• Our Principal, Carin Geathers, is spearheading a new school initiative and has lead Burckhalter Elementary School students and staff to a new plateau -- winning awards for increasing test scores; meeting and raising academic expectations; enhancing positive school climate.

    Our goal is to implement programs that are standards based and instill a sense of responsibility, confidence, and positive attitude. Burckhalter has a computer lab with innovative and rigorous software, a fully staffed library, and Chromebooks for all 4th-5th graders. Burckhalter also offers Music to all K-5th gradestudents, physical education, and academic and enrichment after-school programs, partnered with the Ujimaa Afterschool Program & Kids Club.

     Our school 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. 

    Burckhalter Bobcats Parents are free to get involved with the SSC (School Site Council), PTO (Parent Teacher Organization), and other projects, we have volunteers who help with academic intervention -- some are new friends, others have been working with our students for many years. 

    Our school mascot, the Bobcat, symbolizes our 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.