Reach Academy was founded with a great vision, and has a staff determined and capable of realizing it. With strong, ambitious new leadership as of fall 2009, the school is finally in upward swing, with its academic program being dramatically improved by the new principal and support from the district. The curriculum was Reach's weak link, and that is now one of the highest priorities. The staff has always been amazing, a group of sincerely dedicated teachers & other staff who put in a ridiculous amount of hours and will go far above & beyond for their students. I hope to see Reach Academy improve its arts and "enrichment" programs next.
- submitted by a
February 09, 2010
Even though this school is located in the heart of Oakland drama the staff and teachers shine. My child started there this year and as long as the school maintains its mission she will continue to stay there. There is construction going on right now that makes it an eyesore but the dedication of the faculty to providing quality education stands strong.
Reach Academy is a mid-size elementary school housed in a beautiful, sunny, facility in the Las Palmas neighborhood of East Oakland. We are easily accessible by public transportation. Our mission at Reach is to collaborate with family and community to raise young people prepared to pursue their dreams and take their place as responsible, caring members of their communities. We embrace the Balanced Literacy Curriculum, where every classroom is a library and students learn to read at their own level. Basic facts, number sense and critical thinking skills are honed daily in math class. In addition, students explore the world in our Science Lab, develop technology skills in the Computer Lab, and stay fit with our coaches in P.E. Reach boasts a state-of-the-art theater and sound system, a new library, and a Family Room. We also offer an expanding choice of quality afterschool programs and have a counselor at the school as needed.