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745 Cleveland Street
Oakland, CA 94606

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(510) 874-3600
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5 stars
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August 22, 2013
Cleveland is amazing. The Eco-literacy program, the school garden and the fact that they teach (by example) the children to embrace diversity just a few of the things that make this school so amazing.

- submitted by a community member
June 13, 2013
Well it is then end of the 2012-2013 school year and my daughter graduates 1st grade today. She spent kindergarten and 1st grade at Cleveland, and we plan to be there until she moves up to middle school. There is only one problem, and it does upset me regularly. Some of the people who work in the office really don't seem to care. At all. The won't even make the effort to apologize if they mess something up. They DO NOT want to talk to ANYONE. If you get through a conversation with them without getting snotty attitude or rude facial expressions you are incredibly lucky. Also, this school is on a steep hill. If you are coming from the bottom you made need to use the back gate, but sometimes they just forget to unlock. I have a severe back injury and they do not care at all even after telling them that I cannot walk up the steepest hill to get to the "front" of the school. Very upsetting, and I really hope they replace some of those people soon, because they are awful, mean, uncaring people.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2012
My son also started kindergarten at Cleveland this fall and loves it! I have been very impressed with the involvement and dedication of the parents and PTA who are sensitive to the needs of all students. The school is very diverse and inclusive. Cleveland offers a unique Eco-Literacy program with a beautiful garden. My son is really picking up speed with his reading and loves his teacher and the after school program Bear Cub that is on-campus. There's a school music program and after school activities such as soccer and drumming. The teachers are hard working, very experienced and dedicated. I really can't say enough about how amazing this school is!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2012
My son started Kindergarten at Cleveland this fall. He really loves his teacher and his new friends....and he's learning a ton. The aftercare at Bear Cub City is great, too. I've been really impressed by the parent community....lots of smart, caring adults who are really focused on ensuring the highest-quality education for their kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2012
I have three children at Cleveland - two kinder and one in 1st grade - and we love it! It's a true gem of a public school with great teachers and staff and a very involved group of parent volunteers. The state curriculum is enhanced with art, music, ecoliteracy and after school learning options that include soccer, languages, guitar lessons, creative writing and others. They also provide excellent after school care options. Perhaps some of the best events at the school are a series of community events that bring the school together for fun celebrations of the very diverse community - Spaghetti night, movie nights, Cinco De Mayo celebration, Lunar New Year celebration, Cultural Heritage night, Fall and End of the Year Festivals. My favorite thing about this school is that it is a place that truly celebrates diversity. Nothing can compare to the social learning that comes from experiencing other cultures as a part of everyday life. The campus is bright and lively with flowers, trees, veggie gardens, wonderful play structures and views. The two recently refurbished libraries promote a love of reading in a fun environment. On top of all these pluses, their test scores are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2011
My son has been in Kindergarten and loves it!! He is learning a lot and suppose to be reading by the end of the year... The teachers are consistent and lovely, the principal is really engaged with the parents and children. We couldn't be more happy about this fantastic little school!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2011
I love Cleveland!! Everyone including parents and staff are very friendly. My son also went to the after school program called Bear Cub City which has an awesome group of staff. My son always begs me to stay longer. I enjoy their annual all natural soup day where the students pick the vegetables they've grown and make soup to share with each other. Both new and old principle has been very good to me and my son. The open campus is a bonus in OUSD.

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February 14, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
The school is incredibly inclusive of all families - even translates documents and meetings into the dominant languages spoken besides English - yet achieves high scores and academic success more typical of a homogeneous environment. Go Cleveland!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
After surviving OUSD's total mess of an enrollment process, we were assigned to Cleveland. With a thick coat of bitterness, we enrolled in what's turned out to be a hidden gem of a school. With about 150 kids, Cleveland is small compared to other nearby schools, Crocker, Lakeview and Glenview. The smaller class sizes (17-20) were an unexpected bonus and pleasure for our easily distracted child. The Principal, Ms. Settles, is dynamic, friendly and accessible. She not only knows her school and the educational field, but she makes it a point to learn every child's name- and remembers them all! Cleveland also has great academics and an awesome eco-literacy curriculum that supplements the science program from K-5. Kids learn about growing food in an outdoor classroom designed by an parent/environmental architect, with gardens that have 8-ft tall sunflowers and delicious strawberries. Love what we see so far!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Cleveland is a great, small community school that is diverse and can set an example of how to communicate with ALL students AND parents. i have been involved with Cleveland school for over 11 years as my 4 children have move through and it has been a pleasure watching it grow.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Cleveland School has an excellent principal, great teachers and wonderful programs. My granddaughter is doing so well at Cleveland - on her way to becoming a scholar.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
The diversity is great, teachers caring and the principal is very involved, committed and knows the children by name. The PTA, though small, does an excellent job with fundraising and events.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The school has started some inovative new projects like a garden and an outdoor classroom! Great principal!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
This is our first year at Cleveland. We've heard many great things about this school and so far, the results have more than exceeded our expectations. The principal is very impressive and runs a fantastic operation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Cleveland is a happy fmaily oriented school. It is a friendly school in a big city. The students, teachers, staff and parents all work together beautifully to make Cleveland the best elementary school on Oakland.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Cleveland Elementary was the school I was attending as a little girl. I enjoyed because of the great friendly atmosphere, the teachers who work hard to make sure that we learn what was needed. The parents and children here are also mutl-racial, friendly and giving. Now currently my three children are attending Cleveland Elementary School. Next year my fourth child will be attending as well. After fifteen years, Cleveland has become an even better school with its new gardens, it has added an outside classroom where the kids are taught about the plants and health. The teachers are so delicated in teaching out kids, that we can't thank them enough. Our PTA is one the best, fundraising yearly to add afterschool programs, for example after school care to six o'clock, guitar classes, lego classes, chess classes etc. Pta work hard help raise much need money that the state or federal level does not supply which help to build a playground structure for our school, money for each individual class for fieldtrips, new benches and tables for the kid to eat their lunches and rest during recess. The funding also supplies further funds for many pending project need for the school and help make newer events possible. With each year we see Cleveland grow and mature in something better than the last. our parents and teachers are remarkable working together for what, for our kids and future kids and our community. Cleveland School is a great school. I proud of our school 'Cleveland School' IOt's my school and my kids school, hopefull it will still be around for my grandchildren.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Cleveland is a diverse, amazing school full of interesting people and dedicated teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Cleveland is such a wonderful school with great teachers, a diverse community, super academic record, fantastic programs and enrichments, beautiful campus gardens and a new outdoor classroom. Amazing! My kids and I love Cleveland!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I love Cleveland for its great teachers, visionary principal and wonderful community of students, staff and parents who work together to make Cleveland even better. It is safe, nuturing, academically strong and incredibly diverse. We couldn't ask for a better environment for our son.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
diverse school, great principal who remembers the kid's names. great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Fantastic principal, experienced teachers, and a diverse and involved community of parents and kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Our Great Principle, our Awesome teachers, Wonderful staff, Driven PTSA, Enrichment Programs, High Academic, are just few to name.... Cleveland is not just a school but a Community and we are proud to be part of it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
My son just started kindergarten and loves it!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
I just want to say, this is a very nice school

