School Details

Emerson Elementary School

4660 Ottawa Avenue, Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 788-7462
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 744 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

35%
58%
56%
40%
65%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Riverside Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

33%
45%
46%
57%
68%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Riverside Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

56%
66%
65%
74%
76%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Riverside Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

53%
60%
60%
51%
66%
65%
43%
52%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Riverside Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
65%
60%
69%
64%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Riverside Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Emerson Elementary School is a public elementary school in Riverside. The principal of Emerson Elementary School is John McCombs, whose e-mail is jmccombs@rusd.k12.ca.us. 744 children attend Emerson Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic, Multiracial, and Asian. 21% of the Emerson Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 69% of the 744 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Emerson Elementary School is 20:1. Immanuel Lutheran Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 57% 54%
Multiracial 4% %
Asian 4% 3%
Unspecified 2% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 19% 9%
White, non-Hispanic 14% 30%
Filipino 1.0% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1.0% 42270%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69% 57%
Limited English proficiency 21% 19%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I transferred my children to Emerson from their home school Highland over the summer not knowing the principle was going to change but at the time when Mr. Mc Combs was there everything was great staff was very friendly the custodian I have have to say does an AWESOME job always cleaning never once have I seen him sit down hes great.. Well come the 11-12 school year we get Mr. Bouton whose great as well but boy does he have some major changes for that school he also is VERY much more stern which I totally believe is rubbing off on the staff now they are not as friendly they can give a whooo about your concerns.. The teachers overall I have a 4th grader whose teacher can seem somewhat careless at times I also have twins that are in the same class Teacher Mrs. Moreno Boy I didn't even know that lady could talk well at least to me she hasn't yet.. I know there are some great teachers at Emerson but I guess you just have to get lucky an get one.. One thing they DIFFIDENTLY NEED IS A CROSSING-GUARD I can't begin to count how many kids I have seen almost get hit by cars/buses RUSD we have to remember THINK SAFETY FIRST for these students....

  • (3 years ago)

    If you have any ability to attend another school please do. There are a few..and I mean only a few teachers that are skilled enough to teach at Emerson the principal needs to be more aware of his teachers skills. There are huge safety concerns beware of your children on the playground there has been several serious injuries to children while at this school do a quick news search. Terrible test scores and the children barely learn. If I had it to do all over again My children would had never attended we are now playing catch up at their new school due to the lack academics at Emerson. Due to safety concerns and lack of academics any good parent would go elsewhere. Since this is a title 1 school you should be able to transfer...I would recommend it!

  • (3 years ago)

    What kind of school is this.??? How can such a great school have bad API scores so many years in a row. Shouldn't parents want the best education for their kids? If all California schools have to meet the state requirements and they get the same material to teach the kid why should some schools fail while others do well. I feel bad for the teachers who actually give a dame about making a difference because they are classified with those who have bad attitudes. If a teacher cannot control their own behavior then how can they teach your child?? Wake up parents!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    we have enjoyed the past 5 yrs at Emerson My kids have had Wonderful teachers that were very dedicated to their students. Mrs Folger Mrs Sykes Mrs Gonzalez Mrs Herrera Ms Nieto and Ms Turner just a few of the many teachers that make a difference in the lives of their students. My kids have loved working in the garden and eating the fruits and vegetables they helped cultivate at the salad bar at lunch. My 5th grader last year was in the Music class and was proud to perform with the band at the end of the year. The Principal and the kind office staff all know my kids by name and always have a friendly word. I have been impressed by the School choir's performances at assemblies. My son is looking forward to 6th grade Science camp and is actively fund raising. Thank you Emerson Staff!

  • (5 years ago)

    My family has been at Emerson for three years. We've had great teachers and have always been able to contact them with concerns. The teachers we had have gone above and beyond for their students. Regarding some previous posts If your not happy get involved parents make a difference. Voluteer in the classroom or playgound. As a working mom I ask if there is anything I can do at home to help with preping materials; I'll also call every couple of weeks to make contac w/the teacher. Realize teachers are human too. Goto PTA meetings usually there are only a handful of parents that show up on a regular basis. Never had a problem with the principle when I needed to discuss an issue w/him. Office staff is great; my kids love getting a treat when they go up there. Thanks to all the Emerson Staff for their hard work.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son and I love Emerson. He has been attending for 5 years now. We did have a unprofessional K teacher but I made sure I volunteered everyweek to help out. Everyother year since Kinder has been great. He enjoys it. My daughter will be attending this fall and I look forward to it. Every parent should volunteer time to see what your child goes thru and what the teachers goes thru. Experiences are different for everyone but as long as you communicate with your child and help with their education your child will succeed in what ever school they attend.

  • (5 years ago)

    Not coming back. Wosrt experience ever!

