Alameda High School
My daughter went through Alameda High and my son is there now. It's not as diverse as BHS or Oakland Tech, primarily in that it has a tiny Black population. But it's a lot more diverse than some of the "fake" (to use your daughters' term) suburbs. AHS is more Asian than white, and has a lot of diversity within that - recent immigrants vs. many generations in the US, well-off and not, many countries of origin (China, Mongolia, Philippines, and on). Encinal High is on the West End and is as diverse as it gets - when I looked a few years ago it was 20-30% each white, Latino, Asian, and Black. Both are really strong schools and have a lot of community support, AHS is higher income and tests higher. AHS is open campus and when my elderly parents used to come over and eat lunch on Park St. they'd often remark how nice the AHS kids were. At the risk of hyperbole, Alameda has been an idyllic place to raise our kids. They've walked to school K-12, much of the island is within walking distance of Webster or Park St for kids to hang out, and the beach and the bay are just down the street.
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Re: Questions about Alameda Middle & High Schools
We live in Alameda and my kids go to Alameda High and Lincoln Middle school. They are both great schools. The high school has excellent teachers and a good AP program. It has a mix of students, with a lot of high achievers. Lots of kids get into great colleges and universities. They have high number of National Merit scholars. They also have a lot of clubs and sports to do, with a good Booster parent program. They don't have a lot of money, but our local Parcel tax just passed, so that was a good sign that there are some people here that support the schools. It is a little smaller than most high schools with 1800 students. Lincoln middle school has mostly great teachers, with a few that are not so great. It has about 1000 students, but most are good students. Overall, it is a well run school and a lot of PTA support. They also have a few sports teams that are funded by the parents. We are very happy with our experience at these schools. angie
Re: Public school v. private school in Alameda
The short version of what I have to say about your question is that Alameda is blessed with a whole bunch of good schools and good teachers, including the high schools.... I have to say that Alameda High is a great school. About 80% of the kids are involved in extracurricular activities, including really outstanding art, music, drama, and athletic programs. Particularly for ''high achieving'' students [and don't almost all parents of young children who read these postings believe or hope that their kids will be that?], but I think for almost all students, AHS has really excellent academics. The A.P. program is very strong. Every year AHS students are admitted to the top schools in the country, including Ivy League schools and the top U.C.'s. Contrary to what may be a public perception, many of the teachers at AHS are ''overqualified'' educationally for their jobs. For example, in the history/social studies department, most members have graduate degrees. The science department alone has three Ph.D.'s teaching. The staff includes three former lawyers and a former Rhodes Scholar. Much more importantly, the staff is filled with incredibly dedicated, bright, caring, experienced teachers. There is a lot of other great stuff going on there too, but I think I'll end this here. It definitely is not "so-so." Rob