All Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) students will find joy in their academic experience while graduating with the skills to ensure they are caring, competent, fully-informed, critical thinkers who are prepared for college, career, and community success.
The Oakland student is one who is a resilient learner, a collaborative teammate, a community leader, a critical thinker, and a creative problem solver. This profile for the OUSD graduate is critically important if our students are to be fully prepared for college, career, and community success.
As our society and workplace continue to rapidly evolve — being reshaped by innovation, globalization, and automation — so must the education of our students. Thus, it is incumbent upon us to provide opportunities for all students to develop all the higher cognitive skills, social-emotional skills, and technological skills necessary for the workplace of the future.
A thriving student is one who has been equipped with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to make things better for themselves and their communities. A key to opening this door is advanced literacy. Our students are advanced at reading, writing, speaking, and listening, able to communicate in increasingly diverse ways and to understand and use text for a variety of purposes. Advanced literacy enables students to master core academic content, critically think and solve complex problems, and collaborate with others.