"We are best known for teaching for understanding."
Students enrolled 215
Hours 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Carolyn Gramstorff
Transportation options no info
District Oakland Unified School District
Before school no info
After school Yes
Summer program no info

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1000 42nd Street
Oakland, CA 94608

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5 stars
Based on 61 ratings

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May 01, 2014
NOCCS is a community where the older children are nice to the younger ones even when the teachers and parents are not looking. We feel lucky to be a part of this small, intense, and beautiful school.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
We have been at Noccs with both our kids 9 years! From K through 8th and we have had the most amazing experience. The teachers and the community are outstanding. The advocacy for the students on the part of both the teachers and the principle have been a huge part of what has made this such a positive experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
Our school, and it is that, a school held by a community of staff, teachers, parents and students, listens to and considers input from all quarters, and weighs the pros and cons in a considered way. The school is small (200) students, which allows for great adaptability - each year, something is tweaked, whether the process of communication - this is constantly evolving, the facilities, or the schedule. This is possible due to a diligent process of self-reflection - what works, what doesn't, how can we improve. Professional development is generous and in-house.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
NOCCS has great teachers who work hard to bring quality, fun learning into the classrooms. Great community and parent involvement....

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
This school has a great balance of academic and social learning with a creative curriculum, dedicated teachers and staff, and a strong sense of community. Students learn comprehensive lessons that are reinforced through various subjects and come away with a deep understanding of concepts. The class sizes are smaller than most public schools in Oakland and the elementary grades are looped which allows students to better know their peers and teachers and families to bond in a meaningful way. And the small overall school size fosters a great sense of community within the student body--students of all grade know each other and interact regularly. Each child is known by staff, teachers, and fellow students so it's very hard to slip through the cracks. The biggest challenge I see at the school is the facility, which doesn't have a dedicated gym or outdoor space, but the school has been creative in managing that situation.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
From our first day we have been grateful for the warmth, connected, creativity and passion of NOCCS faculty, families and students. Looking forward to the years together.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
The parent teacher ratio has afforded my daughter the attention she.nzedds . Couldn't be happier with her developmental growth.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
This school is diverse, progressive, supportive of all learners, and full of creative, innovative and fully dedicated teachers and staff. We compared NOCCS to other area public and private schools and can't believe our luck in finding NOCCS and getting in off the lottery. We are thrilled with both the community and the education. All great!!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
NOCCS offers a stellar education for K-8 students and a warm supportive community for teachers and families.. Some of the hallmarks are multi-age classrooms allowing kids to "loop" with a teacher for 2 years, the Teaching for Understanding framework which promotes deep integrated inquiry, a peacemaking curriculum linked to the Mosaic program (conflict resolution skills/ diversity education), a critical focus on social emotional development as essential to academic growth and success, and regular opportunities for age-appropriate community engagement/service learning. NOCCS is also unique in its extremely high levels of parent involvement at every level. I have had 5 children educated at NOCCS and have the highest regard for this small excellent school. The teachers, staff, and administrators are among the most passionate, innovative, and caring that you will find. NOCCS teachers do not "teach to the test" and yet our test scores demonstrate students' mastery of concepts across the board. NOCCS strives to be a place where ANY and EVERY child in Oakland can receive a great education and Ithey have been tremendously successful in realizing this goal. As we say, NOCCS rocks!!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
North Oakland Community Charter School has a really great mix of staff parents, and kids - in terms of ethnicity, non traditional families, and professional skills and interests. The school pays attention to both the parents and the students and tries to get everyone involved in the school programs. My child is having a great experience here.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2011
NOCCS has been a really good decision for us. Wonderful teachers who go the extra mile. For our family, this was the best. Would I change a few things? Sure. But in the end as my daughter finishes her 8th grade and moves on from here, I am grateful for this community's inclusiveness and challenging academics.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2010
This school is great for elemantary but the 6-8 is not right for the school. The teachers are great at teaching younger kids but ASM (All school meeting) is defenitly based for the younger kids. Many activities treat the older kids as if we were 2nd graders, bullying is a problem in the upper school. This school has many events such as "Grandparents day" to get in peoples wallets.

