School Details

Emerson Elementary School

8001 SW 36th St, Miami, FL 33155
(305) 264-5757
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 406 students 13 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2012
  • Dade County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
87%
81%
81%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.
  • This school in 2012
  • Dade County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

69%
56%
55%
64%
59%
60%
66%
51%
53%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2012
  • Dade County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Emerson Elementary School is a public elementary school in Westchester. The principal of Emerson Elementary School is Ms. Maria P Acosta, who can be contacted at pr1641@dadeschools.net. 406 children attend Emerson Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 41% of the Emerson Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 82% of the 406 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Emerson Elementary School is 13:1. Banyan Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 95% 67%
White, non-Hispanic 5% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 0% 24%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.07%
Multiracial 0% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.03%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82% 73%
Limited English proficiency 41% 21%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Great school. SOME good teachers. HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE principal! She is mean she has no heart for the children what so ever! Both my eldest and my youngest went their so I have been visiting that school for a VERY long time and she doesn't even acknowledge me nor does she give me the time of day. She does nothing but sit in her office on the computer but then she complains how parents aren't involved or how the school doesn't have any money. Maybe if she actually did something and spent money on the school and not all her plastic surgery (nothing is gonna make that face better) then the school would be better.

  • (2 years ago)

    I like that this school is a small neighborhood school. It makes the atmosphere more children friendly. The teachers and staff really get to know the kids. I have noticed teachers that haven't had my child in their class greet them by name. I also like that it is a bilingual school. The music teacher is great. The physical education program is also very strong. The principal greets every student as they enter the school. I always receive notices about special parent trainings at the school. I only wish they were at night since I work. Many of the teachers volunteer after school to tutor for free. There is also another regular tutoring program organized by the school but only some students are eligible so the free tutoring that those volunteer teachers offer is great. My child's teacher calls me during the day but she even calls me on the weekend and we texted each other. She has sent me pictures of my child in school doing special activities. This is above and beyond any teacher parent communication I have ever experienced and I love it. I have never had so much access to a teacher. I am very happy about this school and the teachers. And of course it is an A school.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school it's getting worst and worst everyday the copy machine does not work no printer the computers most of the time are broken the bathrooms are disgusting; and they said that is because the budget but the princippal Ms. Acosta is traveling around the world with the consuler Ms Hernandez and the teachers of course doing nothing but complaining. what a sad school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Academics POOR Parents Involvement 00 Teachers and Staff NOT SO GOOD. They are there just for the check not for the kids. The principal and assit principal are not advocate for the children of the school. Roaches EVERYWHERE! Never consider enrolling your child in this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have two kids at this school and I have to point out that the teachers needs more communication with parents it's hard to get in touch with them and I believe that communication between parents and teachers it most be a # 1 issue for our kids to get the best results especially en elementary schools other than that it's a great school the Principal welcomes the students every morning at the front door academic results to the best of my knowledge are good the activities programs involving parents is great (this is our chance to ask about our kids) and one suggestion for the office stuff please look at your Principal she is a great lady and be more presentable.

  • (3 years ago)

    This i one of the best school in miami all the teacher are great most of them take the time with their students even after school hour with out getting paid. Example Mrs Silvia Vazquez and Mrs Holland. Its a great school everyone seems to care from the Asistant Principal I think her name is Vivian teachers from the ladies in the cafeteria and even the custodians. They are all great i have even heard of Custodian worring and making sure kids eat while they clean ( Ophelia) I love this school my son is in middle school now and i highly recommend it.

  • (4 years ago)

    Emerson has some good teachers.. . But some teachers barely speak English. Communication between administration and staff is poor at best one hand never knows what the other is doing. There are safety hazards which have been pointed out to school administration and the Dade County School Board but the hazards remain. Some of the employees including teachers have no manners and could use a class in civics. The Emerson website boasts of an "open door policy" but you better have an appointment to get to that "open door". My third grader's lunchtime is at 10 30 AM the USDA thinks that's unacceptable so do I but some of the kindergarten kids have their lunch at 9 55 AM. The administration at Emerson seems more concerned with how well the kids do on the F-Cat than with their welfare and whether they actually learn. Mrs Welsch the PE teacher is excellent!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is one of the best public schools in Miami. My son is an athlete and they have great afterschool activities such as baseball art and music which he is in. I reccommend this school to any parent out there. I see they had some bad reviews but they are older and not accurate as of today Next year will be my sons 5th year any reccomendations for middle school?

  • (6 years ago)

    The curriculum for this school is extremely weak. Most teachers that have been working there have been teaching for 20+ years and they continue to have the old fashion philosophy. They are not technology oriented. In my case the teacher was a typical old style teacher who explains things on the board once and has students work on their workbook. I am very dissapointed with this school. I am wondering how this problem has been ignored by administration. I think administration is also part of the problem. The assistant principle is not aware of the curriculum and is just there. I am very dissapointed with this school. I can not believe that such a small school with such a low number of students is a 'B' school. This is unacceptable.

  • (7 years ago)

    The classes are small which promotes a better environment for the children to learn. Teachers can focus more on the students in an individual manner. This is an A school and has been for several years. I myself came to this school and I'm proud to say that my daughter is here now.

  • (9 years ago)

    I was originally drawn to the school for its A report card & relatively small school size. I came to discover that that the Fcat A is all the teachers & administration aspire to. The safety was decent. The BEST thing about the school was & still is Emerson Players. The aftercare staff are genuninely nice. Unfortunately the other public school choices in the area aren't any better so we switched to private for our children as did my sibling with her children - same school 2 years later.

  • (9 years ago)

    Emerson is a small neighborhood school with great faculty and administration. It has been an 'A' school for three years in a row and the FCAT scores just came out making it four in a row. The teachers really care and are dedicated plus it is a bilingual school. That means the classes are conducted both in English and Spanish. It also has a beautiful library and wonderful AR program. I recommend it highly.

  • (11 years ago)

    Emerson is a small public school with a great principal teachers and after care program. They have extracurricular activities such as tutoring which is a PLUS and has helped my daughter with her math and reading. Can't say enough nice things about the school. If you are looking for a good small school with good teachers a principal who really cares and a wonderful aftercare program this is your school.

  • (11 years ago)

    My two kids have attended this school since kinder and you forget its not a private school. The teachers and the whole staff treat the kids as well as the parents as Family. They are very caring and always cummunicating with us as to how our children are doing. My daughter was having some difficulty with reading and the teacher right a way let my husband & I know and she had the school put her in there tutoring program and has been very pacient and loving with her & she has improved 100%. Having been brought up in the private school sector. I highly recommend this public school.

  • (11 years ago)

    They have a great music teacher and music program.

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