A relatively small school (300) in a safe, beautiful location. Longstanding, cohesive staff with a passion for integrating the arts into the curriculum. A welcoming, diverse community with many active parents supporting the PTA.
While only 2 months into Kindergarten - I'm amazed at the speed in which my daughter is learning. She is thrilled to go to school each morning. We have found the school a wonderful place and couldn't be happier. The parent involvement is very high, and most of the other parents I meet are just as happy as I am to be there.
The only public elementary school in Oakland that reflects the true diversity of the city (all-welcoming), with high expectations and a safe environment. It's not easy for parents to provide transportation to the Hiller Highland location but the payoff is big. The PTA pays for terrific enrichment programs and the school community embraces the non-traditional solution of coming together from outside the neighborhood. My kids love it here and they are doing exceptionally well.
Kaiser Elementary School is meeting all my expectations in the area of nuturing, esteeming and educating my grandson. He is still excited to go to school everyday and even with the adjustment to kindergarten from pre-school he shows all the signs of early success. The teachers are still smiling in the morning when they greet the students on the playground and the afterschool staff is energetic and engaging for a tired 5 yr old who misses his nap. Our first fundraiser was well attended and everyone left holding a Harvest Fair treasure (cake or toy or garden tools or invite to have fresh veggies delivered to their door step even a organic nite light was given away). The community of Kaiser Elementary is solidly represented by the principal who is active, interactive and thoughfully reactive to the needs of the school. Great school!
For grades K-3, which is what I've experienced so far, the teachers are fantastic. This is an arts-based school, and the children learn by doing. They make art projects, keep journals, draw, listen to music - everything that enhances learning on all levels. The parent involvement is phenomenal. Although the class sizes average 27, there are parents volunteering in the classroom every day, so the ratio of kids to adults is more like 1:13 or less. Time is given to kids who need extra help. There's before- and after-school programs as well as enrichment programs for the kids. The environment is beautiful, in the Oakland hills. Giving 4 stars only because OUSD is requiring this great little school to add more classes and students.
This is a school that cares about each student. There are not kids left on their own to struggle with the challenges of school. The parents are very involved and the teachers are very dedicated.
I have 3 children currently at Kaiser. Our children are thriving, happy and learning. I can't say enough about the caring and loving teachers who put our children first. We have had a wonderful experiences with all of the teachers, the culture, leadership and other families the past 6 years and are looking forward to the next 4 years. I can't recommend Kaiser enough!
The diverse school community, committed teachers and beautiful location make this school so highly rated. The diversity of our school reflects our city and we have wonderful teachers. The principal is approachable, grounded, and greatly committed to the well-being of his staff and his students. We have the best parent community who comes together to support our children and our wonderful teachers. My children feel safe and learn at Kaiser
My son started Kindergarten this year and I cannot be happier with our decision to send him to Kaiser. This school is a hidden gem in so many ways. First, there are only (2) classes per grade, which contributes to our tight-knit community and parent engagement. Second, it is one of the only schools that truly represents ALL of the Oakland community from a diversity standpoint. Lastly, the class sizes are generally low for Oakland Public Schools (<20 student/teacher in K) which lead to more effective teaching and learning. I would highly recommend Kaiser to other parents!
This school is a fine example of administration, teachers and parents working together for the benefit of the students. My son's education is enhanced and richer because of the healthy environment in which he attends school. All families are motivated toward making the quality of the education experience the best possible.
For the past 3 years I have driven my daughter past a nearby private school on our way to Kaiser. I feel so lucky to have such great academics, parent involvement, afterschool activites and extended care without the private school tuition. Hint to OUSD: a nice area of turf in the play yard would make it perfect!
My son just started Kindergarten and is loving it. This school has excellent Kindergarten teachers who work with each other to make this a really good experience for our kids. They really have things organized well. My son loves his reading buddy time with the 3rd graders! I think the parent community is great as well. I've heard second-hand that the upper grades could be strengthened a bit, but I am confident in the leadership of this school. It is great to find the combination of diversity and academic strength in this school and I really believe it is only getting better!
