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FAQs

Welcome to the Peralta Community. Here you’ll find a few quick answers to some common questions.

Click here for more detailed information aimed at new families.

For some useful Oakland Unified School District FAQs, click here.

How do I find out what’s happening at Peralta?
How do I get my child into Peralta?
How big is Peralta?
When does the bell ring?
How do I find out who my child’s teacher will be?
Is there before-school and after-school care at Peralta? How do I sign up?
How can I get to know the Peralta Community?
You haven’t answered my question. Who can?

How do I find out what’s happening at Peralta?

Subscribe to the Peralta Broadcast to receive a weekly e-mail newsletter. Join the PeraltaComunity Yahoo! Group to see what other parents are saying.

Check this website regularly for more Peralta news and calendar updates.

How do I get my child into Peralta?

The first priorities for school assignments go to siblings of Peralta students and to children who live in Peralta’s attendance area (check OUSD’s School Finder). If you live outside this area, you will have to go through OUSD’s options process, which begins in December. Tours for prospective families will be held twice weekly during the options period. Click here to learn more.

How big is Peralta?

Peralta is a small school, but with nearly 300 children, we are at maximum capacity for our campus. There are about two classes for each grade level, with a few mixed-grade classes for more flexibility.

When does the bell ring?

School begins at 8:30 a.m. Dismissal is at 2:50 pm except on Wednesdays, when the final bell rings at 1:30 pm. Be on time — tardiness disrupts other students’ lessons! Children can be dropped off at 8:20 for supervised play.
Check the calendar for the holiday and minimum day schedules.

How do I find out who my child’s teacher will be?

Principal Rosette Costello will post class lists by the 63rd Street entrance after 5 p.m. on the evening before school starts. She will listen to parents’ requests before then, but has many factors to consider when assigning classes and will not make changes after posting classes.
Luckily, there are no bad assignments at Peralta.

Is there extended care at Peralta? How do I sign up?

Peralta has a  sliding scale after-school program designed to serve all families regardless of income or scheduling needs. P.E.A.C.E. (Peralta’s Enriching and Creative Environment) offers care on every school day from 7:30 a.m. before school to 6 p.m. after-school. A variety of enrichment classes are offered, along with homework time and unstructured play options.

Click here for more details on P.E.A.C.E., as well as class schedules, registration forms and income requirements.

How can I get to know the Peralta Community?

Come to Peralta events! All are welcome at the Diversity Unity Dinner, the Peralta Auction on March 29 2014, and the Peralta in Bloom Springfest. Check the home page for more details as those events approach. Garden Work Days are generally held on the second Saturday of every month and are a great place to meet people: parents work, and the kids have a big playdate on the yard (occasionally pulling weeds or clipping vines). Check the calendar for details.

How do I join the Peralta Parent Teacher Group (PPTG)?

If you are part of a Peralta family, you are already a member! Parents, caregivers, and school staff are all welcome, and no dues are required. Meetings are the first Wednesday of most months. There are also Saturday meetings. (Check the calendar.)  Childcare is provided.

You haven’t answered my question. Who can?

For an administrative question, call School Secretary Jan Seagren at: 510-654-7365.

For a Peralta Parent Teacher Group (PPTG) question, contact PPTG Chair Juliana Van Cleve.

Several other “veteran” parents have offered to answer questions from new or prospective families:

Catherine Kelly

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