77 out of 10GreatSchools

Cleveland Elementary School

Oakland, CA
  • Public
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  • Grades K-5
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  • Enrollment: 404


Cleveland Elementary School
745 Cleveland Street
Oakland, CA 94606
(510) 874-3600
Cleveland Elementary School is located in Oakland, CA and serves grades K-5.It received a GreatSchool rating of 7 out of 10
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Reviews8 Reviews

Our family loves the small-town feel of Cleveland. Friendships are formed across languages and cultures. Parents are encouraged to get involved, and the PTA is very active. The expectations for students are high, both in academics and social-emotional learning. We feel like we've found the best possible public education at this inclusive, high-performing Title I school. English learners progress quickly at Cleveland, and white and Asian students excel academically. Latino/a students also seem to do well. But the class sizes are just too big, and there aren't enough resources to support gifted students or those with emotional or behavioral challenges (this is true all across OUSD).Through third grade, the equity goals seem mostly to be met. But then the demographic groups begin to branch off. African American students, especially boys, struggle in the upper grades. In our child's cohort a number of affluent students departed for private school in fourth grade. It's impossible for a school to meet the needs of every student. And it's incredibly difficult for teachers to effectively differentiate instruction for 32 students with a wide range of needs and abilities. But Cleveland teachers take on this challenge every day. The school is not perfect, but it offers a stellar public education for richly diverse community.
Cleveland is amazing. The Eco-literacy program, the school garden and the fact that they teach (by example) the children to embrace diversity just a few of the things that make this school so amazing.
Well it is then end of the 2012-2013 school year and my daughter graduates 1st grade today. She spent kindergarten and 1st grade at Cleveland, and we plan to be there until she moves up to middle school. There is only one problem, and it does upset me regularly. Some of the people who work in the office really don't seem to care. At all. The won't even make the effort to apologize if they mess something up. They DO NOT want to talk to ANYONE. If you get through a conversation with them without getting snotty attitude or rude facial expressions you are incredibly lucky. Also, this school is on a steep hill. If you are coming from the bottom you made need to use the back gate, but sometimes they just forget to unlock. I have a severe back injury and they do not care at all even after telling them that I cannot walk up the steepest hill to get to the "front" of the school. Very upsetting, and I really hope they replace some of those people soon, because they are awful, mean, uncaring people.
My son started Kindergarten at Cleveland this fall. He really loves his teacher and his new friends....and he's learning a ton. The aftercare at Bear Cub City is great, too. I've been really impressed by the parent community....lots of smart, caring adults who are really focused on ensuring the highest-quality education for their kids.
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