How to Enroll

Peralta Elementary is part of the Oakland Unified School District system, please refer to the OUSD site for the most up to date information.

OUSD's "Options Enrollment" period is from early December to late January.  OUSD will release updated information in mid-October, which will be reflected on this site.

How old should my child be?

California recently passed a new law, “The Kindergarten Readiness Act” (SB 1381), that changes the age when children are eligible to enter Kindergarten.  Under this new law children must turn 5 years old on or before September 1 in order to enroll in traditional Kindergarten.

For the 2014-2015 school year, parents of students who turn 5 between October 2 and December 2, 2013 have priority to choose to register their children for Transitional Kindergarten. Children with earlier birthdays may attend Transitional Kindergarten once all children with November, October, and September fifth birthdays are served. Transitional Kindergarten is part of the public school system and is free to participating students. 

Peralta School Boundary (Families in shaded area may be assigned to Peralta or Sankofa)

School Boundaries

Families living within the Peralta school boundaries (see map) will likely be given Peralta as their first choice.

Visit the OUSD Map Center & School Finder for more maps of OUSD schools and their boundaries.

Tours (November - January)

Parent volunteers provide tours during the Options period. Tours are limited to approximately 10 people.  If you or someone you know would like to take a Kindergarten tour, please contact Peralta’s secretary Jan Seagren at (510) 654-7365 to sign up for one of these tours.

The Options Enrollment Process (early December - late January)

For current enrollment information visit OUSD’s Enrollment site. Options applications forms are posted on the OUSD site. Questions can be emailed to, or call (510) 434-7780.

You can submit completed Options application forms along with verification documents to the Peralta school office during the Options period. You can also turn them in to OUSD’s school assignment office at 2111 International Blvd. Please bring all original documents. The office staff will make copies and return the originals to you.

Assignment Letters (by mid-March)

By the middle of March you should receive a letter specifying your child's school assignment, hopefully Peralta.  According to OUSD, in 2014, 82% of kindergarten applicants received their first choice of school.  If you did not receive your choice, the initial appeal window for OUSD assignments occurs in late March; with mandatory registration in April.