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1000 Jackson Street
Albany, CA 94706

(510) 558-4800
(510) 528-6486
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5 stars
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January 07, 2014
Coming from the East Coast I'm not impressed with this school/district given the HYPE about Albany schools. This is my opinion and experience so far: My child has spent 4th and now 5th grade at Ocean View. Emphasis on math over reading. That's fine I guess because my child is a big reader. Science education is good but science teacher is rigid - my child now says "i hate science!" just because of the teacher. Music education is okay because of new music teachers this year. Communication is good. The principal is good but she really could use more help. My concern since the beginning is security. They do have "Doug" who's the best crossing guard ever(!) but he's only one person. Everything is wide open, no security guard, unsupervised drop off and pick up. I see young children walking home alone (like, 3rd graders) and 4th and 5th graders are just released alone at the end of the school day. I don't feel this is safe but that's me being from a big city. Overall - I wouldn't move here for this school. Maybe Cornell and Marin are better. We were placed at Ocean View which is the largest school because the system is overcrowded. I don't know if we'll stay for middle school.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2013
A very fun and diverse community. Great teachers and staff dedicated to student success as well as a very active and supportive PTA.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2013
Ocean View Elementary School is a vibrant place where diversity is the norm. There are families from all over the world in this community, as adjacent to the school is housing for graduate students at UC Berkeley. Families from this housing of course value education. My son has met kids from Iran, Equador, Israel, China, Korea .and on and on. Of course the academic learning is also important, and sometimes that is frustrating due to increased class size, but that is the case with most public schools in California. All in all Ocean View is a very special place and we are happy to be there.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
I have third grade twins who have been in separate classes since they started at Ocean View in first grade. After two full years (and now into our third) and getting to know six teachers, I have to say we have had a wonderful experience. I've been so impressed by the classroom teachers' skills and experience, as well as the quality of many of the specialized teachers and the other staff. And I think we have an exceptional principal -- calm, caring, dedicated, and smart -- a true leader. The school is diverse in all respects, is a fantastic community, and has an active PTA. Like many public schools in California it has its challenges (aging physical plant, larger than desired class sizes, not enough funding for art, music, etc.), but it has been great for us.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
My son started kindergarten at Ocean View this year. We have an older child that attended the top ranked school in Oakland a few years back and honestly I wasn't looking forward to returning to the politics and clicks of elementary school parents. I'm thrilled to say that I've experienced none of this at Ocean View. The teachers are wonderful and the parent community is truly there to help the kids learn (rather than prove something about themselves) - I highly recommend OceanView to anyone in the area.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
Ocean View was our top choice school when we moved from Colorado to California. We wanted to live in Berkeley, but found that the Albany Unified School District was a better choice for our kids. When our son was surpassing all his grade level standards, the principal at Ocean View worked with us to find a way to meet his accelerated educational needs. We love Ocean View and its teachers and plan on sending our younger two children there when they are ready for school.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
Ocean View School is part of the Albany Unified School District, located in Albany, CA. I have had two children go through Ocean View and we love it! The faculty and staff are both dedicated and talented. The parent population is highly educated and truly value learning. This is evident when you see how hard these students work!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
OV is a great diversified school with teachers who care! Commuting became easier for pedestrians and bikers as there are new roads recently built.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
We have been very impressed with the teachers at OV and their dedication and attentiveness to their students. The student population literally comes from all over the world. Children learn about and experience other cultures on a daily basis and this, in of itself, is a valuable learning opportunity!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
We transferred in last year and it has been nothing short of miraculous. My child needed services that our former school would not provide. Ocean View staff and teachers have really made an effort to get to know my child and get him the services he sorely needed, including rearranging their schedules to accommodate his needs. I love the principal and the PTA is fabulous! I wish more parents were involved and could volunteer, but those that are involved are exceptional and all of the parents have shown a great respect for the children, teachers, and staff, giving Ocean View a real sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
It is the school my daughter attended, I' d like recommend the principal who I often saw standing in the main gate of the school. She wanted keeping the traffic there in good condition, I think she is a responsible lady!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
We've heard great things about Albany schools. So when we moved from Takoma Park MD (great Montgomery county schools) to Albany, we are happy to land at the very diverse Ocean View Elementary. My kids are in 1st and 3rd grade. And their teachers are fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
Ocean view school is one of the best school in the bay area.my son is second grade and i was very happy last year and this year about the ,great teachers,staff,great leadership.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
The teachers are wonderful and set education as the number one priority. There are reading labs where they break up the class into smaller sections in order for more personalized attention during reading development. It's a small teacher to student ratio so kids get the individualized attention that they need. The do various activities such as P.E., art, math lab, reading labs, and have various organizations that kids can be part of. Our school could improve if they had more clubs that the "smaller kids" could join such as chess for 5 and 6 year olds,or a dance or cheer team.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
I moved my son to this school from Elk Grove CA and he loves it as much as he loves it out there. Excellent teachers! I do recommend Albany CA school district to other parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2013
Great school! My child is in 2nd grade and it is a first year for us in Albany school district. Ocean View have been challenging, fun, and the teachers are awesome. Our school before that had very good environment, but very weak academics. Here we have both!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2012
My son attends Ocean View since kindergarten. Staff are amazing, supportive, knowledgeable, friendly, and skilled. They understand students needs and adjust their teaching techniques based on that. My son enjoy every day of school to the fullest.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2012
Ocean View is an incredible school, especially for science and math education. The nearby village also offers chess and music activities. This is a fine example of how great public education can be in California.

