Comments from some of our parents, students, teachers, and alumni
Eldorado Emerson is a school where the teachers really care about their students.
The teachers really know each student and what they need scholastically. It's a
school where kids come and feel loved and safe.
At Eldorado Emerson, our children have learned faster and with a rekindled love
of learning. My husband and I love the close attention paid to individual needs,
strengths and areas of challenge. This school fosters a proactive approach to building
life-long learners by promoting encouragement rather than criticism, lauding children
for their gifts while respectfully guiding them through rough areas - until they
Eldorado Emerson is a great campus because it respects all children and provides
a supportive and positive environment for learning and development.
I wanted to thank you for all you've done for Kyla and for me. Kyla has been attending
the 3rd grade at Eldorado Emerson for over three months now. You've worked with
her gently and rekindled her love of learning. She's the one who tells me to hurry
so she won't miss Art (a course cut out of the public school's curriculum). She's
the one who pouts when she can't go to E-Club (she loves the P.E. teacher, and her
PE teacher at the public school was cut). She's devouring books now (her librarian
at the public school has had her hours cut). She adores drama and music, subjects
she never had in public school. I'm sure you have heard hundreds of wonderful stories
from your parents and students, but I just wanted to add one more. Thank you again
for helping my precious child and for welcoming us into your family.
MagiLex pre-school is a fantastic, educational environment. We looked at a lot of
schools and none quite compared. Kalee was reading at age 3 and loves math and music,
all of which was fostered from the loving, encouraging teachers that she has had
here. Our daughter loves it and has learned so much, we can't wait for our son to
experience it too!
The atmosphere at Eldorado Emerson is of creativity and friends, and is instantly
experienced every time you walk through the front door and are greeted by staff
and students alike, as you head through the beautiful garden, over the bridge at
the pond, checking in on the turtles on your way to your classroom.
What I gained from Eldorado Emerson: I gained the ability not to judge anyone based
on any factor, albeit race, religion, handicap etc. I do remember that we had a
Persian student in the middle of the revolution in Iran and the Hostage Crisis,
he was treated with respect and as an individual (my husband had a different experience
at his schools when he came at the same time), in fact I do not even remember knowing
his race, except from him. I gained the confidence in myself to stand up for what
I believe in as well as the confidence not to let others judgment of me affect me
For Alex, my son, as the second generation he gained the confidence to accept new
people as well. He has continued to be the one in his class to befriend any student
who is in need of a friend and pull them into the main group of kids. He also told
me that he feels confident. Mrs. Rodriguez used to let him "teach" dinosaur
school in pre-school, this has lead to him becoming a main speaker in the assemblies
at his current school in Dubai in which there are over 1,000 students. I forgot
a side note: one of my best friends that I met at UCI went to Eldorado Emerson.
We had an instant bond, her confidence is out of this world as well and we had no
idea that we had this common bond of a tiny school, in Orange. Somehow Eldorado
Emerson alums end up together, I met one more student that had attended Eldorado
Emerson at UCI, out of 17,000 students at the time it is funny we somehow found
The atmosphere at Eldorado Emerson is one of creativity and growth. It is where
caring teachers in small classes are able to teach each child with their individual
learning style in mind. Eldorado Emerson is not just a school; it is a foundation
for a great future of learning. Thanks for our great school!
Your school is wonderful and my son really enjoys going there and has made it a
joy instead of a dread as it is for so many kids.
My life's work has been with and for gifted children. As a teacher I am privileged
to lead children through the paths and patterns of learning to read, to write, to
count and to discover. Daily I watch as children "catch on" to new concepts.
My effort is directed toward helping every child succeed every day. With suitable
materials, with encouragement, and with praise, there will be success.
I never felt challenged in public school. It felt as though I wasn't reaching my
full potential. When my parents found Emerson, I was ecstatic because I finally
felt that I would excel and grow in ways that public school didn't offer. I still
see my old friends and I've made some lasting bonds this first semester here. I
love everyone, the students, teachers, everyone in the office and even the parents!