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2010
Noccs brings people together. My kid love coming here every day!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
A public charter school promoting a real love of learning. Now K through 8th. We are so glad that we have this option for our son.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2010
There acidemics are strong. They hve really made a safe and warm place that my daughters loves to go to everyday. How many kids really enjoy being at school. This is thanks to staff, teachers and parents all working together.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2010
small, personalized instruction and attention where all students and adults are honored. art integrated curriculum and an emphasis on community and social responsibility. caring environment. safe.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
My daughter teaches at this school and I love how student-centered and caring everyone is.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 09, 2010
NOCCS is a community of diverse parents, teachers, administrators and board members who are committed to a teaching for understanding curriculum. Parents are viewed as a resource, everyone has a skill that can benefit the community. Admission to a charter school is via a lottery, guaranteeing equal access to any child in the Bay Area.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2010
NOCCS is an inclusive, vibrant and creative school community. It is a true learning community and skillfully includes kids with special needs.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2010
NOCCS is actually K-8 now. I have already written a review, so I just wanted to point out that we have a middle school as well. As of this writing Greatschools says k-5.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
We are new to NOCCS this year, but so far have been very happy. NOCCS has a nurturing, dynamic team of educators, who think outside the box to educate our children. They honor each child's unique abilities and teach to the child, not to the test. My son is thriving and I couldn't be happier with his progress thus far.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
I love the caring teaching community and progressive atmosphere at NOCCS. The Teaching for Understanding program ensure that my child gets to work on engaging projects and is challenged.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2010
Our daughter is in 4th grade at NOCCS. Her class is a combination 4/5 which is great since she will spend two years with the same teacher. This is her first year at NOCCS and she really loves the school. I have been very impressed with the creativity of the assignments she has received both in class and for homework. As others have said, there is a very tight community at NOCCS with parents chipping in and volunteering to keep the school running smoothly. Academic expectations are high but pressure is low, and as far as I can tell most students seem to really thrive in that environment. This school may not be right for everyone, but it is certainly working for us!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
It's a diverse school with good kids. The school has a great recycling center and garden, which the kids get to grow food and plants.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 22, 2009
My two grandsons attend, I have visited the classes and school, and am very impressed with Teachers, Leaders, and above all, the cutticulum used to educate.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 21, 2009
great teachers my kis love going to school

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
I love their innovative teaching style and format, which I believe we should support so that other more 'conventional' public schools may follow their effective model.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 10, 2009
NOCCS rocks!! What a wonderful place for children to learn! Wonderful academics! Wonderful teachers! And organic lunches! This school has its priorities right!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
These are some really groovy folks (teachers, parents and students alike) who really care about their school and school community.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
I love North Oakland Community Charter School because it offers an educational option to the expensive private schools and public schools in the community. The high educational rating at NOCCS promotes a higher standard for all of the schools in the area by excelling at teachng in the elementary grade level.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 04, 2009
Strong academics, caring community, zero tolerance for bullying

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
Progressive, cutting-edge, heartful, sophisticated.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
wonderful art program of volunteers

- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2009
the teachers are fabulous!

- submitted by a community member
September 30, 2009
Becouse the Teachers and Staff are Awsome! They care about the children AND the families. Their energy and dedication is phenominal!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
When NOCCS first opened, my granddaughter was in the first kindergarten class. She is now in 9th grade and an honor student in high school, and her sister is a NOCCS student in the 5th grade. Both girls have received an excellent education at this fine charter school. The teachers are stellar and the extensive parental involvement in the school's activities make this charter school a model for our educational system.

- submitted by a community member
September 29, 2009
Teaches the whole child, peace making and conscientiousness and is arts integrated. great community of parents and friends!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 29, 2009
My grandchildren love this school so do their parents. It provides a great learning enviornment and they are with other children who also want a 1st class education.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 29, 2009
Progressive school where my friend's children receive an excellent education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
My son is new and is so happy to be a part of NOCCS. It's great to see him excited about learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
it is a small, intimate, progressive, green, diverse, urban charter school with amazing parental support and volunteerism! and a dynamic principal...NOCCS rocks!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
great community of students very involved parents addresses the diversity

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
NOCCS , is a great school. And shows what can be accomplished when parents,teachers and students work together.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
The parent involvement and total overall parent commitment ROCKS at NOCCS! The KIDS ar the beneficiaries!

