Class size is right around 22 kids - not bad. Several classrooms are co-taught. Principal and assistant principal are extremely involved and caring. Teachers are easy to reach via email. There is a focus on reading and on use of technology. Kids are learning to blog and use education-based apps when doing homework. The PTA organizes afterschool activities (for a fee) including chess, yoga, theatre and art that take place throughout the school year. The school will improve as more parents place an emphasis on learning. It begins at home.
The teachers at Emerson are energetic, easy to reach, and approachable. They monitor your student's progress. If it is too easy, teachers place children in higher levels to continue their advancement; no child is bored, waiting for the rest of the class to catch up if that is the situation.
Emerson uses PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports) as part of their teaching philosophy. Kids learn from example. The negative influences from home are met with only positive experiences at school.
Well I wonder what having the best school in Berwyn will do for this school. The school has an 88% of students achieving the states academic goals. With that kind of achievement it can compete with almost any school in the state. It doesn't seem like the school is declining in anyway even with a changing demographic. I think Berwyn overall need more extracurricular activities for the public school system. What I would like to see is Emerson become a magnet school, and if someone who was not in the district be able to attend the school. We will see. I do applaud the school and the staff for maintaining high marks!
Teachers are very dedicated to their students. Students actually enjoy going to school there. They have been performing quite well academically and the school has some groups that are looking to continue to improve the school.
I've progressively seen how the ISAT scores at Emerson have declined over the years. I am also concerned that Emerson is having 26-28 students in a classroom compared to 18-19 in other neighboring communities. This topped off with an overwhelming increase in the hispanic population (75%) make me concerned of the dual language environment which tends to cause more work for teachers and hence brings less attention to native english speaking students.