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Frank Otis Elementary School

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $470,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,480.

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Posted March 21, 2014

Great principal, great teachers, great PtA, great parents, great cross walk guard. Greatest school in the bay areas. Go OWL!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2014

Frank Otis is a real great school. Love it so much. Principal, Teachers, Parents, Kids, and Playground are the best from any other school in Alameda areas. I would say its over 5 stars rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

Otis is a warm community school with a REALLY high level of parent involvement. The community at the school is a bit quirky and you can definitely feel the unique culture at Otis. The PTA funds field trips, classroom supplies and buys technology for student use. Dr. Clem does an amazing amount with the few resources the district gives her and motivates the school community to make up the difference. My children have had teachers who work hard to provide an education for them. I can't say that all of the teachers are innovative but they are still effective at their craft and care a lot about the students. It is overcrowded but the staff does a good job in managing that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2013

This school has attentive teachers and a great deal of energy paid to the kids well-being and happiness. It's a large school, but doesn't feel like it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2012

Outstanding local school. Alameda has great schools in general. Fantastic involvement from parents and Dr. Clem is the most hands on principal I have ever encountered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2012

I went to this school forty nine years ago. I have great memories at this school. This school help me become the person I am today.


Posted September 1, 2011

We are half way through our tenure at Otis and would definitively say that the school has exceeded all of our expectations. Our son has been fortunate in that each of his K-2 teachers have been an excellent "fit" for him. And after the first week, we are equally pleased with his 3rd grade teacher. We love the diversity, a strong and passionate school principal, the stunning amount of parent involvement and volunteerism, the many school traditions and events (ranging from Art a la Mode to Walkathon to Gingerbread House to Fall Carnival), and excellent school-parent communications (weekly e-newsletter and principal-parent-student assembly). Our neighborhood school has given us the opportunity to meet and befriend so many of our neighbors -- a true community resource.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

Otis has a great school community, with a lot of volunteer spirit, and great traditions and events.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

Otis has an amazing principal and a wonderful parent community, and many wonderful caring teachers. A few are tired and need to retire, and sometimes the approach to education is very traditional, and not terribly inspiring to kids, but that's probably true almost everywhere today in our test-driven system. We feel very lucky to be part of the diversity and great education at Otis. My son is in first grade and has learned an amazing amount here, and overall we are very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2008

Otis is a diverse school that benefits from a unique blend of excellent teachers working together with committed parents. When these children leave Otis for middle school, they leave as strong, capable students ready to take on the next challenge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2008

Otis is just okay!!! The teacher my daughter has this year is so terrible. Most of the parents feel the same way, and we have complained to the principal and he does nothing about it. He always side with her. I have talk to other parents that had her before, and they said to run she is a nightmare.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2006

The instructional staff is top rate. My childs has flourished beyond what can be expected from a public school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2006

We have been at Otis school for 3 years and we love it. We have a great PTA and lots of parent envolement or support. We have a school garden, music and art programs as well as other fun activites through the year. The school is very diverse and embraces the culture diversity at the school. The principle has been well liked and invested in the school. However, for the next school year (2006) a new principle is joining Otis. He comes highly recommended and is from an existing Alameda school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

We are incredibly pleased with this school. Otis often gets overshadowed by 'showier' Edison, but we have been delighted with our daughter's experience there. Her teacher for both first and second grade has shown tremendous interest in the children's social and academic growth. We have also been very pleased with the sense of community of the parents - moms and dads both. I would definitely recommend Otis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

Otis school has been a great experience for me and my wife as well as my kids. Parent involvement has been a key for the success of our school and teachers getting to know the students and their needs has help them thrive in class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2005

Last year my 6 year old son attended 1st grade at Otis School. His teacher was extremely involved in the progress of her students and my son made leaps and bounds in reading, writing and all of the other curriculum offered. He looked forward to going to school, participating with his classmates (now good friends) and being involved with his scholastic surroundings. The administration is also noticibly involved in extracurricular activities with fairs, movie nights and many fun and educational activities. If you live on the east end of Alameda you will find a very nice home for your child at Otis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2005

Otis is a cozy neighborhood school located right next to Krusi Park, with its ample playing fields and fabulous play structure. The school provides PE and music; art docents (parent volunteers) provide art lessons once or twice a month. There is a wide range of afterschool 'enrichment' classes (e.g., woodworking, art, chess, robot building, cooking, and Spanish). Parent involvement is fair, but not great (but seems to be getting better.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2004

Otis is a warm welcoming school. My daughter has had great teachers and has achedemically excelled. The PTA is really blossoming into a real partner for the school. I can't say how stongly I love the pricipal Katie Lyons. She has amazing insight into each and every child it is amazing. My great expirience at Otis is due in part I belive to my participation there. I know what goes on here and I a m please with it. As with all Alameda pubic schools, I do wish more attention would be put on play yard supervision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2004

Inclusive atmosphere; good parent participation; nice variety of student backgrounds; a safe school with mostly good discipline
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2004

My child started at Otis late September 2003. The first couple of weeks were a bit stressful for him being the new student where friendships are already established. He overcame many obstacles with the guidance of his 4th grade teacher. Over the course of the school year, he gained many friendships. Academically, he became stronger. The homework was balanced well, he was able to continue sports, and didn t get overwhelmed with the two. Otis offers a lot for the community and children. I m very pleased with the school. The parent involvement is great. I d also like to say Thank You to the crossing guards for making sure our children are safe during the school year.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

911

Change from
2012 to 2013

+5

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


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API score

911

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank (2012)
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The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students86%
Females89%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner76%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students81%
Females84%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner86%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Females76%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian64%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner41%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students88%
Females93%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learner83%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students84%
Females91%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner64%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)91%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students90%
Females91%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learner92%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students81%
Females91%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented85%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students86%
Females86%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students71%
Females74%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian71%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 45% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 29% 11%
Hispanic 15% 52%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Black 4% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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School basics

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  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Shirley Clem
Fax number
  • (510) 523-6880

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