- submitted by a community member
September 25, 2009
My niece, Zoe has excelled in reading and math since attending N. Oakland Community Charter. She has gained confidence and made many new friends!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 25, 2009
The quality of education is apparent when you speak with the children. Great job!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 25, 2009
I love the community at NOCCS. We really feel heard and respected. The teaching is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
NOCCS is a wonderful school with amazing teachers and staff along with a very dynamic and dedicated director. We have been involved with the school since 2000 and have watched our daughters embrace learning with joy. The sense of community is very strong making our students feel safe and empowered.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
Great community, wonderful caring and strong learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
It gives families a chance to have a unique school experience with out having to be wealthy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
There's such a wonderful sense of community among the parents, staff and students. No doubt, NOCCS rocks!

- submitted by a community member
September 24, 2009
My son loves it here! I wish I had a school like this when I was a kid.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
Noccs has always been pushed to be a great place for children to grow, by teachers and administrators who are passionate about what they do. It's a great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
The parents are very supportive, the teachers are creative and caring, the kids are quirky and bright.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
The principal is 100% percent committed and supportive of her staff and students. Professional development is taken VERY seriously-the teachers are given many opportunities to be learners. Community is also developed with care-parents are engaged and a huge part of the daily goings on at NOCCS. All in all, an amazing teaching and learning environment.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 24, 2009
They are amazing and offer a fantastic alternative education!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 24, 2009
My son was in the first class at North Oakland Community Charter School.... he was there for K-2, and we thought it was amazing :)

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
The students at NOCCS get a broader diverse education. With emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, and Reading. I am so impressed by the program and I think all schools in Oakland should follow the same model.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 24, 2009
North Oakland Community Charter School is the greatest because the children, families and teachers are brilliant and hard working.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 24, 2009
Progressive. Innovative. Community and child centered. ONE of a kind in this world of scripted curriculum. A school that values critical thinking, creativity, compassion, community,character, and a passion for learning. The real deal in public education.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 24, 2009
North Oakland Community Charter School is doing amazing things for amazing kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Amazing wonderful programs, connection with the kids, innovative teaching methods, real community participation, nurturing environment, teaching the teachers of tomorrow!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Colloborative thinking/planning in both the staff and the students. Letting all voices be heard! They have a very creative way to bring out the best in every student.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 23, 2009
The teachers at this school are phenomenal

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
We have been trying to get into NOCCS for years, and finally succeeded; NOCCS is one of the top schools in the Bay Area, comparable to the high end private schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
The teachers care about teaching, the students care about learning, and the school cares about creating a community of concerned, curious, and responsible individuals (and future leaders). All this and a fun place too!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
This school creates a positive learning environment and provides the best balance for students between support and challenging the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
I love the small classes with mixed grades, the creativity in the strong academics, the responsiveness of the teachers & administration to my child's individual needs & the interesting mix of folks that make up the community as a whole. NOCCS has been a great fit for my child & our whole family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Amazing educational model. A safe, supportive learning environment for our children.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
NOCCS rocks! Great school full of loving, great people.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 23, 2009
NOCC's teachers are enthusiastic and caring. It is wonderful to know teachers who love teaching and who do it so well!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
I like NOCCS, provide education on the level of a private school. Also, the teacher and parent work together as a team and family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
It is an amazing school that helps so many children be the best that they can!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Community is what this school is all about and with it we achieve greatness! We're a wonderful group of families and teachers and staff that care about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
North Oakland Charter School is great, the sense of community, love for learning and understanding of each children makes this school the perfect and safest place for a child to grow and learn at the same time, I wouldn't want another school for my children to be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
I love the sense of community, the meaning-centered curriculum, and the inspiring and dedicated teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
It Rocks! The teachers, kids, staff and parents are so kind and have fun learning!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
North Oakland Community Charter school has a non-violence part of the curriculum, is striving to be open to all socioeconomic levels and racial aspects of diverse Oakland. What a wonderful place for kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
Our daughter has been at NOCCS for 5 years. The school had some growing pains during a few of those years but they (we) have emerged victorious. This is an incredible school, great teachers and our child has received a top notch education!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
I love NOCCS because it teaches tolerance and environmentalism and math by equal measures. And it's colorful and sunny and the kids love it.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 22, 2009
One thing I like about NOCCS is that the teachers use and teach conflict resolution and non-violent communication to students in every grade. The older students act as mediators.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
My friend Lucy goes to NOCC, and has a really great experience. They encourage the kids to explore their world and learn at the same time!

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2009
The NOCCS Community honors and respects all students in a way that creates a safe and healthy environment surpassing any school I have ever seen. The academics are creative and diverse, the students leave NOCCS with a strong sense of themselves so that they will be successful wherever they go in the world!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
North Oakland Community Charter School provides great education, programs and hands-on experience for parents and kids alike.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 22, 2009
N. Oakland Community Charter is a great school that works to help all students learn, no matter what their learning style is!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
It is a safe haven where my children are celebrated for who they are.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
North Oakland Community Charter School teaches the love of learning and thinking, encourages the arts and creativity, engenders good relationships with each other and the larger community, and teaches responsibility and accountability

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 22, 2009
This is a school with heart. The parents teachers and students are all so involved in learning and dedicated to making the best community for all

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
Small, community focused school, with fantastic teachers, committed parents, a great director and truly engaging, project-based learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
The kids are wonderful! Smart, kind and extremely well behaved. I just love them!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
I love North Oakland Charter School because it embraces all learning styles and children from diverse backgrounds.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
a real community that embraces everyone and a high level of educational standards.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
I love NOCCS because my sister, Lily Jones, teaches there and she loves it so much! The kids and the whole school are awesome and I love the stories she tells me about her kids. I visited NOCCS for their poetry slam last year and it was the happiest, most nurturing educational environment anyone could imagine- plus the kids performing their poems were amazing! NOCCS Rocks!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2009
A great community of parents, teachers and students working together!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
Absolute dedication from the staff-- from top to bottom.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
We have a great school. The students are respected and taught amazing things.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
NOCCS has persevered through site changes, from a 2-room church basement, to a temp site, to finally land in their place! This success is due, in large part, to the energy and dedication of the NOCCS families and staff. Many smart and happy kids come out of the NOCCS community! Lucky Oakland!

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
It's a great school with wonderful students and great teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 21, 2009
Good teachers, intimate community, active parents, positive atmosphere, good director

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
The teachers are fantastic, they care more than I have ever seen before.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2009
Best teachers in Oakland!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
I am a grandparent of two grandchildren who presently attend NOCCS and one grandchild who has graduated from NOCCS.Each visit I witness children in a caring,comfortable environment who are happy and eager to learn. NOCCS is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
North Oakland Community Charter School has one of the most spirited and committed communities I have ever been a part of. I feel so fortunate to have my sons be a part of it all. Our teachers are the best, our director is fantastic, our kids are beautiful and our parents are committed. It all makes me feel like we could conquer anything together.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Great peace and justice and education philosophy, very engaged teachers who believe in learning from their students. And great parents who are just as engaged in supporting their children to become conscious global citizens. Noccs Rocks!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Best damn school in the world. I spent 8 years there with my kids and they grew to be smart, engaged, compassionate human beings thanks to NOCCS.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Innovative, student-oriented teaching that enables students to reach their true potential. This school really cares!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 20, 2009
Noccs has a wonderful and supportive community.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 20, 2009
One of the many things I love about NOCCS is the commitment to diversity. The school welcomes students who differ from one another in culture, ethnicity, economic level, family structure, and learning abilities. Staff, students and parents are working hard to create an inclusive community where we can celebrate our differences and learn from each other. We feel very grateful to be part of the NOCCS community.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
NOCCS has incredibly dedicated teachers committed to understanding and tailoring to student learners. The director supports and collaborates with all teachers to construct a positive and safe environment for students to work toward their full potential as community members and inquisitive people. Please help them continue this work!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 20, 2009
NOCCS has an awesome Director, passionate teachers, involved parents, and remarkable students. NOCCS Rocks!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Great Staff, Amazing kids, loving families - NOCCS is the perfect mix

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
The school is run by the community of parents and staff, who work together to ensure that the school and its students are successful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
It's an exciting place to work with passionate teachers and staff, engaged students and supportive parents. Everyone works together, as learners and teachers, to make NOCCS an inspiring community.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 19, 2009
Carol G is the best Principal faculty can have for her caring and being real with people.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Small, creative, progressive, loving, community-based, family-oriented, diverse....++++++

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
NOCCS is an incredible community of teachers, students, families, and staff that come together for top rate learning and support of children's growth. Everyone does their part.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
My kids love going to school. All the teachers care about all the students

