General Discussions about Alameda Middle & High Schools

Considering a move to Alameda

April 2011

We're considering a move to Alameda and one of our big considerations is (public) schools. There are many BPN posts touting the quality of the Alameda schools and Alameda as a family-friendly environment, but the reviews and specific mentions all focus on elementary schools with few but any mentions of the older kids. My kids are still in pre-school, so that's a long ways off, but I really want to move to a place where we can potentially stay K-12 (i.e., I don't want the situation of some of my Oakland friends with great elementary schools and then end up having to move or spring for private school when the kids are older). So, any thoughts of experiences with middle or high school in Alameda would be really appreciated --on a quest

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

I don't yet have first-hand experience (older child is in 2nd grade) but we recently moved to Alameda in large part for that reason of solid schools all the way through. If you're not yet familiar with, check it out -- you can get a lot of information on schools at all levels. My daughter is at one of the east end elementary schools and my impression is that a large majority of kids move on to Lincoln Middle and then Alameda High. The middle and high schools don't score quite as high as Albany or some of the more affluent towns east of the tunnel, but they score better than most neighboring districts. And all the stuff you've read about good schools, family friendly, and quality of life is true. We've been here about a year and feel like we've won the lottery. Very happy Alamedan