Oakland summer guide, and a free summer camp

Oakland Schools Police summer campIf you haven’t made plans for the summer yet, here is a brochure the Oakland school district has put together of its offerings, plus camps and courses run by the city or local organizations.

Teachers: I’ve been hearing about the academic `summer slide’ for years. Do you notice it more in students that didn’t do much learning over the summer than those who do? Does your school help find them good programs that they can afford?

What kinds of summer programs does Oakland — or the East Bay — need more of?

A free summer camp: The Oakland Schools Police department is doing its summer program again this year, at no charge to participants. Unlike other camps, this one goes all summer long —  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, from June 22 to August 26.

This year, they’re adding a computer lab and a neighborhood library. You can learn more about the park improvements here.

They’re also looking for volunteers to read to the kids.

Families can register by calling (510) 874-7772 or sending an email to police@ousd.k12.ca.us.

Katy Murphy

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

  • Kate

    This summer guide is a great resource for families. It is a shame the published guide (which looks like it cost a lot of money) has not be delivered to schools yet, or at least not to many of them.

  • Christopher Scheer

    There is a free 5-day debate institute put on by the Bay Area Urban Debate League each August at Westlake Middle School in Oakland. Check out BAUDL.org for details.

  • Lisa Shafer

    I just wrote a summer plans advisory lesson for our entire school using this brochure. So, thanks Katie! The lesson was on my to-do list when your blog item popped up.

    Chris, I’ll have to add printed addendum with the Bay Area Urban Debate League Summer Institute… always an an amazing program for our high school students!

    I imagine these brochures are available to students through the office that published it??? The Complementary Learning Department at 495 Jones Avenue.

  • Catherine

    Almost every working family that I know has already made plans for the entire summer. OUSD says they want parents to plan ahead for their children, but they are late getting summer information out to parents (nearly half of the camps listed for a fee have very few spaces left and there are no “early enrollment discounts” left) as well as OUSD and OEA and the calendar for next year annual debacle.

  • Katy Murphy

    I’m actually not sure when OUSD published this summer brochure. It’s possible that it’s been out there for awhile. I came across it only recently, though, when asking about the district’s summer offerings.

  • Evian Tan


    I would like very much to sign up my two kids for this summer camp program, but the email and phone number proviede are not working. Please let me know how I can sign up.


    Evian Tan