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Ralph Waldo Emerson Middle School is a middle school in the Los Angeles Unified School District in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, USA. It was designed by famed architect Richard Neutra and was named in honor of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American author, poet, and philosopher.
Emerson is best known for its Performing Arts Academy which offers classes that includes Musical Theater, Stage Design, Costume Design, and Dance.
Neighborhoods served by Emerson Middle include West Los Angeles, Beverly Glen, Beverly Hills Post Office Westwood, Bel-Air, Sawtelle, Benedict Canyon, the Wilshire Corridor , and Holmby Hills. Also included in its service area are canyon neighborhoods adjacent to the city of Beverly Hills; since the neighborhoods are in Los Angeles, the students are not in the Beverly Hills Unified School District boundaries.
Elementary Schools that feed into Emerson include Fairburn Elementary School, , Saturn Elementary School, Warner Avenue Elementary School, Westwood Charter School, Nora Sterry Elementary School, Carthay Elementary School, and Brocton Elementary School. All of these schools are public.
Students have also "permitted in" to Emerson from the following schools, Clover Elementary, Canfield Elementary School, Overland Ave. Elementary School, Richland Elementary School, Castle Heights Elementary, and others.
Students that graduate from Emerson often go to University High School, Hamilton High School, or Venice High School, as the Emerson attendance zone overlaps with the attendance zones of the three high schools
Kathy Gonella was appointed principal in 2007.
Emerson Middle School's main building was designed by architect Richard Neutra in the International Style of Architecture, and built between 1937 and 1938. It is a two-story, steel-framed structure with strong horizontals. The first-floor classrooms have large, 15-foot glass and steel sliding doors that open to extend the spaces to the outside, while the second-floor classrooms have stairs leading to rooftop terraces. Due to its streamlined and clean appearance, "Emerson Middle School was considered a leading example of 1930s Modernism," along with Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater House and Walter Gropius's House. 
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