You might have noticed, when glancing through Oakland schools’ latest test scores, that one made a 106-point jump on the API. That was Manzanita SEED, a two-way language immersion elementary school that opened in 2005 on the old Manzanita campus (East 27th Street between 23rd Avenue and Fruitvale Avenue).
Two years ago, its API was 652. Now it’s 842. In a single year, the school went from 44 percent proficiency in math to 73 percent proficiency. You can find a story about SEED’s trajectory here, and in the paper tomorrow.
When I called the school to see if I could visit a math class, Principal Katherine Carter suggested I visit one that’s taught in Spanish. From kindergarten through third grade, SEED students learn math in Spanish; about half of its students are native Spanish speakers, and the other half speak English or another language at home.
Here’s a glimpse into the third-grade classroom of Ana Ferrus-Garcia: