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Kaiser Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 258 students

 
 
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5 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 20 ratings
2012:
Based on 7 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted September 14, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

This is a wonderful school with wonderful teachers, parents and exceptionally bright children.


Posted September 14, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

Because they are motivating the children and making it fun to learn


Posted September 14, 2009

Great parent involvement, wonderful and caring teachers, welcoming community and extremely diverse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

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?!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

An incredibly diverse, artistic school with strong support from all of the parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2006

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2006

Strong sense of community, great academics, diverse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2005

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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a parent


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

856

Change from
2012 to 2013

+12

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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This school's
API score

856

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

+12

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students67%
Females82%
Males55%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate68%
Parent education - declined to state64%

Math

All Students76%
Females82%
Males72%
African American56%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students54%
Females63%
Males46%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented54%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students73%
Females79%
Males68%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented74%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students76%
Females67%
Males86%
African American69%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students72%
Females63%
Males83%
African American83%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented76%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Females69%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented78%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students57%
Females46%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented63%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students79%
Females69%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented85%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 35% 7%
White 27% 27%
Two or more races 19% 3%
Hispanic 10% 51%
Asian 9% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mel Stenger
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (510) 549-4904

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Global
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Lake Merritt BART station is approx. five blocks from our school and an AC Transit bus line on E. 10th.
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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  • Kaiser Elementary School provides a stimulating and creative learning environment where all students feel respected, valued, safe, and supported. We celebrate and nurture children from all of Oakland's neighborhoods, socio-economic levels, and cultural backgrounds. We welcome children from diverse family structures including gay/lesbian parents, single parent, and mixed-race households. We seek to impart the necessary skills for student excellence, and to produce well-rounded, reflective, and socially aware individuals. Our staff of lifelong learners works closely with our families and students to provide an exciting learning environment where we all work to meet our goals to 1) Provide a place where the "family spirit" prevails; 2) Promote academic excellence and encourage diversity; 3) Provide teaching that is holistic, interactive and facilitative; and 4) Provide and maintain an aesthetically-pleasing environment. The staff has an average of thirteen years of teaching experience. As part of being a professional learning community, our teachers meet weekly to collaborate about essential learning, assessments, and intervention. Our school uses all District-approved texts and curricula and meets the needs of those above and below grade level through differentiation techniques in the classroom. We enrich the base program through library, computer, P.E., music, and art classes. Every fourth and fifth grader studies a musical instrument. Parents enrich and support our instructional program through the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) membership and committee work. Our parents also provide support in the areas of classroom volunteer and clerical support, tutoring, office support, event and field trip chaperoning.
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25 South Hill Court
Oakland, CA 94618
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Phone: (510) 549-4900

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