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
I love the hard working teachers, staff and community that makes this a truely exceptional school. This school strives to go beyond their wonderful project based curriculum to educate the whole child, socially and emotionally, enabling them to be a better community member.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
NOCCS is a fantastic school that offers a diverse and comprehensive curriculum. The teachers really care and go out of their way to help improve their student s learning experience and encourage them to grow as people. Students at NOCCS learn to appreciate the value that knowledge gives their lives and the power it gives them to reach their dreams.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 19, 2009
I love the school because it gave me as the grandmother of 2 in your school tremendous peace about what an outstanding education my grandsons are getting at NOCCS..The diversity is terrific along with all the extra things they are learning about the world, gardening, pottery and languages.. It is better than any Private school that I visited

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
Easily one of the best schools in the East Bay, if not the whole Bay Area. Very small, very tight-knit community that is warm and accepting and becoming moreso every year. The staff has an amazing dedication to equity and how to properly balance that with progressive educational ideas.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 19, 2009
NOCCS is a progressive Charter school that serves to bring amazing education to all kids in a public format. But finding ways to engage parents and the community at the same level as progressive private schools. They are setting a great example for other public schools...it is possible to give our kids good education in a public setting. Go NOCCS

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Great teachers and great academic program!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
I love NOCCS because of the community, the staff and the curriculum, most of all!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
It's a progressive, caring school that is concerned with its students overall well being.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 19, 2009
Every time I visit my granddaughter who is a student there, it seems the school has some type of activity that all of the children participate in and enjoy. I think the school fosters kindness and compassion for others along with a great curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Because they hve great teachers and great students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
The teachers are caring nurturers. They inspire! The school community as a whole is ideal.....I wish all school had what we have. The ultimate learning environment-- great parent support too.

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2009
The mission of the school is great: respect for teachers and students, embracing progressive education with life long learning, encorporating diversity and equity in every phase of operation , honoring peacemaking as a skill for students to learn among themselves and in their community, service learning and community involvement. Great leadership that is responsive to student/ parent concerns. Wonderful parents and strong sense of community. All of this while providing the children with a great education.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Great teachers, friendly diverse community, helpful, down-to-earth parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
NOCCS is a wonderful, progressive school that prepares our children not just academically for high school and beyond, but emotionally, morally, and intellectually for the world outside of school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
NOCCS is a school with a focus on developing children into inquisitve, participative adults. The families, teachers and staff all value the children's input as part of their own education and you can see it reflected in their love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
gives kids the opportunity to learn at their own speed, in a creative and academically challenging environment

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
NOCCS is the Best public school, it is a great progressive education and a functioning, supportive, visionary community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
NOCCS honors all students, and reaches them where they are, to bring them to their own heights of learning. NOCCS touches the promise within all children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I love how excited & grateful my family is for the education and great care they receive at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
It is an amazing school where the philosophy of the school actually matches the actions of the people who run it. The school is progresive in that the emotional/social development and the academic development of NOCCS students are equally taken into account. All this becomes apparent in the way students treat themselves, each other and their teachers. We feel so lucky to be part of this community and all its amazing families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
We love our school because it is small and intimate. My daughter had made friends easily, and the teachers and principal do work together. There are always laughter and my daughter is excited about going to school once again !

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
NOCCS provides a progressive, supportive, academically challenging environment that encourages teamwork, creativity, and service to the community. NOCCS Rocks!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
This school has the most fantastic staff of teachers and support of any school I've ever witnessed! It's progressive and helps our children to recognize and take responsibility for their environment and themselves with respect to all. Our Director is an amazing advocate for all our kids and we couldn't be happier to send our kids their. In fact, our daughter often says 'I want to go to school now' - even in the summer. NOCCs is a very empowering place!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Great community, amazing teachers

