March 01, 2004
Dramatic changes are occurring at Skyline in the last 2 years with a new administrative team. Tardy sweeps, consistent discipline and tutoring for the few students who cause most of the trouble are taking care of the school climate. The new principal put all students together for a single lunch this year, and added intramural sports at lunch, which improved campus spirit and cut down on inappropriate behavior. Dances are now held on campus, with no problems being reported. Parental involvement continues to grow, especially among English learning parents. There is a new chapter of CPAAS at Skyline, and the PTSA provides parent education and support, in addition to fundraising for the school programs. Meanwhile, Performing Arts, including Dance, Music,and Stage Technology give students tremendous focus, not to mention career-building skills. The Computer Technology Academy has a dynamic lead teacher, who has been joined by another strong teacher, and great things are coming out of that program. Athletics are legendary at SKyline, especially football and basketball, and the girls' soccer team took the Trans Bay Championship last year! The 9th grade program continues to improve; they will be studying Geography this semester. Easily 1/4 of our seniors enroll at UC level colleges; we have Ivy League acceptances every year. Students get the preparation they need at Skyline, despite the stigma of being part of a large,financially stressed district. Since the focus is on teaching and learning, budgets are not having a hugh impact on the students. The lower achieving students are also benefiting from targeted programs that improve literacy, math skills and learning habits. Students enjoy the campus, which is in a forest-like setting. Buses run before, during and after school, but it's a long ride from many areas of Oakland.
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