|Enrollment in OUSD Schools: The Options Process (School Choice)|
All parents want their children to attend schools where they will thrive, both academically and personally. For each family, though, that environment may be quite different. To allow you to find the right fit for your child, Oakland Unified allows any student to apply to any school in the District. The goal of this open enrollment practice—called the School Options Program—is to ensure all families have equitable access to high-performing schools across the city.
The Options Process does not guarantee that every family will be accepted into its first-choice school. It does, however, significantly expand the educational options available for all Oakland families. By increasing access to a range of academic programs, many of which would otherwise be out-of-reach for disadvantaged students, the Options Process serves the District goals of achievement, equity, and accountability
WE'VE MOVED!Our offices have moved to 746 Grand Avenue (at the Lakeview School Campus, across from the Grand Lake Theatre). All enrollment services for preschool and kindergarten through the 12th grade will be provided at the new 746 Grand Avenue location.
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Call (510) 273-1600 for updates and more information. We are open from 8:00am to 2:00pm.
What if I missed the Enrollment Window?
Families who miss the window for submitting an on-time application will be able to apply in person at the Student Assignment Office (746 Grand Avenue). The same application materials are required for later applications, and students will be placed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Where to Go for More Information
Please use the links on the left side of the screen to access more information about how to enroll in an OUSD school, including forms, what to consider when choosing a school, transfers, registration, and information about what documentation you will need to provide.
The Student Assignment Center can help you through the entire enrollment process, whether your child is brand new to OUSD; returning to OUSD from a charter school, private school, or school in another city; or transitioning from another OUSD school. This office is at 746 Grand Avenue. Placement counselors are available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment. Language testing for students whose primary language is not English is also provided.
For more information or to make an appointment, contact the office at 273-1600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.