Tribune file photo of KIPP students on the Lowell campus by D. Ross Cameron
- Oakland’s public, non-charter schools can fit almost two times the number of students that they hold right now.
- The district’s buildings, in all, are 5.8 million square feet, and its property spans 487 acres.
- The city’s school-age population (5 to 17 years old) is 68,436. Of that number, 2,504 attend public schools outside of Oakland; 1,386 are not in school at all; 18,912 are getting a private education or are home schooled; and 7,189 go to tuition-free, but independently run charter schools. Just 38,445 (56 percent) go to regular public schools in Oakland.
On Page 30, two options are given for how to leverage the unused space: the High Efficiency School Choice Model, where the district only operates as many schools as it needs, and the Community School Model, where schools “incorporate complementary and income-producing uses.”
NOTE: OUSD staff say home schooled children, along with the privately educated, should have been included in the 18,912 figure presented in an earlier version of the report posted on last week’s committee agenda. The latest draft adds out-of-district and out-of-school children to that total, bringing it to 22,802.