The parent volunteerism fills the school with vitality. The science department is particularly vibrant.
There seems to be some parents who do not like a strong principal. They would prefer someone that they can control. That is not happening at Claremont. We have a very strong principal who loves the children but will not tolerate violence, disrespect, etc. I have not seen any children that are not happy now at Claremont. A new administration, new teachers is making this school a school of choice. We have the only digital media classes in OUSD along with a wonderful music and art department. My child is happy and so am I.
The school has many great attributes including a dedicated teaching staff, extremely active parents and a variety of opportunities for the students to become involved with. However, the new principal is dictatorial, lacking in experience and leadership skills and has created a climate of fear, mistrust and animosity by retaliating against anyone who speaks their mind be it student, parent or teacher.
Claremont MS has change, the entire environment of this school's community has changed. The school is much cleaner. The trees are trim and the building has been paint which gives the school a much needed face lift. Younger teachers replaced the once that retired. Disciplinary issues have seem to decease. But it's very difficult to meet with the administration staff. Students, do not look happier. Teachers look over work. I'm not sure but things don't appear to be what it seem. Check out the Friday tours and Coffee with Crockett the 1st. Wednesday of each month. Staff appear to be unhappy. . . My older child promoted from this school. But, I'm not sure if I will be sending my younger child. Concerned Parent
I am the parent of a sixth grader at Claremont. My son, who went to Chabot, is very happy, is learning a lot, and has quite a few friends. Overall, I am very pleased with the school. The new principal and vice principal are very good: they have focused on discipline issues -- probably the biggest concern from prior years -- and the school environment appears to have made big strides in that regard. There is still work to be done, which is not unexcpected for an Oakland public school, Overall, I am very glad that our family decided to send our son here and we definitely plan to send our other child to Claremont in the next couple of years.
Our son, who is a 6th grader at Claremont Middle School, is enjoying and learning at Claremont. He likes his teachers, says that the atmosphere for learning is safe, and that he has made a lot of new friends. We as parents appreciate the hard work of the new principal and assistant principal and believe that they are leading the school in the right direction. Overall, we are very clear that we made the right decision to send our son to Claremont.
I am an active parent at Claremont Middle school. I am proud to say that many positive things are happening campus wide. The buildings and grounds are clean and I give highest praise to our fabulous custodian Mr. Sam Taylor. The current administration has been very effective in maintaining a positive school climate. Our new principal (Ms. Kenya Crockett) and our new vice principal (Mr. Kevin Taylor) are doing all the right things to create a positive learning environment. Teachers feel supported and the end result is students are engaged and succeeding. My child is happy at the school and I am happy to be a part of this middle school community. Sincerely, Julie Parker PTA Secretary and mother of a 7th grader
My son (8th) is getting straight A s so far for 2 years. He loves grades and really strives to do 100% at CMS. 2. He took up a band instrument after never even thinking about it to be in the CMS band. 3. He took Algebra in 7th grade 1 year ahead of district and California standards. 4. He is taking Geometry at Oakland Tech. during the Zero period. Basically before school starts for most kids. He carpools there with other CMS students, about 15, and then walks back to CMS for the start of a regular day. This has been a huge boost to his ego and self esteem. He feels really proud to be on a high school campus while still in middle school. Another unintended consequence is he has become very familiar already with Oakland Tech. and is now very much comfortable there
Our experience with our 7th grader at Claremont was nothing less than traumatic. I would not agree with the parent that mentioned the principal is wonderful. He may be a wonderful person, but he's a terrible principal. The discipline problems at Claremont are out of control. I've had to break up several fights during our stay and my child was assaulted on more than one occasion. We decided to move our child mid year. Our child went from a 1.0 GPA at Claremont to a 3.0 at the new school. Yes, Ms. Chalk is very good at communicating issues both good and bad. Ms. Williams is also wonderful. I was initially very optimistic about Claremont, but our experience there was terrible.
