Emerson Peabody is a fictional school made up by V. C. Andrews for the book Dawn. It is located in Richmond, Virginia. The school has dorms for students to stay in until each semester ends. Rich families, such as the Cutler Family, send their kids, Clara Sue and Philip Cutler to Emerson Peabody. Dawn and Jimmy Longchamp only attended the school because their father, Ormand Longchamp, worked as the janitor. During Dawn and Jimmy's attendance at Emerson, both were treated harshly and looked down on because of their poverty.