School Details

Emmaus Lutheran School

840 South Almansor, Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 289-3664

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 204 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

Emmaus Lutheran School is a private middle school in Alhambra. The principal of Emmaus Lutheran School is Miss Catherine Hittinger. 204 students attend Emmaus Lutheran School and identify primarily as Asian; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at Emmaus Lutheran School is 18:1. Martha Baldwin Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 80% %
Hispanic 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 8% %
Black, non-Hispanic 4% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    We have been an Emmaus family for several years now and we continue to be impressed. The teachers are simply so caring and really take the time to understand and connect with each student. I can't tell you have many times my son's teacher has told me a funny story about him or given me her thoughtful insight. The hardworking principal Mrs. Hittinger has an open door policy and leads with common sense. The academics are strong with a mix of good old-fashioned "book-learning" and fun educational activities. Already my son's class has gone on two educational field trips and it is only the end of October. The school has also greatly improved their technology program with a mobile computer lab and now digital smartboards in every classroom! Even the kindergarteners are taught basic computer skills. We can't wait until the refurbished gym is re-opened and look forward to a great year!

  • (1 year ago)

    New to the school but happy already. My child is brand new to Emmaus but already has been made to feel welcome. So thankful that I brought my child here and anticipate a great year.

  • (1 year ago)

    I thank God that we found this school. The teachers are great the school staffs are nice and very friendly. My son and myself feel welcomed and loved. I noticed good changes in my son's spiritually and academically. I'm so thankful to the teachers that I know Ms Tyndall and Mrs Hart. I'm so amazed of how Mrs Hart full of love and encouragement for both of us the student and parent. She's devoted to God and dedicated to the school and it's like teaching is her world and she's happy doing it....and very energetic too. Looking forward to get to know to the next level teachers. God bless you all!

  • (1 year ago)

    I am glad I brought my child to this school. Pastor Chai helped my child in improving English and homework. Pastor Chai helped many new immigrant students to feel at home in the school and would go out of his way to help students and parents with their problems. I am sad that Pastor Chai is leaving.

  • (1 year ago)

    Poor management and the adcadmic level is relatively low when compare with public school. Why pay extra money for a low quality education.

  • (1 year ago)

    Just read the last two posts and am shocked. My child just graduated from Emmaus and I am extremely grateful to this school for all of the many things it did for my child. There is a music and arts program the curricul is very strong especially in the upper grades as my child is moving on into advanced classes for high school. The teachers are very interested in helping children and do take the time to work with individual students. I don't know about how they are paid--it seems to me that the longevity of the teaching staff reflects something good about what the teachers make or at least a real commitment to the school. There is a technology program that is strong and teachers do have teaching resources at least from what I have seen. The principal listens to parents and may not always say yes to everyone's requests does treat people fairly ad kindly. The difference between this school and others that I have had experience with is that this school has a very comfortable ad welcoming feel to it. Once you are here you don't want to leave it. I am going to miss my Emmaus family but I know I am always welcome back.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm a parent at at Emmaus and have a kid that go there to sent 2 grade there are some teacher that realy go the extra mile to help kids that may have truouble with there school work mybe because of a learning disability this is not school to be at there a few teacher like Ms Tynall and Miss Heart that help kids like that and a teacher that could take lesson from them most of all of the orther teacher work well with the kids and help them with there school work. the parents that i have meet there go out of there way for there kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    Emmaus is a loving school. The teachers are great but extremely UNDER paid. The academics are lacking. The teachers have NO resources. They use outdated curriculum have no manipulatives and no science program at all. There are no arts or music programs which should be standard at a private school. There is also no parent organization to speak of. The school could be so much more if only the leadership put the emphasis on creating and fostering a strong academic program.

  • (2 years ago)

    We loved Emmaus Lutheran! My daughter now a college freshman attended Emmaus from 5th - 8th grade. The academic program is impressive and transitions from one grade to the next are smooth. The staff and administration provide a program that is seemless and focused. Learning is taught in an environment that promotes critical thinking across the educational spectrum. The children are taught Christian character values self reliance accountability time management skills research skills in addition to the academic program. Extracurricular programs enrich the academic environment and promote a Christian community spirit. The skills my daughter learned at Emmaus were recognized immediately by her high school teachers and are in force today at Arizona State University. Not only did my daughter form a solid and diverse knowledge base she made life long friends. Friendships that are based on respect and moral development. From her first day at Emmaus a new 5th grader she was enveloped by a group of children and made part of the Emmaus family from the first day. The support & Christian example given by the teachers and the Principal are what make Emmaus the most special.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter just finished 2nd grade and Ms Tynall the 2nd grade teacher is the best! Staff are so friendly and caring. All Gods children