- submitted by a community member
June 12, 2011
Ocean View is a wonderful school. It is a supportive and challenging working environment. My children came in half way through the school year (2nd and 5th grade). Both of their teachers were tremendously supportive and I could see the kids thriving. Their math, language and science skills were improving every day. If I compare what they were doing 6 months ago with what they are doing now, it is nothing short of amazing what they have accomplished. Their hard work and the incredible environment of Ocean Views teachers, principal, staff and students have given amazing results. Congratulations and thank you Ocean View!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2011
Great and friendly International school with excellent and dedicated teachers and staff! My two kids both enjoy the environment, teaching style and activities!!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2010
Our child is so fortunate to attend Ocean View since kindergarten. Going into her last year, 5th grade, she has had INCREDIBLE teachers and has been exposed to such a diverse group of kids from all over the world. The school is top notch.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
My son studied at Ocean View for the 4th grade in 2007/2008. I was impressed by his class teacher, Ms. Kimberg, who devoted her energic and continuing efforts in education work. The boy still remembers her always positive and encouraging remarks. I believe her encouragement and love will be the fountainhead of confidence of my son for whole childhood!

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January 27, 2010
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November 19, 2009
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no rating October 04, 2009
Ocean View is an amazing and wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I think teachers are great at this school and go out of their way to educate our kids. There is a great community in this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
It is a great community of parents, teachers, and students. And I love the principal!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Amazing diversity, as well as dedicated teachers and families. My kids attend school with students from all over the world. The principal is very hands on and takes the time to get to know families.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
Ocean View is a diverse, international school where any student can feel at home. Many of the children living in UC Berkeley's University Village attend OV. Although the student population is fairly transient, OV's teachers have proven they adapt quickly with change and know how to continue to challenge this bright student population. The OV PTA is very active and welcoming to newcomers. While the campus is quite large for an elementary school, the school is divided into 'pods' -- while provides a sense of security and safety to the students.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2009
Very good school, very good teachers, my daughter had a great year here and learnt a lot.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2009
Great Teachers, students, and a lot of fun. If your kid is enrolling in school, Look more into Ocean View.

- submitted by a student
September 09, 2008
This school is very international. It's a great environment for kids who have cultural back ground and the second (or first) language. Many intelligent students from intelligent families. But it is very crowded in play ground and not many 'on-site' after school programs.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
Our kids have had amazing teachers here - K thru 5. 4th graders go on a trip to Point Bonita for a few days, where they are immersed in nature. Band is available. My 5th grader has gone on many wonderful field trips, SF MOMA, to hear Yo-Yo-Ma @ UCB, to Berkeley Marina's Kids for the Bay, & more. Science included studying the local watershed & weeding & planting to foster a healthy watershed. The amazing principal left a few years ago and the new one is leaving this year. Hopefully, the VP, Attiyeh, will help smoothe the transition. Many foreign national students drawn from nearby UCB's family village makes for enriching diversity. However, UCB recently added many new units, overcrowding our school. Kids need more space to play - should open up adjacent field. Get on PTA & make it happen! OT and special ed services available. School now has ramps.

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February 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2005
I have a second grader at Ocean View. She has had great teachers all three years. The atmosphere at the school is open and friendly. There is a lot of emphasis on parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2005
great school, innovative teaching ideas. lot of parents particpate. mixture of races. so very diverse which my son loved.

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December 06, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2004
My daughter was originally enrolled at Ocean View for her first grade year at school. Although she was transferred shortly there after due to lack of room I thought this school was outstanding.

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June 14, 2004
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June 13, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2004
An excellent school with diversity! Great teachers with great teaching culture. I was guest teacher teaching a college level city planning short course and personal finance course to the 4th graders. This is just a small example of how the teachers expand the horizon for the kids.

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March 06, 2004
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Ocean View Elementary School
1000 Jackson Street, Albany, CA  94706
(510) 558-4800
Last modified Ocean View Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ocean View Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top