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.

If you are interested in having your child attend Peralta in the 2019-20 school year, please come to the Kindergarten Open House:  Wed. Nov. 28, from 6:30-7:30pm in the Multipurpose Room. All prospective parents are invited. This is an adults-only event; no childcare is provided.

The enrollment process happens through OUSD. For reference, the Open Enrollment window for the 2018-19 school year was November 13, 2017 to January 26, 2018. OUSD enrollment information can be found here

Parents will need to fill out an application through OUSD once they are available in November 2018. 


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 administrative assistant after November 1st at (510) 654-7365 to sign up for one of these tours.  Tours start at 9am in the Kindergarten courtyard right outside the office.

KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE:  Wed. Nov. 28, from 6:30-7:30pm in the Multipurpose Room

2018-19 TOUR DATES (tentative): Thursday mornings, Nov. 29 - Jan. 17 from 9 - 9:30am. Tours are scheduled through the office Secretary. We start taking names/reservations for those tours until Nov. 21 Tours are also for parents only - please do not bring your kids! These tours are mostly informational, with a chance to ask questions of a current Peralta parent, and a brief 5-minute visit to a current K classroom.

Interested parents need to call the office at (510) 654-7365 on/after Nov. 21 to schedule a tour. 

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. Email your questions here, 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.

School District Boundaries

More families want to send their kids to Peralta Elementary than there are spots. Admission is not guaranteed, even for families living within the Peralta school boundaries. The OUSD student assignment center controls all admissions. 

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

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


How old should my child be for Kindergarten?

In 2010, California 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 1st of the school year in order to enroll in traditional Kindergarten.

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