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Emerson Preparatory School 

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Emerson Preparatory School is a small, distinguished independent high school in the heart of Washington, DC.  In small discussion-based classes, students are constantly encouraged and guided through the processes of critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, and debate.  Our distinctive combination of very small classes and a focused, strictlyacademic curriculum allows for an informal yet intellectually vibrant atmosphere.  Qualified students have the option of taking honors classes, which Emerson offers instead of AP courses. AP exams, however, are available upon request. Faculty-supervised independent study courses are available only to qualified students.

Emerson Preparatory School’s faculty members are gifted discussion leaders and mentors who seek to draw out each student’s individual talents.  Many faculty members hold advanced degrees in their fields, including two doctorates and two doctoral candidacies.  Among the Emerson faculty with bachelor’s degrees, most have completed post-graduate work relevant to their fields.  Emerson instructors design courses and select texts in keeping with their specialties and passions.

At Emerson Preparatory School, students are encouraged to play an active, vital role in their own education.  Meeting with the head of the school, each student discusses his or her academic and intellectual needs, interests, and passions.  The head of the school then meets with faculty and shapes course offerings that best meet student interests and the rigorous academic standards and needs of college-bound students.  The result is a highly collaborative and  personally rewarding learning experience, where students and teachers alike find the original course offerings challenging and full of intellectual pleasure.

The school enrolls fewer than 65 students to preserve a close knit, collegial atmosphere, and maintains a student/faculty classroom ratio of 8:1. As of 2012-2013, students of color comprise the majority of the student body: 48% African or African-American, 6% Hispanic, and 9% Asian or Asian-American. Ten students graduated in 2012, and 19 students are expected to graduate in June 2013.  View a list of 2008-2012 selected schools of matriculation.

With smaller class sizes, Emerson helps students forge close relationships with faculty mentors and with one another, engendering collaboration rather than mere competition.  High value is placed on the pursuit of ideas, academic achievement, social responsibility, constructive problem solving, self-reliance, self-advocacy, and individuality.  Learn more about our principles.

Basic Facts

    Age Range:
    Grade 9 - 12

    Years Established: 1852

    Enrollment: 65

    Tuition: $ 23,000 - $28,000

    Who you serve:
    Co-ed, High School

    Mission/Philosophy
    In small discussion-based classes, students are constantly encouraged and guided through the processes of critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, and debate. Our distinctive combination of very small classes and a focused, strictly academic curriculum allows for an informal yet intellectually vibrant atmosphere. Qualified students have the option of taking honors classes, which Emerson offers instead of AP courses. AP exams, however, are available upon request. Faculty-supervised independent study courses are available only to qualified students.

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