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3877 Lusk Street
Oakland, CA 94608

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4 stars
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June 01, 2014
Honestly this was the biggest mistake of my son's education. Not only did the teachers not really teach but they seem to blame the child for their mistakes. No wonder the retention of teachers and school administrations seems to become worse by the week. I tried working with my son's teacher and even asked for her assistance in help him improve. She just have me a blank stare like I was speaking another language. They have young educators starting their teaching careers here or something because I have never seen the lack or nurturing education in my life from a teacher with experience. When I asked her what about tutoring she said more worksheets! Don't put your child in this school because not only do they deny them bathroom use and at times lunch meals. They also deny them a learning experience. When I finally transferred my son to another school district that had Counselors and caring teachers and school administration, all his teacher said he was way behind in his learning from OMI. Another tragic school that started out with a positive outlook for a 3.2 grade point student only to end with disappointing result. Never again.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
This is an amazing school. I feel the structure is what a lot of kids want and need. This school serves children from a variety of socio/economic backgrounds. However, this school is not for every child and family. One of the great things about this school is that it is Free.

- submitted by a community member
September 10, 2013
My school can improve by having bigger lunch proportions and a bigger selection of breakfast and lunch. Also, they have to be more Lenient especially towards students that do well academically.

- submitted by a community member
August 13, 2013
Where to start? OMI is an amazing school. They teach the whole child. They expect a lot and help each child achieve success. I know that my sons are doing well because of the amazing people at this school. I can't thank the wonderful people at OMI enough.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
I love this school, they are very detailed and child oriented. They have the kids best inrerst in mind. I really love the fact that there is no off campus lunch so kids have less time to get into trouble, and focus on education. Great teachers, great staff, and very well prepared to teach the kids for college and the real world. The uniforms is a plus and a pocket saver on school clothes.If there is kids who are struggling in public schools I recommend this school, it fixed my kids up and I dont regret sending them there.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2012
My 2 sons couldn't be more different if they tried and for the life of me I don't know what kind of child does well at OMI. The one thing I did take note of is the demographic of OMI. Although I still believe it to be a great school I guess my children aren't great for it.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2012
If you are looking for a safe school for your children this is it. No longer do I worry about whether or not my child is on campus or supervised. They are! And not just supervised, but involved. The teachers are courteous, thorough with their assignments and are always available even when I just stop in unannounced. The Superintendent himself is located on the campus and has twice made time to meet with us an answer questions about uniforms and permission slips when nobody else was around. The after school staff takes the time to let me know how my child did on their homework that day. It is clear that while the military aspect has changed quite a bit from last year and is a bit mismanaged from the top down, I am glad my child is still receiving the education we were looking for. I recommend this school to any parent who wants their child who wants to go to college.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2012
If you are looking for a safe school in Oakland for your children this is it. No longer do we worry about whether or not our children are on campus or being supervised. They are! And not just supervised but involved. The teachers are courteous, thorough with their homework assignments an are always available even when we come in after school. The Superintendent himself is actually located on the campus and always make time to meet with us to answer questions about uniforms and permission slips when nobody else is around. He knows the students by name and ours feel they can go to him for anything. Even the after school staff take the time to let us know how they did on their homework that day too. The military management has changed a lot since last year and more inconsistent than we were used to but the company sargents who do work with the students are dependable. I'm glad our children are still receiving the attention and education from the school that we were looking for. We recommend this school to any parents who want their children to be well cared for while preparing for college.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2011
If you want your child to experience real dedication to excellence this is your school. I have been part of the OMI family for seven years and have seen it grow into an amazing institution. The school readies young adults for college by emphasizing discipline, respect and dedication. The staff is truly committed in helping to raise responsible and caring people. There is more support staff than I have seen at any other middle / high school in my life and they all play valuable rolls in the children's daily lives. I encourage any parent serious about their child's successful future to consider OMI as your families choice.

