Tradition Of Excellence


Emerson Parkside Academy has gone through a few name changes over the years. Originally the school, which was constructed in 1952, was named Ralph Waldo Elementary School. The Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education named the school after the American essayist, philosopher, poet, and leader of the Transcendentalist Movement, which took place in the 1800s.

About a decade ago, the school’s name was modified to Emerson Parkside Academy. This name reflects a change to focus on a more stringent content standards-based curriculum and mindset. A few years later, Emerson’s name again evolved, after becoming a conversion charter school within the district, to Emerson Parkside Academy Charter School. Then in 2012-13, due to budgetary constraints, Emerson surrendered the charter and returned to Emerson Parkside Academy.  Although the name has changed somewhat over the years, Emerson is still known by its current and past students, parents, teachers, and community members alike to represent a tradition of excellence.

Over 100 years ago Mr. Emerson said, “Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you,” and we are still striving to live up to those words.

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