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School leader Jocelyn Kelleher
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525 Midcrest Road
Oakland, CA 94610

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4 stars
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February 28, 2014
I have two children at Crocker and this is our family's fifth year at the school. Our new principal, Joci has been outstanding. She is such a calm and peaceful presence and has brought a wonderful energy to the school. I look forward to the four years we have left here. The future is bright!

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2013
I have been teaching at Crocker for 18 years...and I still LOVE my job! The kids come in ready and eager to learn, and the parents are always willing to help in the classroom and with fund raising. Most parents are very kind and supportive of the teachers, so it is a great place to work. I particularly like my grade level team. We collaborate a lot, and I think our students really benefit from this.

- submitted by a teacher
November 06, 2012
I graduated from Crocker Highlands last year. I loved Crocker and got a more then fantastic education there. I recommend Crocker Highlands to every child and want to give a special shout out to both my 5th grade teachers who were absolutely outstanding and taught me so much school related topics and much more. Thank you Crocker Highlands I will never go to another school like you, I will never forget Crocker! :D

- submitted by a community member
July 29, 2012
I have had children at Crocker for 6 years now and will be there until my 2nd child graduates. The last few years I walk away thinking...."why do we all think this school is so great?" The principal is fabulous! The parents and community are unbelievable. But I want more from a school. While we've had a few GREAT teachers, I would say we've had more teacher that are not inspiring, yell FAR to much, and do not seem to have a love for teaching. Perhaps if I didn't continue to hear what an amazing school this is, my expectations wouldn't be so high. I hope in time the principal can make the changes necessary to make this a truly great neighborhood school!

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2012
Crocker Highlands is a wonderful school. Our daughter is in Kindergarten and she loves her teacher and loves going to school! The community at the school is nurturing and supportive. The principal is also wonderful and has instilled a great sense of cohesiveness, positivity, and excitement for learning! And we can walk to school (when we are not running late...)! The buddy program helps connect older kids with younger kids, and teaches children to be thoughtful and to care for each other. What a great place!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2011
I am a student at Crocker Highlands and really like it . I came in third grade and was welcomed in to the community. That year I had a great teacher. I am now in fifth grade and encourage your child to go to Crocker Highlands

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 10, 2010
Very active parent community which strives to promote an excellent learning environment and to become inclusive of all learners and families. The staff are all dedicated to not only help students meet state learning standards but to enrich the students with a variety of novel and first-rate activities from hands-on science and math to in-depth exploration of the arts to innovative and thoughtful physical education and now a new edible, teaching garden. Crocker has also adopted the Caring Communities social standard and is one of a few public schools in Oakland with a full inclusion program for students with special needs. Go Cougars!

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2009
This school is fantastic. The parents are everything you've heard/read about and more and really are the defining difference in this school. The principal is new and still getting her bearings, but she shows promise and seems deeply committed to maintaining Crocker's integrity and she loves the kids. We almost decided to go private and then wondered why we'd spend $20k+ a year when we had a gem like Crocker in our backyard. We believe Crocker is every bit as good as a private education, but it comes with the diversity of thought and opinion that we all love about Oakland. We could not be happier with this school and our choice to send our kids here.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
The teachers are wonderful. They have been there, on average, 10-15 years, and the principal is fantastic. She was a former teacher here and has come back as the principal so she knows and respects the teachers and they respect her. The children have learn and thrive and enjoy the activities that are provided through a strong PTA. I love this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2009
I am a parent of a first grader and feel that Crocker is a tough place. The academics are taught in a dry/ out-of-date manner and the children are not taught a love of learning. The administration is really lacking... the parents are really the driving force... the pta is great and many of the teachers are wonderful and caring... but an inspiring place for young minds? unfortunately no.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2008
My child came out of a very well regarded private school to attend Crocker Highlands Elementary and we love it! In most ways it is nearly identical to the private school - same great parent participation, wonderful children, dedicated teachers, and challenging academics. We thought that we'd have to sacrifice a bit in the change to public education, but this school is every bit as good as private (or better). We are so pleased with this school!

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August 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2008
As a 3rd generation graduate of cCorcker Highlands, I can only say it is one of the finest elementary schools in the state. Too sad when it go uglyfied for earthquake retrofitting.

- submitted by a community member
February 13, 2008
I have a son in 1st. grade and hava had a wonderful experience. We highly recommend it

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
Well of course I have to write to rescind the last comment! I think that parent is not representative of Crocker as evidenced by the other comments. Maybe his/her kid was a genius? I have a high achieving child there who is challenged academically. Comparable to private schools for sure if not better in some ways. The parent involvement is strong (PTA raises 180K a year to support vocal music, PE, computers and other things). It is a diverse school in many ways; no sheltered kids here! And the staff is fabulous. The diversity in and of itself will drive plenty of people away, but those folks should go elsewhere b/c they wont' fit in. Its a great school.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
My daughter attended Crocker from 09/03-10/05, and I was very disappointed as a parent. I would never recommend any parent send their child to Crocker Highlands if they are expecting their child to excel and be academically ready for the next level.

