Nia Lozano, a middle school parent, tells us about a new group that’s building support for Oakland High School.
An interesting new group has formed in the Crocker and Glenview neighborhoods of Oakland. It was formed by some parents from Edna Brewer who would like other neighborhood parents to consider Oakland High.
This is truly the first time I have ever heard families musing about Oakland High, even among the die-hard, Edna Brewer, go public, local school advocates. The communities of Crocker and Glenview have been relatively silent about Oakland High, which is interesting given that the last time I checked their scores were only marginally lower than Oakland Tech and Skyline (and may have been better in some areas of math, I can’t recall right now.)
What I gather is that the new principal is well regarded and that may have sparked the interest, besides the fact that if parents could raise the community profile of Edna Brewer, they should be able to do the same with O High.
I am not an organizer of this, but on Tuesday, I went to a house meeting and heard a presentation by the principal and a huge showing of her staff. They all sounded sharp and really seemed to understand their audience (Glenview/Crocker middle to upper middle class families who care about education).
This really felt like an important beginning of something, but I don’t think I’ll be sending my eighth grader there next year. I have a fifth grader at Crocker, however, and would love to see the hills folks trickle down and make this a neighborhood public school, so I’m hoping to stay involved.
It was an amazing feeling to get the email inviting me to the first Consider Oakland High meeting and I thought “Duh, what took us all so long? I’d rather not drive to Tech.” Also, this would be the perfect trifecta for our neighborhoods: Crocker, Brewer, OHigh or Glenview, Brewer, OHigh!