Elementary School Options Fair Dec. 4

On Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Oakland Unified School District will hold its fourth annual School Options Fair at the Downtown Oakland Marriott, 1001 Broadway in Oakland.

Open enrollment for students who want to attend a school other than the one to which they are assigned will begin Dec. 10 and continue through Jan. 15.

Unlike previous year, this fair focuses exclusively on elementary schools to provide additional support to pre-K families who have never experienced the Options/Open Enrollment process.

Elementary Schools also will offer site tours and open houses. Similarly, Middle and High schools will host open houses and school tours targeted at prospective 5th Grade and 8th grade families throughout the month of December. These events offer existing and prospective families the opportunity to learn more about OUSD’s educational options, speak directly with staff and determine where they’d like their children to attend school.

“The Elementary School Options Fair provides additional support for pre-Kindergarten families who are less familiar with the enrollment process at OUSD. It allows families to comfortably interact and discuss Oakland’s portfolio of more than 60 elementary schools,” explained OUSD Interim Superintendent Roberta Mayor.

Since 2005-06, OUSD has used an enrollment system called “Options”, for its Elementary, Middle and High School levels. The Options System lets families participate in and influence the process of selecting a school for their children.

Families may begin submitting applications for the 2009-10 academic year when Open Enrollment begins on Dec. 10. Anyone who plans on enrolling a child during 2009-10, and wants a voice in where they attend school, must return a completed application form by Jan. 15, 2009.

Current OUSD Pre-K (CDC), 5th grade, and 8th grade applicants will receive a pre-printed application from their school site in early December.

Applications for current OUSD students should be turned into their current school sites.

Applications may also be submitted to the Student Assignment and Bilingual Testing Office, which as of Dec. 1, is moving to 2111 International Blvd. in Oakland. Last year, roughly 90 percent of OUSD families enrolled a student at a school that ranked among their top three choices, and 40 percent of OUSD and families enrolled a child at a school outside of their neighborhood.