Emerson School

2800 W Bayshore Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94303-0943
Tel: (650)424-1267
Grades: 1-8 | 19 students
ELI’s Emerson School in Palo Alto is a private, nonsectarian institution for students from first grade through eighth grade.
It takes an integrated approach to learning that builds on the classic foundations of Western civilization and addresses the future needs of students and their families. Emerson’s reliance on an individualized pace for the development of basic skills means that individual progress is optimized and, in general, accelerated. Students are typically placed in groups spanning two to three years of age without grade distinctions.
The multiage groupings make possible a program that is customized for each student, thereby accommodating a wide range learning styles and personalities.

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. American Montessori Society (AMS)
Grades Offered Grades 1-8
Year Founded 1983

Student Body

Total Students 19 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Emerson School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 3 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 12 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $1,635
Tuition Notes Monthly tuition stated is for a 9 hour day for students on a 12 month contract.
Admissions Director Linda Paz

School Notes

  • The goal of our teachers is to create an environment that encourages the pursuit of excellence in all facets of a child’s work, to stimulate a sense of curiosity, and to encourage the development of independence and individual responsibility as well as a social conscience. As much as possible, our teachers avoid the role of “sage on stage” who imparts content to students that they can just as easily obtain from books or other sources. Instead, our teachers for the most part act like tutors who float from student to student, checking on progress, ensuring that skill development is continuing, and remediating any problems during the learning process rather than doubling back after a test failure to understand where things went wrong.

Profile last updated: 11/24/2015

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5.0 Stars   05/17/16
We love this school and our kids don't want to leave at the end of the day. The teachers are passionate, the class sizes are small and the teaching is of a high standard. The best part is my kids (9 and 7) are empowered to take responsibility for their learning, something very unique that will help them in the future. Finally, worth mentioning the varied curriculum which includes a daily hour of sport, 3 hours of music, 3 hours of languages and 2 hours of art a week.
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