- submitted by a teacher
September 09, 2011
I am very happy to have found the school that has made a difference.. The Oakland Military Institute. Not only are they a college prep academy, but the faculty and staff have proven to every student that they have a devoted interest in their future. It's an extraordinary school that allows our children to benefit from highly educated, professional members. My son has learned to take full responsibility for his actions, he is growing up to be a respectful young man. A special thanks to the Admissions officer, MAJ Wells, for the opportunity. The school tour was incredible and he was able to answer all my questions and explain any doubts I had. My son refers to him as being an astonishing person, who helps people equally. The dean of students, Miss Frost, gets five stars! If it was not for her, I would know very little. She truly cares about her kids! Her dedication and consistency proves it. We admire and respect the faculty and staff at OMI. They are all great!!! THANK YOU.....OMI !!!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
MY SON IS BEGINNING HIS SECOND YEAR AT OMI. WE BOTH KNOW HOW LUCKY WE ARE TO HAVE FOUND OMI. WHAT WE LEARNED QUICKLY WAS THAT OMI OFFERS A PROGRAM THAT REFUSES TO ALLOW THEIR STUDENTS TO FAIL. THEY OFFER CLEAR EXPECTATIONS OF EACH INDIVIDUAL (STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND STAFF). OMI DOESN T JUST DICTATE EXPECTATIONS. WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE HALLS YOU ARE IMMEDIATELY AWARE THAT YOU ARE A VALUED PART OF THIS COMMUNITY. EACH INDIVIDUAL FROM THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF ADMINISTRATION TO THE YOUNGEST STUDENT, EVERYONE IS TREATED WITH THE SAME LEVEL OF RESPECT. ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF WALK THE WALK NOT JUST TALK THE TALK AND THE RESULTS ARE AMAZING!!! THEY ARE CONSISTENT AND THEIR GOAL IS NOT ONLY TO EDUCATE BUT INSTILL INTEGRITY AND BUILD CHARACTER. THEY PROVIDE THE SUPPORT AND RESOURCES REQUIRED FOR EACH STUDENT TO BE CONFIDENT, SUCCESSFUL, INDEPENDENT, RESPONSIBLE AND RESPECTFUL YOUNG INDIVIDUALS PREPARED TO GO ON TO COLLEGE...LIFE!!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2011
My son enrolled at OMI last year for sixth grade. He is a very bright son that we adopted just 3 years previously from South America. He had a very difficult time in oth schools, and never attended the same school years in a row. Everyone at OMI, from the admissions officer, to the principal, dean and superintendent have done everything in their power to help our son succeed. I have never seen a school with staff and administration so dedicated to students' success. I hope to see my son graduate OMI and go on to a high quality college like 80% of their graduates.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2011
We enrolled our son in OMI at the beginning of his junior year because as smart as he is, it was not displayed in his grades. Within 2 - 3 months we started seeing a remarkable improvement in our son: he was happy, his grades were improving, and we didn't have to 'beg' him to do his homework. When we asked him why the big change, he told us "because I can tell the teachers at OMI really care." That was a HUGE testament coming from a 16 year old student and we see it every day when we pick him up; there are so many teachers still at the school at 6 and 7 pm in the evening!! Not only are the teachers dedicated but the administrative staff is also awesome. If I forget to complete a form, my son's counselor will contact me to remind me of deadlines. She's helping us understand the college process. The one-on-one contact with the OMI staff always amaze us. Our only regret is that we discovered OMI so late, we wished we had discovered this school when our son was in middle school. We are 100% confident that he would be far more advanced than he is today. OMI faculty and staff, thanks for EVERYTHING that you do to develop our Oakland children!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2011
I transfered my son to OMI for high school because he was having a little difficulty in the public/large classroom setting. He is now in his Sr. year and I must say had I kept him in a regular public school, I do not believe he would be graduating with the 2012 class. The teachers and staff and OMI are wonderful! The REALLY care about the kids' success and it shows in my sons renewed commitment and dedication. I developed a relationship with all of his teachers and office staff and it just feel like a small family. It's nice to know that the teachers and staff also care. My son has attended OMI for 4-years and will be graduating this year (2012) and I must say that I am EXTREMELY happy and appreciative with the school. I urge you to call or give them a visit if you are looking for the BEST for your child without paying private school fees!!

