- How It Works:
In the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), priority is given to students who live within the neighborhood boundary for the school. (top priority goes to siblings of current students) 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 . The most popular schools do 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.
A useful source for news about the OUSD is reporter Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools.
Below are links to OUSD schools that have been reviewed in the BPN, as well as parents' advice about Oakland schools.