We're in our 6th and final year at Kaiser Elementary. It's been a positive experience all around. A supportive and creative learning environment, with input and involvement from parents, caregivers and other interested people who can be quite different in their beliefs, backgrounds and interests, but all care 100% about making sure our kids get the best education they can.
This is a wonderful school with wonderful teachers, parents and exceptionally bright children.
We love the Principal, the teaching staff, administrative and support staff, the fact that it has arts enrichment programming, PE, library, computer lab, before & aftershool programs. Perhaps most importantly it is as diverse as Oakland is, with kids from all backgrounds and incomes and talents and beauty.
Great parent involvement, wonderful and caring teachers, welcoming community and extremely diverse.
We have felt like part of the community from day one. Our children are loved, and inspired to learn - what more can you ask for?!
The teachers at Kaiser are dedicated, caring, and skilled. The principle is caring and dedicated and experienced and works his ___ off for our kids. The parents are warm and welcoming and work hard to help make the school a wonderful place for our kids.
We're in our sixth year at Kaiser and are thrilled to be part of such a close-knit community that is focused on the academic and social well-being of its students.
An incredibly diverse, artistic school with strong support from all of the parents
The diversity at Kaiser is a reflection of the diversity of Oakland. The parental involvement is at 88%--one of the highest around. The teachers, principal, PTA, and support staff do their best to overcome the shortfalls in budget the state gives us.
My oldest daughter went to this school several years ago and now my youngest attends kindergarten there. We love the school and the teachers! They are very inclusive and diverse. The academic program is very good and my son is very happy there.
Kaiser is a really wonderful school with an excellent academic (but still nurturing) environment. The poster below who says that the vibe is different without Katie McLane is right in a sense. Mel Stenger is not as warm and welcoming as Ms. McLane was. That said, the children do love and respect him. He acknowledges their strengths, helps to work on their weaknesses and sends a strong message of both school and personal pride and confidence to the children and staff. The school has a strong and committed PTA; great arts and music programs; strong anti-bullying campaigns; a beautiful and educational gardening program; it welcomes diverse families; and is overall an exceptional public school. It's hard to live through change and, while Mr. Stenger is not Ms. McLane, he's keeping the school on it's path of excellence.
Kaiser's family atmosphere has changed every since McLane has left. It used to be a sense of togetherness and community within the school. Mel Stengar has not been able to fill her shoes and many of the parents don't feel he will ever accomplish what she has. Kaiser elementary has fallen from it's grace and that is very unfortunate for all of us. Many of the teachers that have made Kaiser what it is today have all gone especially teachers like Mr. Rust and Ms. Reese. The school seems very political and not about well-being of the school. Change in leadership has hurt the sense of good feeling within the school.
Kaiser Elementary School is a gem. The principal, staff, and faculty are committed to making all children welcome and work hard to meet individual needs. Our family is thrilled to be a part of such a dynamic and special school.
Academics at this school are top notch overall - just check out the teachers and listen to what parents say about them. Music/art and humanities were the focus of this formerly magnet school and the new principal holds these values as he has been teaching there for many years as well. Parent involvement is wonderful but seems to be the same group and more attention to including lower economic families is important. Participation is coming along and stays important to continue since the fantastic opportunities without funds is not possible. Your child is in a safe nurturin environment here. We love this school!
We are happy overall with our children's experience at Kaiser. The direction the principal takes the school is what sets it apart. She is dedicated to the arts and arts funding. Many parents spend a lot of time in the classrooms as well as with fundraising.
If your child is lucky, they will attend this gem of a school where they will be nurtured in Kindergarten by an excellent and brilliant teacher who has taught some of the best and the brighest through eighth grade and they will have the privelege of having perhaps the best educational experience in an Oakland Public School in 5th grade with a teacher who has private school experience teaching AP classes. They may be lucky enough too, to get a class with the second grade teacher who provides a structured environment and a sense of humor that can't be beat. This will all happen within a community that celebrates diversity and provides music, art, dance....yes, it is a public school...try to get there before the Principal retires!!
Kaiser School is one of the few public schools that still emphasize creativity and the arts. Primary students are given weekly Orff music lessons and upper graders receive music instruction. Visual art is integrated throughout the grades. Thanks to a generous PTA, there is a full time art teacher.
I love kaiser school, my daughter has been there since kindergarten and I am so thankful for it. The teachers, staff, other parents and of course the children are like a big family.
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