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2011
authorities of this school do not have good communication to parents. I personally had a issue that happened there which I felt unsatisfied with the resolution. When it happened they never told nothing, Im still wating for an explanation what happen with my son. Some bad students accused him of something that never could happen. I know my son and they know him, too. Al teacher put their hands on fire for him, but authorities don't , because they don't know the students. I'M PLANNING TO MOVE MY SON TO OTHER SCHOOL. HE WAS ACCEPTED AT LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL IN SAN FCO, BCAUSE HE GOT 3.5 TO 4.0 GPA. AND NO DEMERIT SINCE HE STARTED IN 6TH GRADE.. I AM COMPLETELY UPSET OF THE SCHOOL DISCIPLINE PERSONAL

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2010
this is a good school but they want to kick kids out to fast because they act bad but by kicking them out what will that slove the problem they should help the kid out instead of kickinhg them

- submitted by a student
February 05, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2010
I am the mother of two teenage daughters, both of whom attended an Oakland Catholic school for the first nine years of their educations (grades K-8). My older daughter went on to and still attends an Oakland Catholic high school, but my youngest daughter had some issues which led us to conclude that OMI might be a better fit for her. I definitely feel that we made the best choice. OMI is as close as you can get to a private school without paying the price. I love the fact that they offer MORE discipline than the Catholic schools - something my daughter really needed. She is held accountable for her actions, and rewarded when she does well. I was surprised to receive the first phone call when she was misbevahing, but the staff does a great job of keeping parents informed. My daughter loves her school, and so do we.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2010
One of the top school in oakland!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2010
I absolutely love OMI. It's as close to a private school as you will find in any public school. I love that it's from grade 6 - 12. Transitions from elementary school to middle are not easy, so it eases your mind that you won't have to go through that for high school. The teachers really care about your child's education. I feel secure that my child is in a safe environment. The students are taught to respect each other and to do their best. It's not all boot camp as most people would think a military school is all about. The importance of college is drilled in these students daily. I wish I had known about this school sooner. My son has been there for 2 years now and loves it.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2010
Both my nieces attend OMI and since attending their grades have improved. The start of this school year they were given the option to changes schools and they both said no. They get a lot of 1 on 1 and the classes are small. I act in place of their grandmother for all scool activiites. Thank You Bunnie Brown Note this is my second time

- submitted by a community member
January 19, 2010
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating January 19, 2010
I am extremely happy that my daughter is a freshman at OMI. This school has shown their commitment to the success of their students. The curriculums are designed so that it prepares them for college and their encourage for leadership is excellent. I have watched my child go from timid to being a LEADER. I encourage any parents to enroll their child(ren) in OMI.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2010
OMI is the best school I've had the honor of working at. The cooperation between students, teachers, administrators, and parents exceeds anything I've seen elsewhere. Last year, my 10th graders raised their CST scores 12 points; and when the WASC team visited, they applauded the genuine concern and kindness exhibited by students for each other and staff. I love the school and am glad to be part of it.

- submitted by a teacher
January 18, 2010
OMI is an excellent place for children to learn discipline, accountability and leadership skills. This is a school for any parent that wants their child to attend college. Attending college is expected, rathan than encouraged. Any student who puts forth their best effort and commits to the OMI program will succeed. The principal and the TAC teams are incredible. They know your child and they are always available to help. Col. Ryan is an exemplary leader and role model for the cadets. The uniforms are a great way to form bonds and the companys are like big families.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 18, 2010
I don't know where to begin on the praise that I can give to this wonderful school. It has turned my son's life around. The organization, the structure, the curriculum, the teachers, the administrators and staff, all excellent people. Since day one I have felt nothing but welcome and assisted in giving my son the best in care and education. The programs, tutoring and discipline are incomparable to other schools in the Bay Area. They demand a lot from students in self responsibility, but nothing more than what they perform themselves on a regular basis. They are about accountability, but they give your student the skills to be able to handle it. My son is turning into such a well rounded young man and I know that Oakland Military Institute College Preparatory Academy has definitely had a hand in that!

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2010
The staff and faculty have of OMI go beyond in what is expected of them to ensure that no student is ever given the chance the fail when the oppurtunities for success exist.

