RALPH WALDO EMERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL

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1650 SELBY AVE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90024
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Phone: 310-234-3100
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 3
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
  • District: Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 21:1
  • Students/Grade: 216.7
  • Number Students: 650
  • Number Teachers: 30
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Dimone Watson
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (84 ratings)
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    School Reviews (91 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-08-15
    "This is my 3rd child entering a public middle school. I must say, I have been very impressed with Emerson so far. The way my child has been treated, and the way I have been treated, made the transition into middle school very comfortable. When you step onto campus, you see the teachers, the principal, the staff, and the volunteer parents working hard to make the school better. It is a under-enrolled public school in an area where most people send their kids to private schools. It is a very diverse campus. And if you are the kind of person to be put off by that, then this is not for you. If you are someone who can focus on your child's experience and your child's education, I think you'd be very happy there. Besides, you don't want to raise your kid to be the kind of person who can't coexist with diversity."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-08-09
    "I have a sixth grader entering Emerson Middle School. She attended Camp Emerson, the transitional program that orients the kids to middle school and the campus. Even though she knew many other kids from elementary school attending with her, she came home from the camp and talked about all of the new kids she met from other elementary schools. She rotated through classrooms and met many of the teachers. They played flag football and had a blast even though she didn't win. The school is very inviting, has dynamic teachers, a principal that has been very accessible and an amazing new assistant principal. Most of all, it has a very diverse and involved parent body. Couldn't be happier that this is our neighborhood school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-08-08
    "It is the best school ever we just had a camp emerson before we go to school the teachers are great and nice :) I reccomend Ms Graham the drama teacher she is such an amazing teacher !!!! There academics are great all the students have a lot of dicipline they are very nice !! The Principal Dimmone Watson is the best:) All the staff are very polite and respectful they listen to what u need to say :) The classes are really advanced even if u dont get into the SAS program !! Well All I Can Say Is That Emerson Middle School Is A Perfect School !!!"
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-22
    "To be completely honest, Emerson's academics are not that great. I studied there for a year before moving on to a private school. I went through the IHP program and got straight AEEs, but despite all that, I was still behind my peers at the private school. The school is not academically rigorous and there were students in the IHP program that would not be considered "IHP worthy". There seem to be more bad teachers than good. They don't seem to really inspire their students and many are easy graders (but that does not give one an excuse to not work hard). Social life is decent. As long as you are not overweight or weird looking/acting, you will do fine. It sounds cruel, but it's middle school. Many kids love to make racial slurs (if your Asian) or fat jokes to their peers (the students are very unimaginative and it shows by the insults they come up with). Though I do not have as favorable of a view of Emerson, I was glad to spend a year here. I made many friends and enjoyed a stress free year."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-11-17
    "Our neighborhood middle school is Palms. Though a Magnet, we thought Palms was too big. We hoped to get into LACES because it is 6-12th grade, has a great reputation, and lovely learning space. Emerson was our back-up. We were attracted to Emerson because of its size, welcoming spirit, friendly Principal, an active parent group, and programs that challenge my child. We were excited to be a part of the IHP program, which allows kids to test in to a higher level Honors class in Math and English, the Emerson Sports Academy, which focuses athletes on self-dicipline in fitness and study habits, as well as the Costume Design Workshop a year-long elective in which kids work together to build costumes for the fabulous 8th grade drama productions & the week-long experiential science Yosemite trip, where kids get to learn about glaciers and history and teamwork while surviving snowshoe hikes, cross-country ski outings, ice skating, mountain climbing, cave exploration and night hikes while also taking care of themselves and keeping their feet dry. Because "the only thing that stays the same is change" there's been changes while we've been here at Emerson. Read on for more."
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