Emerson Elementary

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Features at a glance

Special Olympics program

A quality preschool school

Parent involvement programs, including a parent center

Supports for LGBTQIA students, including a GSA club

Wellness programs and onsite wellness coordinator

Safe and inclusive anti-bullying leadership programs

Before and after school care

Additional Visual and Performing Arts clubs, partnerships, and opportunities

Gifted and Talented Education

Our school boasts nearly a century of tradition. It spreads across two campuses in South San Diego near San Diego Bay. We focus on the foundations of education, literacy and mathematics. To encourage our literacy focus we keep classroom libraries continually updated, to fuel student intellectual thirst. Many of our students arrive here still striving for fluency in English. We work hard to ensure they graduate fully fluent and with stronger academic performance, for we focus on helping all students reach their full potential.

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

The GATE program supports high-achieving and underachieving pupils who are identified as gifted and talented. By state definition, gifted students are pupils who possess a capacity for excellence far beyond that of their chronological peers. This capacity includes many and varied characteristics that require modifications of curriculum and instruction. These modifications form the basis of gifted and talented educational services.
To learn more, visit the district's Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) page.

English Learner Programs

Structured English Immersion (SEI)

English Learners with lower levels of English proficiency are assigned to the SEI program. SEI provides instruction, textbooks, and materials mostly or only in English and includes sequential ELD instruction, access to core curriculum through SDAIE strategies, and--in select cases--primary language support. All district schools provide the SEI program.


Mainstream English Cluster (MEC)

This enriched English program is designed for English Learners who are at higher levels of English language proficiency. English Learners at or above the intermediate level of English language proficiency are assigned to the MEC program, unless they have been approved for bilingual placement. MEC provides instruction, textbooks, and materials in English only. Students are clustered in grade-level classrooms that include native and fluent speakers of English. English Learner students may remain in the program until all criteria have been met for reclassification as "fluent English proficient." All district schools provide the MEC program.

Volunteer-based Academic Programs

In addition to the standard district curriculum, students benefit from additional volunteer-based programs.

School Building

Reading is Fundamental

Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. prepares and motivates children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most. Currently, 64 schools in the San Diego Unified School District participate. To learn more, visit the national Reading is Fundamental website.

Breakfast in the classroom

Emerson-Bandini is one of more than 46 schools to participate in the Breakfast in the Classroom program. With Breakfast in the Classroom students start their day eating a nutritious breakfast, right at their desks to give them the boost they need to be ready to learn. Students become part of the program and are given the responsibility of picking up, serving, and cleaning up breakfast.


PrimeTime Program

PrimeTime provides academic support and enrichment activities before and/or after school for students at the elementary and middle school level at 133 school sites. These services are available at no cost to participating families through the After School Education and Safety (ASES) state grant funds.

Contact us


Emerson Elementary
3510 Newton Ave
San Diego,CA92113