Virtual Admissions Process

We’ve made a few changes to our regular admissions process in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please review the steps below and contact our Admissions Director, Lisa Psarouthakis at or if you have any questions. Thank you and be well!

First Steps
Complete and submit an application, available on our website.

Scan or take a photo of progress/grade reports, and any standardized test results, from the last two academic years, and email to

Teacher Referral Forms
Include your child’s current teacher email contact and a form will be sent once you submit the application. If you are unable to get a teacher referral form, you are welcome to send the referral form to an adult who knows your child well. A coach, music teacher, …..etc.

Emerson Visit Assessments
Submit academic and/or creative efforts.
Virtual Assessment Guidelines

IQ Testing
No IQ testing will be required for admissions decisions at this time.

6th-8th grade Additional Requirements
Schedule an interview with the Middle School Director over Zoom or other virtual platform. Contact Andy Zimmer at

For more information about our adjusted admissions process, while our campus is closed, 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