parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2009
I think Emerson is a great school the staff, teachers and principal really care for their students. My daughter has been at Emerson for two years and the teachers that she had are great, specially if they had any concerns for my daughter and they always gave the extra help.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2009
I very much disagree with the last post. I have children at Emerson and I have had problems with both their teachers. My children are given candy almost daily, by teachers, office staff and yard duties. The parent-teacher communication is severely lacking. Apparently, there are teachers who communicate with parents, just not in my experience. As for the extension to reach the teacher. The teacher specifically instructed us not to call it because she 'loses' messages. I've regularly made made it known that I'm available to volunteer and have been shut down, discouraged and have even been told 'no' flatout. I am a member of the PTA and have only received notices via e-mail, which is fine with plenty of advance notice, but it's usually 24-48 hours. I love the Emerson garden and Nancy Rodriguez. The principal is nice, but hard to have a conversation with. Thats it for the positive.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
This review is mostly in response to a post on February 4, 2009. I am highly involved at Emerson. I find the parent s comments to be nothing but slanderous and erroneous. Firstly, parent communication is paramount at Emerson. Monthly newsletters are sent home and every teacher has an extension where parents are encourages to leave messages to communicate concerns. Subsequently, parents are encouraged to be involved with their child s education via a myriad of avenues, which include, but are not limited to: Volunteering in the classroom, being an active member of the PTA, or serving as a School Site Council representative. Secondly, the vigorous rigor required by the No Child Left Behind Act is staggering. It takes a concerted effort by an entire community to ensure that our children achieve proficiency. Furthermore, the principal at Emerson is anything but out of touch. The demands and time constraints that face our principals is overwhelming. If you want a meeting, then schedule one with the secretary. There are certain, one might even say conventional, protocols people follow to reach satisfactory results, and frankly leaving one or two voice mails is not preferential. Emerson is a wonderful school full of exemplary staff. In a time of growing uncertainty, I am thankful for the stability of such a fine institution that truly holds the children s best interests at heart.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2009
We recently moved to the Riverside area. My children excelled at their previous school, and after reading the reviews, we expected the same performance at this school. We have been very disappointed. The principal is very out of touch. He doesn't even seem to be able to return a phone call. The teachers are very lacking in their communication with the parents. My children's grades have slipped since transferring to this school, and no one seems to have any interest in working with me, as a parent, to help improve that. I think that teacher-parent relationships should be very hands on, and that is definitely not the case at Emerson Elementary. I will not be bringing my children back to this school next year, and I strongly advise anyone who is reading this to look for another school for their children to avoid this unpleasant experience.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2008
We moved from Colorado and the teachers have made the transition for my daughter very easy. She then attended 1st grade with Mrs Johnson who was a very Wonderful, Caring teacher who always kept me informed about how things were going with my daughter acedemicly and emotionly. Whenever my daughter was struggling she contacted me and helped us get through the rough roads of 1st grade. She was a blessing at the end of the year when my daughter was having some difficulties with her pysically. Since our children spend all day at school, Mrs Johnson noticed my daughter was pale and shaky. I took her to the doctor and she was diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. It was wonderful that she would notice this. I give her full credit for helping my daughter out. Not just teaching, but caring!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2005
I love Emerson Elementary School. My two children have gone to this school for the last 7 1/2 years. The teachers are all wonderful they go out of their way to help their students, anyway they can. The office staff is always there with a smile, and give much needed advice. The school site is clean and well cared for. They have many school activities, and the students can earn many awards for just being themselves. My son states at PE he has alot of fun.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
The quality of the academic programs is unsatifactory. I have not seen or heard of any programs that would be able to help a student that has been passed on to other grades knowing that they were not ready for the next grade level. The only extracurricular activites that has been made accessable to students are PE... I have not seen any music classes offered or art classes or any sports. The parent involvement is fair [and] could be better.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2005
The teachers and office staff at Emerson Elementry are among the most friendly and caring group of people I have met in an educational setting. Recently, I enrolled my grandson. What could have been a very trying and upsetting experience, given he was transfering close to the end of the year, turned out to be a very welcoming and pleasant experience for he and I. Thanks to Miss Maries' warm and caring personality, he felt a 'part of', the minute we walked into the office. Add to that, the excellent teaching skills and kindness Mr. Perez and other teachers have set as example. Thank you for being the wonderful school that you are, and making these years a pleasant experience for all students.. With much appreciation.......

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2005
Emerson has been a wonderful school overall. My children have attended Emerson for four years. My only wish is that RUSD allowed for field trips. I feel that field trips enrich chilren's education and give them the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom.

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Emerson Elementary School
4660 Ottawa Avenue, Riverside, CA  92507
(951) 788-7462
Last modified Emerson Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Emerson Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top