Citing enrollment concerns, the latest report of the district’s “Portfolio Management” program announced plans to drop the ninth grade from BEST High School, one of two small schools on the McClymonds high school campus in West Oakland.
“Mack” had 761 students in 2004-05. Two years later, the combined enrollment of BEST and EXCEL high schools was 532. This coming fall, at least for one year, BEST will only include grades 10-12.
image from the BEST High School Web site
Eliminating the ninth grade of a high school certainly sounds like a precursor to a merger. Of course, Peralta Creek, a small middle school on the Calvin Simmons campus, lost a grade this year, but will gain it back in the fall — apparently, after getting its act together.
On a positive note, the district is talking about creating a Trade and Transportation Academy at McClymonds. As I understand it, the academy would allow kids to hold internships at the Port of Oakland and at the Oakland airport.
What do you think McClymonds should look like five, ten years from now? Could a unique program, such as a trade academy, draw students from throughout the city?