Committed community to making sure students enjoy school and succeed. Amazing creative ways to health and learning. School garden, produce stands, students engaged!!
So much beauty!! Gardens, art everywhere, kids and adults of all colors and cultures, smiles all around. The whole scene feels nurturing. Heavy parent volunteer involvement, and teachers who love kids.
Peralta is a little hidden gem among neighborhood schools. With a fantastic principal and teachers who actually love their job, our children are part of a warm and wonderful educational community that is like family. There is so much enrichment to the curriculum--from all that the teachers bring in to the phenomenal parent involvement and after-school programs. Our kids learn to be great citizens of the world, while also getting a strong education--and they LOVE going to school. Plus it's beautiful--who wouldn't love going to school when your little urban campus is lined with stunning student-made murals and art projects, and nestled in beautiful lush gardens that bloom all year long. I can't say enough about this great little school with a great big spirit.
We did a lot of research before we applied for this school. On the internet, I was pleased that the 'diversity' was over 50%. At the open house I was immediately impressed with the relaxed feel and openess. The parents at the school were very serious about their commitment to having something special at the school. We could not be more pleased with the amount of care and the strength and pride of this little community school. The school is like a mix between a private alternative school and a small town community school. Academics are stressed, inclusiveness is a priority, diversity is inherent, and fund-raising for the basic 'extras' is integrated into providing an excellent experience for the children is a constant meditation for all of the PPTG members. Excellent communication between teachers/administration/parents.
We recently moved into the area with fingers crossed that we could attend Peralta. By the good graces of its principal, our second grader was accepted with open arms. Its been an heartwarming experience to be part of the Peralta community and it makes me optimistic for the future of these kids who are witnessing community and collaboration at work on their behalf. We are all in the same boat, lets take care of it and each other!
Additional staff training for classroom management would be beneficial since some of the staff are not as equipped as others for students' success.
This morning, after I walked my two children to Peralta, I saw an older woman on the campus. She looked older than most elementary school parents. I asked her if I could help her, as I tend to know everyone on site in the morning (it's a small school). She explained that her dentist s office is nearby. Because he was behind schedule, she had 30 minutes to take a walk and had come upon Peralta quite by accident. A few minutes before I approached her, she had asked someone if this were a private school. She could not believe how good the campus looked compared to that of her grandchildren in a nearby city. In just a few short minutes, several people had greeted her (like I had) giving her a strong sense of friendliness and security. Tonight, she said would call her daughter to recommend moving to this school district.
I can't say enough good things about Peralta. Our daughter is a Kindergartener in the K-1 Class and is thriving. The community at the school is outstanding, the aftercare programs are great and the parent group is active and does a tremendous job. We love it!
great school --> because of atmosphere ... genuine community, ask anyone.
My daughter was in Peralta the full 6 years. Peralta's strengths are its firm policy against bigotry or put-downs, its good teachers, principal, support staff, and after-school staff, its strong parent involvement, and its art and music programs. Peralta's small size helps to maintain a warm, supportive community. Some children do not get the kind of attention they need for academic work. Some classroom teachers are not adequately trained in combining overall classroom management with the individual attention many children need Handling the demands of 'special needs' children (Special Ed services, etc.) is a complicated issue that probably goes beyond any single school and has to be re-evaluated and revised. Most kids do well at Peralta, but some will not. I recommend it to everybody, because you won't know until you're actually there. Whatever the outcome, you will love Peralta.
I wouldn't call it a Utopia. While there are many great things about Peralta, the things that often go unsaid include: We haven't experienced a forum to express concerns related to diversity,inequity, the level of academic rigor, and supervision on the playground. While the teachers are well-qualified, the level of rigor and depth seem to be lower than we expected. There appears to be more of an emphasis on completing worksheets and lower order thinking skills than I would like. While my daughter loves it, I don't think that she is being challenged. That said, the art and music programs are valuable and the teacher quality is strong.
Peralta is a utopia and represents what we all want for our public schools: a truly diverse (ethnically and socio-economically) student body; a beautiful, art and garden-filled campus; highly competent and dedicated teachers and staff; amazing enrichment programs (weekly Spanish, social skills-building curriculum, art, music, gardening & P.E.) that reinforce and expand upon regular classroom curriculum; a hardworking and dynamic parent community; and a neighborhood/business community that actively supports it's school. Across the board there is a feeling of ownership at Peralta. The students feel it, the staff feels it, parents feel it and so does the surrounding neighborhood/business community. These feelings of ownership and personal responsibility translate to bright, respectful, and socially conscious students. Our students understand that they are there to learn, have fun and help each other and to do so makes their lives and the lives of others better! Peralta is a truly special school!
My son graduated from Peralta and it was a wonderful experience for our family. The school was small enough to feel as if my child's needs were being known to the staff. There are many opportunities for parents to become involved and get to know other parents. Our experience was very positive and I would recommend the school to other parents looking for a small. community based, and academically challenging school for their child. The school has been very aggressive in acquiring grants to provide the students with a varieity of arts, music, and other enrichment programs.
At Peralta School, my family is part of a diverse and loving community of students, parents, teachers, staff, and others who are all engaged in creating a rich environment where everybody grows and learns. The foundation for this environment is based on mutual respect and high expectations for all. Being part of this community is one of the richest gifts I could give to my three daughters. Not only are they developing strong academic skills, creativity, and a love for learning, they are also learning that they can work together with others who come from very different backgrounds for the benefit of all. At Peralta, the dream of creating a strong, integrated, public education for all our children is a reality that we continue to build upon every day.
This school has a very high degree of parent involement. This is a very good school with great teachers and alot of concerned parents.
My son is a first grader at Peralta and we couldn't be happier with the school. The enviroment is a beautiful, bright, safe place for our kids/family. The teachers and parents have created a great community for our children. The teachers are all great.We have an outstanding principal. The parents are very involved (makes a great school) and the children are happy, educated and well taken care of. We are very happy and lucky to have found such a great school as Peralta. Drive by and see for yourself, the school grounds are a perfect reflection of Peralta.
Peralta has a wonderful, warm community. My kindergartener says she wants to stay at Peralta until she is 86 years old.
Individual attention to your childs special needs is very important to teachers and principle at this school. The small classroom enviorment makes for a family enviorment for your childs social development. They stress ecological awareness at an early age, children are encouraged to garden and learn about plant and bug life. The children are encouraged to problem solve on multipule levels. Yes, over all acedemics and excellence are the primary focus. Great place to learn and grow!
Peralta is a rare bright star in the Oakland Unified School District. It has been on a steady upward trend for several years, due to a fortunate combination of effective leadership, teacher dedication, parent involvement and community interest. Recent landscaping improvements have elevated the physical environment from nicer-than-expected to an urban gem. The student body is gaining diversity and balance. We are fortunate that our child has the opportunity to attend this school.
Peralta has an incredible principal who knows all her students and has built a great team atmosphere with teachers and parents in running the school. Consider Peralta if you are looking for a small, intimate public school which pays extra attention to the arts and treats all children, regardless of backgrounds, with great respect. My child has had a great experience.
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