Emerson Elementary-Middle School

18240 Huntington Road, Detroit MI, 48219-2800

Phone: (313) 831-9689 • Fax: (313) 831-9699

Principal: Brenda Carethers

About Us

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm “~Ralph Waldo Emerson

School Brochure

Emerson School, which houses grades Preschool through 8th grade, was named after Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist philosopher, poet and supporter of abolitionism.  Emerson teachers instruct with enthusiasm to create a spark and zest for learning among our students.  In 2009 Emerson was restructured, resulting in a newly selected principal, Brenda Carethers and over 75% new instructional staff.  The staff at Emerson implements a rigorous curriculum while maintaining a safe and nurturing environment enriched with a plethora of science and technological opportunities.  Emerson’s instructional staff continuously collects, monitors and reflects upon data to ensure each students educational needs are met.  Emerson has made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) for three consecutive years.

Emerson also has an added focus on technology and science integration into the district’s curriculum.  The school is housed on a two building campus, located in the northwest area of the city adjacent to Milan Park.

School of the Week: Emerson Elementary-Middle School

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.“ ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A strong academic program with just the right mixture of technology and art are the perfect ingredients to produce an award-winning curriculum, according to Emerson Elementary-Middle School Principal Brenda Carethers.

Emerson Elementary-Middle School, a two-building facility housing grades Pre-K-8, was named after Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, philosopher, poet and supporter of abolitionism. When Carethers took the role as principal in 2009, she put the school into a reconstruction phase with more than 75 percent new staff members. As part of the reconstruction period, Carethers implemented a three-year academic plan with a new focus on integrated learning in areas including science, technology and art.

Known for its unique, in-school Butterfly Greenhouse, Emerson students are offered STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) opportunities beginning at the Pre-K level. Both school buildings are fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology in every room. Emerson has a media center, iPads, laptops, Promethean/SMART interactive whiteboards, multimedia projectors, document cameras, laser printers and scanners in order to maximize student engagement and achievement.

“Our students are exposed to blended learning which utilizes traditional learning with technology. This component is important and acts as a visual piece, which I find is most impactful to our students,” Carethers said.

Because of Emerson’s heavy focus on technology and science – and involvement in programs including Robotics, A World in Motion and Think Green – many Emerson students have set high standards to pursue the most unique careers.

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Our Vision

Our vision is to create a “Professional Learning Community” that promotes academic excellence and technological skills for all students.

Our Mission

In a “Professional Learning Community” with highly qualified staff, our students will achieve academic excellence.  Cooperation, collaboration, technology, and high expectations for all stakeholders will be the platform used to prepare our students to achieve in an ever changing global society.

Our Belief Statement

We believe:

  • through partnerships with all stakeholders, teachers, parents, students, and the community, educational success will be achieved.  Students come to us with many different experiences and backgrounds.
  • all children have personal value and can succeed, despite outside circumstances.
  • children can experience success and grow where they are and with the proper supports, will be able to further develop those experiences.
  • that under the guidance of sound instruction and an environment conducive to teaching and learning, all children can achieve academic excellence.

 Emerson Offers

  • An emphasis on science and technology which adds rigor to the DPS curriculum
  • Classrooms equipped with state of the art technology (Promethean/SMART interactive whiteboards, multimedia projectors document cameras, laser printer and scanners ) in order to maximize student engagement and achievement
  • A Language Arts program enriched with in-depth novel study, vocabulary instruction and a focus on mastering comprehension of all genres of text
  • R.I.F. Reading is Fundamental book Giveaways
  • Family Math and Science Nights
  • Active L.S.C.O.  and Parent Workshops
  • Research-based instructional best practices that include team teaching and differentiated instruction and use of the Response to Intervention (RtI) process
  • Robotics  program-participating in Lawrence Technological University’s annual Robofest
  • STARBASE Program  at Selfridge ANG Base
  • Butterfly Greenhouse
  • Recycle Program (2010 Recycle Here winner)
  • Technology access in every classroom via Interactive White Boards, desktop and laptop computer that enhance data driven instruction
  • Outdoor Classroom & Community Gardening
  • An ongoing paper recycle program in partnership with Recycle Here with support from the Edinborough Block Club
  • Future Cities Program Sponsored by Society of Automotive Engineers and GM
  • Schools of the 21st Century Afterschool Program
  • World in Motions Program in conjunction with SAE and GM
  • Community Resources and Partnerships:  Mobile Dentist, The Gift of Sight and City Year Corp Members and Greening of Detroit

High Quality Pre-Kindergarten

We offer a high quality early learning experience for special needs and general education students 4 years of age by November 1. Detroit Public Schools’ Pre-K classroom curriculum is aligned with the National Early Childhood Standards and Michigan State Board of Education’s Early Childhood Standards of Quality.

More information about Pre-K Programs

About the Principal

Brenda Carethers brings to Emerson over 22 years of professional experience as an educator, having served as a classroom teacher before becoming a school administrator.  Mrs. Carethers has a depth of experience in transforming school environments, which has resulted in increased student academic achievement.

Uniform Requirements

Elementary: Girls and Boys:  Light blue or white blouse/shirt (Polo shirts are permitted, no other form of t-shirts are permitted), blue or black skirt, jumpers, pants (blue jeans are not uniform attire).  During hot weather, blue or black shorts at the knee.
Middle School: Boys and Girls:  Red or white blouse/shirt (Polo shirts are permitted.  No other form of t-shirts).  Khaki skirt, jumpers, and pants.  During hot weather, shorts at the knee are permitted.

Bell Schedule

  Morning Afternoon Half Day
Mon–Thur 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 10:45 AM
Friday 7:30 AM 1:50 PM