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Emerson Preparatory School

Private | 9-12 | 50 students

We are best known for engaging, discussion-based classes and small class sizes.

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $312,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,630.

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Posted October 31, 2013

Emerson Prep is one of those school that are small but unique. their staff is warm and opening. Their administration is wonderful. Great schools


Posted September 22, 2013

If you are looking for a school with small classes, rigorous academics, caring and professional teachers and staff look no further than Emerson! My daughter loves going to school and avoids all the drama of a 'typical Breakfast Club high school experience' Staff really cares about the student and family. If there are any academic or social issues the staff will work with the family to help solve the problems with you! Best thing we have ever done for our daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2013

Emerson Preparatory College High School's name partially defines itself based upon the fact that its student body exhibits scholarly aptitude and college preparedness. The Headmaster, as well the Director of Admissions are both dynamic educators, who care about the educational wellness and well-roundedness of its student body. The professors treat each student with respect while encouraging forethought. The administration and office staff is superb. A small, balanced environment is great for any ivy league bound scholarly-type student. It matters not, that your child is assertive, or reserved, Emerson has the unique educational coursework applicable for your student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2013

Our daughter is off to a great high school start at Emerson. Before she started, the school took the time to understand her academic and social needs and took those into account in choosing her fall class schedule. Having four 90-minute classes a semester allows student to focus more in-depth on fewer subjects. It also gives the school flexibility to design a course schedule based on the needs, aptitudes and interests of its students. The Dupont Circle location encourages our daughter's independence by allowing her to commute via Metro. Emerson is a wonderful option for a teen who thrives in small classes and is ready for an academic community that focuses on learning (not testing) and encourages independence. Also, for our daughter, who is bright but needs extra support, the school is providing additional academic support that is really helping our daughter succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

Students are supported, engaged & taught to think. Classes are small enough that there is always help available & daily lessons can incorporate spontaneous discussion & new lesson direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

Best decision to send my daughter to Emerson Prep. She blossomed intellectually and socially and was happy to go to school. Great teachers and leadership. The kids really count.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2010

I think Emerson really understands education in every sense of the word. I'm glad my daughter is a part of this great institution!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

Emerson's welcoming environment and tailored educational curriculum make it a joy for my academically talented child. He looks forward to each school day with exceptional teachers, stimulating courses, and students who enjoy learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2009

Emerson is a great school for children who would benefit from small classes and who need flexible teachers and administrators who endeavor to tap into their students' interests. Emerson's curriculum is rigorous and comprehensive. Classes are accellerated, so they're longer: 90 minutes each. This extra time combined with the small class size allows teachers to get to know students and to understand how they learn best. The social environment at Emerson is unlike any I've seen. For reasons I still haven't figured out entirely, students who felt socially awkward or excluded in other environments thrive at Emerson. They support one another and many develop sustaining friendships. I taught at Emerson for several years. In my time there, I observed that once classes got underway, new students and their parents alike breathed a sigh of relief , as though they knew they'd found the place they belonged.


Posted March 10, 2009

I went to Emerson for two of the best years I can remember. There are only about eight people per class so the teachers get really involved in the learning process. This method of doing things has turned even the most lackadasical among us into seekers of knowledge. Then you have the library: a quiet, comfortable and elegantly decorated place filled with classic texts and evolving technology. The environment is perfect for the growing young mind and many friendships have been forged there. Academically, prepare for a challenge. I promise it will not be easy. Classes are 90 minutes long and feature college level material. You'll want to befriend the excellent staff right away. Believe me, it helps. I still visit Emerson. The environment, staff and class sizes do wonders for the mind. Bottom line: go. you won't be sorry.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 7%
Black 26% 80%
Two or more races 13% N/A
Asian 5% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hispanic N/A 12%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
English learners 10%N/AN/A
Source: Manually entered by school official

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Private or Parochial Grade Schools
Other High Schools
International Schools Abroad
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 95% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation liberal arts colleges
research or state universities
"Colleges That Change Lives"
Read more about resources at this school
Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club: Contemporary
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • tutorials available for many languages
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:35 pm
School Leader's name
  • John Morris Glick
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (877) 304-8179

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • tutorials available for many languages
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • Metro Pass discount for DC res
School facilities
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Chess club
  • Dance club: Contemporary
  • Game club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Jam Band
  • Meditative Drawing/Color Club
  • Model UN
  • Ultimate Frisbee Club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
School colors
  • Burgundy, Gold
School mascot
  • Owl
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Private or Parochial Grade Schools
Other High Schools
International Schools Abroad

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$11000 - $13000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Application fee
Yes. $50.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
liberal arts colleges
research or state universities
"Colleges That Change Lives"
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 95%
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1324 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
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Phone: (202) 785-2877

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