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Oakland’s most overcrowded schools


Tribune photo of Hillcrest Elementary School in 2007

Eight of Oakland’s elementary schools could really use some elbow room, according to the Oakland school district’s space formula.

But what to do about the increasingly popular Chabot, Hillcrest, Kaiser, Lincoln, Montclair, Redwood Heights, Thornhill and Peralta? Most of those schools have already added portables in recent years to expand their capacity, and they still don’t guarantee neighborhood families a slot.

At 7:30 a.m. Friday morning, the school board’s Special Committee on School Admissions, Attendance and Boundaries returns from summer vacation to discuss the problem.

Should certain schools move to half-day kindergarten to make more space? Should they make class sizes bigger in the fourth and fifth grades?

You can learn more about the space issues and possible fixes in this report. If you can’t make it to the morning meeting to opine on the matter, or even if you plan to go, please add your own ideas to the discussion.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Catherine

    I heard that Thornhill has a few spaces available.

  • Heather

    I have two different ideas. My first is my favorite – make the schools year round, then put the students on different “tracks”. This will accommodate more students, and has been shown to work in other cities. Second idea at least with Peralta, is that there is a vacant nearby school that can be utilized. Make Peralta grades K – 3, and then the site at where Sankofa is currently WAY underenrolled – make it 4 – 6, or even 4 – 8th grades.

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