OUSD Enrollment & School Choice
How Oakland Schools are assigned, in a nutshell:
Oakland has neighborhood schools, which means that priority for a school is given to students who live within the neighborhood boundary for the school. See the OUSD Map to find out what your neighborhood school is. (Note this link changes every year - google "OUSD school district map".) OUSD families may request schools outside their neighborhood boundary, and the process for doing this is explained on the OUSD Website. The most popular schools may not accept students from other neighborhoods and in some cases may even divert students in the neighborhood to other schools. Charter schools are also popular in Oakland, and these have a separate application process - see http://www.ousdcharters.net/ for info about charter schools.