In Their Own Words

At Emerson, we want all our students to know that being different is an asset and not a liability. As the Oscar-winning writer Graham Moore puts it, “Stay weird; stay different.” We want Emerson to be the place where you feel like you belong.

–John Glick, Emerson Board Member

What our students say about Emerson

How Emerson is different from your previous school?

“Emerson is much more understanding than my previous school. I feel a lot happier here. The administration/staff is much kinder and all the students are very kind. The teachers are eager to make sure you are on the right track. I find myself missing Emerson if there is a week of vacation!”
“I am free! I can express myself fully without being judged on it. I feel comfortable & have friends”
“Smaller, weirder in a good way, more comfortable environment”
“You are responsible for what you do”
“Smaller, less stressful”
“More forgiving”
“I actually learn stuff here”
“It has a more in-depth course curriculum. The staff are far more friendly with students”
“It is based more on lectures than worksheets. It focuses a lot more on the students than the class”


How has Emerson helped you?

“Emerson has helped me grow and become a stronger and healthier person. The teachers are always helpful with emotional issues and giving constructive criticism and suggestions, in order to move forward with education and personal growth. I am very thankful for the staff of the school”
“I have become more outspoken. Feel safe in my environment”
“It taught me to be myself and ask for help”
“I’ve worked more. I’ve gotten more help on work”
“Building tolerance and flexibility skills for difficult-to-deal-with situations”
“I feel more open and less stressed, making me a better person to be around”
“Discussion based 90 min classes are better for me. I am able to talk to staff & teachers like they are real people”
“I have a better understanding on a lot of my academics and I have gained a lot of life skills”

What do you like about Emerson?
“I like how accommodating Emerson is. I like how Emerson actually cares about education and wants to see you graduate & go on to great things”
“That I feel comfortable here & Staff is understanding/accommodating and that we have cool classes”
“You are able to be yourself here”
“The fact that I can be alone”
“Closeness between students and teachers”
“I like how we are together as a community”
“The people, how the teachers are so cool, the diversity”
“I like that we all have a choice in our academic lives & they really want to help us”
“The one-on-one with teachers and staff”
“I like the small classes and the creativity of topics within the classes”
“The music class”
“Art classes are helpful for stress relief”



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