Average years of teacher experience

Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1

Average class size

Lower School
Middle School

39% of students self-identify as students of color

The overall happiness at Emerson has exceeded our expectations. Everyone from the students to staff seem happy and excited every day! That happiness creates a very warm and welcoming learning environment for students and parents.
— Parent survey feedback


Lower School Teachers: 20.7
Middle School Teachers: 17.5
Teachers in Lower School and Middle School: 5
Learning Support and Academic Enrichment: 4.8
After School and Summer Programs: 2.5
Administative Leadership: 3
Admissions and Marketing: 2
Office and Medical: 4
Building & Grounds: 2
Business Office: 3
Development: 2
IT: 1
Percentage of Emerson teachers with advanced degrees


Spent on professional development for faculty and staff

Number of faculty and staff that participated in outside professional development
Students who participated in Band and Orchestra
Students learning the arts at Emerson
We are very pleased with our experience at Emerson so far. One of the things that strikes us is how enthusiastic and happy the teachers are, and it’s clear they have the full support of the administration. The small class sizes are important to us. The music and arts programs are extremely impressive. Our child easily made friends with really great kids with dedicated parents.
— Terence Groening
Lower School and Middle School Science Olympiad participants

Medals earned by students at the Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad

Number of events the Middle School team placed in at tournaments

Middle School Robotics Team 

Two top-six tournament finishes in rookie season

Lower School Robotics Team 

Won Strategy and Innovation Award at State Tournament

Emerson Quiz Bowl teams that went to National Championships
Consecutive years the Emerson Soccer team has won the league championship

  • Barnard College
  • Boston University
  • Carleton College
  • Chapman University
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Michigan State University (3)
  • New England Conservatory
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Rice University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Florida
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan (8)
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Western Michigan University
  • Williams College

  • Brighton (1)
  • Community (7)
  • Cranbrook (1)
  • Dexter (2)
  • Greenhills (6)
  • Huron (1)
  • Pioneer (10)
  • Saline (2)
  • Skyline (10)
  • Washtenaw International High School (6)
  • Washtenaw Technical Middle College (3)
  • Out of state / other (4)

Annual Fund Amount


Number of Gifts


First Time Donors


Percent Participating

Faculty & Staff
Board of Trustees
2017-2018 donor list

Auction Gross


Auction Net


Items Up For Bid


For Financial Aid


Attending Emerson was a transformational experience—something I’m sure many parents here can relate to—and I witnessed my son Marcellin blossom in every direction of academic skill and personal growth. I am eternally grateful to Emerson for this gift because none of it would have been possible for Marcellin if it were not for the financial aid Emerson was able to provide. I am overwhelmed with gratitude every time I drive onto the property. This community’s generosity gave a young man the gift of his future. Thank you.
— Beth Barbeau, Alumni Parent


  • Personnel: 79%
  • Other: 15.5%
  • Facility and Maintenance: 4%
  • Curriculum and Materials: 1.5%


  • Net Tuition: 86%
  • Other: 1%
  • Summer Program: 4%
  • After School Program: 4%
  • Auction: 3%
  • Annual Fund: 2%

Financial Aid Awarded


Emerson is about so much more than academic excellence, which is the reason we originally chose this school. It is a caring community of educators who truly love my children, are passionate about teaching, and inspire a lifelong love of learning. Equally important, Emerson teachers build character in our children by reinforcing values that we teach at home—respect, honesty, inclusion, cooperation, integrity, commitment, compassion, and gratitude. We couldn’t be happier with this outstanding school and the wonderful families who are part of this community.
— Michelle Weaver

To Technology From Bake Sale


To Library From Book Fair


Grants to Orchestra, Quiz Bowl, and P.E.


Guest Speakers at ESPO Meetings
Attendees at ESPO Back-to-School Picnic

Funds Raised by Pizza Lunch (net)


Pizza Slices Served


Special thank you to Jason and Tiffany Beckerleg, Emerson 3rd grade parents and owners of JTB Design, for their generous support in developing this annual report for Emerson School.
— Emerson School