I love the garden because all the flowers have wonderful colors. I love the teachers
because they are extremely nice. In fact, I like the whole school and everything
Eldorado Emerson means smaller classes. It means better art projects. It means more
fun and better lunches.
I think the biggest asset of Emerson is its family-like atmosphere. Many people
have a misconception that the small size of Emerson would hurt their chance of going
to and excelling in college. However, being in a small close-knit community allowed
me to interact more closely with my teachers and become more involved with school
activities. Teachers at Emerson also were very passionate about education and supportive
of their students. My years at Emerson really helped me prepare for my work and
life here at Johns Hopkins. Moreover, I am confident that experiences that I had
at Emerson guide me through school and my career for years to come.
I attended Eldorado Emerson from 1966 to 1971 - from the second grade thru the 6th.
Family circumstances - including a long bus ride from Newport Beach - meant I couldn't
I didn't realize how much of a change it would be. Now, I was in what everyone said
was one of the best school districts in the country - Newport Mesa. But it was a
completely different experience. I went from loving school to hating it - actually
throwing up nearly every morning on the way.
I graduated near the top of my class at Newport Harbor. But by that time I was so
completely sick of school that I didn't want to go to college. A chance meeting
with my third grade teacher - Mrs. Petty - was the only reason I went. She convinced
me that students in College actually wanted to be there - just like in her classroom.
Because of that one conversation I went to OCC, transferred to UCI and got a BA,
went to grad school at UCLA and got two masters. I found the love of learning I'd
lost, surrounded by water polo bullies and stoned-out nihilists. I've now written
and produced film and television, designed and manufactured my own airplanes. Today
I'm a manager in Homeland Security at a major aerospace corporation. I have an 18-month-old
daughter, my first.
She'll be going to Eldorado Emerson. I'm just sorry she won't have Mrs. Petty.
It is interesting to do web searches on my Eldorado Emerson friends and find a professor
of astrophysics at Caltech and a professor of neurology in Mississippi among the
folks I used to play hide-and-seek with in the fort on the playground. It leaves
a humble family physician feeling, well, humble.
I'm a professional television writer and the English classes, creative writing classes
and imaginative ways of thinking I learned at Eldorado Emerson are skills I still
use every day in my work. I attended Eldorado Emerson over 30 years ago for my last
3 years of high school. It literally saved my life, as I was "drowning"
in a public school with 40 students to a class and no individual attention. There
was also the fact that, as one of the "smart students", I was a social
outcast, so there was no place to turn for respite.
Once I got to Eldorado Emerson, my world turned around. I got the individual attention
I needed, which helped me understand math – a skill that had long eluded me. I also
received some of the best English and creative writing classes I had ever experienced,
which helped me hone my talents and nurture my self-esteem. I have written specials
and sitcoms for CBS, NBC, ABC, Showtime and Nickelodeon… yet, one of my proudest
achievements is still the First Place Ribbon in Creative Writing for the City of
Orange that I received while at Eldorado Emerson.
I also will never forget the "hands-on" type of learning we did. We once
went to hear Eldridge Cleaver, at the time, the head of the Black Panther Party,
debate some other speakers at UC Irvine. Then the next day, we brought in all the
newspapers and compared their coverage of the event to our experience of it. We
were shocked at how differently the "media" portrayed it… pumping up and
sensationalizing some things we felt were very ordinary events. This is just one
example of how we were given a chance to fully experience the world.
I was trying to explain my education to someone the other day. It's a special way
of thinking that's nurtured at Eldorado Emerson. They don’t just let kids "pass"
and move on. They let you discover what's special and unique about you… and they
give you a way to look at the world that will stay with you forever. I can’t recommend
the school enough. I wish they had an Eldorado Emerson in Los Angeles so that many
of my friends who have children struggling in school could find this oasis of learning.