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About This School

Ralph Waldo Emerson Middle School is a public middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of Ralph Waldo Emerson Middle School is Dimone Watson. 650 students attend Ralph Waldo Emerson Middle School and identify as Asian; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 18% of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 57% of the 650 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ralph Waldo Emerson Middle School is 18:1. St. Paul the Apostle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • Cantonese
    • French
    • Japanese
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 4%
Hispanic 54% 73%
White, non-Hispanic 20% 9%
Filipino 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 17% 11%
Unspecified 0.9% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 646343%
Multiracial 0.1% %
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 75%
Limited English proficiency 18% 32%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    We have two children at Emerson and the both have thrived there because of the freedom they get from being able to walk home from their neighborhood school. The teachers in both the SAS (honors) and non-SAS classes devote a great deal of time outside of the classroom to preparing and collaborating with parents to bring the most innovative and stimulating experiences to the students. Our children have not lacked for anything in going to this public school. In fact they don t have the time to take advantage of everything that Emerson has to offer. Our principal has had the opportunity to hire several teachers in the past two years and has included parents in the interview and selection process. The candidates he brings in have been excellent and the new hires have immediately become invaluable members of our close community.

  • (10 months ago)

    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.

  • (10 months ago)

    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!

  • (10 months ago)

    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!

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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 !!!

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have a daughter in 7th grade at Emerson. She loves the small school environment and has been academically challenged throughout her time at Emerson. The teachers and administration are committed to creating a supportive and creative learning environment for the students. I have been particularly impressed with the curriculum development and collaboration amongst the faculty.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has been at Emerson for the last 2 years and we couldn't be happier! He is challenged academically the teachers and staff are dedicated hardworking and committed to educating their students as well as easily accessible to both students and parents. Socially he is grounded and has made a ton of new friends. It is a safe and welcoming community school where each child is greeted by name by their principal - he too is a hard working dedicated educator! The parent group is also great! They work hard to keep parents informed and make families feel welcome! We will definitely be send our next child to this school in 2 years!

  • (1 year ago)

    We are proud to have both of our daughters attend Emerson Middle School. Our eldest is in 8th (she is going to miss Emerson next year) and our youngest is in 6th (she feels at home already). Our daughters are thriving in the excellent learning environment at Emerson. The staff is professional and hardworking. The students are motivated and engaged. What a pretty campus sitting up on a little hill!

  • (1 year ago)

    We are very happy with Emerson and our 7th grade daughter loves it. She is challenged academically and has made good friends from the other schools that feed into Emerson (she went to Westwood Chater). We really like the new principal Mr. Watson and really appreciate how he is always striving to improve Emerson. Although there have been staff changes there are still very good teachers. We have no hesitancy in recommending Emerson.

  • (1 year ago)

    My children love this school. Great teachers and the students are well behaved. Don't hesitate on letting your child attend this school. If there is a problem which so far I haven't had the principle and teachers will do everything they can to put a stop to the problem. Best school ever!

  • (2 years ago)

    I have 2 daughters one going into 7th & one going into 8th. They love their school. They have an outstanding curriculum. They are always challenged yet always feel confident. My girls' test scores are extremely impressive and that is what I look at. They take amazing field trips. We feel spoiled that we drive 3 minutes to our neighborhood school when I hear stories of their friends having very long commutes to theirs. We couldn't be happier!

  • (2 years ago)

    I am an incoming 7th grader and I really don't like this school. The kids are very mean and annoying. Also we lost three of our best teachers. Since I have an IEP and a BII it is worse for me. Many kids are making fun of me because I have this. The only good thing about this school is the academics.

  • (2 years ago)

    I previously reviewed this school when my daughter started 6th Grade last fall and I am happy to report that she continues to thrive at Emerson. She has participated in many interesting and unique learning experiences. She travelled to Yosemite and Catalina with her science teacher. She has read so many books in her English class (and an equal number of additional books through the Accelerated Reader program) written many essays and engaged in thought-provoking discussions in class. The most significant evidence that my daughter is inspired by her teachers is that she enjoys coming home and telling us about what she's learned. What more could we ask for.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am an alumni of this school and nothing could have prepared me more for high school than emerson middle school. I learned how to take notes do my homework efficiently and fully understand rather than just learn. I am also part of one of the first graduating classes of the Emerson Sports Academy which has played a key role in me balancing my school with my soccer. I would recommend school to anyone willing to learn

  • (2 years ago)

    I love Emerson! I'm a 7th grader and I am in Emerson Sports Academy (ESA) and they really stress how important good note taking studying and academics are for you to succeed in high school. I also love stage crew. Our science class is amazing and we just did projects on cell structure and got to see the 8th grade designs and testing for the egg drops. Everybody needs to come visit to see what a great place Emerson is and meet our cool new principal.

  • (2 years ago)

    The academics here are terrible. Most of the actual good teachers all left the year before and more are leaving this year. The only good thing here is the drama program and the fact that you can easily take geometry in 9th grade. I am a student and feel as if everyday I am just falling farther and farther behind in acadmics. There are many disruptive and crude children attending this school.

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