Oakland Public Schools

How Oakland Schools are assigned, in a nutshell:
Oakland has neighborhood schools, which means that priority for each 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. OUSD families may request schools outside their neighborhood boundary, and the process for doing this is explained on the OUSD Website (see BPN advice about this.) 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. 
See also Reviews of Oakland Public Schools: Transitional Kindergarten ... Elementary Schools ... Middle Schools ... High Schools ... Charter Schools