Emerson Elementary

2800 Forest Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705
Tel: 510.644.6890
Susan Hodge, Principal
Sonia Colon, School Admin Assistant II


The Emerson Elementary School staff is dedicated to the academic achievement and social development of all children. Our highly trained teachers work collaboratively to provide a challenging and engaging curriculum to our students and are skilled at bringing out the best in everyone. In addition to our core program of reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies, we provide art, music, physical education, cooking, and gardening. Students in all grade levels go on field trips throughout the year culminating in a science-based overnight field trip for our fourth and fifth graders.

We build community and self respect daily and at our monthly all-school meetings where we recognize children for positive citizenship traits and celebrate our talents and accomplishments through song, poetry, spoken word, and skits. We practice a positive approach to student development, teaching children to do things the Emerson Way. Our fifth graders learn to contribute to the community by engaging in school service projects such as tutoring in lower grade classrooms and helping in the office, cafeteria, and school yard throughout the year.

In addition to excellent classroom instruction, Emerson has many systems in place to support and enrich our students. Our outstanding  intervention, after school, and tutoring programs provide additional enrichment and support to more than half the student population at Emerson. Our math tutor provides challenge activities to students both during and after school as well as extra support to students who need it. Our intervention teachers and BUILD tutors work with students individually and in small groups to provide extra instruction in reading, writing, and math.  Kids’ World, our on-site after school program, provides homework support as well as a broad range of classes and activities to keep students engaged in the afternoons.  With this level of expertise and support, students do not fall through the cracks at Emerson School.

Finally, we have an enthusiastic parent community whose members volunteer many hours working in classrooms, at events, and on special projects. We are a truly unique community, committed to working and learning together the Emerson Way.


Emerson Elementary was named a California Distinguished School in 2018.

“The teachers at Emerson School have been amazing. My child was challenged and engaged all through his years at the school and I couldn’t be more pleased.”
– Parent of an Emerson Graduate

“My child has had a wonderful learning experience at Emerson. The teachers and tutors have gone above and beyond to meet her needs and build upon her interests and she is thriving under their care.”
– Parent of an Emerson First Grader

Emerson School Information Page
Emerson School Plan 2017-18
SBA Spring Testing Letter 2017
Smarter Balanced Factsheet for Families:
English | Español
Family Guides to the Smarter Balanced Assessment (Bilingüe)
Emerson School Plan 2016-17
Emerson School Plan 2015-16
Emerson School Plan 2014-15
Update on Indoor Air Quality 2013
California Healthy Kids Survey 2012
Program Improvement Letter for 2014-15
Title I, Program Improvement/SES
Emerson PTA Website
School Accountability Report Card 2015-16
School Accountability Report Card 2014-15
School Accountability Report Card 2013-14
API Report
STAR Results
Complaint Forms
Emerson Library Website
Science Blog
Emerson Garden and Nutrition Newsletter
Family Guides To Report Cards
History of Emerson