We know that parents of elementary schools in Oakland have many choices, and we thank you for exploring Burckhalter. Here are 10 reasons why families choose Burckhalter. 

    1. Joy - Students are happy at Burckhalter. Just walk through our hallways and see for yourself!
    2. Peace - Students experience how to create peace and how to resolve conflict effectively using restorative practices. Junior coaches (3rd-5th graders) lead games at lunchtime.
    3. Community - Students are taught how to build strong communities and how to be community leaders.
    4. Academic challenge - Because we are a personalized learning school, students who are on grade level or advanced are challenged to reach even greater academic heights through rigorous instruction.
    5. Academic support - Because we are a personalized learning school, students who are struggling academically get special attention to help them catch up and become advanced.
    6. Problem-Solving - In addition to academic skills such as reading, writing, and math, the students' experience is based mostly in thinking critically to solve real-world problems. 
    7. Work habits - Students are taught habits of mind that will last beyond middle school, like goal setting, growth mindset, and effort.
    8. Safety - There have been fewer that 5% suspensions in the last five years and instances of bullying are resolved immediately.  
    9. Leadership - The Burckhalter principal is the among the most senior principals for OUSD elementary schools.
    10. Teachers - Burckhalter carefully selects its teachers through a rigorous process to ensure we hire people who are good role models and strong instructors who continually seek to improve their craft.


    • Because we are a public school, there is no tuition for the day program.
    • There are no fees for the morning or afterschool student programs.