This is the promised addendum to my posting on
When the state developed its accountability program several years ago, it created a special framework of accountability for alternative schools which serve very high-risk student populations. These are called ASAM schools (Alternative Schools Accountability Model).
On the CDE’s list for ASAM * schools in OUSD are
- Bunche (Ralph) Academy
Senior High Dewey Academy Merritt Middle CollegeHigh (now closed) Community Day High Oakland Street Academy Community Day Middle Oakland
Rudsdale Continuation High is an additional OUSD alternative-type school.
It appears that the only alternative school for middle school students is Oakland Community Day Middle.
The percentage of OUSD high school students attending alternative schools in 2006-2007 was 6%, or 864 of 13183 students. Here is the grade breakdown: 284 - 9th graders, 249 -10th graders, 184 - 11th graders, and 147 - 12th graders.
1. Bunch (Ralph) Academy (
Some of these would have been the 16 year-old boys sitting in my 13 year-old daughter's classes on the first day of her 8th grade year, making her somewhat nervous. At that point, they had been retained twice. Thankfully, the principal eventually transferred them out to Bunch.
2. Dewey Academy Senior High (
3. Merritt Middle College High (
4. Oakland Community Day High (
6. Rudsdale Continuation High (
Does it seem that one alternative school for all OUSD middle school students is enough, especially since a large number of kids drop out of high school in their 9th grade year? For instance, 300 – 9th grade students dropped out of OUSD in 2005-2006 (the most recent figures I could find).
OUSD Total dropouts in 2005-2006:
- 9th grade = 300 students
- 10th grade = 198 students
- 11th grade = 129 students
- 12th grade = 314 students
If you have further information about these schools or others, please add what you know.
*http://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/ and http://webportal.ousd.k12.ca.us/sarc/. The OUSD website links to the School Accountability Report Cards (SARC's). Districts are required to provide the community with these "report cards." Their purpose is to annually provide information which allows the public to evaluate and compare schools for student achievement, environment, resources and demographics. When this research was performed in early March 2008, some of the SARC’s for these schools were out of date and/or incomplete.