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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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