The best part of this school is not the amazing teachers, or the coolest an mos amazing principal, or the parent involvement, or the amazing after school care team, the best part is the moment you walk in to this school you become part of a family!!!!
This is a gem of a school. I have one older child who graduated from Kaiser and another who is currently enrolled. I am continuously impressed by the dedication of the teachers, administration and parents. Kaiser serves a widely diverse population and this is one of the best things about the school. Not only do teachers strive to push kids academically, they are also teaching them how to be good citizens. This was an art magnet school in the past and art is integrated into the school as well, which is amazing. Kaiser is also one of the few schools that has instrument instruction for all 4th and 5th graders. It really is an amazing school and and amazing community! If you have looked at Kaiser yet, definitely do!
My son transferred to Kaiser. we were really nervous about his transition after spending k, 1 and 2 in a small independent school in the suburbs. We chose the school for it's diversity, high test scores and community. It has been a great choice for us. We really appreciate the parent support. My son is having a great year and is making great strides academically and socially. He has loads of friends and loves going to school every day. On the weekends, he misses school! I give it only 4 stars because the organization could be better. There is often misinformation about meeting times, the length of the school day (half days for the first three days of school), etc. I still haven't received any info on the school lunch. That said, we are very happy with our choice.
My daughter just started school here this year. She is in the second grade. We were worried it would be hard for her to adjust. The kids (especially the older ones) were so nice and respectful. We met a 4th and 5th grader who said they were sad they had such a short time left because they love Kaiser. Her teacher is innovative and using project-based learning and arts integration. This school believes in differentiated learning. Best of all for me is that the kids are kind and respectful. AND all this in a diverse environment where the achievement gap is being closed. This is truly a school that represents Oakland. A California Blue Ribbon School. There are a lot of choices in Oakland, Kaiser is solid.
If you are looking for a school where your kids will thrive with incredible diversity, art, music, science, computer, wonderful field trips, excellent teachers who care deeply, a community that gives, a principal that is there for the students, then Kaiser is the school to be at. We are so fortunate to have our children attend.
Kaiser elementary school in Oakland, Ca. has everything you could wish for in a school. Diversity, parent involvement, great teachers and a curriculum which stresses social values as well as academic success. I have been a grandparent of two Kaiser students for six years and look forward to many more.
Kaiser Elementary School has been a wonderful experience for our son and our family. It is a welcoming enviroment for all kinds of families. Having toured many of the public schools in Oakland, Kaiser was the only school with high API, a diverse student body, located in a stunning location that welcomed our familiy with warmth and positive feedback. We were greeted with wonderful supportive teachers, parents and staff. The social and emotional enviroment grounded in the Roots of Empathy/Second Step Program spearheaded by our principle, gives the teachers and the students the room to solve problems. The academic success team in place for our son with five staff members helping us to make success part of the curriculum, the art teacher, music teacher, computer and PE teacher are great as well. We have engaged in after school enrichment programs and have friends from every district in the city of Oakland. It's Kaiser's 50th Anniversary of being a landmark educational institution and we will continue to celebrate as we work towards keeping it a thriving school for all of our students.
Well, I am admittedly posting to address the comment posted on 12/24. I am the parent of two Kaiser kids (one graduate). The principal that came after Katie McClain was a teacher for 15+ years prior. He stayed as principal for about 8 years. Ms. McClain still regularly volunteers her time. Kaiser's a family school with many different types of families, including the staff. It boasts some of the most longevity in terms of staff of any school I've seen. Mr. Avent is only in his second year and he HAS implemented changes, notably in the higher grades. I had one of the 2nd grade teachers still on staff. Her style was not mine. My children thrived academically and developed a love of reading and writing they still have today. There is attrition across the district in 4th and 5th grade. Dissatisfaction? Perhaps. The parents fought hard to keep a nontenured 4/5th grade teacher that was placed on the economic chopping block 2X, so apparently many parents are happy. I had the other two. They were very academically challenging (perhaps that is the source of the complaint?)If anything my older was bored the first year Middle School. They are now in advanced classes.
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