OUSD Class Size
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Considering the massive budget cuts coming through, can anyone please comment
on the impact this is having on class size in OUSD elementary schools. We are
considering moving to another zone because the school we are going into this
fall will likely have 28-30 kids in their kindergarten classes. Particularly we
are looking at Kaiser, Chabot, Cleveland, Glenview, Montclair, and Joaquin
Miller. Have these schools lost: teachers? extra curricular activities, etc? Do
these schools have TA's in the classroom? THANK YOU!!!!
Cleveland School is supposed to have 3 K classes this year with 20 as
the class size. The rest of the grades will probably have 25 and up.
There is no guarantee of the class size staying that low even though
that is the intention. There will probably be music next year and
hopefully art as well. Cleveland has mostly veteran teachers so few, if
any, teachers will be cut.
None of the elementary teachers in OUSD are being pink slipped next
year. It was announced a few weeks ago after a school board meeting.
In addition, many of the middle school teachers who were pink slipped,
will not be leaving either.
A good source of info regarding Oakland Schools in general is Katy
My child will be attending one of the oversubscribed schools in
Oakland. In order to deal with a large increase in students,
the rumor is that kindergarten classes are going to be huge.
That's frightening. I went online and read that California
kindergarten classes can reach a maximum of 33 students. Is
that right? Previously I read that Oakland kindergarten classes
might be a maximum of 27 but that they strive for fewer (around
20). I'd love to hear from other parents on class size. Do they
really go up to 27 or even 33 kids? How common is the following
situation: two smaller classes of 20 and one large class of 27?
The latter situation seems very unfair to the students in the
extra big class.
My kids go to Sequoia in Oakland. Kindergarten classes are limited to
20 kids. You
should be able make an appointment to sit in on classes before the end
of this year.
Go to your neighborhood school in the afternoon when school lets out
and find the
kindergarten classrooms. You should be able to catch a few parents and
on their way out the door. Ask your school to help you connect with a
few parents of
kids already attending. I've noticed that the parents of preschool age
kids in our
neighborhood seem to be passing a lot of incorrect information about
neighborhood school among themselves. In our area there seems to be the
perception that neighborhood kids go to school somewhere else. It's
true. I know many parents who are willing to talk to prospective
yourself worry and time by getting your information directly from the
school and its
Sequoia Elementary Mama
The ''unfair'' situation you mention (20/20/27) is very common, for
Schools get state money for every Kindergarten class that stays at 20
or below, and not
for any class that goes over. So, rather than split 22/22/23 (as would
seem fair) and
get no money, they split 20/20/27 and get money for 2 of 3 classes.
It is also at least somewhat common (happened in our school last year)
for at least
some of the 27 kids to go elsewhere and not actually start at the
school-- we ended
up with 20/20/22.
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