About OUSD’s Options Process
    Since 2005-06, OUSD has used an enrollment system called “Options” for enrollment in its elementary, middle and high school levels. The Options System lets families participate in and influence the process of selecting a school for their children. The school tours, open houses, and options fairs set the stage for Open Enrollment, which lasts from December to January, and provides families a head start in selecting desirable school options.

    The Options Process is designed to help families and students choose a school that they believe will meet the particular needs of their children. The Family & Community Office manages the Options Process to give families the ability to select schools and educational options throughout Oakland.

    The Options Process does not guarantee that every family will be accepted into its first-choice school. It does, however, significantly expand the social and educational options available for Oakland families, particularly those of modest means.

    The Options Process reinforces OUSD’s commitment to offering a diverse portfolio of high-quality schools that expands opportunity for public schools students. By increasing access to a range of academic programs, many of which would otherwise be out-of-reach for disadvantaged students, the Options Process serves the District goals of Achievement, Equity, and Accountability.


    Emerson welcomes children from all over Oakland. Emerson has an amazing staff, an active parent group, wonderful enrichment, and a beautiful campus. Come take a look!


    Join a current parent and Ms. Champion, our community school manager in the courtyard at 9am. You will tour classrooms and the school grounds in addition to hearing about our programs and partnerships. There will also be an opportunity to meet and ask questions of Principal Palin. 


    Emerson staff is excited to welcome you to campus to tour our facilities and classrooms, ask questions, and get to know us better. You'll get to tour classes in session, see our library and grounds, and hear about enrichment programs. Tours will take place starting in October 2019. Here are the dates for this enrollment season:

    • October 25, 2019
    • November 8, 2019
    • November 22, 2019
    • December 6, 2019
    • December 13, 2019
    • January 10, 2019
    • January 17, 2019
Last Modified on September 25, 2019