Public High Schools Oakland Families Should Look at Based on the Latest Test Scores–Apply by the 2/8 Deadline

Every Oakland parent has the right to apply to basically any Oakland public school during the open enrollment period which ends on February 8th. Where you send your child to school is one of the most important decisions you can make.  The new school quality data was released by the state recently, and I wanted to highlight some of the schools making progress with Oakland children, and encourage families to visit.  Every child is different, and I will break it down into subgroups (schools showing progress with Black, Brown and low income students) in the next few weeks and you can also take a look at the schoolfinder tool to find local schools.

But before I get to the public schools showing the most progress, and those having the highest scores, let me give a warning.  These numbers may be imperfect, and no number can capture a school, or the variation within it.  So please take these lists as starting points and do your homework.  I have written before about the perils of using tests exclusively to judge schools.

It is also critical to look at mix between how well students at a school are doing (overall performance) combined with how much progress students are making (growth from year to year).  And the nature of testing is that it is harder to make large gains when a school is already high performing, and “easier” when a school is low performing.

High schools are below but you can see our prior articles, and more detailed info on the schools and lists are on the OUSD site.

Elementary schools are here

The list of K-8 Schools is here.

The list of middle schools to consider is here.

The list of 6-12 schools is here.

Digging into the new data

Everything I am showing here is publicly available on the OUSD website, though you need to poke around some.  And now is the time to research and apply to schools in open enrollment.  We have never had more options, easier ways to enroll, or more information about schools, so we need make the best choices we can.  Families should also take a look at the Oakland school finder.

Graduation Rates

All of these schools had graduation rates of 80% and above.  MetWest led the pack at 97.6%, and Oakland international, American Indian and Envision all had rates of 90% plus.  Mack just missed the list at 79.2%.


Parents should also look at the 6-12 schools.

High schools that had the highest performance

Oakland Charter High School was the only school to exceed targets on both math and ELA.  Arise stood out in ELA and Unity, American Indian and Lighthouse all had impressive overall results  on both math and ELA.

 High schools where students made the most gains

You can view all the high school results here.  But let’s dig in a little.  And ideally you can find schools that are making progress and also yellow, green, or blue.  Which means that their overall status is not “very low.” I hope families will take a hard look and apply to schools that fit.  If you click the link above you can also see more information about individual schools by clicking on them.

Skyline made significant progress in math and ELA, as did Unity.  Take  a look at all the schools making progress below.

Note that gray lines mean that less than 30 students were tested, and the other colors relate to how high the average scores were.  The five color-coded performance levels in order are: blue (highest performance),greenyelloworange, and red (lowest performance).

Knowledge is power

So please, take advantage of your options and the information at your disposal.  There are enrollment fairs coming up from OUSD and Enroll Oakland over the next several weeks.  Your children are counting on you to do the best by them, and that starts with making informed choices.

Let me know if I can help, and I will be doing future posting on middles and high schools, as well as subgroups.

You have the tools, now use them.

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