Celebrating OUSD Schools on the Rise

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Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

Contact: John Sasaki
Communications Director



Principals and school staff accepted thier Schools on the Rise Award Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Burckhalter Elementary School.

Celebrating OUSD Schools on the Rise

22 Schools Recognized for Academic Growth & School Culture Improvements


OAKLAND, CA -- Oakland Unified School District celebrated 22 "Schools on the Rise" Wednesday, November 30, at Burckhalter Elementary School, for demonstrating academic growth and improvements in their culture and climate as determined by measures in the School Performance Framework (SPF)

During the event, representatives from each school (listed below) accepted their School on the Rise Award and reflected on how their school achieved growth in areas such as English Language Arts and Math Assessments and in school culture and climate by improving measures such as suspension rates, attendance, social emotional learning and how students, parents and staff feel about the school community.

"Esperanza is honored to be recognized as a 'School on the Rise.' We are extremely proud of the growth in academics our students have made and the growth in culture and climate our campus has made," said Kathleen Arnold, Principal at Esperanza Elementary School. "The credit goes to our dedicated, hardworking staff who collaborate with our families, students and community partners."

Several other people spoke during the event, which was also a Burckhalter school assembly, including Burckhalter Principal Carin Geathers and 3rd grader named Cheyenne; Edna Brewer parent, Cindy Oludayo; Skyline High 10th grader, Jonathan Piper; and Superintendent Antwan Wilson.

Schools on the Rise! Photo Gallery


OUSD Schools on the Rise:

Academic Growth Awards

  • Allendale Elementary School
  • Burckhalter Elementary School
  • Crocker Highlands Elementary School*
  • Emerson Elementary School
  • Esperanza Elementary School*
  • Frick Impact Academy
  • Grass Valley Elementary School
  • Greenleaf Elementary School (Grades 6-8)
  • La Escuelita Elementary School (Grades K-5 and 6-8)
  • Life Academy (Grades 9-12)
  • McClymonds High School
  • Parker Elementary School (Grades K-5)
  • Sequoia Elementary School

OUSD Schools on the Rise: 

Culture/Climate Growth Awards

  • Acorn Woodland Elementary School
  • Bella Vista Elementary School
  • Coliseum College Prep Academy (Grades 6-8 and 9-12)
  • Community United Elementary School
  • Crocker Highlands Elementary School*
  • Edna M Brewer Middle School
  • Elmhurst Community Prep
  • Esperanza Elementary School*
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Melrose Leadership Academy (Grades K-5 and 6-8)
  • MetWest High School 

*Schools which received recognition for both academic and culture/climate growth.*

The School Performance Framework (SPF) is a new measurement system that shows how well each OUSD school is performing on a yearly basis. The SPF is like a report card for each school, helping to focus on strengths and areas for targeted improvement. It shows:

  • how schools serve the whole child using multiple academic and culture/climate measures
  • impact of each school in terms of growth from prior year for every measure
  • equity of outcomes by highlighting performance of historically underserved student groups
  • whether students are on track to being successful in college, career, and community

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About Oakland Unified School District 
In California’s most diverse city, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is dedicated to creating a learning environment where “Every Student Thrives!” Nearly half of its 50,000 students speak a non-English language at home. Each of its 126 schools is staffed with talented individuals who unite around a common set of values: Students First, Equity, Excellence, Integrity, Culturally-Responsive and Joy. OUSD is committed to preparing all learners to excel in college, career and community.