School Reviews

Upon returning to the US from overseas, we sought out a challenging, yet intimate school with an international and intellectually engaged student body, yet without the social distractions/cliques of typical large U.S. high schools. Emerson provided a perfect transition back to the U.S. as well as preparation for university study. Emerson offers classes in the university format, with four subjects studied in depth rather than a plethora of 'overviews'. Under a small and caring cadre of instructors and counselors, my daughter has been given the freedom to explore subjects outside of her normal comfort zone. This was not a luxury allowed in her previous IB school and this early exposure to new areas has made an incredible difference as regards her life goals and university choices. Speaking of which, during our university visits, we discovered that Emerson has a far greater name than it does amongst prospective high school students and their parents. We are enormously lucky to have discovered this gem.

Emerson changed my son's life. He developed academic and life skills, which translated into acceptance at a junior ivy league college. He found a talent and passion for music that has transformed his concept of what he can achieve. Thanks Emerson!!

Emerson Prep is one of those school that are small but unique. their staff is warm and opening. Their administration is wonderful. Great schools

If you are looking for a school with small classes, rigorous academics, caring and professional teachers and staff look no further than Emerson! My daughter loves going to school and avoids all the drama of a 'typical Breakfast Club high school experience' Staff really cares about the student and family. If there are any academic or social issues the staff will work with the family to help solve the problems with you! Best thing we have ever done for our daughter.

Emerson Preparatory College High School's name partially defines itself based upon the fact that its student body exhibits scholarly aptitude and college preparedness. The Headmaster, as well the Director of Admissions are both dynamic educators, who care about the educational wellness and well-roundedness of its student body. The professors treat each student with respect while encouraging forethought. The administration and office staff is superb. A small, balanced environment is great for any ivy league bound scholarly-type student. It matters not, that your child is assertive, or reserved, Emerson has the unique educational coursework applicable for your student.

Our daughter is off to a great high school start at Emerson. Before she started, the school took the time to understand her academic and social needs and took those into account in choosing her fall class schedule. Having four 90-minute classes a semester allows student to focus more in-depth on fewer subjects. It also gives the school flexibility to design a course schedule based on the needs, aptitudes and interests of its students. The Dupont Circle location encourages our daughter's independence by allowing her to commute via Metro. Emerson is a wonderful option for a teen who thrives in small classes and is ready for an academic community that focuses on learning (not testing) and encourages independence. Also, for our daughter, who is bright but needs extra support, the school is providing additional academic support that is really helping our daughter succeed.

Students are supported, engaged & taught to think. Classes are small enough that there is always help available & daily lessons can incorporate spontaneous discussion & new lesson direction.

Best decision to send my daughter to Emerson Prep. She blossomed intellectually and socially and was happy to go to school. Great teachers and leadership. The kids really count.

I think Emerson really understands education in every sense of the word. I'm glad my daughter is a part of this great institution!