Transferring to/from the Oakland School District
Archived Q&A and Reviews
Does anyone have experience transferring INTO Oakland Unified? If my daughter completes one year and we move to Contra Costa County (a possibility for various reasons), I don't want to have to uproot her from her school, so I'd like to do an interdistrict transfer to keep her in her Oakland school. Do you know if they will consider the circumstances, and allow her to stay? thanks! Wants to Stay
We recently moved to San Leandro after a year in OUSD, and wanted to keep our daughter in her elementary school (Sequoia). I work in Oakland, so this was one of the grounds that allowed us to apply for the interdistrict transfer. But when I spoke to an OUSD staff person, basically she said that if your child is already established in a school, is having no attendance or discipline issues, and the school & grade are not over-enrolled, then it's OUSD's policy to allow a child to stay for continuity, etc. The process was to get the paperwork from the district we were wanting to transfer out of, submit it to them, then submit the copies to OUSD. Good luck! Happy in OUSD
We started kindergarten 43 days ago. My son has been punched in the face, stomped on and the latest incident was an older kid spitting in his face in a bathroom during recess. He just turned 5, is social and sweet-tempered. I'd like him to stay that way. We are at a bilingual school and I love the teachers but his safety comes first. What is the process for transferring to another kindergarten. I don't see anything on the website. Had Enough
I do not know what the transfer process is, but I do know that our school, Sequoia Elementary, has availability. This is our first year (kindergarten) and we are incredibly happy there, and so is our daughter. It is a great school, with a wonderful community, and most importantly, this violence is just not happening there. I am SO sorry that is happening with your son. I hope you find a safe place for him soon. Happy Sequoia Parent
I am so sorry to hear about your son's terrible experience. The student assignment center info is: office at 273-1600 or email enroll [at] ousd.k12.ca.us. Have you spoken with the school's principal? In situations like these the teachers don't have the weight a principal has, and they need to know this is going on. Telling the principal you want to transfer can actually grease the wheels with the assignment center, if the principal is any good he/she will do their best to rectify the situation however it plays out. Every person I dealt with at OUSD admissions was nice and helpful but they are busy. Also, if you have friends with kids in other schools they can ask if there are openings there, helps to know that in advance. Hope this works out for you and your son. OUSD mom
Hello, Please let me start by saying that unfortunately I can relate to your experience. I wish we had transferred our son into Archway School last year. He is there now (1st grade). We ''stuck it out'' because we thought it was the right thing to do. In hindsight, I wish we had cut and run. The children at Archway are happy and kind. The difference between the level of kindness there verses his old public school is unparalleled. The teachers really do care and because it's a small time can take time to commit to the kids. Which includes teaching all kids to treat people with respect. Bullying is NOT tolerated at ALL there. This is the first time I've left my son and didn't feel anxiety over it. I am forever grateful for Archway. Regardless of your desisiom, trust that you will make the right one. You are a great mom, by writing this and reaching out anyone could see that :) xo Emily
We experienced ''kinder violence'' at one of the most expensive private schools in the Bay Area. There is no excuse for this, I know that you are right to move on as fast as you can. We have had an absolutely excellent experience at Berkeley Arts Magnet Elementary School, and from what I hear from other parents, bullying in BUSD is taken very seriously, so I recommend trying to transfer into BUSD. I'm so sorry that your baby has had to deal with this, it will get better. Run, fast
Can anyone give recent feedback on the process of getting permission for an interdistrict transfer from Oakland to Berkeley public schools for Kindergarten (and beyond)?
I read what is on the website but it is a few years old and some of the posts are conflicting. My oldest will be starting school in 2005 but we are looking at housing options now and wondering if the changes going on with OUSD will affect our ability to get permission to leave OUSD and how possible it is to get into the Berkeley system, should that end up being our best choice. Does anyone have recent experience or informed predictions?
I'm also curious if the changes at OUSD will reduce the ability to transfer within OUSD to Peralta - the closure of other nearby elementaries may mean Peralta is going to be more crowded?
I realize this is probably a gamble, but I'd like to at least know my odds!
I have a special needs child who went to OUSD from 2001-2003 - I was very happy with services offered through OUSD during that time. In 2003 I had very specific reasons why an interdistrict transfer would be necessary for my child. I was aware that in the past these were approved if the reasons were compelling. We went through the proper channels requesting the transfer and had doctors, teachers, etc. stating the transfer would be in the child's best interest. After numerous phone calls, letters and threating a lawsuit we received no response other than the same form letter that they are reviewing our request. (In the past response from the OUSD was immediate.) We began legal proceedings but decided that moving would be in our child's best interest. We were able to move into a new community one week before the start of the new school year. It was a stressful time but we definately made the right decision. Granted, our issues occured during the district shake-up, you may have more luck. Good luck. Sandy
I'm not sure how difficult it is to transfer systems and am not sure where you are located in Oakland. The Hillcrest School in Upper Rockridge is rated as one of the top elementary/middle schools in the district and is the only school in the district that rates similarly on a test score basis as Piedmont and Orinda schools. Over 60% of students' parents have masters degrees or higher level of education and there is a significant amount of private funding for the school. As a result the cuts in the Oakland school district have no effect on Hillcrest. The music, language, arts, and extra programs are all privately funded by local residents. I believe the schools raised over $500,000 this past year. Anyway you have to be a resident of Upper Rockridge to get into this school but if you are it is definitely an excellent program. Upper Rockridge Resident
I can't advise regarding inter-district transfers out of Oakland Unified School District, however, I do have some information regarding intra-district transfers from your neighborhood school to another school within the district.
During this past open enrollment for intra-district transfers, I found out that priority for granting requests for projected available space at schools within the district is given in the following order:
1. First priority is given to students requesting transfers from schools that have ''underperformed.'' This is in compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act. 2. Second priority is given to siblings of students already enrolled at the requested school. 3. Third priority is given to those children needing after- school care, since not all district schools have after-school programs. 4. If there is still space available at a requested school, then a traditional lottery is held.
I was advised that due to the No Child Left Behind Act, intra- district transfers are highly unlikely due to the enormous number of requests from parents with children attending these underperforming schools. That is not to say it is impossible, just highly unlikely. I was advised that the best alternative for having my child attend our school of choice would be to move into that neighborhood. Hope this helps, and good luck with your housing decision. Charlotte