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About This School

Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High School is a public middle school in Davis. The principal of Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High School is Alicia Cummings and can be contacted at acummings@djusd.k12.ca.us. 465 children attend Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 8% of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 18% of the 465 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High School is 16:1. Davis Waldorf School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Japanese
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 61% 62%
Multiracial 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 4%
Hispanic 17% 14%
Asian 13% 16%
Filipino 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.2% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 8544%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18% 17%
Limited English proficiency 8% 10%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    This school is a terrible place. People are unwelcoming and seem to be very rude. There are some great teachers that care and teach very well but on the other hand there are teachers that do not care at all about their students and just kind of throw work in student's faces and don't care to address problems or help students even then- only helping them after the fact that thy needed to know it a long time ago for a test or quiz or web just to progress in the subject. A disgrace!... Overall- this school was a very unpleasant experience for my child and there was very few enjoyable things. I recommend putting your child in a different school. My opinion is point. Blank. Period.

  • (8 months ago)

    In this age range kids often succeed or fail for reasons not directly related to the academic content. Attitudes toward school social stresses bullying study skills and student community all contribute to an environment that determines whether students can reach their individual potential. This school makes an effort to treat its young students with respect - not something I often see extended toward adolescents - and the students I know have a remarkably positive attitude toward school. I have been pleasantly surprised by how well Emerson seems to be successfully navigating the major issues of the preteen years and my son is thriving there.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a current 7th grader and I go to Emerson Junior High School and I think it is a great school with amazing teachers who make sure that your experience is great while you are there! And there is an awesome school councelor named Mr. Leahy and he is a great person that you can talk to about all problems and even just hang out with him! I think the teachers are very supportive and the office staff is very friendly. I would really reccomend this school for anybody anywhere and overall Davis is just a good place for people to go to school! ) ~Aimee 7th grader Emerson Junior High

  • (1 year ago)

    I was a student from 1970 -1973. I've always been greatful to have attended this wonderful school all the teachers were very supportive science and math were great. It's great to know it's one of the best.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a graduate from Emerson Jr. High in Davis California. I am disappointed to say that my experience at this middle school was far from positive. The instruction I received from a teacher in the math department ruined my math career; problems were done for me instead of being explained to me and his overall teaching methods were destructive having unfortunate consequences for his students. I spoke with the principle and the counselor and was not allowed to change classes nor were my complaints investigated. I am extremely sad that my Junior High experience was so negative. As a community we need to show the school district that this type of teaching will not be tolerated. The reputation of Davis Schools is the responsibility of its teachers and administrators it is extremely unfortunate that their behavior has been consistently inappropriate. As far as junior highs go I would recommend any other school besides Emerson.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love this school because we despite all of our budget cuts we have a wonderful visual and performing arts program!

  • (4 years ago)

    Very low rate of bullying - kids are very supportive of each other.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school trys it best to be involved with the students. There are some problems with the school layout whick is somewhat confusing but not impposible to get used to. The lunches are also very good but that depends on personal opinion. They might be considered unhealthy. But to me they're awesome ) They have vending machines. But So far only a couple work. The schools counselors are also very helpful and supportive and will listen to any problems that a student has. Lockers are hard to get open so most kids don't really use them. The biggest problem I have is that I wish we had more time to transition from class to class. All said and done emerson junior high is a pretty good school to attend.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is pretty good. I think people should donate money to fund newer classrooms and bathrooms.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son (new student) received a warm welcome from the counselors teachers and vice principal. The teachers have already communicated with me and are supportive of my son. We are relieved to enter such a supportive environment and feel that he will do quite well at Emerson.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am currently attending this school. Emerson jr. high is very advanced scholastically but lacks discipline or decent supplies. The teachers are very involved and concerned as well as some of the parents. Some problems at the school are ignored and some are just dismissed as 'we'll fix it later.' I recommend this school for the socially adept not the outcast.

  • (8 years ago)

    I believe this is a school with excellent teachers that know the subjects but the campus should be redone.

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