Our Principal, Carin Geathers, has successfully implemented a school initiative that has led Burckhalter Elementary School students and staff to a new plateau. Our school has won awards for increasing test scores; meeting and raising academic expectations; enhancing a positive, inclusive and caring school climate.
Our goal is to implement programs that are standards-based and instill a sense of responsibility, confidence, and a positive attitude. Burckhalter has a computer lab with innovative and rigorous software, a fully staffed library, and Chromebooks for all students K-5. Burckhalter also offers Music to all K-5th grade students, physical education, and academic and enrichment after-school programs, partnered with Girls, Inc. Afterschool Program.
Burckhalter is an integral part of the East Oakland community where it is based. This allows for a close-knit, small family feeling which enables us to build the confidence and self-esteem of all of our students from every walk of life. Through this positive school climate, children know they are in a safe place and therefore, are free to question, learn and grow. We live by the motto "Love Grows Here".
Parents are free to get involved with the SSC (School Site Council), PTO (Parent Teacher Organization), Dad's Club, the CareGiver's Space, and many other opportunities. We have volunteers who help with academic intervention -- some are new friends, and others have been working with our students for many years.
Our school mascot is the Bobcat. It symbolizes strong pride in our school and our fierce drive to show others the good that can come out of not only Burckhalter, but out of East Oakland, out of Oakland Unified School District. Go BOBCATS! is more than just a chant, it’s how we Survive and Thrive.