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January 18, 2010
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November 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2009
Well-structured, safe school that provides quality education while instilling high expectations for every student. Central location, easy access to BART and public transportation as well as shopping areas. My children have benefitted greatly from OMIA.

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March 23, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 24, 2008
My son will graduate from OMI this year. He has attended public school, private school and boarding school. This is BY FAR the best school he has ever attended. The teachers are top notch, and the entire staff genuinely cares about your student. A student that successfully completes the program at OMI wil be ready to enter a FOUR YEAR COLLEGE. Add to that that the school is FREE and this is the best investment that you could make for your child. Yes it is a military school, so do not enroll your child if you dont want him or her to come home calling you Ma'am or Sir, dressing neating every morning, learning organizational and leadership skills on a daily basis, or striving to better themsleves and become responsible adults. I urge you to call and find out more about the school for yourself. You will not be disappointed!!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2008
My son graduated in OMI's first graduating class in 2007. I still stay in involved and in touch with students, parents, teachers, cadre and administration from OMI because I feel so strongly that OMI is a wonderful school that is constantly growing and getting even better. When my son is home on rare breaks from college he goes immediately to OMI to volunteer and interact with the school that means so much to him, and he always will!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2008
My son has been going to the school since January of 2008. I like the academic emphasis as well as the leadership and disciplinary environment. I would recommend this school to other parents. My son likes the school a lot and is focusing on his school work.

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June 21, 2008
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June 19, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 04, 2008
The school really cares about kids and does a lot to help every child succeed.

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March 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2008
OMI is the best choice in Oakland. The teachers truly get involved to teach us, and rather than sitting there all day and studying, the teachers think of great, creative ways to make school fun and exciting. Such ways are labs, games, role playing, projects, and other hands on activities. The school does not judge by what your grade is, what race you are, or even whether you get in trouble a lot (although, of course they'll keep a closer eye on you). Everyone is equal and gets an equal chance. They also do all in their power to prepare you for SAT, College, and so on. This school is definitely the best middle-high school in oakland with its great opportunities and all.

- submitted by a student
January 02, 2008
OMI is one of the best public schools in tth bay area. The teachers are wonderful and they inspire the students. The military leadership, however, is not like it used to be. It is still a wonderful school and a greatoppertunity for the parents, students, and family

- submitted by a student
October 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2007
The new commandant at OMI is really improving the discipline here. I am glad they have finally gotten control of the discipline.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2007
I agree to the current reviews. The school has a fantastic and educational staff. The discipline area can use a little improvement. The school does offer extracurricular activities and definitely requires more parents to get involved, maybe in the new school location this will more parents will participate in meetings

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2007
its a good discipline school and good teachers

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June 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
Our child attends OMI and we don't care what anybody says...OMI is a great school! Our daughter was in another school in Oakland prior to OMI and that school was H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E!!! OMI has taught our daughter many things and the teachers there are awesome as well as compassionate to parents needs. Our daughter had a struggle at first with the whole uniform thing, but she's got it down-packed now. We believe that the parents that think OMI is a bad school are the parents who expect the schools' to make their children better...that's not how it works. It takes parent and teacher collaboration/involvement to make things work. We are especially pleased with Mr. Griffin...you are the best!

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2006
OMI is an extraordinary option for families in Oakland. It is a public charter school with the size and feel of a private school. Its use of the military model provides structure and discipline with and emphasis on community and character.THis model combined with college prep standards for academics makes OMI a wonderful option for students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2006
OMI is a great school! If you choose OMI, your child will have an opportunity to actualize his or her potential and exceed California standards for graduation in the process. Oakland Military Institute has done a great deal to develop all of its programs in its six years of existence. OMI offers a competitive option for Oakland parents who have struggled to find quality, public education in Oakland.

- submitted by a administrator
July 12, 2006
This is school is by far the worst school ever. The teachers slack-off, the students here are below grade level, and the academic tools here are the lowest of the lowest. Do yourself a favor and don't attend this school.

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Oakland Military Institute, College Preparatory Academy
3877 Lusk Street, Oakland, CA  94608
(510) 594-3900
Last modified Oakland Military Institute, College Preparatory Academy is a Charter school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Oakland Military Institute, College Preparatory Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews.