Emerson Elementary

Summary:

Emerson Elementary is a public elementary school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, serving 207 students from pre-kindergarten to 5th grade. The school is part of the Milwaukee School District, which is ranked 411 out of 424 districts in the state and has a 0-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Emerson Elementary faces significant challenges, with a student population that is predominantly African American (79.23%) and economically disadvantaged, with over 87% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch. The school consistently ranks in the bottom 10% of Wisconsin elementary schools, with academic performance well below the state and district averages across all grade levels and subject areas. Chronic absenteeism is also a major issue, ranging from 27% to 60.2% over the past several years, much higher than the state and district averages. While Emerson Elementary has a relatively high per-student spending of around $18,000, this increased funding does not appear to be translating into improved academic outcomes for the students.

Interestingly, Emerson Elementary's performance is consistently lower than the nearby schools in the Milwaukee School District, such as Lancaster Elementary, Bryant Elementary, and Grantosa Drive Elementary, which also serve predominantly minority and economically disadvantaged student populations but have slightly better academic outcomes and lower chronic absenteeism rates. The combination of high poverty, high chronic absenteeism, and low academic performance suggests that Emerson Elementary faces significant challenges in providing a high-quality education to its students.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 9025 W Lawrence Ave
       Milwaukee, WI  53225-5038


(414) 393-4300

District: Milwaukee School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
1024th of 1,067 Wisconsin Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $18,994 Help


Students who attend Emerson Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    King International Baccalaureate Middle
    Lincoln Middle
    Morse Mid
    Roosevelt Middle
High:    Audubon Technology and Communication High
    Bradley Technology High
    King International
    Milwaukee High School of the Arts
    More...

Student/teacher ratio:  14.0 Help
Number of students:  207

Racial breakdown:

African American:
79.2%
Two or more races:
9.2%
Hispanic:
6.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  88.4% Help


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Compare Details Emerson Elementary ranks worse than 96% of elementary schools in Wisconsin. It also ranks 67th among 106 ranked elementary schools in the Milwaukee School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 4.05. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (79.2%), two or more races (9.2%), Hispanic (6.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 88.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Emerson Elementary is 14, which is the 23rd best among 106 elementary schools in the Milwaukee School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Emerson Elementary is $18,994, which is the 12th highest among 106 elementary schools in the Milwaukee School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Emerson Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Emerson Elementary 1024th of 1067 Wisconsin public elementary schools. (See Emerson Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Milwaukee School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Milwaukee School District 411th of 424 Wisconsin school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Emerson Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Emerson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 34.82 482nd 633 23.9%
2005 22.91 524th 632 17.1%
2006 21.77 602nd 712 15.4%
2008 23.62 889th 1021 12.9%
2009 4.31 994th 1030 3.5%
2010 6.82 998th 1045 4.5%
2011 10.57 978th 1046 6.5%
2012 5.40 991st 1045 5.2%
2013 2.91 1023rd 1053 2.8%
2014 4.64 1006th 1061 5.2%
2015 11.37 969th 1076 9.9%
2016 7.22 987th 1075 8.2%
2017 6.21 989th 1071 7.7%
2018 4.02 972nd 1025 5.2%
2019 2.75 1008th 1037 2.8%
2021 4.11 1014th 1050 3.4%
2022 4.35 1007th 1067 5.6%
2023 4.05 1024th 1067 4.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Emerson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.67 622nd 721 13.7%
2019 16.70 683rd 742 8.0%
2021 20.29 649th 746 13.0%
2022 13.92 729th 748 2.5%
2023 11.67 762nd 770 1.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Emerson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 5.49 944th 997 5.3%
2019 2.92 979th 1002 2.3%
2021 3.61 994th 1004 1.0%
2022 4.80 968th 1017 4.8%
2023 6.49 949th 1010 6.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Emerson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 5.49 946th 997 5.1%
2019 4.30 964th 1002 3.8%
2021 8.26 924th 1003 7.9%
2022 5.56 958th 1017 5.8%
2023 4.22 973rd 1011 3.8%
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Rank History for African American students at Emerson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 23.03 140th 161 13.0%
2021 41.11 74th 141 47.5%
2022 40.62 69th 133 48.1%
2023 34.46 84th 138 39.1%
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Data source: test scores: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for Emerson Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 134 165 3 3 1 n/a n/a 0 306
1989 122 191 2 6 3 n/a n/a 0 324
1990 100 191 0 3 3 n/a n/a 0 297
1991 104 172 0 2 4 n/a n/a 0 282
1992 99 157 1 2 4 n/a n/a 0 263
1993 105 155 1 2 3 n/a n/a 0 266
1994 103 164 3 3 2 n/a n/a 0 275
1995 105 162 7 7 3 n/a n/a 0 284
1996 105 162 7 7 3 n/a n/a 0 284
1997 96 186 17 8 4 n/a n/a 0 311
1998 66 188 17 10 4 n/a n/a 0 285
1999 70 187 20 8 2 n/a n/a 0 287
2000 56 177 27 14 2 n/a n/a 0 276
2001 41 163 23 10 2 n/a n/a 0 239
2002 31 168 22 11 1 n/a n/a 0 233
2003 31 168 22 11 1 n/a n/a 0 233
2004 31 164 22 11 1 n/a n/a 0 229
2005 29 165 15 14 1 n/a n/a 0 224
2006 32 169 16 14 1 n/a n/a 0 232
2007 29 157 13 11 1 n/a n/a 0 211
2008 30 162 11 11 0 n/a n/a 0 214
2009 27 170 12 8 0 n/a n/a 0 217
2010 24 192 7 5 0 n/a n/a 0 228
2011 22 182 11 7 1 0 0 0 223
2012 22 171 14 10 0 0 2 0 219
2013 22 196 20 14 1 0 4 0 257
2014 18 194 18 16 0 0 4 0 250
2015 13 211 15 13 1 0 2 0 255
2016 14 183 8 20 0 1 6 0 232
2017 11 213 17 16 0 1 15 0 273
2018 11 208 18 12 0 1 10 0 260
2019 8 212 14 11 1 1 8 0 255
2020 6 202 12 9 0 1 2 0 232
2021 2 182 18 6 0 1 8 0 217
2022 1 165 16 8 0 1 13 0 204
2023 1 164 9 13 0 1 19 0 207

