Oakland Public Schools

    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.

Pre-School and Transitional Kindergarten Elementary Schools with reviews

Middle Schools with reviews

High Schools with reviews

Charter Schools in Oakland with reviews
elementary and high schools

Questions about Oakland public schools

  • General Q about OUSD
  • Enrollment in Oakland Schools
  • OUSD School Choice/Lottery
  • Oakland public schools vs. private schools
  • Oakland public schools vs. Berkeley public schools
  • Stay in Oakland or Move to Albany for the Schools?

  • After School Programs
  • All Day Kindergarten
  • Charter Schools & Small Schools
  • Class Size
  • Donations & Fundraising
  • Gifted Children in Oakland Schools
  • Homework
  • Immersion & Bilingual Programs
  • Kindergarten Problems
  • LGBT Families
  • Middle School in Oakland
  • Open Court
  • Rockridge Schools
  • Special Education Programs in the OUSD
  • IEP & 504 Process in OUSD
  • Transferring within the Oakland School District
  • Test Scores
  • Visiting Oakland Schools