About OUSD’s Options Process
    Since 2005-06, OUSD has used an enrollment system called “Options” for enrollment in 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. The school tours, open houses, and options fairs set the stage for Open Enrollment, which lasts from December to January, and provides families a head start in selecting desirable school options.

    The Options Process is designed to help families and students choose a school that they believe will meet the particular needs of their children. The Family & Community Office manages the Options Process to give families the ability to select schools and educational options throughout Oakland.

    The Options Process does not guarantee that every family will be accepted into its first-choice school. It does, however, significantly expand the social and educational options available for Oakland families, particularly those of modest means.

    The Options Process reinforces OUSD’s commitment to offering a diverse portfolio of high-quality schools that expands opportunity for public schools students. 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.

    Tours for the 2022 - 2023 School Year

    Tell your friends, family and neighbors - Emerson is hosting school tours for prospective families! Emerson welcomes children from all over Oakland. We have an amazing staff, an active parent group, on site library, aftercare options, wonderful enrichment, and a beautiful campus. Come take a look! 


    December 4, 2021, 10am - In Person School Tour

    Meet at the school's front entrance on Lawton Ave.

    To RSVP call the front office and speak with Ms. Holland. (510) 879-2115.


    December 7, 2021, 5pm - Virtual School Tour 

    Join the virtual meeting on zoom: https://ousd.zoom.us/j/87066125623.

    During this event you will be able to hear from our school leaders, and see videos of kindergarten and transitional kindergarten classrooms.  There will be space at the end to answer questions.


    Dates are subject to change.

Last Modified on November 16, 2021