  • (5 years ago)

    Very clean good programs good teachers and accountability of children needs more parent involvement.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think Emerson is a great school the staff teachers and principal really care for their students. My daughter has been at Emerson for two years and the teachers that she had are great specially if they had any concerns for my daughter and they always gave the extra help.

  • (5 years ago)

    I very much disagree with the last post. I have children at Emerson and I have had problems with both their teachers. My children are given candy almost daily by teachers office staff and yard duties. The parent-teacher communication is severely lacking. Apparently there are teachers who communicate with parents just not in my experience. As for the extension to reach the teacher. The teacher specifically instructed us not to call it because she 'loses' messages. I've regularly made made it known that I'm available to volunteer and have been shut down discouraged and have even been told 'no' flatout. I am a member of the PTA and have only received notices via e-mail which is fine with plenty of advance notice but it's usually 24-48 hours. I love the Emerson garden and Nancy Rodriguez. The principal is nice but hard to have a conversation with. Thats it for the positive.

  • (5 years ago)

    This review is mostly in response to a post on February 4 2009. I am highly involved at Emerson. I find the parent s comments to be nothing but slanderous and erroneous. Firstly parent communication is paramount at Emerson. Monthly newsletters are sent home and every teacher has an extension where parents are encourages to leave messages to communicate concerns. Subsequently parents are encouraged to be involved with their child s education via a myriad of avenues which include but are not limited to Volunteering in the classroom being an active member of the PTA or serving as a School Site Council representative. Secondly the vigorous rigor required by the No Child Left Behind Act is staggering. It takes a concerted effort by an entire community to ensure that our children achieve proficiency. Furthermore the principal at Emerson is anything but out of touch. The demands and time constraints that face our principals is overwhelming. If you want a meeting then schedule one with the secretary. There are certain one might even say conventional protocols people follow to reach satisfactory results and frankly leaving one or two voice mails is not preferential. Emerson is a wonderful school full of exemplary staff. In a time of growing uncertainty I am thankful for the stability of such a fine institution that truly holds the children s best interests at heart.

  • (5 years ago)

    We recently moved to the Riverside area. My children excelled at their previous school and after reading the reviews we expected the same performance at this school. We have been very disappointed. The principal is very out of touch. He doesn't even seem to be able to return a phone call. The teachers are very lacking in their communication with the parents. My children's grades have slipped since transferring to this school and no one seems to have any interest in working with me as a parent to help improve that. I think that teacher-parent relationships should be very hands on and that is definitely not the case at Emerson Elementary. I will not be bringing my children back to this school next year and I strongly advise anyone who is reading this to look for another school for their children to avoid this unpleasant experience.

  • (6 years ago)

    We moved from Colorado and the teachers have made the transition for my daughter very easy. She then attended 1st grade with Mrs Johnson who was a very Wonderful Caring teacher who always kept me informed about how things were going with my daughter acedemicly and emotionly. Whenever my daughter was struggling she contacted me and helped us get through the rough roads of 1st grade. She was a blessing at the end of the year when my daughter was having some difficulties with her pysically. Since our children spend all day at school Mrs Johnson noticed my daughter was pale and shaky. I took her to the doctor and she was diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. It was wonderful that she would notice this. I give her full credit for helping my daughter out. Not just teaching but caring!

  • (9 years ago)

    I love Emerson Elementary School. My two children have gone to this school for the last 7 1/2 years. The teachers are all wonderful they go out of their way to help their students anyway they can. The office staff is always there with a smile and give much needed advice. The school site is clean and well cared for. They have many school activities and the students can earn many awards for just being themselves. My son states at PE he has alot of fun.

  • (9 years ago)

    The quality of the academic programs is unsatifactory. I have not seen or heard of any programs that would be able to help a student that has been passed on to other grades knowing that they were not ready for the next grade level. The only extracurricular activites that has been made accessable to students are PE... I have not seen any music classes offered or art classes or any sports. The parent involvement is fair [and] could be better.

  • (9 years ago)

    The teachers and office staff at Emerson Elementry are among the most friendly and caring group of people I have met in an educational setting. Recently I enrolled my grandson. What could have been a very trying and upsetting experience given he was transfering close to the end of the year turned out to be a very welcoming and pleasant experience for he and I. Thanks to Miss Maries' warm and caring personality he felt a 'part of' the minute we walked into the office. Add to that the excellent teaching skills and kindness Mr. Perez and other teachers have set as example. Thank you for being the wonderful school that you are and making these years a pleasant experience for all students.. With much appreciation.......

  • (9 years ago)

    Emerson has been a wonderful school overall. My children have attended Emerson for four years. My only wish is that RUSD allowed for field trips. I feel that field trips enrich chilren's education and give them the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom.

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