John Cho


Before establishing Emerson Latin, John Cho was a teacher for several years to students in Korea preparing to study abroad, in subjects ranging from literature and writing to the SAT and AP. He believes in the value of classical learning as a foundation for academic success in all disciplines and, as a consultant, has mentored students admitted to rigorous programs in both the humanities and the sciences at Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Columbia, and other reputable institutions.




  • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Classics, Philosophy, and Literature from California State University, Long Beach, 2004

  • Finalist for the Commencement 2004 Award, College of Liberal Arts (awarded to the top two students in the graduating class)

  • Humanist (Latin, Greek, Great Books, philosophy, theology, ecclesiology) from the Novitiate and the College of Humanities of the Legionaries of Christ, Connecticut, 2002



Phi Beta Kappa

Inducted May 2004

Founded in 1776 as America’s first, oldest, and most prestigious academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa promotes and celebrates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences with notable members, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Henry James, John Dewey, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Pearl Buck, and both Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt. 17 US presidents, 40 US Supreme Court Justices, and 136 Nobel Laureates have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.


Phi Kappa Phi

Inducted May 2003

Founded in 1897 as America’s most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, Phi Kappa Phi awards membership to the top 10% of seniors and graduate students exhibiting work of quality, leadership, and research advancing human knowledge.


Golden Key International

Inducted April 2003

Founded in 1977 as the world’s oldest collegiate honor society, Golden Key International is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration, and diversity.


American Classical League

Inducted 2019

Founded in 1919, the American Classical League advances the teaching and learning of the Latin and Greek languages, literatures, and cultures and their timeless relevance.