Bella Vista Elementary School

Oakland, CA

Public School
operated by Oakland Unified School District
600 students
Phone: (510) 436.4900
1025 East 28th Street, Oakland, CA 94610

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Archived Reviews: 

Jan 2013

Re: Kindergarten recommendations for Down syndrome
Our daughter went to Montclair's SDC too! We looked at the inclusion model at Seqouia, Cleveland's kinder where SPED teacher and GENED teacher teach side by side, NSH class in east oakland and the language-enriched K/1 NSH class at Bella Vista. We chose Bella Vista even though they discouraged us based on our daughter's global delays but in the end they conceded and I'm soooooo happy that was our daughter's kinder experience. Please ask to see the class even though they will discourage you based on's still worthwhile to at least look at it. Anna

Considering a move to the Bella Vista neighborhood

April 2007

We are considering moving into the Bella Vista neighborhood and wondering about your knowledge/experience with their elementary school and the neighborhood in general. On the surface, it appears to be an interesting socio-economic mix. The school doesn't score very well, but that's never the whole story. And there is nothing on the school reviews for this area. Leaving me very curious... Diana

I'm afraid I have virtually no experience with Bella Vista Elementary (my daughter is only 3) and I'm afraid I'm not holding my breath on you getting any feedback here. I posted twice last year about Bella Vista and got no responses. I found it weirdly discouraging that none of the many BPN readers have kids at this school. Maybe the 3rd time's the charm. I do live in the neighborhood though, and it is affordable, diverse, and has an active neighborhood association. The park adjacent to the school was recently completely renovated. There's a great Lao restaurant on 8th at E. 21st. But, there are always problems with drug dealing (deal with it on one corner and it moves to another), annual problems with illegal fireworks, occasional crimes (burglaries, muggings, car theft). I think the neighborhood is improving, though, and I like it here, although I sometimes wish I could afford Elmwood. If you want to chat, call me. Carrie