School Details

Emerson Elementary School

1400 10th Ave, Marion, IA 52302
(319) 377-0183

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-3 198 students 11 students/teacher (IA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade


Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)

In 2010-2011 Iowa used the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The results for grades 4 and 8 are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The ITBS is a norm-referenced test, which means it measures how well students in Iowa score in comparison to their peers nationwide. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Iowa Assessment (NRT)

Beginning in 2011-2012 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Marion Independent School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Emerson Elementary School is a public elementary school in Marion. 198 students go to Emerson Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 35% of the 198 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Emerson Elementary School is 11:1. Francis Marion Intermediate School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Chorus


  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 88% 88%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 5%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Hispanic 3% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 1%
Asian 0.5% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    the kindergarten teachers are amazing! everyday my child is excited to go to school because his teacher makes it fun for him. the teachers attempt to get you involved in creative ways there's always easy ways to support the school. the upper grades are great as well! i have a child with ADHD and his 3rd grade teacher went above and beyond to find POSITIVE ways to handle his distractibility instead of just sitting him in the corner like in another school. i love this school and cannot wait for my youngest son to go there!

  • (4 years ago)

    The Kindergarten staff is AMAZING!! The upper grades have very nice teachers as well but as stated before the K teachers are AWESOME! I actually sent my kids to Emerson for Kindergarten and then brought them back during 3rd grade to complement future public school experiences. The staff have VERY solid goals towards improving the reading and math skills of the children. The science projects were OUTSTANDING. Thank you Emerson staff for setting my kids on the path for excellent math science and reading skills!

  • (6 years ago)

    I feel so fortunate that my third child is now going through Emerson. The staff is excellent. They truly care about the students and have high expectations. The small size of the building allows for the staff to know most of the students by name. It has the small-town feel to it.

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Overall score

(based on 4 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement


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