• Oakland Technical High School is a microcosm of the city it calls home.

  • We are a vibrant multicultural and multilingual community of more than 1,800 students, nearly 200 dedicated educators and staff and thousands of passionate alumni and supporters.


    We have taught and inspired generations of Oakland youth since our founding in 1914. Today we stand at the forefront of creating highly effective small learning communities –– schools within the school that both energize and focus student education. We are the home of the Bulldogs and have always been — and always will be — Bulldog proud!

    Our Vision

    Oakland Tech will be a model of equity and access, using high-quality pathways and social-emotional supports to ensure that every student takes ownership over their learning, engages in rigorous academic discourse, and graduates college-, career- and community-ready.

    Our Goals

    1. Develop high-quality, equitable, wall-to-wall academies that represent our diversity. (Pathway)
    2. Departments will develop 9-12 vertical maps (assessments and skills) that build to a pathway Senior Project/Portfolio in which students defend their work to an audience. (Curriculum and Assessment)
    3. Improve literacy outcomes across the curriculum through cycles of inquiry and looking at student work. (Instruction)
    4. Facilitate a community engagement process that leads to a block schedule change. (Structure)

    The Outcomes We Seek for Our Students

    As a result of the education they receive at Oakland Tech, all students will become …


    Effective communicators who demonstrate proficiency in writing, reading, listening, speaking, and presenting. Indicators:

    • Students use writing as a means of understanding and learning new concepts.
    • Students write expository, persuasive, analytical, and creative pieces.
    • Students prepare oral, written, visual, and artistic presentations.


    Skillful users of technology who access, organize, process, and evaluate information in both traditional and digital formats from a variety of sources. Indicators:

    • Students conduct research using paper and digital resources with attention to reliability of sources and integrity of others’ work.
    • Students communicate with others using a variety of devices.
    • Students use appropriate technology to exhibit their work.


    Problem­-solvers who use algebra and other mathematical strategies to solve both theoretical and real-­world problems. Indicators:

    • Students complete Algebra 1 with a C or better by the end of 9th grade.
    • Students complete a minimum of two additional math courses.
    • Students apply problem­-solving strategies in their other courses, especially science.


    Active participants in a career-­building/college-­going culture who possess a toolkit of skills and information that leads to college admission and entry to interesting careers. Indicators:

    • Students meet or exceed UC “a-g” requirements.
    • Students access the College and Career Center on campus.
    • Students research basic information about a variety of colleges and careers.
    • Students learn basic information about ways to finance a college education.


    Contributors to the community who live with integrity, show respect for others and exhibit good citizenship. Indicators:

    • Students participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, drama, dance, and musical performances.
    • Students work together to improve the welfare of others.
    • Students honor diversity and respect individual differences.

    Core Pillars

    The Pillars of Oakland Tech give voice to our expectations and values as students, staff and community members. We all commit to hold ourselves and each other accountable to the following:

    Positive Expression, Honor, Focus, and Community

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