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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D+
Oakland School for the Arts is a highly rated, public, charter, magnet school located in Oakland, CA. It has 745 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 57% of students are at least proficient in math and 70% 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
70%
Percent Proficient - Math
57%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1160
91 responses
Average ACT
25
22 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
Median Household Income
$57,778
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,189
National
$949
Median Home Value
$500,500
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
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
72%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 32 responses
Report
  • Vocal spring show
    28%
  • All of the performances
    22%
  • School musical
    19%
  • Dance Show
    9%
  • Theater emphasis productions
    9%
  • 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
745
Free or Reduced Lunch
12%
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
17%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$56,537
Teachers in First/Second Year
15%
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.19 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.19 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.19 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
$12,215/ year
National
$12,239
67%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.18 responses
17%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.18 responses
39%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.18 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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Oakland school for the arts expanded my thinking and confidence in ways I could have never imagined. Everyday hundreds of us students would commute to this art school from all over the Bay Area, creating a sense of diversity that is unmatched. These students were hungry with passion for their arts, pushing me to step out of my comfort zone and jump for the opportunities I wanted. The academic side of things are not the best, but the school still continues to benefit me with the focus I accumulated for my art. Being a dancer at the school consisted of hours of training that led me to the amazing university I am currently attending, University of Illinois at urbana campaign. The school offers a handful of different arts that you can focus on. Because of this, I was quickly exposed to other art forms, and in turn, learned to appreciate various art forms that I may have never known about. I learned that if i wanted something, no one could truly fulfill that except myself.
Zendaya went here! I have experience with this school for the last 9 years with two students, both in IM. I like that the school is constantly striving for a higher level of excellence. They have consistently moved toward teaching from a place of care and not just "give me your best performance!" The new instructors and the ones who have lasted through the years make every child feel included and wanted and special and I believe that is what truly brings out the best performance in a person. Administration has also changed over the years and although I don't have first hand experience with the new people in charge but I expect they must be using the same philosophy with their staff. Academically every teacher holds a single subject credential in the class they teach. EVEN MATH!! My oldest child finished AP Calculus. For physical activity students can ice skate for PE in the rink across the street or join rock climbing club at a gym nearby.