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School leader:  Carin Geathers
3994 Burckhalter Avenue
Oakland, CA 94605-2616

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  • Transportation
    Transportation provided for special education students


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    Multiculturalism / Global
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Submitted by a teacher · August 12, 2011
I am a teacher at this gem of a school nestled atop Edwards Avenue. I love my job, I love my Principal and I love our children! This is a small school where we know the names of all our children. They are loved and valued and given the academic... more

Submitted by a parent · August 18, 2009
I love the teachers, and the dedication that is so apparent the minute you walk into the school. Ms. Geathers is a supportive leader and her caring ways come through. My children have done exceptionally well and those who have left Burckhalter... more

Submitted by a parent · May 17, 2004
Burckhalter Elementary School is the best school in Oakland. Because of its size the children are able to get that one on one attention that is critical in learning. I think the social values of this far exceed the values of any other elementary... more

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Burckhalter Elementary School is a small, vibrant school nestled in a residential neighborhood in East Oakland. Our small size makes the school intimate; all of our staff members know each and every student, and the students know all staff members and volunteers who support them at the school. At Burckhalter Elementary School we seek to make education meaningful. Asking not "how smart is the child" but "how is the child smart," we equip students to pursue education with passion, persistence, purpose, and pride. Our motto is, "Work Hard, Get Smart." Diversity is at our core and serves as a strength. We are a science-focused school with an outdoor science lab. Our goal is to implement programs that are academically rigorous and grounded in best practices. Every student has access to the core curriculum with a strong emphasis on math, science, and technology (STEM). Our wireless library-technology lab is equipped with thirty-one computers, all loaded with high quality software including Achieve 3000, SuccessMaker and Waterford. Our greatest resource is our volunteer corps -- they include AAUW, Faith Network, Jewish Coalition League, Science Horizons, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. (OEBAC), 180? Program, Ujimaa Afterschool Program and the Excel Reading Clinic. Students with social-emotional needs are supported on site through our partnership with the Ann Martin Center. The primary goal of Burckhalter Elementary School is to serve the academic and social-emotional needs of all of our students. Our recent API growth has been 150 points for all students and 184 for African-American students -- the highest of any OUSD elementary school.

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Burckhalter Elementary School
3994 Burckhalter Avenue, Oakland, CA  94605-2616
Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews. (510) 729-7700
Last modified Burckhalter Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.