Oakland is a Sanctuary City and OUSD is a Sanctuary District. We do not ask for or require proof of legal immigration status upon enrollment, nor is any such information gathered by a school. Hundreds of undocumented, newcomer and refugee students are thriving in our schools with help of the Office of English Language Learners and Multilingual Achievement (ELLMA) and we want to keep it that way.
When we say Every Student Thrives! at OUSD it means we stand behind our students no matter where they were born or the barriers they have overcome to be here. We cherish the cultural richness in our district and make no exceptions when it comes to including learners with a wide variety of backgrounds and needs.
Sanctuary Resources in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Khmer and Vietnamese
The OUSD Sanctuary Resolution, adopted in December 2016 affirms that we will do everything possible to ensure students and families are safe at school regardless of immigration status.
Click on the image below to read the resolution!