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The Shakespeare Initiative

A goal at Emerson is to have all students learn and read Shakespeare in their ELA classes each year for their three years at Emerson.  In addition to reading his plays, students will put on performances, participate in Renaissance Fairs, and do a variety of activities to deepen their critical thinking skills and understanding.  This early exposure to complex text will develop our students' literacy and thinking skills in preparation for high school and beyond.


Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective academic development program. MESA engages thousands of educationally disadvantaged students so they excel in math and science and graduate with math-based degrees. MESA partners with all segments of California higher education as well as K-12 institutions.  MESA strives to do the following:

  • Challenges students with rigorous academics.
  • Actively involves industry in its activities and strategic planning.
  • Ensures that college prerequisites, transfer requirements and graduation requirements are successfully fulfilled.
  • Builds supportive communities to encourage academic success.
  • Teaches collaborative learning techniques that help reinforce key concepts.
  • Provides professional development for math and science teachers.

At Emerson, the MESA program is supported by the University California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and will prepare students for college by teaching engineering and math through hands-on student-created projects.  Students will enter their projects into competitions.

The MESA Wesbite

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Speech and Debate

Emerson offers a Speech and Debate team that competes in tournaments sponsored by the Southern California Middle School Speech and Debate League.  The team competes in areas like humorous interpretation, duet, poetry interpretation, impromptu, and declamation.  The team has won multiple top honors in competitions across Southern California.  Their numerous trophies can be seen in Emerson's trophy case. Click here.

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Comparable to Student Council, Leadership students are role models in academics and behavior.  As student mentors they not only lead the morning announcements, but help facilitate school events like Back to School Night, Parent Conferences, plays, potlucks etc.

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Panther Sports

Emerson offers a variety of sports teams such as Girls Volleyball, and Boys/Girls Flag Football, Basketball, Soccer, Track, and Softball.  Emerson's sports teams are award-winning, and their numerous trophies can be viewed in Emerson's trophy case.

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