This school is so UNORGANIZED! We registered our daughter weeks before school started and when we got to the school on the first day they hadn't even assigned classrooms to over 100 students. The first day of school is suppose to be exciting for a 7 year old and she was very disappointed. We withdrew her from Emerson on the first day of school.
All we can say is wow! The faculty and administration is amazing. We moved into the area last year from west Texas and initially were not too enthusiastic that our son was going to be attending Emerson after seeing the school rating. After finishing third grade we were so impressed by the curriculum and the fact that the principal would stop us on a regular basis to check to see how things were going. The parent involvement is extremely low and be prepared for the diversity of the student population (it was a blessing as our son was able to learn about different backgrounds).
School is unorganized and negative, overall. Gossip is the norm, but much more compared to other schools, public and private. Restraining techniques and yelling are used to "correct" behavior. One of the most negative environments I have been in.
This school has some excellent teachers and others are not so good, that is the reason why some teachers are going out and coming in. It is going to be a good school.
The principal, Dr. Alex S. Rodriguez, at this school is a tyrant and disrespectful man. He treats staff like they are his wardens, and tries to run the school with the culture of a prison, run on fear and intimidation. The children suffer because of this. It is not uncommon to hear teachers shouting at students for minor misbehavior. Do not send your child here.
I've have had my son at this school for three years now. It continues to get worse and worse. Last night I got a letter concerning the resignation of my son's teacher. This will be the second resignation for his class since August. (It's January 5th.) I will be pulling my son and transferring him ASAP. In addition, a year ago, I was standing outside the school with my son waiting for the bell so the students could enter the building. A child starting picking on another child and eventually was kicking and wailing on the smaller one. I continued to tell them to stop and yell while parents around me just watched what was going on. I couldn't believe I was the only to take action. It takes a community to raise a child.... this is not the community I wish to raise my child. Think twice before enrolling your child at Emerson.
Stay away from this school! I called to see what I needed just to get my daughter enrolled and the first lady did not know what I needed and the next lady spoke to me with an attitude and was very rude ,I could not believe how rude she was, I had already been warned about this school being ghetto the staff being rude and unorganized by a parent that had her kid n this school and a former teacher.That was enough for me to know that I DO NOT want my kid at that school! (I don't believe some of the good reviews about this school being great they must have been made up)
Past years the school may have been wonderful. However, unless you want your child to only learn dual language program 20% English and 80% Spanish or the Bi Lingual program 100% Spanish (doesn't make sense how it is BiLingual if it's 100% Spanish), then this is the school for you. English only is not available for PreK unless enough people sign up. 80% of the school are Hispanics or Spanish speaking hence, the majority of literatures and everything else is in Spanish. Too much emphasis on Spanish. English fundamentals are lost in this school. Teachers are great but speak in broken English so how can they teach proper English is beyond me.
This is a great school. The office staff, especially the secretary are great. I have been in the office when they are being cussed out by a parent and they all keep calm. I am glad that my child attends Emerson.
My daughter currently is in the Dual Language/ Spanish immersion program at Emerson. I'm excited that she is learning another language (she now speaks 3 languages). She has been identified as GT and will start next year. Her teacher is very caring and supportive. She makes the lessons interesting and challenging. Most importantly, the communication between teacher/ parent is great. My daughter loves school and comes home talking about something new she's learning. I love to see her enthusiasm and excitement.
my kid goes to elementary. I am fairly satisfied with their teaching.
The teachers are great, but their admin staff is horrible! They can't ever tell you exactly what you need to enroll a child. It's so hard to enroll them yet so easy to unenroll them. They are so unhelpful and having us go in 5 different directions. They also lose paperwork that's faxed to them or even handed right to them. They can be VERY ignorant.
My son was in dual language and don't get me wrong, but it does not help when their teacher has to leave for a long term because then they have to get use to the substitute and their diff. Ways of teaching.This year he is in dual language again and his teacher has been great and you can tell the differance in his learning.The staff has always been very great to me and from what i have heard from other parents is that to them too.The school is under construction right now,but they do need to get more organized with drop off/pick up. Parents need to also put some of their part so this can work.I have seen a lot of parents leave small children on front gate and leave then the child starts to cry when he can't find class. Please volunteer!
I really liked Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson she was my daughter's Pre- School teacher. Mrs. Johnson is caring, very patient, and she really works hard with all of the kids. My daughter can count, draw, memorize signs and spell a little. I wanted to send Kayla to a private school this year but she said No! Mommy I want Mrs. Johnson to be my teacher again.Mrs. Elizabeth deserves Teacher Of the Year Award . Kudos! to Mrs. J. E.
Academically the programs are just ok. From what I have observed the music, art, and sports are non-existance. My newfew attends this school and my sister is very involved.
The teachers are caring and responsible when it concerns the students. The school needs a better dismissal program and a larger library.
My son currently attends emerson elementary in their dual language program. His teacher is great. The entire staff has been great and addressed all of my questions and concerns. They have gone above and beyond to ensure that my childs experience this year is one to remember. Thank you!!
Although Emerson is large & somewhat overcrowded, the staff must work hard to make the school still feel like a community. This can especially be seen in the participation of so many parents in carnivals, classroom activities, etc. The building is clean, attractive, & feels safe with a very visible security officer. I am very impressed with my daughter's first grade teacher, as well; she is enthusiastic about learning, & this is passed along to the children.
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