  • (3 years ago)

    My son started attending Emmaus at 3rd grade after attending a local public school. We noticed a sharp difference between the public schools and a Christian private school. The staff & teachers at Emmaus are loving & friendly. They are honest with the parents about their child's progress and will work with the parents & students. The volume of school work is not that much different from the public schools but the difference is that the higher level of academics the students are exposed to. For example handwriting at Emmaus is taught starting in the 2nd grade unlike the public schools that start handwriting in the 3rd grade. Some of the novels covered in the 6th-8th grade are the same novels covered at the local high schools. Emmaus really works to prepare their students for high school. Being a private school they are not bound by the policies and procedures of a school district and therefore have a little more freedom to do things. For the teachers & staff it is not just a job to them. They are genuinely driven by God s love . . . great teachers & staff great academics family environment. I'm really going to miss this place after my son graduates this year!

  • (3 years ago)

    Emmaus Lutheran School is a great place for academics character development and extra-curricular activities. I graduated from Emmaus myself and when I went to highschool I was very well prepared for the academics--in fact I felt highschool was easy and many of my teachers were surprised to see how well I could write and noted that I must have had a great elementary school. Many of the top students from my highschool came from Emmaus--which is a small school which shows how well they prepared us for the years ahead. I also learned how to be well-rounded because at Emmaus they offer so many extra-curricular activites and everyone gets to be a part of them... from drama to choir to handbells to sports to cheerleading and even student government--I get to be a part of it all. And of course the most important lessons I learned there were the spiritual truths found in the Bible. With such loving and Christian teachers it truly is a place where students can grow and develop in the knowledge and the love of the Lord.

  • (4 years ago)

    Emmaus is a great place my daughter loves the place the teachers are wonderful. However in terms of academics they are deficient. The academic level that a private school should have is not reflected at this school. Their computers are outdated with a promise of a new lab that is costing the school excessive money. Science is lacks hands on activities and the math program is out dated. The school has not have a book adoption in any subject for many years. I know the books my son was bringing are from the 70's. It is a great place because it has great kids because those are great kids even before they enter Emmaus but not because the academic program made them that way.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have 2 sons who have been attending this school since Pre-K. The older child is going to 7th grade the younger to 2nd. I have been very content with the academics here because the curriculum is very well rounded and the teachers cares deeply for the students. I have spoken with parents that have kids attending Emmaus and they all feel the same way I do. Other parents of kids in public schools usually boast their kid's math test scores but that is all they would say. I do not believe my kids' success in school should be based on their scores in math or 1 to 2 subjects. My objective for my sons to get from their elementary education is a balanced program that teaches them about our world and environment kindness towards others and this school is giving them and thru a Christian based value system.

  • (4 years ago)

    Emmaus Lutheran School is a place where the teachers encourage inspire and motivate the students to do their very best while finding constantly new ways to bring fun to the learning process and instilling a sense in the students that success in life is not limited to the academic area but is based on a value system to live life well and to have compassion for others.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great Faculty very loving and caring teachers beautiful and charming campus. The students are very well mannered. My daughter loves the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have two children that have attended Emmaus for four years now. I love this school as does my children. My daughter has told me... ' when I have my children they too will come to Emmaus'. The teachers are amazing loving caring and really care about the students. It has been such a great!! experience here. It truly is a great sense of family here very warm.

  • (4 years ago)

    I was a student at Emmaus. Now my son goes there. The academics are outstanding and my son is receiving a spiritual and moral compass that cannot be given in public schools. By the way I ended up graduating from USC and Oxford.

  • (4 years ago)

    My two children attend Emmaus Lutheran School and I can't rate it high enough. I am very impressed with the teachers and staff. The Principal is very responsive to parents she has an open door policy. She is very innovative in looking at ways to improve the school especially in the technology field.

  • (5 years ago)

    Don't send your kids there if you care about their mental & spiritual health! My daughter went there from 6th-8th grades. Had to transfer out in 8th grade because of bullying & unwillingness of teachers & principal to get involved to solve the problem.

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