Finding the Best Public School for Your Child for 2018-2019

Oakland public school families, this is for you! One of the most important jobs we have as parents and guardians is getting our children into the school that best meets their unique needs. In Oakland, you have the power to choose your child’s public school—and you can use it or lose it (time is limited!).

In a perfect world, OUSD and all charters would create a one-stop-shop for families to understand all of the school options available to them and to be able to complete a single application for all the schools they are interested in.

Until OUSD creates this service for families, GO will continue to help you navigate the different processes that exist to make it as easy as possible for you.

We know it can be overwhelming to understand all of the options available with regard to choosing the best public school for your child—there is so much information, and it doesn’t all live in one place. Our goal here is to centralize all the information you need so that you can exercise your power to choose the best-fit public school for each of your children.

More resources and support to come, but in this post you will find 1) an overview of the process and timeline, 2) key events, and 3) contact information for additional resources.

Above is a timeline of dates for the enrollment process.

Beginning on November 1 (for charter schools) and November 13 (for district schools), you can begin the enrollment process by visiting OUSD’s Enrollment page or On these sites, you’ll also be able to use the Oakland School Finder tool to assess options for your child based on where you live and the school offerings that matter most for your family.

OUSD also just made available a comprehensive calendar with dates and times for enrollment options fairs, informational events, prospective family nights and school tours. Check it out and plan to visit your prospective elementary, middle, or high schools on the appropriate date!

Key Events


Elementary School Fairs: December 2 & January 20, 10 AM – 2 PM

Middle School Fairs: December 5 & January 9, 5 PM – 7:30 PM

High School Fairs: December 6 & January 10, 5 PM – 7:30 PM 

Enroll Oakland Charters

East Oakland Enrollment and Community Resources Fair, December 9, 10 AM – 2 PM
West Oakland Enrollment and Community Resources Fair, December 16, 10 AM – 2 PM


Additional Support for Enrollment


Lakeview Student Welcome Center

746 Grand Avenue

Oakland, CA 94610

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Monday – Friday

East Oakland Student Welcome Center

1125 69th Ave.              

Oakland, CA 94621

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Monday – Friday

New Phone: 510-879-4600

New Fax: 510-879-4606


Enroll Oakland Charters


(510) 454-9360

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