Award Year: 2015

Emerson Elementary School

119 South Woodlawn Street
Wheaton, IL, 60187-4746

(630) 682-2055

Ms. Debra Lynn Klein, Principal at time of Nomination

Wheaton-Warrenville Community Unit School District 200

School Website


Emerson School fosters student success through a nurturing and academically challenging environment. Students, staff and community collaborate to provide a safe structured environment of excellence.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 73%
  • Hispanic: 13%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Kindergarten students emulate their favorite artists during a school-wide project.

Kindergarten students emulate their favorite artists during a school-wide project.

Emerson Elementary School is located in Wheaton, Illinois. It is tucked in a warm and welcoming neighborhood and is referred to as “The Hidden Treasure.” The school prides itself on building relationships and celebrating learning. The staff and students have committed themselves to supporting each other along the educational journey. Emerson honors the partnership of families and the community in ensuring that all students reach their greatest potential!

Emerson is the the second smallest of the thirteen elementary buildings in the district. The demographics of the school continue to change. The number of students who speak a language other than English fluctuates; nineteen different languages are spoken. The mobility rate increases weekly; Emerson is a neighbor to a local homeless shelter. Although the profile of the student continues to change, some things remain constant. Emerson sets high achievement standards and expects students to achieve great things through collaboration, creativity, and compassion.

Emerson students are encouraged to make a difference in their community. They keep the school grounds clean and contribute towards monthly collections for the local Ronald McDonald House. Students raise funds for pediatric brain cancer by running a 5K on Thanksgiving or participating in an event for St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Emerson student council focuses on safety, academics, and wellness. They design opportunities for all students to make a positive impact on the school and community. They are buddies for kids struggling with social skills and tutor the youngest students. Emerson students take pride in themselves and their school.