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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  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 779 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 48% of students are at least proficient in math and 65% in reading.
Address
530 18th St
Oakland, CA 94612
Telephone
(510) 873-8800

Oakland School for the Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
48%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1180
108 responses
Average ACT
25
30 responses
AP Enrollment

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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    D+
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Median Household Income
$63,251
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,255
National
$949
Median Home Value
$564,500
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
84%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
74%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Vocal spring show
    28%
  • All of the performances
    22%
  • School musical
    17%
  • Dance Show
    11%
  • Theater emphasis productions
    11%
  • Winter Ball
    6%
  • Homecoming
    3%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
779
Free or Reduced Lunch
9%
68%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
16%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,663
Teachers in First/Second Year
15%
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.20 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.20 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.20 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
$12,338/ year
National
$12,239
68%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.19 responses
16%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.19 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.19 responses
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Oakland School for the Arts Reviews

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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!
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OSA is really a special place. Students centralize their focus on their specific art form and arts are integrated into the academic curriculum. Most of the academic instructors are artists themselves, so the continuity between departments is nearly seamless. Students are highly driven. Typically, when you walk through a middle or high school, you see a good number of students bored, sleepy - typical of tweens and teens. At OSA, it is loud, bustling and brimming with energy. There are holes academically, as is the norm in any art school. But the counselor works hard to accommodate and meet each student's academic needs. You might have to take a community college class to make it all work, but that is actually fairly easy and a great experience for a high schooler.
Oakland School for the Arts is an environment that fosters creativity and supports student's desire to pursue arts in the future. I have had an overall positive experience because of the amazing student body and arts teachers. This school could benefit from more funding. I have noticed the main issues with OSA is the lack of resources, teachers, and classroom space. The academics are pretty average if you are do not wish to pursue arts this school is a waste of your time.