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3750 Brown Avenue
Oakland, CA 94619

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(510) 531-6868
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August 09, 2015
My baby girl has been going to laurel for four years now first she was going to the CDC and now she is going to the second grade this year she can't wait I love this school they have done a great job with my babe she is reading above average and she is doing wonderful in her math can't wait to see what this year will bring....

- submitted by a community member

March 20, 2015
My son is in 4th grade and has attended Laurel since Kindergarten. I have worked at OUSD since 1994 in the Child Development Centers and I have a Masters in Education. Overall Laurel teachers are good. The office staff can be hard and the principal impossible. There is a climate which is not supportive, judgemental, and generates a feeling of mistrust. Once a teacher who was unhappy when I complained as I was the garden volunteer teacher that she left me alone with her class without an explanation, later that year she removed my potluck dish off the parent table at an event. The principal refused to get involved, now after she has given me many looks of hate the principal refuses to reassure me that my son will not have her as a teacher next year. He tell me to wait till the end of the year. I applied to a charter school for my son in case I have to take him out of Laurel because the principal won't deal with my concern. He likes his friends and want to finish 5th grade there. I also wish Laurel was more welcoming of people with differences, but I find the school too narrow minded and felt made fun of at times.

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2014
Laurel has a diverse community, strong PTA and teachers that care. The school continues to strive to meet academic goals for 'ALL' students. Our kids enjoy art and music, pajama night, family night, game night all of which bring us together as a community. Areas that need improving....teacher training to work with studen's with LD's.

- submitted by a parent

November 17, 2013
I'm surprised by the recent positive reviews. Although some teachers are fantastic, test scores are going down dramatically and consistently, and class size has increased significantly over the past two years. I'm basically home-schooling my children after school lets out every day. The recent downturn of this school is a tragedy for our neighborhood and for our children.

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2013
Laurel wasn't my first choice in schools, but it was the one GOD chose when I prayed about it. It thus far has been a great school for my child. The teachers she has had have gone the extra mile to ensure, with her LD, that she understands lessons. The Principal interacts with the students on the playground, in the classroom and responds to parent concerns quickly. The school also has a strong PTA, which enables us to still have extra curricluar programs being cut by most schools in the district.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2013
Laurel Elementary is a very warm,friendly and learning environmental school. I'm glad my son attends Laurel Elementary. He is now entering in the First grade with a new teacher. Her name is Mrs. Leewright,but she goes by Mrs. L. I pray she has a good connections with my son.

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2013
Very well disciplined students who do not use abusive words. Neat environment and great teachers including the after school program. Excellent place to send a child who needs Focus! The school involves parents in almost everything and I believe this is key to the success of our own children. Also, parents are well informed and updated on issues or changes made at the school or OUSD.

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March 08, 2013
Laurel teachers have high expectations. I have two children attending and they are both thriving. The diversity of students reflects Oakland and is one of the reasons I really like the school. Another key factor is that parents get involved in how the school is run. The principal and staff care about all students learning and excelling.

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2012
Laurel is an AWESOME school! This is our second year being part of the Laurel family and we wouldn't want our child to attend any other school. The academics are challenging, the teachers are creative and engaging and the school leadership is alwaysdeveloping new opportunities to provide our students with more resources. We have a new library and computer lab, school crossing guards, music and computer class to mention a few of the invaluable resources available to our students and families. And if your child is a male students, you can't find a better experience for him because there is a large percentage of male teachers, in addition to our male principal. The student body is very diverse and the students enjoy getting to know each other and building friendships. The atmosphere at the school is very family oriented and we support our school with a tremendous amount of pride!

- submitted by a parent

October 12, 2012
laurel is best school in oakland.my daughter came back from lauer the other day and said laurel is the best school in oakland.

- submitted by a community member

July 26, 2012
This elementary school is a wonderful place to be in. All the facility members there are all nice and hard-working. All the teachers there really cares about their students. What I like most about this school is, it's very diverse. All races are together playing with each other, no one is left alone. They also focus on disciplining the kids and lead them to the right path to their future. The library is filled with books; The librarian does a very great job updating the books once in a while, and teaching the kids how to behave and use the library system. I really recommend this school, because I was also once a student there and when I graduated I was happy and proud of myself.

- submitted by a community member

June 05, 2010
My son came home from kindergarten the other day and said, "I want to go to Laurel for 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, all the grades 'til college!" He has had a wonderful year. He has made many friends, feels cared for by all staff. Every family we have met is sweet and supportive of their children's success in school. The PTA is not large, but it is a positive and committed group. My son's teacher has been warm and always has her door open for parents to check in, observe, volunteer. She uses her bilingual skills to help Cantonese speaking families understand the curriculum and stay informed about school events. Though many of his classmates are bilingual, my son, who is a native English speaker has still been challenged and inspired this year. I am amazed at his reading, writing and math skills. We love our neighborhood school!

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2010
My grandson goes to Laurel, and he loves it and so do I. The principal is outstanding and very supportive to the kids, my grandson has excelled very well in the 1st grade, and he has learned so much from his teacher. My grand daughter will be attending the Kindergarten in the fall and she is looking forward to it, I hope she have a great year also. From: the grandparent from the heart

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March 11, 2010
Laurel has some hard working teachers. The support staff is very helpful. The principal is outstanding. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2010
My son went to Laurel and have moved on to Junior High, but for the most part, at the time that he attended in 2004-2006, it was an OK school. Now, my daughter attends Laurel and loves her teachers and school and I have seen the positive change this school has acquired. The teachers and the Principal, Mr. Smith really care about the kids and their success. I think that the reputation of this school has made such a huge turnaround within the last 3 years!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 21, 2009
Great teachers, wonderful families, extraordinary kids

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no rating
September 17, 2009
It's a great school. A diverse population with great teachers. I have volunteered there.

- submitted by a community member
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September 17, 2009
The teachers have a commitment to seeing their students achieve and to personally growing as professionals. The Principal is an educational leader and works hard to create a caring community within the school and to keep connected with the community at large. The office staff is warm and welcoming. The school environment is appealing to the eye and clean. There are multiple enrichment opportunities during the school day and afterschool to acknowledge and support the 'whole child'.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 17, 2009
A wonderful school with great teachers and kids that is very connected to the community.

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2009
Our oldest child will enter first grade at Laurel for the 09-10 academic year. We loved loved our kindergarten experience: incredible ethnic diversity and community; caring teachers and staff; increasing parental involvement. Best of all, Mr. Smith, our principal, is a high-energy, intelligent and thoughtful principal who supports his families and understands his students. Our biggest concern is that so many neighborhood families do not invest in this local school--the academics may be uninspired, but the community and work being done here are truly inspiring. Nonetheless, we look forward to many happy years at Laurel Elementary.

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2009
100% Parent participation - Sponsored music, dance and gardening programs - Family and community activities on a regular basis - committed teachers - well mixed student body You can't find a better public school than this one. Again, 100% parent participation

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2006
Our daughter loves laurel. We are really happy with the new sport and art program. Parent involvement could be better.

- submitted by a parent

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Laurel Elementary School is located in the foothills of East Oakland. Our campus serves a densely-populated, ethnically-diverse, predominately working-class neighborhood. Our mission is to improve students' academic achievement in a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment where the needs of the whole child are met. In addition to our rigorous core instructional program and our science focus, we offer enrichment classes including dance, music, art, and technology. We also offer an afterschool program for grades two through five that has both an academic and enrichment component. Join our school community and be a part of Laurel Pride!


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Laurel Elementary School
3750 Brown Avenue, Oakland, CA  94619
(510) 531-6868
Last modified Laurel Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Laurel Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top