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May 17, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2006
Crocker Highlands is an exemplary city school. It displays great racial diversity, is extremely good on both basic academics and on innovating and bringing new ideas and approaches to the classroom, has long-term, experienced dedicated teachers, and is a great community. The school raises about $100,000 a year to support its art, music, and computer programs. It offers a number of programs after school, including chess, martial arts, and Spanish. The combination of extremely high quality education and diversity is unrivalled. The only drawback has to do with being part of the Oakland district: Strict curriculum requirements, financial crises, and the threat of strikes. The previous principal was fantastic at serving the community and insulating the school from heavy-handed administrative oversight. We hope this tradition continues with the new principal, now in her first year (2005-06) at Crocker.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2005
crocker highlands is a good school with excellent teachers. It is one of the best schools in Oakland, but due to budget cuts the child to teacher ratio is high.

- submitted by a teacher
November 13, 2005
I have a son in second grade and daugher in Kindergarden. Both kids are adopted and have had cultural adjustment/English language issues. I have been thrilled with the hands on time and attention given to both children by their teachers. They have zeroed in on their special needs and have made themselves completely accessible. Crocker not only has great teachers, but a wonderfully involved PTA. Fundraising activities by the PTA and parent volunteering have single handedly saved the art and music programs. Both of my children are excited about going to school each day. Crocker has proven to be a safe, diverse, warm place for them to learn and grow. Highly recommended!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2005
Crocker Highlands has been a wonderful school for my daughter. The teachers are amazing and are the best assets a school can have. The plant needs help, but major work is underway as of Nov 05. I wish there were more afterschool programs (tho therre a few) and I want a Kids garden and a grassy area.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
Crocker is a gem -- located in a great neighborhood but very diverse, loads of parental involvement and experienced,dedicated teachers. The school is currently undergoing some renovation which is great. Both of my daughters attended the school and were more than prepared for middle school.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
Crcoker Highlands is a fantastic school, very family oriented and friendly, the staff are so invovled in how your child is doing encouraging parents to really participate in thier academics. We have had only positive experiences at 'Crocker'.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2005
Super School with terrific staff, excellent parent participation. These people care about our kids and it shows in more ways than just the API.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2005
We have ben very pleased with all of our teachers at Crocker. Our daughter is thriving and is excelling in reading and math. She also enjoys art, music, computer classes and occasional after school enrichment programs. Parents are very involved, raising close to 100,000 dollars for enrichment programs. As a white family, I value the chance for my daughtrt to study at a school that is rich in ethnic diversity and celebrates the richness of many cultures.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2005
The overall academic programs at Crocker are getting better. The faculty seems to be working closely with the parents. The extracurricular activities still need more work but with the lack of funding makes it diffcult. Parent involvement is average.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2004
We are very happy with Crocker. In many respects, better than the private school we had our girl at previously. Some real gems of teachers.

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November 05, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2004
We were so lucky to have our son attend Crocker Highland Elementary school from K thru 5. He now attends an expensive private school that isn't as good as this elementary school was to him and to us, as a member of it's community! What a wonderful school with a great body of teachers and its fabulous community. We miss it!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
I have been a Crocker Highlands parent for five years and I have three children at the school. Crocker has very skilled, dedicated and energetic teachers who provide an academically challenging and enriching education to a diverse student body. The active parent community enhances the educational and social experience for the students and for their families. Parents not only raise signifcant sums of money to support the school, we volunteer in the classrooms in a wide variety of roles, we help organize and carry out enrichment acitivites throughout the school year, and we work hard to build a supportive, inclusive school community. We have loved being a part of this great neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2003
Both of my childern have attended Crocker and they have had a wonderful experience, as have we. The school is a community. The Teachers and families make it a jewel in Oakland Unified. My son graduated and still comes back to work in the classrooms.

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Crocker Highlands Elementary School is located in the Trestle Glen neighborhood, above Lakeshore Avenue. Teachers, parents, students, and staff all work together to ensure that our children develop a love for learning. Our focus is on the 21st Century skills of communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. We meet these goals using District-adopted materials, supported by problem-solving, engaging and diverse literature, and meaningful units of study across the curriculum. Students have the opportunity to learn Spanish, work in the edible garden, participate in a physical activity program, sing in the vocal music program, borrow books from the library, and work on projects in the computer lab. Much of our success is due to the strong faculty, staff, PTA, and our community volunteers who help in the classroom, office, and on the playground every day.

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Crocker Highlands Elementary School
525 Midcrest Road, Oakland, CA  94610
(510) 451-5900
Last modified Crocker Highlands Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Crocker Highlands Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews.