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.

    Tours for the 2021 - 2022 School Year


    Emerson welcomes children from all over Oakland. Emerson has an amazing staff, an active parent group, wonderful enrichment, and a beautiful campus. We are excited to welcome you to our school. 

    Usually, you would come to campus, meet with a current parent and Ms. Champion, our community school manager in the courtyard at 9am. Then you would tour classrooms and the school grounds in addition to hearing about our programs and partnerships. There would also be an opportunity to meet and ask questions of Principal Palin. In liue of that, we will be hosting online Zoom tours in the fall and winter of 2020. 


    Tour information for 2021 - 2022 Prospective Families
    Join us for a virtual tour of our Emerson learning community, on Zoom.  During this event you will be able to hear from our school leaders, and see videos of kindergarten and transitional kindergarten classrooms.  There will be space at the end to answer questions.
    Please join us for one of the following events:
    • December 8th, 6pm
    • December 11th, 10am
    • January 8th, 10am
    • January 12th, 6pm 
    Zoom ID:  820 9421 0061
    Zoom Password:  912291
Last Modified on November 12, 2020