North Oakland Community Charter School opened in 2000 to serve students in kindergarten through 7th grades with an alternative to tradition schools in a safe and nurturing learning environment. The school curriculum is standards based, however, teachers use the Foundation for Comprehensive Early Learning as a guideline to ensure that the needs of each student is met. The small class size and caring teachers are the main reason families choose North Oakland Community Charter School for their children.
Along with core subjects, parents and students alike agree that the school offers a variety of other opportunities, which include gardening, computer lab, painting, photography, drama, and yearbook. The only complaint from a few students is the lack of sports. Some would like the opportunity to join a sports team such as baseball or soccer.
The opinion of the school is based on whether parents have students in the lower grades or upper grades. The younger grades all parents are very pleased with the teachers and the curriculum. Many stated that the school is very caring and safe. However, for the older grades, many parents stated that bullying was a huge problem, but did state that the staff is working on this issue. Overall, everyone that expressed their opinion stated the school is doing a great job and that students are given that personal attention to help them succeed. Students really like their teachers and the activities but would like to see more after school programs.
The Academic Performance Index declined 19 points from the previous year to 881. The statewide goal is 800. Parents are not very happy with this drop, but are not concerned as they are above the statewide goal.
The California Standards Tests is used to learn if students are mastering core subjects. The various tests are given to 2nd through 11th grades in English, grades 2nd through 7th are given tests in math, and science tests are administered to students in grades 5th, 8th, and 10th, while history tests are given to students in 8th and 11th grades.
The percentage of students passing the exams was very mixed. In 2nd grade, students were below state averages in English but above in math. The rest of the grades were above average across the board in all subjects tested. This is something that both students and parents are proud of, due to the hard work of teachers and students.
Overall, the school is providing students with an exceptional education. It would be in your best interest to take a tour to ensure the learning environment is right for your child.
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North Oakland Community Charter School
410 Alcatraz Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609