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Ocean View Elementary School

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $451,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,670.

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted January 7, 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


Posted November 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


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This school's
API score

883

Change from
2012 to 2013

-30

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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API score

883

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Change from
2012 to 2013

-30

Change from 2012 to 2013
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9 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
81%
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

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students66%
Females61%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner60%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
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)53%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students77%
Females72%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability64%
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner78%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
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)60%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
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 Students61%
Females64%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asian58%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
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 graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate61%
Parent education - declined to state63%

Math

All Students79%
Females76%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner74%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
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 graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state77%
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%
Females74%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asian61%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner58%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
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 graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
Parent education - declined to state83%

Math

All Students82%
Females82%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner82%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
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 graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to state89%
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 Students76%
Females84%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to state88%

Math

All Students82%
Females87%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner71%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state88%

Science

All Students80%
Females81%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian83%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner56%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state82%
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
Asian 35%
White 26%
Hispanic 21%
Two or more races 13%
Black 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/AN/A
English language learners 46%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • Terry Georgeson
Fax number
  • (510) 528-6486

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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