Our seventh grader is very happy at Claremont. Her teachers are all very good this year (she had a couple of not-so-good teachers in 6th grade) and she is excited about what she is learning. The atmosphere at the school is very friendly thanks to a great support staff and a very active PTA. Don't be put off by the alarmingly low test scores. The standard of teaching really is very high and we're impressed by the challenging education our daughter is getting at Claremont. The band program is amazing but I do wish that the school was able to offer more electives, e.g. foreign languages.
I agree with the paent below it's defininetly a work in progress. My daughter first year their was horrible as well due to alot of beauracy and alot with staff of the teachers as well who no longer have the paitence to deal with the children of the day. Not sure if my child will return or not due to lack of Oakland Publdic Schools I may have to send her back their. But I believe with new young teacher who are able more to relate to children may help I just don't know. My child academics suffered so much this year I'm just so confused as to what to do.
We have a 6th grader at Claremont who attended Chabot Elementary School for 6 years. We believe we made the right choice and are committed to the school. Our son is doing well and is eager to go to school everyday. He has many Chabot friends (30 families from last year's 5th grade class!) and is making new friends. He has outstanding teachers in Math, Spanish and English/World History. The school, like any in Oakland Unified, is not without its challenges, but together we are working to make it a better place. The teachers here are no different, they need our support. The PTA is no different it needs committed parent volunteers working together to improve the school. Most of all, the kids are no different, they need a positive environment in which to learn and grow. We believe Claremont provides that.
Our experience with our 7th grader at Claremont has been rocky. Claremont seems to be a work in progress and my short time shadowing our student has shown me chaos and a really poor discipline system.
I am a parent of a 7th grader who's GPA went from a 4.0 to a 2.5 and then a 1.0 without notification from the school. I asked for an ED plan and at this point I am still awaiting one. I am removing my son out of this environment in chance of reversing the grades with extra work and tutoring. The quality of programs offered are phenomenal however, the parent/teacher involvement is poor. I am an active parent but the teachers do not return phone calls. Only one does and that's Ms. Chalk.
We currently have a 7th grade student attending this school and it has been a very rewarding and positive experience. Claremont house some of the finest teachers in the district...dedicated to their students who share their love for learning. The administrative staff has been supportive and the leadership it has demonstrated in the past few years... extraodinary. The school boast a wide array of after school programs (barber shop, music, arts, sports, dance, college level tutoring, spoken word...), 2 therapist, 2 after-school counselors, 2 vice-principals in addition to a Principal who has demonstrated great leadership and poise in midst of the financial and budget cuts. Students come from all socio-economic groups. The rich ethnic diversity of this school had taught my child the invaluable lessons in dealing with people from all walks of life...reflective of our diverse landscape. She is better to handle all that life has to dish out. Thank You Claremont!
This school needs major improvements. It is build out of a mostly dedicated staff, but lack of enthusiam for learning, failure by parents to hold students accountable for their success, and an attitude of 'I don't want to be here' by the students makes it a nightmare for the students who do want to be there and are trying to succeed. Academic programs are not rigurous enough, and the art and sports programs have been cut drastically. Overall rating: 2 out of 10.
Ours is a middle class family; one parent a college instructior; the other an architect. Our 8th grade son has received a VERY good education at Claremont. He has benefitted from the accelerated math and Spanish programs, and his 8th grade teachers in all subjects are outstanding. He loves Claremont, finding safety and comfort in this diverse community. The principal and most faculty are first-rate, and work hard; despite the formidable economic challenges, principal & faculty deliver results. Other European-American families of this Rockridge area assume this predominantly black school a probable 'jungle:' there is NO basis to this myth. This hidden jewel of North Oakland Community should be visited, and like-minded parents of students should be consulted with. We are active in the PTA-- & consider this high-quality, tuition-free, alternative to more sheltered private institutions 'a private school education in a public school.' Claremont should be honestly considered.
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