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When It Comes to Choosing a School in Oakland, Kno...

When It Comes to Choosing a School in Oakland, Knowledge is Power

From left to right: Anaya Nassor, Ayanfe Durham and Brenda Hudson.
By Dirk Tillotson

Where you send your child to school is one of the most important decisions you can make.

The new school quality data released by the state shows several public schools making great progress with Oakland children.
But before I get to the schools showing the most progress, let me offer a disclaimer.
No number can fully capture a school’s story of success. So take these insights as starting points and do your homework.
Now is the time to research and apply to schools in open enrollment.
All of the information below can be found on the Oakland Unified School District’s website.
We have never had more options, easier ways to enroll, or more information about schools, so we need make the best choices we can.
Check out this list of schools making significant gains in English language arts, math and graduation rates, as well as those that stand out for serving Black (+) and Latino* students exceptionally well:

Elementary schools gaining in math and English
1.    Aspire Monarch*
2.    Francophone Charter school
3.    Madison Park*
4.    Manzanita SEED
5.   Glenview

Middle Schools gaining in math and English
1. West Oakland Middle School+
2.  American Indian Public Charter+
3. Claremont*
4.  Epic Charter*
5. Oakland Charter *
K-8 Schools gaining in math and English
1. Greenleaf*
2. Ascend*
3. Melrose
4. American Indian Model School+
5. Hillcrest+
6-12 Schools gaining in math and English
1. Coliseum College Prep*
2. Aspire Golden State*
3. Aspire Lionel Wilson*
4. Madison Park*
5.    Bay Area Technology Prep+
High Schools with academic gains and increasing graduation rates
1.    MetWest*+
2.    Leadership Public Schools R and D
3.    ARISE*
3.    Oakland Charter High*
4.    Envision*+
Knowledge is power. So take advantage of your options and the information available. There are still enrollment fairs coming up from OUSD and Enroll Oakland before the enrollment deadlines. Your children are counting on you to do the best by them, and that starts with making informed choices.

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