Students enrolled 656
Hours 8:15 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Dr. Adrian Richie
District Gary Community School Corporation

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210 North Grand Boulevard
Gary, IN 46403

(219) 938-1161
(219) 938-7541
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February 29, 2012
This school is the best school ever. It is so much fun. It's a great school because while the students are learning there also are having so much fun.

- submitted by a community member
December 13, 2009
i am a student at emerson. i've been there from sixth grade to ninth grade. it's a good school. i enjoy the feeling of how safe the environment there. most of the children have a more sense of responsibility than those at other schools. most of the teachers are really good and others are only there to hold a job. our principal is excellent with structure, he keeps us in line. our parent involvement should be increased but everyone has their own personal situations that are involved in their lives. since we are getting sports next year, the extra-curricular activities shall be awesome.

- submitted by a student
October 28, 2009
im a student at emerson and this is my 3rd year here and this school is like other schools exept you have a major and a minor but i like it here. i wouldn't change it if i could.

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October 10, 2009
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February 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2008
Emerson is a great school as far as the preforming arts. The Academics are wonderful also. Yet, the parents must be involved because it isn't the schools responsiblity to be the parents for your child and show indivual attention to each and every student. You must take care of them at home

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 21, 2007
I currently attend Emerson. There are some teachers that really care about seeing the students suceed in life, while others are only there to collect a paycheck. Personly i believe the students could achieve more if we had a building that is up to part. The walls are falling down, the bathrooms are inadequate, and their is no air conditioning in the buildon those hot summer days.

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2007
I'm a former student of Emerson VPA. I was there when the school was just 5th through 8th grade. I believe this was the best thing that ever happened to Gary, and I credit my success in life to attending Emerson VPA instead of regular public school. My teachers, not just those for music but all, were genuinely concerned with my success in life.

- submitted by a student
April 05, 2007
I am a former student of EVPA, graduating from the almighty class of 2006. EVPA is the greatest school in the City. There are some great teachers in the school, and some very poor teachers. The spirit, and the wonderful teachers Emerson has makes up for the poor instructors. Emerson Math and Science Department needs a lot of improvement. Emerson has one of the greatest Social Studies Department. The following people are people who has made a difference at Emerson: Lea Larson, Marion Lynn Boynes, Janet Cowan, Robert Herr, Larry Brewer, Rae Scott, Tillman Buggs, Mr.Grass, Ms. Davis, Gloria King, John Rentel, Francisca Modrowski, Jim Spicer, Carolyn McCrady, and Steve Sutton.

- submitted by a former student
August 24, 2006
The greatest asset in Gary is the student body and next to that are the schools e.g. Emerson. Emerson allows students to establish academic skills and arts in areas not taught in regular curriculums. Students are introduced in various fields at the 6th grade and enhance their skills via a faculty of experienced and focused teachers. The class sizes are small as found in JR colleges. Whereby, Emerson students do not have a difficult time adjusting to university life. Two of my 3 children have graduated from the Emerson Arts. One in the area of Drama and the other in Band. My third child will be graduating from studies in Orchestra. I thank God for the spiritual atmosphere found at Emerson and the discipline shown by the many students. If this site were to have sports they could challenge other schools competitively in any field.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2006
I have been a student at emerson for two years now. The 2006-07 school year will be my senior year. Although I am given an opportunity to develop my talents, the academics standards are set way too low. Much is not expected when it comes to the hiring of the staff. Yes, Emerson is a family environment and leaves room for unprofessionalism because of it. But when it comes to every activity that we, the children, are involved in, the parents show great support! I believe that Emerson should be moved to a larger school so that our own sports team can be developed. In light of moving to a larger school, Emerson could except more students.

- submitted by a student
January 25, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
October 06, 2005
I am a graduate of Emerson. I graduated in 2001. After getting out into the world I see that this school produces intelligent students above the expectations most would expect. More than 80% of Emerson graduates go to college and graduate. It's a family structured school. I used to wake up in the morning anxious to go to school. Not just for the girls, but because learning was made fun, and perfecting our craft was even better. Best school in the city. The school is GREAT, but the I think the school system needs a great deal of work.

- submitted by a former student
May 30, 2005
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- submitted by a student
October 20, 2004
As a former student, i agree with both the previous reviews. There is a lot of talent at emerson. As stated, the acedemic faculty needs to kick it up a notch!...As the art faculty have proved their excellence by the many awards and recognition their classes have recieved locally and nationally. Also emerson has about 500-600 kids 6-12 grade. This is a small school and deserves the quality in education it expects of its arts. Emerson is loved by those who have had the pleasure of going but deserves a higher standing on the to do list for the gary school system. This school is a landmark for the gary school system. Make it look like one!

- submitted by a former student
October 18, 2004
I have been a student at Emerson for sometime now. I found that the school is not up to standards. This school is protaryed as the BEST. True it is the BEST school in GARY but outside of the city our school would not meet the standards (as far as acadimics). Though the school is not the best in the world it does have some good qualities. As far as the Arts our school is one of the best our dance team has won many meadals and trophys in competition. Our concert choir is known nationaly. Also, it has a small student population so that means it's like a home. Pretty much all the students know each other and most of the teachers know your name. It has it's pros and cons but overall if u like a school with a family enviroment. Emerson is the place for you.

- submitted by a student
July 18, 2004
My child has been a student of this school for 2 years now and I wish I could say that all has been gravy. What I will say is that much professionalism is exspected of the students but very litte is demonstrated by faculty. The children work really hard and most are very talented. Nothing is offered in the line of physical fitness.

- submitted by a parent
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Wm A Wirt/Emerson Vpa
210 North Grand Boulevard, Gary, IN  46403
(219) 938-1161
Last modified Wm A Wirt/Emerson Vpa is a Public school that serves grades 5-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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