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About This School

Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School is a public elementary school in Phoenix. The principal of Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School is Garthanne de Ocampo. 539 children attend Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 43% of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 9% of the 539 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School is 17:1. Khalsa Montessori Elementary School - Phoenix is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Drawing painting

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 83% 85%
White, non-Hispanic 8% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 7%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 4% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 3% %
Multiracial 1% %
Asian 0.6% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 76%
Limited English proficiency 43% 39%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 years ago)

    Emerson is the best! I love this school because no one is ever left out. My oldest daughter has been there since 1st grade andis going to the 6th grade in the fall and I have never had any problems. She is a straight 'A' student. I also have a daughter going to 4th grade one going to 2nd grade and my son will be entering Kinder. The only thing that I have a problem with is 'Where do I send my Oldest' after 6th Grade? The teachers are very easy to talk to and will help with any situation that may arise as well as the principal She's Great!

  • (7 years ago)

    All three of my boys have attended Emerson School preschool through 6th grade. I stay because of the teachers and the principal. They care about the kids and they bend over backwards to keep the kids focused on studies but also the extra activities that this school brings to the just can't be matched. My youngest just finished 6th grade and will be attending Lowell for middle school and believe that Emerson has prepared him well for his next stage. My grandson is turning 5 this year in August and can you guess where I will be sending my grandson...that is right Emerson School. Nothing but the best for my boys

  • (7 years ago)

    Emerson Elementary is a wonderful school that is not to big and not to small. There is a feeling of family and history at this school. I am looking forward for my 4 year old to attend kindergarten next fall. The principal is stellar. My son cannot wait for school to start again.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love Emerson. My kids have been going there since they were in Kinder and next year they will be 6th graders. I am going out of district because I work downtown and it's close to work. The kids have excelled they are both on the Honor Roll. They have a great academic after school program that constantly challenges them. My daughter is taking violin and she's doing very well with that too. They go on great field trips and I don't think they would be going on them if they were going to the school in our neighborhood. The level of parent involvement varies but I feel very involved. All of the teachers are excellent! I would highly recommend Emerson to anyone checking the school out for their child.

  • (8 years ago)

    I chose this school for it's diverse student population extracurricular offerings and the sense of community. The staff work well with addressing the needs of all students an do so in a very timely manner. The students are constantly challenged in their studies and given the opportunity to broaden their learning spectrum.They are always pushed to excel and are taught to their individual learning styles. The students are also given the opportunity to participate in awesome music programs that go far beyond your regular choir and band. With a family reading night and a site based council parents are always offered the oppurtunity to participate in their child's learning community. This is my child's 3rd year at this small campus and I am very pleased. It is a small safe and friendly campus.

  • (9 years ago)

    My student is in kinder and I have been very pleased with his level of learning. The school offers many different programs in which both the parents and students can further involve themselves. I think this school is a diamond in the rough and with a little more work has great potential.

  • (10 years ago)

    Although Emereson was rated underperforming it still has some very good qualities. Some of the teachers highly motivate and challenge their students academically while others do not. In my opinion there is way too much bullying of younger kids by older kids and the new principal should be stricter about this. Several times I had to go to the school to complain about older kids hitting spitting at or bullying my 6 year old and all the bully received was a slap on the wrist. (REAL motivation not to do it again!) I do recommend this school however because it has many positive factors I think the playground is secure some of the teachers are very friendly as well as some of the staff. Not much diversity here mostly Spanish speaking families but then I think this is what makes it a sort of tight-knit school.

  • (11 years ago)

    My 3 kids transferred to Emerson this year ('03)and I can only say I wish I had found this school before. The teachers are very professional and genuinely concerned about their students the principal is very 'hands on' and the staff are all there for one reason the students. There is not much cultural diversity as the school is composed of mostly Hispanic students; however the quality of education is nonetheless evident. If I could name one negative I would say it's the lack of order/staff during 'after school pick up' but that's probably the case with any school. Other than that I think Emerson is one of PUSD's best schools and I'm very glad my kids are attending the school.

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