A recent report from the Wall Street Journal found that two of Oakland’s private schools are grooming a great number of their students for elite universities.
The College Preparatory School and Head-Royce School, respectively, sent 17.4% and 9.9% of their graduating seniors to Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Williams, Pomona, Swarthmore, the University of Chicago, or Johns Hopkins.
The report may not come as much of a surprise to some — after all, most of the high schools themselves are elite. But it does reflect the disparate realities of the Bay Area’s young people. In Oakland’s public high schools, less than 40 percent of 2006 graduates had the credits necessary to attend a state university.