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 (85 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (92 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-18
    "In 2006, we moved into the Westwood area so our younger son could attend Fairburn Elementary School. Our older son attended Fairburn but under a permit as they issued them at that time. But no more, so we had to move into the area. At that time, our older son was attending Emerson Middle School and we were thrilled. Many of his friends from Fairburn attended Emerson and then moved on to University High School. The Fairburn, Emerson, University High feeder patter of schools provided the perfect foundation and education for my older son, so much so that he graduated 4th in his graduating senior class at Uni. In fact, the top four graduating seniors at University High all came from Fairburn & Emerson. They now attend prestigious universities, such as UCLA, Yale, Cornell & Loyola Marymount University. My son attends LMU on a major academic scholarship. I credit his success to the preparation he received at Emerson, allowing him to be prepared and successful at Uni. When it came time to decide on middle schools for our younger son, we looked no further than the Emerson Middle School doors. We knew it would be a perfect match, a perfect fit, & it absolutely has been without a doubt!"
    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 !!!"
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    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."
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