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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D-
Oakland Unified School District is a public school district located in Oakland, CA. It has 36,524 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 27% of students are at least proficient in math and 33% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
33%
Percent Proficient - Math
27%
Average Graduation Rate
73%
Average SAT
1080
1,533 responses
Average ACT
24
429 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
36,524
Free or Reduced Lunch
73.6%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$69,570
Teachers in First/Second Year
26.6%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$15,438/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    56%
  • Support Services
    41%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    D-
Median Household Income
$23,220
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$909
National
$949
Median Home Value
$439,769
National
$184,700

Oakland Unified School District Reviews

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I would like more funding for students to benefit from such as our academic learning. From my experience the OUSD hasn’t been very smart about their money. They give most of their earnings to charter schools and give us, the public schools, little supplies to rely on. Since they don’t have much money to supply us they give us teachers to teach a certain class but they don’t know what’s happening! Last year I was in a physics class with no teacher. We had a sub for about 3 months or so and we finally got a teacher who didn’t fully understand what physics was about. They didn’t teach us properly and was not organized whatsoever. My point is that the OUSD give us teachers that aren’t very beneficial. I want them to change how to better spend their money so that we, the students can succeed.
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Like any other school, my school has some pros and cons. I feel like this school is not that professional when it comes to how the students decide to act. However, I really like how there's a lot of diversity at my school and how much the teachers care about their students. Teachers won't purposely try to fail the students, all they need to do is reach out. Classes are not that difficult because the teachers are really good at explaining the material.
Oakland Unified School District is a decent district overall. I have attended schools in Oakland Unified School District since Kindergarten and it has been a decent experience. The academics is average to me, the curriculum needs to be improved in order to teach at the level of the grade. You won't learn most of the math at the level of your grade, it will be aim more towards a specific area of the math like in algebra or geometry. The district is pretty diverse with a many students of many different ethnicities attending at schools. The teachers are pretty good and they teach in a way that will help improve learning and gets our attention. They do have courses that helps prepare for college, but the academics and necessary skills for college might not be up to par. There are tons of resources for students that are available, and the science, technology, and math are pretty good for the most part.