Below is information for 2018-2019 enrollment.

For 2019-2020 enrollment information, check back here around January 11, 2019.

Enrollment Process

Information Night:  
Tuesday, February 20, 2018; 5:30-6:30 at the First Unitarian Church
(1011 SW 12th Avenue, Portland. Cross streets are SW 12th & Salmon)
Read the FAQ's from Information Night
Read the Information Night Packet

Open House:
Tuesday, March 20, 2018; 4:00-5:00 at The Emerson School
(105 NW Park Avenue, Portland. Cross streets are NW Park & Couch)

Application, Information Night, Open House, Lottery, Waiting List

The first step is to decide if The Emerson School is a good choice for your child.  Read about our program, review the Frequently Asked Questions, and if you want more information please attend the Information Night and Open House. 

If The Emerson School looks like a good educational option for your family, the next step is to submit an application.

Click here to complete a Google form application and submit online. 

There is no preference given to those who apply early, but you must submit the application by the deadline in March. Be sure to fill out the application entirely and legibly. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application within two weeks of our receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation email within that timeframe, it is your responsibility to contact us to verify we have received the application (email to

You are invited to attend the Information Night and the Open House to meet some of the school staff and hear more about our program. There is a brief question and answer time at the Information Night, and you will see classrooms and meet teachers at the Open House. (Please note: Info Night and Open House are events that are geared towards parents/adults. No childcare service is provided. Children are welcome to join you, if needed, but will need to sit with you during the meetings.) Once you have submitted your application and attended the events, wait for the results of the lottery to be emailed to you. If you are selected for the incoming kindergarten class, there will be a Kindergarten Round-Up in May for those who will be in the incoming class (and the first five children on the waiting list).

If you have applied for grades 1-5, you will be automatically placed on the waiting list until we know of an opening. Often this isn’t until well into summer, so be aware there may be no further opportunity to visit the school, meet teachers or ask questions if you don’t attend the Open House.

If you are placed on the waiting list, you will be notified of your position on the list and we will call you if there is an opening for your child. While we are happy to answer any further questions you have at that time, you will need to be prepared to make a quick decision regarding enrolling at The Emerson School. Due to staff constraints, we will not offer additional tours if you missed the Open House or Information Night. 

Thank you for considering The Emerson School. We are looking forward to receiving your child’s application!

Applications are due Thursday, March 15, 2018 by 5:00pm.

Results will be sent on or before April 6, 2018.

The Board and employees of The Emerson School have a common commitment to the equality of opportunity for all.  The Emerson School is an equal opportunity organization that does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, national origin, or mental or physical disability.

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We are a welcoming, inclusive learning community committed to equity for all students. In addition to comprehensive literacy and mathematics instruction, students are actively engaged through project-based learning using the outside community as an extension of the classroom. Learn more about us.

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