Overview & Facts

We believe that school doesn’t have to be boring; that if we challenge, excite, nurture, and engage the whole child, we can inspire a love of learning that will last a lifetime. 

A K-8 school for gifted and for academically talented students.

Here, what’s best for children drives the curriculum—not tests. It’s where passionate educators are empowered to teach, and intimate classrooms are places of joy, exploration, and respect for one another. It’s where bright students learn to tap into their curiosity and search for answers, rather than memorize them.

Emerson is a special environment where smart is cool, and classrooms are comprised of other gifted, unique peers who help and encourage each other to become their best. It’s where bright students thrive, and we encourage you to learn more about how our school might benefit your child.

    • Grades:
      • Lower School: Young Fives Kindergarten – 5th grade
      • Middle School: 6th grade – 8th grade
    • Enrollment: 305
    • Faculty and staff: 68.5
    • Average teaching experience: 20 years
    • Average years at Emerson: 12 years
    • Faculty with advanced degrees: 66%
    • Diversity: 47% of students self-identify as a person of color
    • Learning support and academic enrichment staff: 5, including a full-time counselor
    • Student to faculty ratio: 8 to 1
    • Financial aid recipients: 18% of student body
    • Average class size: 15
    • Campus: 20 acres with sports fields, 16,000 ft² Arts and Innovation Center, nature center, playgrounds, planetarium, and permaculture garden
    • Accreditation: Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
    • Library Media Center: More than 11,000 volumes and an online catalog
    • Physical education: 3 times each week for all grades, K-8
    • World languages: 4
    • Middle school electives and activities: 20+ each trimester
    • Varsity sports: 6
    • Performance on national ERB Testing: 93rd percentile, averaged. Emerson placed higher than the average independent school and the average top-performing public schools in every subject area
      • Mathematics: 95th
      • Quantitative reasoning: 96th
      • Reading comprehension: 85th
      • Writing mechanics: 91st
      • Verbal reasoning: 94th
      • Vocabulary: 95th

    All data updated based on 2017-2018 school year.

The mission of Emerson School is to provide a whole child, multiple method approach to instruction for gifted and for academically talented students. Emerson School encourages creativity, problem solving, and the development of basic skills, while providing a warm, supportive environment that promotes responsibility for oneself and others.

Children learn best in a caring environment in which each child’s unique gifts and talents are celebrated. People learn with different styles and at different rates. Teachers work to accommodate individual needs, and to foster positive, realistic self-concepts. They work to promote self-reliance and self-discipline in students. In our school, cognitive and creative risk-taking become safe and valued. Our atmosphere encourages mutual respect. Children learn by doing, by being listened to, by participating, and by working together. In working with gifted and academically talented students, Emerson seeks to teach basic skills, encourage higher-level thinking, and to nurture creativity. We address the needs of the whole child, and recognize the need for children to develop intellectually, artistically, physically, socially, and emotionally. The school endeavors to instill important values, including respect, responsibility, compassion, and honesty. In doing so, we promote the importance of contributing to the Emerson School community and the larger communities in which we live.

The terms “gifted” and/or “academically talented” describe children who possess one or more unusually heightened innate or demonstrated abilities: excellent academic aptitude and/or achievement; sophisticated abstract, creative, or divergent thinking; advanced use of language; an acute sense of perception, strong powers of observation, and/or a keen sense of humor; distinct emotional sensitivity and/or intensity; extraordinary memory; persistence and resilience; motivation and intellectual curiosity; and outstanding talent in the performing and visual arts. The distinctive qualities which these students exhibit in some areas may exist in combination with average aptitude or relative weakness in others. Perhaps not surprisingly, since these students’ gifts place them so far ahead of the “norm” in significant ways, uneven (asynchronous) patterns of development tend to characterize this population, and gifted and/or academically talented children tend not to conform to any one stereotype or checklist of traits.

Our Equity & Social Justice Commitment

As we become effective advocates for positive change, we foster growing minds with compassion and encourage resilience. We cherish individual identities. We actively challenge stereotypes and bias. We encourage discussion and inquiry about our world while we teach to dismantle the systems that perpetuate injustice.

Emerson School honors the dignity of all people through our commitment to diversity, inclusivity, equity, and social justice.