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.