As they come to terms with the upcoming closure of their schools, families from Oakland’s Lakeview, Lazear, Marshall, Maxwell Park and Santa Fe elementary schools must now decide where to send their children next fall.
Typically, OUSD (and prospective OUSD) families submit their top school picks — mostly for kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades — by Jan. 15. The hundreds of children affected by upcoming school closures will make their choices earlier and will receive their placements by Dec. 19, according to this letter from OUSD.
In other words, they have first dibs on the open seats in grades 1 to 5.
The district has sent families at the five elementary schools a list of each school and the number of spaces available now, by grade level. Families are supposed to meet with a coordinator at their schools to help them find a good match.
It looks as though most, if not all, elementary schools are on the list. Even the famously overcrowded Hillcrest will make a tiny bit of room. I noticed that ASCEND and Learning Without Limits on there, even though there is a good chance they will become charter schools (and not subject to OUSD enrollment policies) next year.
Has anyone begun this process? If so, tell us how it’s going.