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Oakland Unified School District is a public school district located in Oakland, CA. It has 49,098 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 24% of students are at least proficient in math and 30% in reading.
Address
1000 Brd.way Ste. 680
Oakland, CA 94607
Telephone
(510) 434-7772
Website

Oakland Unified School District Rankings

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  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • High

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
30%
Percent Proficient - Math
24%
Average Graduation Rate
65%
Average SAT
1090
1,684 responses
Average ACT
24
498 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
49,098
Free or Reduced Lunch
74.3%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,663
Teachers in First/Second Year
26.6%

Finances

Total Expenses
$595,132,000
Expenses Per Student
$12,338/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    56%
  • Support Services
    40%
  • Other
    4%

Oakland Unified School District Reviews

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My experience with the district has been good, its teachers discipline the students well and makes the students understand a subject going over it thoroughly. The district makes sure schools are on track and makes sure that students are preparing for college with the help of college counselors checking in on the students. There are many clubs/programs available at schools although I believe more encouragement to join them would be needed. The School culture is something that many schools look forward too and enjoy, movies are played, participation is at its highest for decoration inside school building, etc. Lastly the parents always care about their children and what the school is up too in other words they are dedicated to keeping up with the school so when the school arranges meetings most of the parents attend.
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The Oakland Unified School District needs to pay teachers higher wages, incorporate smaller class sizes and more support staff. The district has funds, but chooses to spend it in questionable ways. They spend more on administrators and consultants than any other district in the Bay Area and less on teachers than any other district in the Bay Area. Teachers in the Oakland Unified School District make less than other teachers in other Bay Area school districts. This isn’t only for the teachers, it is mostly for the greater good of the students.
Oakland Unified District has good perks in terms of giving every child an opportunity to attend school. However that does not mean the system itself is perfect because there are quite a few kinks to work out in terms of registration, attitude, the facilities itself. What often happens is the district opens a school, then they have to figure out the money to keep it open. The children in the meantime suffer because some teachers don't want to go the extra mile to accommodate the others. Those can be some of the main issues when in Oakland Unified School District.