Admissions Process

The most important thing is that your child is in an environment where they thrive. Emerson provides a Y5-8 curriculum for gifted and academically talented students, and our admissions process helps us identify whether your child would do well here. Children have a wide range of abilities and gifts, and intelligence is just one factor in Emerson’s application process.

Admissions Process:

Learn About Emerson School
You’re already off to a good start by exploring this site. The best way to learn more about our school is by taking a tour. You can also attend one of our upcoming Information Meetings. Contact Admissions Director Lisa Psarouthakis at or (734) 665-5662, ext. 303 to learn more or schedule a visit online.

Submit an Application
The application can be completed online and can be found here.

Send Your Child’s Academic Records
Request copies of grade reports and a current teacher evaluation, when applicable, and have them mailed or sent electronically to the Emerson Admissions Office. For young five and kindergarten applicants, please submit progress reports, if available. If you have complete copies of your child’s grade or progress reports at home, you are welcome to scan and send those instead of requesting them from the school. Teacher referral forms are available at the links below:

Prepare a Portfolio for Admission (1st-8th grades applicants only)
Gather examples of your child’s academic and creative work and submit them in video or photo form to create a portfolio for admission.

+ Portfolio For Admissions

Attend a Campus visit
Campus visits will be scheduled as allowed until the last school day in May for students interested in starting in the fall. An application, teacher referral form, grade reports from the current and last school year, and a virtual portfolio must be submitted prior to a campus visit day.

For Young Fives and Kindergarten
Applicants are invited to one of three applicant visit days, and can choose between Feb. 4th, March 4th or April 23rd

IQ Testing
No IQ testing will be required for admissions decisions at this time, however, the school reserves the right to request testing be done in the future if it is needed to support a student’s learning needs.

Apply Today!

Because of small class sizes, many grades reach capacity, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible to ensure your child is considered.

Emerson is a rolling enrollment school, so there is no cutoff date for applications. Applications can be submitted at any time and will be considered as long as space is available.

For more information about our admissions process, or to schedule a tour,  please contact Admissions Director, Lisa Psarouthakis at 734-665-5662, x303, or email

For a variety of reasons, from relocation to realizing a child is struggling at their current school, it’s not unusual for families to apply in the spring, summer, or even after the school year has already started. If that’s you, please know that it’s not too late for your child to start at Emerson.

+ Complete a student application online

It only takes a few minutes to complete a student application. You can save your progress and return later, monitor the status of your application, and review your application anytime.

Each application requires a non-refundable $60 application fee. If this creates a financial hardship that would otherwise prohibit you from applying, please contact Admissions Director Lisa Psarouthakis at or (734) 665-5662, ext. 303.

+ Start or return to your student application

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students 
Emerson School admits students of any race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, family status, and socio-economic status to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities made available to students at Emerson. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, family status, or socio-economic status in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Intelligence is one of many indicators that help us determine if your child is likely to do well at Emerson. These reports help identify areas of strength and opportunities for growth, and sub-scores provide as much insight as your child’s overall score. Because of our holistic approach, intelligence testing is one of the last steps in our admissions process, and the majority of families who complete intelligence testing are accepted to Emerson.


Risk-Free Testing

Emerson will reimburse 50% of the cost of intelligence testing for students who are not admitted, if Emerson concludes that doing so would not be a good fit for your child. If a child is admitted and parents decide not to enroll, the expense will not be reimbursed.


When and How to Schedule

To schedule testing, parents should contact a test administrator directly (listed below). If a family qualifies for discounted tuition after filling out an application for financial aid, a discount on the testing fee may be available.


The Tests and Reports

  • The WPPSI-IV and WISC-V tests are administered. These are the two most widely used standardized intelligence tests.
  • Tests sample a variety of intellectual functioning, including mathematical ability, reasoning skills, and perceptual motor abilities.
  • Test reports are generally completed and e mailed to parents, and a copy sent to Emerson School , within one week of the testing.
  • All information from testing is confidential and never shared with anyone outside of Emerson’s Admissions Committee.

The Testing Process

  • Parents should wait to test until their child is at least 4 ½ years old. Testing at this age is more reliable.
  • Testing is administered by third-party professionals to ensure accuracy, consistency, and neutrality. Availability, cost, and turn-around time may vary by test administrator, and parents are encouraged to contact the tester directly for more information.
  • Testing generally takes one to two hours.
  • Parents are not permitted to be with the child during testing.
  • We recommend downplaying the admissions screening aspect of the testing so children do not feel anxious or pressured.
  • If a child is feeling ill on the day of the testing, the appointment should be rescheduled.

Test Administrators

  • Jerry Miller, Ph.D., L.P.
    Barbara Hanna, Ph.D., L.P.
    Miller Associates
    555 E. William
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    Phone: 734-761-5347
    Fax: 734-663-4327
  • Lisa Woodcock-Burroughs, Ph.D., N.C.S.P.
    Center of Neuropsychology, Learning & Development
    5864 Interface Drive, Suite D
    Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    Phone: 734-994-9466
    Fax: 734-994-9465