Mission Statement

Emerson, founded in 1852, is a small, independent, and diverse college preparatory day school for students in grades 9-12.   Our mission is to find a happier and healthier path to a higher education for bright students who thrive in a small and inclusive community.  


Our Program


Emerson's welcoming environment prepares students for college without the stress of unhealthy competition.  We embrace the words of George Barrell Emerson, "Strive not to surpass one another; strive instead to surpass yourselves."   

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Emerson follows a semester-based curriculum in which each 80-minute class, is offered daily and is the credit equivalent of a full-year course.  This structure allows for less hurried classroom exploration, a smaller course load, a smooth transition for mid-year transfer students, and a manageable credit recovery for students who had an interruption in their studies.  


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While most of our students follow the full-time, four-course schedule, in special circumstances we have the flexibility to allow students and families to select the most appropriate type and number of courses that best engage and support the students’ progress at a given time.  The school may also arrange one-on-one individually-paced courses during the academic year or summer term in order to enable students to earn required credits for graduation. One-on-one tutorials, after-school support, and guided independent studies for students with specialized interests are also available.