Our emphasis is on the whole child, with excellent academics, music, art, physical education, poetry, gardening, field trips and community building. Emerson is one of six schools Oakland pioneering Balanced Literacy, and the goal is to get kids reading a ton. Large classroom libraries mean they can pick books based on their interests. The children have choral music and orchestra, art instruction and ceramics, a fabulous library, and a full-time PE Coach, all offered at one of the nicest campuses in Oakland — grass, gardens, and green abound! We also offer an enriching after school program including tutoring, homework assistance, science, fine arts, as well as focused sports activities.