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Top 10 questions about Emerson Academy
Emerson Academy is a private, nonprofit child development center serving children of all abilities ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Each of our classes consists of children with varying abilities, from typically developing children, or children with above-average abilities, to children with special needs. Our child-centered program emphasizes hands-on, literacy-based learning opportunities that promote a lifelong love of learning. Children receive real-world experiences through interactions with small farm animals, gardening, and Music Together. Activities are tailored to meet each child’s unique needs and stages of development.
Monthly tuition is broken down by age groups and abilities/special needs. Please allow our program director to discuss rates with your family. Tuition is due monthly by the 1st day of the month in which your child will be enrolled at Emerson Academy. There is a 10% sibling discount, applied to the tuition of the oldest child. Part-time options are available for children aged 1-12 years.
Emerson Academy is opened Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, all year round. We are closed for the following holidays:
- New Year’s Day (January 1st)
- President’s Day
- Summer Professional Development (1st Friday in May)
- Memorial Day
- 4th of July (or the Monday following)
- Fall Professional Development (the day before RRISD resumes school) Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Thanksgiving Day and the day after
- The week of Christmas
Emerson Academy uses Creative Curriculum® in our classrooms for infants, toddlers, preschool and Pre-K. This comprehensive, research-based program integrates instruction across developmental domains and early learning disciplines. In addition to classroom learning, the children will have the opportunity to participate in various enrichment programs including music, sign language, gardening, and animal care. Music Class with Ms.Amber is also offered for an additional $25/month/family, as well as a music-based bilingual Spanish class that Amber offers for an additional $40/month.
Research has shown that students without disabilities who are educated in inclusive settings have demonstrated improvement in their attitudes toward people unlike themselves. They are more likely to take an increased social responsibility and show greater self-confidence (Staub and Peck, 1995). Children with disabilities benefit from having typically developing peers as language, social and behavior models. Inclusive education teaches all children teamwork and how to interrelate and function together with others of different abilities. They learn to value diversity, see the ability of others to contribute, and it gives children a sense of unity (Kids Together, Inc.©).
The following ratios are standard for each age group at Emerson Academy*:
- Caterpillars (6 weeks-18 mos.) – 1:4 (no more than 8 infants)
- Ants (11-23 mos.) – 1:6/6 (no more than 12 infants/toddlers)
- Butterflies (20-36 mos.) – 1:6/7 (no more than 14 toddlers)
- Bumblebees (2 1/2-4 years) – 1:9 (no more than 16 preschoolers)
- Dragonflies (3 1/2-5 years) – 1:10 (no more than 18 preschoolers)
- Fireflies (4-6 years) – 1:10 (no more than 22 preschoolers)
- Beetles/Camp Emerson (5-13 years) – 1:10 (with additional support as needed)
*We do offer a lower teacher-child ratio for children with special needs. An additional hourly fee for will be added to tuition rates if one-on-one is needed.
All of our teachers have experience working with children of all ages and abilities. Many of our teachers have college degrees and/or certifications in fields related to children, such as Education, Psychology, Social Work, and Child Development. The teachers are trained in child development, first-aid and CPR, and are trained to follow Texas Rising Star guidelines (above and beyond the State Standards) for licensed childcare. Each teacher is also trained in unique aspects of working with children with special needs.
Emerson Academy provides two nutritious snacks a day. Each snack will consist of whole grains, fruit/fruit juice, vegetables, and/or proteins. An example snack would be whole grain Cheerios and milk or veggies with ranch dip. Special diets will be accommodated, but the parents are responsible for providing up to date information on dietary needs. Every child that is eating solid foods should bring a nutritious lunch to school daily. Candy and sugary drinks/sodas will not be served.