Emerson Preparatory School

Emerson, founded in 1852, is a small, independent, and diverse college preparatory day school for students in grades 9-12. Emerson's welcoming environment prepares students for college without the unhealthly competition.
We embrace the words of George Barrell Emerson, "Strive no to surpass on another; strive instead to surpass yourselves.".

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.AIMSMDDC (Assoc. of independent Maryland and DC Schools)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded1852
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students41 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 46%
Students by Grade Emerson Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size8 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$29,000
Admissions DirectorJon Shickler
Admissions AssociateAndrea Reinhart


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
and ACLU Club, Anime Club, Games Club, Student Council, Yeabook

School Notes

  • Emerson Preparatory School began in 1852 as the Emerson Institute, a school to prepare local boys for attendance at Harvard.  Emerson was named after George Barrell Emerson, a progressive thinker in women's education and cousin of Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Early Emerson graduates include three-time Civil War Medal of Honor recipient James Madison Cutts, and Buck and Jesse Root Grant, sons of President Ulysses S. Grant.   
  • Emerson evolved to become a more inclusive college preparatory school, as Washington`s first co-ed preparatory school in 1920.  After World War II, in 1946 Emerson adopted its current half-year, full-credit academic term system, modeled after the British system of secondary education.  Today Emerson welcomes a diverse student body from all parts of DC, suburban Maryland and Virginia, and the international community and prepares them in a healthier way for colleges and universities throughout the United States and the world.  
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  • Washington
    Grades: NS-12 | 896 students
    2.2 miles
    3100 Macomb Street NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    (202) 243-1800
    2.2 NS-12
  • Washington
    Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 492 students
    2.2 miles
    1524 35th St NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    (202) 337-3350
    2.2 9-12
  • Bladensburg
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    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 590 students
    6.5 miles
    5715 Emerson Street
    Bladensburg, MD 20710
    (301) 864-4532
    6.5 9-12
  • Washington
    Grades: 9-12 | 500 students
    2.2 miles
    4300 Harewood Rd Ne
    Washington, DC 20017
    (202) 529-0200
    2.2 9-12
  • Washington
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    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: PK-12 | 372 students
    2.1 miles
    2001 Wisconsin Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    (202) 829-3700
    2.1 PK-12

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Emerson has enabled my student to express himself freely, excel academically, and grow personally. The quality of the teachers is outstanding. They are true professional and humanitarian who care about the students. The music department at Emerson has been an excellent opportunity for my student to collaborate and lead.
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The average private school tuition in Washington, DC is $20,047 for elementary schools and $29,208 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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