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)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (91 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-14
    "I am a current parent of a 6th grader and a 8th grader at Emerson. In response to the prior reviewer, I have to say the rating is the biggest conundrum about Emerson. I don't know how GreatSchools ranks the school, but it must not put much weight on what the parents and students think because everyone I know who goes there loves the school. The school emphasizes the development of the whole child. It's not concentrated on teaching to the test. I think GreatSchools must put a lot of weight on the API score and test scores. Frankly, I think all of the schools should get rid of standardized testing and devote that time to more teaching in the classroom. For what it's worth to the prior viewer, we love Emerson and it only keeps getting better each year with the new principal (not so new now), the Academies which are great, and the prospect of becoming an affiliated charter in August. And, of course, the campus improvements which they now say will be done by August 2015!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-13
    "My daughter will be entering middle school next year and Emerson is our home school. The reviews are really positive and encouraging but why is this school rated only a 3 out of 10?"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-20
    "The diversity of the student body is possibly my favorite thing about Emerson. Coming from an elementary school that was rather homogeneous, I was thrilled to know that my kids were meeting other kids from all cultures and walks of life. The world is obviously a highly diverse place, so being able to learn to embrace that diversity early in life is one of the most important lessons you can receive. The academic and extracurricular programs are also outstanding. My current Emerson student participates in the SAS program (as did my older son who is now a freshman at University High School). The program is very challenging and definitely keeps my son on his toes. The subject matter is tough, but the methods of teaching, including project-based learning, field trips and guest speakers, make it very interesting for the kids and helps keep them focused and engaged. The level of teaching and work required is/was great preparation for high school and beyond."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-19
    "Our daughter can be very uncomfortable in new situations. Every year in elementary school it took her a few months to become comfortable volunteering in class and talk audibly. We were concerned about how she would adapt to Emerson because she knew only two other girls there, but we have been amazed at how quickly she has formed new friendships, and she started raising her hand in class - repeatedly - the first week of school. We have been so happy with Emerson's warm environment. Mr. Watson, the principal, has really fostered an environment that feels like family. We've also been pleased with the strong academic program offered. Our daughter loves the robotics program!"
    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!"
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