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 28, 2009
We love this school. Our first choice was Crocker highland but I can say now--we're glad they didnt have a spot for our child. The culture, the diversity, the parents involvment, the expanding PTA and their functions, the school gardening, the school events(veggie soup day...), the motivated teachers who actually like their job and children, the wonderfull school principal who knows students by names----it was the school we were looking for!!! Too bad we're moving this summer and I hope my kids new school would be as Great as Cleveland Elem. School. We'll miss you!

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2008
My son has attended Cleveland since kindergarten and is now in 2nd grade. It's a small neighborhood school with very experienced teachers. Most have been teaching 15 to 20 years. The parent/student population is diverse with many Cantonese speakers. The principal is fantastic. She truly cares about the kids, teachers and community. After school program offerings continue to grow thanks to a small group of active PTA parents. Cleveland Elementary is a real hidden gem in Oakland.

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August 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 17, 2007
I am a new Kindergarten parent and I have to say I am really impressed with how things are coming along this past year and over the summer - the school has had many upgrades over the summer (new bathrooms among many other things!), a new, larger playstructure has been installed, parents (PTA esp.) seem more committed than ever and a super energetic principal and teaching staff. My family is really looking forward to this school year!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 17, 2007
I am a parent at Cleveland. I found Cleveland to be exemplary in academics, excellent in Principal leadership and vision, and their PTA is growing. What impressed me most was their recent vision that includes all children and their focus on building a great community. I am very pleased with Cleveland, and my child loves it too!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2007
I found Cleveland School through this site and was quite impressed with the school's academic levels and what it had to offer. After enrolling my son there I found that while the school is good educational wise it's not good socially. You just have to stay involved and let your voice be heard no matter what.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2006
Excellent School. My son is in first grade and I am extremely happy with his teacher, Miss Chalette. I am a member of the PTA. Unfortunatly, the members are too few comparing to the number of students. The PTA funds an art and drama class. Other activities are being considered for next year.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2004
A small neighborhood school tucked away that excels in all areas. We picked Cleveland school through the open enrollment process and are especially pleased with the Principal's involvement, every Teacher's dedication, the diversity of both teachers and students, the celebration and education of cultural differences, and a variety of field trips to enrich my children's education. Having spent one year at a different elementary school, Cleveland School has proved to be truly involved and concerned with each and every student's education and future.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2004
Cleveland is a great school. my son has really learn atlot at this school.The teacher was excellent she found area of concern with my child and set up a program to make sure my child will stay on track. i believe that this school definely need to be appreciate for their hardwork.

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Cleveland Elementary School is a safe, disciplined, and productive environment where students and adults are meaningfully engaged in learning. Our culturally diverse population is our strength, and the spirit of equity, cooperation, and respect permeates our school community. Our curriculum design and instructional practices enhance our ability to connect and apply academic learning to service learning as evidenced in our Community Garden Project. We are determined to develop students who are socially, politically, academically, and technologically competent. The mission of Cleveland Elementary is to close the achievement gap in Oakland and create a sense of urgency and love for learning in our students. We strive to make a positive difference in the lives of our young people by offering an engaging and rigorous instructional program, and by building strong relationships between parents, staff, students, and community. We create a culture of high standards and equity through ongoing self-reflection and analysis. Parents are encouraged to be involved in our school. We teach our English Learners to develop proficiency in English. Additionally, we offer a Special Education program, speech/language and occupational therapy, and fundraise for a music and art program to enhance instruction in the classroom. At Cleveland Elementary, we are dedicated to developing productive, compassionate, and ethical students.

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Cleveland Elementary School
745 Cleveland Street, Oakland, CA  94606
(510) 874-3600
Last modified Cleveland Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cleveland Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 35 reviews.