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Emerson Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 306 16.0 19.1 54.6
1989 324 17.0 19.0 54.3
1990 297 18.0 16.5 55.9
1991 282 18.0 15.6 53.2
1992 263 17.0 15.4 52.9
1993 266 15.8 16.8 67.7
1994 275 15.4 17.9 65.8
1995 284 16.2 17.5 65.8
1996 284 16.2 17.5 65.8
1997 311 16.2 19.2 65.6
1998 285 19.2 14.8 64.2
1999 287 17.7 16.2 73.2
2000 276 18.1 15.2 71
2001 239 20.9 11.4 69
2002 233 19.1 12.2 84.5
2003 233 19.1 12.2 84.5
2004 229 18.0 12.7 83.4
2005 224 17.0 13.2 n/a
2006 232 19.0 12.2 n/a
2007 211 15.0 14.1 85.8
2008 214 15.0 14.3 87.9
2009 217 16.4 13.2 83.9
2010 228 14.0 16.2 81.6
2011 223 17.0 13.1 86.5
2012 219 12.5 17.5 85.8
2013 257 17.7 14.4 87.9
2014 250 19.5 12.7 84.4
2015 255 n/a n/a 87.5
2016 232 15.0 15.4 79.7
2017 273 17.7 15.4 89
2018 260 10.8 23.9 88.5
2019 255 18.0 14.1 81.2
2020 232 16.3 14.2 95.7
2021 217 14.9 14.5 94
2022 204 15.8 12.8 87.3
2023 207 14.7 14.0 88.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Emerson Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 306 16.0 19.1 54.6
1989 324 17.0 19.0 54.3
1990 297 18.0 16.5 55.9
1991 282 18.0 15.6 53.2
1992 263 17.0 15.4 52.9
1993 266 15.8 16.8 67.7
1994 275 15.4 17.9 65.8
1995 284 16.2 17.5 65.8
1996 284 16.2 17.5 65.8
1997 311 16.2 19.2 65.6
1998 285 19.2 14.8 64.2
1999 287 17.7 16.2 73.2
2000 276 18.1 15.2 71
2001 239 20.9 11.4 69
2002 233 19.1 12.2 84.5
2003 233 19.1 12.2 84.5
2004 229 18.0 12.7 83.4
2005 224 17.0 13.2 n/a
2006 232 19.0 12.2 n/a
2007 211 15.0 14.1 85.8
2008 214 15.0 14.3 87.9
2009 217 16.4 13.2 83.9
2010 228 14.0 16.2 81.6
2011 223 17.0 13.1 86.5
2012 219 12.5 17.5 85.8
2013 257 17.7 14.4 87.9
2014 250 19.5 12.7 84.4
2015 255 n/a n/a 87.5
2016 232 15.0 15.4 79.7
2017 273 17.7 15.4 89
2018 260 10.8 23.9 88.5
2019 255 18.0 14.1 81.2
2020 232 16.3 14.2 95.7
2021 217 14.9 14.5 94
2022 204 15.8 12.8 87.3
2023 207 14.7 14.0 88.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Emerson Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,472 (15.0%) $14,035 (85.0%) $16,508
2020 $2,541 (15.1%) $14,321 (84.9%) $16,862
2021 $3,427 (18.0%) $15,567 (82.0%) $18,994

Data source: Wisconsin Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Emerson Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1008th of 1037 Elementary schoolsRanks 1024th of 1067 Elementary schools
 1.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Emerson Elementary)8.811.1
 2.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Milwaukee School District)16.413.2
 3.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)39.537.9
 1.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Emerson Elementary)2.911.1
 8.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Milwaukee School District)21.216.9
 4.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)50.548.8
 1.7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Emerson Elementary)5.60
 5.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Milwaukee School District)18.517.5
 1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)43.945.8
 1.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Emerson Elementary)2.80
 2.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Milwaukee School District)16.412.7
 3.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)46.246.5
 0.2%
4th Grade Social Studies (Emerson Elementary)19.40
 19.4%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Milwaukee School District)24.128.3
 4.2%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Wisconsin)53.459.7
 6.4%
4th Grade Science (Emerson Elementary)11.14.8
 6.3%
   4th Grade Science (Milwaukee School District)21.819.3
 2.5%
   4th Grade Science (Wisconsin)53.952.1
 1.8%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Emerson Elementary)6.36.9
 0.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Milwaukee School District)16.514.1
 2.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)40.939.2
 1.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (Emerson Elementary)3.16.9
 3.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Milwaukee School District)18.214.9
 3.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)47.848.4
 0.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students255207
 18.8%
African American212164
 22.6%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian149
 35.7%
Hispanic1113
 18.2%
Pacific Islander11
White81
 87.5%
Two or More Races819
 137.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients81.2%88.4%
 7.2%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 207 students attended Emerson Elementary.

Students at Emerson Elementary are 79% African American, 9% Two or more races, 6% Hispanic, 4% Asian.

Emerson Elementary ranks in the bottom 4.0% of Wisconsin elementary schools.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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