In the heart of the Albuquerque’s international district is where Emerson Elementary School is located. Emerson Elementary School’s motto is “Many Languages, One Emerson” exemplifying how the school community validates the multiple languages spoken by its students and families. Emerson Elementary School’s learning principles are based on SOAR. These are Show Respect, Offer Kindness, Act Responsibly and Reach for Success. Emerson Elementary School’s mission is to create a safe, respectful environment where students are empowered to be responsible and risk-taking learners. Through cooperative efforts, staff, students, and families promote life-long learning and provide for individual needs.
Emerson Elementary School implements a dual language program model that promotes an inquiry-based learning approach supported by Language Arts Units of Study curriculum and a Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD). With the leadership of Denise Brigman and Antonio Medina, the school is committed to supporting its dual language staff by providing a monthly opportunity for bilingual teachers to collaborate and study biliteracy planning through a professional learning community and book study. Emerson Elementary School received a school grade of C, with an A in the category of Student Growth of Lowest Performing Students as well as in the category of Opportunity to Learn.