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
NOCCS is a place for progressive education, with a wonderful sense of community for families. Teaching for understanding, service learning, and peace-making are all major parts of the curriculum. My daughter is seen as a whole person by her teachers. I feel lucky that my daughter and I are a part of it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Because we have some of the most caring and participating parents anywhere!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Bright, talented, devoted teachers and staff and conscientious, caring, dedicated parents make our school amazing and creates a loving and inspired environment for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Wonderful teachers and staff who truly love my child, and a huge mass of parents and friends always willing to step in and help provide the means and support for the best possible education for all of our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
You know what? ...It's the kids! To know the faces, hear to the voices, see the smiles, and listen to the stories of the children in this school is such a joy and an experience in and of itself... Clearly, NOCCS is doing so many things so very well. I have no doubt that with more recognition and funding, North Oakland Community Charter School will continue to be a model for conscious, progressive learning that will benefit the whole world. I can't wait to see what the amazing youth of NOCCS will do for our future.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Small, caring community with dedicated leader and teachers, eager students, ample parent involvement, and staff and kids who want to come to school each day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
amazing teachers, progressive child-centered education, peace-making curriculum, visionary leadership, incredible parent community!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
Sad to see some negative reviews here. We are very happy with the school. Our daughter is in 5th grade now: she came to NOCCS in 4th grade. She has the same teacher for 4th and 5th grade, and she is excellent. Very rigorous, very engaged, seems to know our daughter very well. We feel lucky. Our son has just entered kindergarten. We did not know anyone when we went to NOCCS but did not find it clickish at all. It is true that everyone seemed to know each other, so that we felt left out for the first few days. But as soon as you help out with something, or talk to someone in the office, or whatever, you are made to feel very welcome indeed -- as, I'm sure, is the case in most schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2007
Our daughter is at NOCCS as an entering Kindergartner fall of 2007. So far, we are thrilled with the community and education at NOCCS. It feels like a perfect grass roots, community based alternative to the exclusive feel of area private schools and the rigid structure and curriculum of OUSD schools. The academic program is progressive and attracts innovative, caring teachers who want that environment. The parent community feels very much like a 'takes a village' approach with tons of family and parent involvement and everyone pitching in to ensure a positive learning environment, which supports the kids in their commitment to learning. The community is diverse and inclusive. Overall, we feel like we won the lottery when we got in. We are thrilled and so is our daughter -- she loves school, her friends and learning.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2007
We had our daughter in 3rd grade last yr, and pulled her out. She lost an entire year in math, which she's made up this year. Good parent involvement, but is uncontrolled and clique-ish. This yr's head had all the right stuff, and the board voted to not renew his contract. Academics are not what they claim to be. Classroom management isn't either. Financial stablity is precarious and is hidden behind a wall of double talk. Given the state of Oakland Public Schools, it is better than some, but what a basis of comparison! We are so thankful we have moved on.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
Test Scores aren't everything. Among the public schools we've attended our child was at a great disadvantage here, losing a year of academic and emotional development. Benefits of alternative education at NOCCS are for a small group of families who started this school and some new families who fit with their style of communication. Relationships among families and staff are dysfunctional and leadership is confused and clickish. This school is not prepared to meet the needs of a diverse population either in theory or practice.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2006
Not acdemically sound; my child had lots of fun at NOCCs but was academically behind when he started 6th grade. Disfunctional social networks are supported by faculty who is worried more about their budget than their families in need.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2006
North Oakland Community School (aka NOCCS) is a refreshing alternative to an otherwise destitute district in Oakland California. With their unique and individualized approach to education for each child NOCCS fosters independant thinking, core principals of peace and equality, and a strong sense of community. Our son has prospered in his first year at NOCCS and we look forward to furthering the goal of equal higher education for children within the public school system. I cannot say enough about the benefits of this school. It is a beautiful example of how proactive parents can create a unique, successful and educational environment for children within the Charter school system. We feel that our son will be well prepared to be successful as he continues his higher learning and college prep.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2004
My son entered the first K-1 class in 2000 and is entering 4th grade in the fall when the school will have achieved its complete multi-age classroom configuration of K-5 grades. The school will also gain a 3/4-time director in exchange for the 1/2 Kinder teacher / 1/2 director position occupied by the lead teacher. There is exceedingly active parent involvement; this is my second term on the board of trustees. Although diversity has suffered through a vigorous sibling policy and limited facility size, educational equity is a priority. The fee-based After School Program offers an enrichment and academic extension program to about 70% of students with about 20% participating in a partial scholarship program. Families support the teachers' agency within the classroom and leadership in this progressive learning community that has collectively built everything from the ground up. NOCCS is poised and eager to locate to a larger site.

- submitted by a parent
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North Oakland Community Charter School
1000 42nd Street, Oakland, CA  94608
(510) 655-0540
Last modified North Oakland Community Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
North Oakland Community Charter School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 158 reviews.