This is an amazing arts integration school with an excellent community of parents, teachers, and students.
My child just started kindergarten and I have been loving the school. The work has more math than I expected, and the after care is fantastic. My child often doesn't want to leave. The students are diverse and supportive of each other. The principal is very approachable and runs a tight ship. The parents are very involved both during the day and as a PTA.
We feel extremely lucky to be able to participate in this community driven school. The staff is amazing and every kid gets the focus they really need.
A great arts focus, dedicated parent community and a lovely campus. Kids here have a very strong community and show a level of kindness for each other that is truly touching.
I agree the post below is odd. The principal has also contacted me for small matters, in a very caring manner.
The post about the principal seems odd. The leadership at this school is very solid and the teachers are very involved, caring, and regularly communicate with parents about their child's progress. We are new to the school, with two children attending, and have been very pleasantly surprised with how strong the community is and how dedicated the teachers are. The curriculum not only emphasizes strong academics, but also art, music, Spanish, and social-emotional learning. Great school!!!
I find the below post curious. It mentions "current" principal which seems to infer that this is not the same principal that has been in place for probably the last 8-10 years. I also find it curious as I have been informed of the most mundane occurrences (student pushed my child, or hit with a jacket - in neither case was my child hurt). The principal is unique and is not going to bow down and cater to every whim - and if she said that she did not want to be held "liable" it seems like perhaps there is more to it - and being in a litigious society perhaps it does not fall into "her job as principal" and there are others better equipped to handle the situation.
Good teachers but current principal is awful. Principal did not do anything to inform me of a horrible incident that occured to my nephew in school nor help resolve it. She was too busy; couldn't help and "didn't want to be held liable or responsible" for explaining it to me, ie doing her job as a principal. This is a good school if you NEVER need to interact with the principal or depend on her "professional" experience.
Don't judge this school by test scores, or stars, or any comments- (especially anonymous). Go to the school and (with permission) observe the interaction at pickup time, between students, parents, teachers. This place is like Cheers-everybody knows everyone's name, but they get together to learn (not drink). Kids here develop a fondness for learning and a respect for others in their class. It's a cooperative environment. Everyone who is there is very glad to be there. -- ask around. -lh
My son is a first grader at Peralta Elementary. The school is great and the teachers are very committed to their students. Parental involvement is high but not stifling. Trolls who write reviews based on a tour and then tout the benefits of private education should find other ways to occupy their time.
As a North Oakland family with young children, we toured this school back in January and I have to say for an OUSD school it's one of the better ones in the district. It's a quaint little school with a lot of parent involvement, but when you compare it to some of the private schools in the area, like Park Day for example, you realize just how inferior OUSD schools truly are, including Peralta Elementary. For the first couple of grades up to 2nd you are not going to notice that much difference, but when you get into 3rd grade and above it's like night and day. All in all, Peralta is an okay school if you have to settle for the OUSD.
The principal and the teachers are all dedicated to the education of the kids.
Our son has been a student at Peralta since Kindergarten. He is now in 5th grade and will be graduating from the school. Our whole family loves the school and appreciate our son's good fortune in being able to attend this school. The teachers are all terrific, the staff really cares about the children. Rosette Costello is an outstanding and hardworking principal. The diverse community is close knit and devoted to the school. It is a little utopia where children receive an excellent academic and social education. Peralta should serve as a model to other schools.
Fantastic teachers, staff, kids, parents, murals, gardens, space...I'm happy our family can be a part of it.
I love Peralta because my grandson is doing so well there. He loves arts and Peralta incorporates art into its curriculum.
Great principal, dedicated staff and teachers, great family participation.
My daughter is in 1st grade at Peralta and we LOVE the school. The teachers and principal are experienced and committed. The parents are actively involved in the school and in the community. The school reflects the rich diversity of the Bay Area--my daughter has made wonderful friends from all different backgrounds. The grounds are full of gardens and beautiful murals made and maintained by the school community. And a few more highlights: excellent focus on the arts, small, tight knit school community, sport-4-kids program and conflict resolution program. Go Peralta!
Beautiful campus, beautiful garden, beautiful kids beautiful staff. Beautiful school.
It is full of great families of all kinds, has great teachers and a wonderful principle and the community has made a beautiful environment for the children.
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