School Details

Peralta Elementary School

460 63rd Street, Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 654-7365
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 298 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

90%
47%
56%
95%
59%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Oakland Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
38%
46%
93%
59%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Oakland Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
58%
65%
90%
64%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Oakland Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
53%
60%
81%
59%
65%
94%
46%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Oakland Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Peralta Elementary School is a public elementary school in Oakland. The principal of Peralta Elementary School is Rosette Costello and can be contacted at rosette.costello@ousd.k12.ca.us. 298 children attend Peralta Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Unspecified. 5% of the Peralta Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 37% of the 298 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Peralta Elementary School is 20:1. Sankofa Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 41% 6%
Asian 4% 13%
Unspecified 32% 6%
Multiracial 27% %
Black, non-Hispanic 16% 35%
Hispanic 12% 37%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 43395%
Filipino 0.7% 0.8%
Pacific Islander 0.7% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37% 68%
Limited English proficiency 5% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    The teachers here are all very well-trained and do a great job of making lessons with interesting subjects that the kids love. Being on the playground (which many parents do frequently) you can really see that the kids are respectful and know each other well. This school has a strong connection with the neighborhood.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is an amazing arts integration school with an excellent community of parents teachers and students.

  • (1 year ago)

    We feel extremely lucky to be able to participate in this community driven school. The staff is amazing and every kid gets the focus they really need.

  • (1 year ago)

    A great arts focus dedicated parent community and a lovely campus. Kids here have a very strong community and show a level of kindness for each other that is truly touching.

  • (2 years ago)

    I agree the post below is odd. The principal has also contacted me for small matters in a very caring manner.

  • (2 years ago)

    The post about the principal seems odd. The leadership at this school is very solid and the teachers are very involved caring and regularly communicate with parents about their child's progress. We are new to the school with two children attending and have been very pleasantly surprised with how strong the community is and how dedicated the teachers are. The curriculum not only emphasizes strong academics but also art music Spanish and social-emotional learning. Great school!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    I find the below post curious. It mentions "current" principal which seems to infer that this is not the same principal that has been in place for probably the last 8-10 years. I also find it curious as I have been informed of the most mundane occurrences (student pushed my child or hit with a jacket - in neither case was my child hurt). The principal is unique and is not going to bow down and cater to every whim - and if she said that she did not want to be held "liable" it seems like perhaps there is more to it - and being in a litigious society perhaps it does not fall into "her job as principal" and there are others better equipped to handle the situation.

  • (2 years ago)

    Good teachers but current principal is awful. Principal did not do anything to inform me of a horrible incident that occured to my nephew in school nor help resolve it. She was too busy; couldn't help and "didn't want to be held liable or responsible" for explaining it to me ie doing her job as a principal. This is a good school if you NEVER need to interact with the principal or depend on her "professional" experience.

  • (3 years ago)

    Don't judge this school by test scores or stars or any comments- (especially anonymous). Go to the school and (with permission) observe the interaction at pickup time between students parents teachers. This place is like Cheers-everybody knows everyone's name but they get together to learn (not drink). Kids here develop a fondness for learning and a respect for others in their class. It's a cooperative environment. Everyone who is there is very glad to be there. -- ask around. -lh

  • (4 years ago)

    My son is a first grader at Peralta Elementary. The school is great and the teachers are very committed to their students. Parental involvement is high but not stifling. Trolls who write reviews based on a tour and then tout the benefits of private education should find other ways to occupy their time.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a North Oakland family with young children we toured this school back in January and I have to say for an OUSD school it's one of the better ones in the district. It's a quaint little school with a lot of parent involvement but when you compare it to some of the private schools in the area like Park Day for example you realize just how inferior OUSD schools truly are including Peralta Elementary. For the first couple of grades up to 2nd you are not going to notice that much difference but when you get into 3rd grade and above it's like night and day. All in all Peralta is an okay school if you have to settle for the OUSD.

  • (4 years ago)

    Administration and staff are committed to the students.

  • (4 years ago)

    The principal and the teachers are all dedicated to the education of the kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our son has been a student at Peralta since Kindergarten. He is now in 5th grade and will be graduating from the school. Our whole family loves the school and appreciate our son's good fortune in being able to attend this school. The teachers are all terrific the staff really cares about the children. Rosette Costello is an outstanding and hardworking principal. The diverse community is close knit and devoted to the school. It is a little utopia where children receive an excellent academic and social education. Peralta should serve as a model to other schools.

  • (5 years ago)

    Fantastic teachers staff kids parents murals gardens space...I'm happy our family can be a part of it.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Peralta because my grandson is doing so well there. He loves arts and Peralta incorporates art into its curriculum.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great principal dedicated staff and teachers great family participation.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is in 1st grade at Peralta and we LOVE the school. The teachers and principal are experienced and committed. The parents are actively involved in the school and in the community. The school reflects the rich diversity of the Bay Area--my daughter has made wonderful friends from all different backgrounds. The grounds are full of gardens and beautiful murals made and maintained by the school community. And a few more highlights excellent focus on the arts small tight knit school community sport-4-kids program and conflict resolution program. Go Peralta!

  • (5 years ago)

    It is full of great families of all kinds has great teachers and a wonderful principle and the community has made a beautiful environment for the children.

  • (5 years ago)

    Peralta is a warm and fuzzy place where everyone knows your kid. It also appeals visually with colorful murals and plants everywhere! Not just a cement block of classrooms. Ms. Costello the principal rocks!

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