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Oakland Unified School District

Alternative Education

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OUSD Alternative Education offers many paths to success. Alternative Education offers innovative and engaging educational options for students seeking new ways of learning as an alternative to regular comprehensive middle and high schools. To apply for an alternative education placement, please complete one of the forms below: 

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For more information about Alternative Placements, please contact:

LaTissa Clement

746 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
Phone: (510) 879-4600

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Monday 8:30a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Tuesday 8:30a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Wednesday 8:30a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Thursday 8:30a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Friday 8:30a.m. - 2:00p.m.

The enrollment counselors at the Student Welcome Center can support enrollment in the following schools and placements:

Virtual Learning

Virtual Learning is a voluntary educational option in which students pursue their education at home and through zoom. Virtual Learning offers students in grades TK–12 a safe, engaging, and rigorous online instructional environment where they can learn in the way that works best for them.

  • Sojourner Truth Virtual Academy (Grades TK-12)

Alternative High Schools

Alternative schools of choice are voluntary programs that offer unique educational programs to meet students' individual needs. Alternative Schools allow skilled educators and engaged students to explore new methods of teaching and new ways of learning in a changing society. These are not credit recovery options, but rather small learning environments for on-track students. OUSD has an Alternative High School program at:

  • Street Academy (Grades 9-12)
  • Gateway to College (Grades 10-12)

Continuation Education

Continuation Education programs are designed to meet the needs of students who are at least seventeen (16) years of age who are at risk of not graduating. Continuation Schools provide an opportunity for students to earn a high school diploma and/or prepare for advancement to community college and career options. OUSD has Continuation Education programs at:

  • Dewey High School (Grades 10-12; 100 credits required)
  • Rudsdale High School (Grades 10-12; 50 credits required)
  • Ralph J. Bunche Academy (Grades 10-12; no credit requirement)