OAKLAND SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

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530 18TH ST
OAKLAND, CA 94612
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Phone: 510-873-8800
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 7
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 6th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: Oakland Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 17:1
  • Students/Grade: 33.9
  • Number Students: 237
  • Number Teachers: 50
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4942
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Staci Smith
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (79 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (62 Reviews)
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    Posted 2015-02-08
    "I observed classrooms for a day at OSA and saw an astonishing amount of rudeness on the part od students to teachers with no respect to their basic humanity. the students had big egos about there "talents" but weren't nice or welcoming to me. I don't want to go there."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-12-03
    "My daughter is in her second year at OSA, she is a seventh grader. My daughter has come alive at this school. She is so happy, motivated and self directed that I offer little direction. She wakes up everyday on her own excited to get to school on time. Y way of public transportation. She could literally be at school all day; sun up to sun down and not want to leave. Academically she is also doing well, above. 3.0. She loves to learn and has taken part in the science club without prompting from me. The teachers are hold high expectations and offer support whenever needed. Because many of the teachers cross teach in the arts, they seem to understand the kids. They are true gems in terms of holding the space the kids are in and recognizing they are still learning and developing. We have had zero problems with the teachers and the communication has been stellar. Middle school is the time students try on many different hats trying to figure out who they are and who they want to become. OSA offers a safe and supportive environment that allows her to flourish into the person she wants to become. Happy OSA family."
    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-12-01
    "I just finished my senior year attending Oakland School for the Arts, graduating in the class of 2014, I was excited to finally get my diploma. The school started of in portables, but now that it is in such a beautiful and historic building such as the FOX Theater, it creates a very inspirational atmosphere. In my four years attending OSA, it has had a huge influence within the media. With alumnae like Zendya from Disney channel and students staring on competition shows like Americas got talent, I know this school will birth many new stars of the future. Also the college enrollment for the high school is extremely high, all of my friends I know, are now starting their fall quarter of college. Thanks to attending Oakland School for the arts I got a heads up in applying into my dream college based on a full year scholarship. I am now attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, one of the top fashion schools in the United States, that host TV shows like Project runway and Threads. If your child truly has a passion, Oakland school for the Arts is the best one to develop that into a career."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-16
    "My son is in the Digital Media small school at OSA. He wakes up happy to go to school every day. He says often that he forgets that he is at school because he likes it so much. His teachers are prepared, energetic and interesting. He does not have one bad teacher. OSA has chosen gifted students, teachers and staff so it is no surprise that it is a great environment for kids to learn and mature as a human being and as artists. If your child is honestly gifted in the arts there is no better place for them than at OSA."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-06
    "My student is a senior at OSA. Her first 2 years of high school were at a suburban high school. She was not happy there. Her grades were mediocre, her mood was down. It was not the right place for her. She started at OSA and found friends, her artwork has developed and her grades are great. They are great because she works hard because she cares. OSA really changed her outlook. She has had good and great teachers. I get regular emails about grades from her teachers. I get weekly emails regarding school event, meetings, needs, etc. Our emphasis has a facilitator that is very organized. She communicates with all of us as needed. Mr. Harris is constantly working on new initiatives. My student's department bought needed equipment last year. We currently have a multi-year lease on the Sweets Ballroom which gives us a dedicated theater for our performances. The staff at OSA is really friendly. When I call they are nice and helpful. The security is good and polite. I feel like the kids are being cared for. The arts programs are so impressive. OSA has been a great place for my kid and for our family."
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