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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Oakland School for the Arts is a highly rated, public, charter, magnet school located in Oakland, CA. It has 749 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 73% in reading.

Oakland School for the Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
73%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1190
130 responses
Average ACT
25
33 responses
AP Enrollment
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$68,442
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,354
National
$949
Median Home Value
$627,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.20 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.20 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 39 responses
  • Vocal spring show
    28%
  • All of the performances
    23%
  • School musical
    15%
  • Dance Show
    13%
  • Theater emphasis productions
    10%
  • Winter Ball
    5%
  • Homecoming
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
749
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
65%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
15%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$69,570
Teachers in First/Second Year
15%
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$15,438/ year
National
$12,239
65%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.20 responses
15%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.20 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.20 responses
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Oakland School for the Arts is a great school for those who are invested in their Art. There are separate departments for Dance, Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Digital Media, Musical/Theatre, Fashion Design, etc. The people are generally really nice and as a whole the school is very diverse and accepting of all people regardless of ethnic background or sexuality. Many of the Academic teachers are good at connecting lessons to what's going on in the real world, as well making sure that students either understand what's going on or setting up opportunities for them to come in for clarification. Speaking for my own Emphasis teachers (emphasis is the art department you're in), I can say that they're very good at making sure no one is left behind and setting up a space where everyone is comfortable speaking with one another, which is a good thing especially since there are times where we critique our classmates. I'd recommend the school for anyone that hopes to go further with their art.
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Oakland School For The Arts (OSA) is the very place to go when you want to change the world and I mean truly change the world. With almost all kinds of arts being taught by the industry's best personnel, You learn how to broaden your mind with creativity and logic. We're in the greatly historic city of Oakland in the San Francisco Bay Area. Being at high school where the whole city is your campus- our experiences are unmatched. At OSA you fight for what's right. We have clubs against climate change, we band together against homophobic behavior and best believe that we face all kinds racism with an army. These insanely bright and talented kids I attend school with go to protests and we even form our own protest. OSA is a family and we welcome anyone and everyone. I'm genuinely proud to go here.
And based on our arts- we have kids who go on to win official awards such as oscars, students who went and go here become famous and successful filmmakers, singers, actors and so, so much more.
I have throughly enjoyed my experience at Oakland School for the Arts. The faculty is extremely friendly and outgoing, and the arts programs are incredible I have been at this school since 6th grade, and I would highly reccomend it to any prospective sstudents. In general college prep is pretty ok. If you are looking to pursue your art as a career (or at least in college) you will be well set. However, if you are looking to go into academic areas of study, it may be a little bit harder due to the smaller number of electives. Nevertheless, OSA is a really great school, and the community is amazing! A lot of people are super friendly, and it is easy to make friends and create support systems. The academic support and wellness counseling/therapy resources are also a big plus, and if you end up here, expect to have help whenever it is needed. I hope this helps to influence your decisions. Trust me, OSA is not an opportunity you want to miss out on. Hope to see you on campus!