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April 16, 2014

Out of this district

Filed under: Alameda, School — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

Rewinding to a School Board meeting from a few weeks ago, there was a presentation on the demographics report commissioned by the School Board to guesstimate how many more kids will be in AUSD’s future.   The TL;dr takeaway?   Alameda is going to see a gradual uptick in students.

What was helpful about the demographics report is it did debunk some of the rumors that have long circulated about AUSD.   Mainly the whole “OMG there are a ton of Oakland kids using Alameda schools and their parents don’t pay property tax” meme that rears its head whenever it’s time to vote for school parcel taxes or bonds.

Here are the charts:





So just to make it easy and show percentages.  Of the elementary school students there are a total of 4609 students at Alameda elementary schools and only 136 come from other districts which means that  only 3% of students do not live in Alameda.   For Middle Schools, 1679 students at Alameda middle schools.  66 students are from other districts which means that only 4% are not Alameda residents.   For High Schools, 3138 kids in the system, 229 are not from the district which means that 7% of students in Alameda high schools are not Alameda residents.

Naturally someone will say that there are people that fall through the cracks and that falsely claim residency and of course there is a certain subset of that, but I would imagine that it’s not a large enough size to make a dent in the overall percentage.

It’s interesting to note that a large portion of students in the Paden attendance zone opted to attend Ruby Bridges.  It’s not clear if that is because the students that are in a certain attendance area are able to opt between the two schools are coded as Paden as being their home school.

Two more inter-district transfer graphs, a breakdown by grade:



And the historic numbers, as you can see the rate is dropping, but it would be better to compare it against the historic enrollment numbers, which is the slide after this next one to provide context to show that while Alameda’s enrollment has gone up, the number of inter-district transfers has gone down:





If I had more time I would create a graphic overlay, but am calling laziness.


  1. Sorry, not buying the high school stats. This is an old game in Alameda in which the District turns a blind eye. The lack of enforcement is so bad that the official policy is to allow students to stay at their school if they don’t get caught for two years. Many of the attendance issues reflect latent and unreasonable fears of parents, and sports related issues, neither of which are valid reasons. Ask the coaches. Count the students at bus stops. Post the statistic showing the number of students the District “made” transfer for non disciplinary reasons.

    Comment by Doubtful — April 16, 2014 @ 6:44 am

  2. Evidence? Numbers? Facts? You make some bold and very certain statements about what you “know” about this matter. Show your work.

    Comment by dave — April 16, 2014 @ 7:07 am

  3. A possible explanation for the “Paden” students opting for Ruby Bridges is a boundary change made by the school board. When the school board decided to close Longfellow school, District staff had prepared an estimate of the students that would come from the remodeled Summer House apartments that was too low. As a result, boundaries were changed. Future parents talk to their neighbors and if they are going to a certain school, the future parents are more likely to follow those recommendations.

    Comment by Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonAUSD) — April 16, 2014 @ 7:29 am

  4. How about a similar breakdown for the charter schools. They serve a much higher number of out of district kids. Is that acceptable? Should ausd put a cap on it?

    Comment by DazedandConfused — April 16, 2014 @ 10:00 am

  5. Yes, it is acceptable. It’s also legally required.

    No, AUSD should not put a cap on it.

    Comment by dave — April 16, 2014 @ 10:03 am

  6. 4. same rules apply to charters as public in that regard ( even though there are specifically other exclusions, like labor contracts for teachers). Again, as in #1, if you can make a claim you should be able to at least refer to a source to substantiate it. I have plenty of issues with charters, but hadn’t heard that one. BTW- for at least public schools, non resident teachers are permitted to enroll their children here, at least if there is capacity. I don’t know if people will find that controversial or not, but a break out of those numbers might be interesting.

    Comment by MI — April 16, 2014 @ 10:33 am

  7. The demographics report does not have a breakdown of out-of-district students for the charter schools.

    Comment by Lauren Do — April 16, 2014 @ 10:37 am

  8. I like doubtful’s style – don’t let facts get in the way of your beliefs! Speaking of charter schools, I know that BASE school is closing down in Alameda and consolidating all of their services in Oakland. My understanding is that almost all of their students now are coming from Oakland, so it not only makes logistical sense, but economic sense for them to “go where the customers are”, and that could be an inherent strength or challenge of the charter school system. Could it also preclude the need for any kind of cap as was brought up in #4?

    Comment by notadave — April 16, 2014 @ 12:40 pm

  9. I wonder if we have any statistics of Alameda kids going to school outside of Alameda. I know many middle and high schoolers going to Head Royce, O’Dowd, etc. Not to mention kids who go to school near where their parents work or because they have a special need that Alameda schools can’t fill. Some of the kids on the busses are going not to their out of town homes, but to after school activities, classes, or even jobs. So we should not make assumptions about them.

    Comment by Kate Quick — April 16, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

  10. Oakland School for the Arts has a lot of Alameda kids. My son was one of them. Best decision we ever made. He’s making it up to Oakland now, though. In parking tickets.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — April 17, 2014 @ 7:49 am

  11. Someone asked about enrollment numbers for charter schools, these are the numbers for the CLCS (Nea and ACLC) schools

    ACLC: Total Enrollment = 343
    Out of district residents = 47
    In district residents = 296
    % Alameda Residents = 86.3%

    Nea UV: Total Enrollment = 247
    Out of district residents = 110
    In district residents = 137
    % Alameda Residents = 55.5%

    Nea LV: Total Enrollment = 273
    Out of district residents = 49
    In district residents = 224
    % Alameda Residents = 82.1%

    Nea K-12 Total Enrollment = 520
    Out of district residents = 49 +110 = 159
    In district residents = 224 +137 = 361
    % Alameda Residents = 69.4%

    Comment by Lauren Do — April 22, 2014 @ 5:51 pm

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