Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is special about Glenview?
Our community, our diversity, our teachers and staff, and (soon) our brand new campus!
  • Glenview takes a “whole child” approach integrating arts and music into the curriculum, focusing on socio-emotional learning, and cultivating a sense of family and community among the children.
  • Community building is a big part of the Glenview family. There are many parent groups, including a Dads’ Club, the Equity Team, PTA, Kinder Welcome Committee and the Fundraising Committee. There are activities year-round for families to get to know one another – for example, Walk and Roll to School Day, the Halloween Carnival, the Holiday Bazaar, movie nights, and the Science Fair.
  • Glenview teachers stick around! On average, teachers stay for 12+ years.
  • Glenview’s families represent the diversity of Oakland – in fact, Glenview is one of the most diverse schools in the district. During the 2015-2016 school year, Glenview’s student body was 35% Caucasian, 22% African American, 16% Latino, 12% Asian and 10% multi-racial. Glenview students speak 19 languages and come from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Glenview is home to every kind of family including LGBTQ families, adoptive families, single-parent families and multi-generational families. Glenview values its diversity and teaches children to respect, learn from, and celebrate the rich variety of cultures and experiences in our city.
  • Our brand new campus is underway! In the school year 2019-2020, Glenview families will enjoy a beautiful new school with state of the art learning facilities.

2. How many students go to Glenview?
Currently, 460 students are enrolled in Glenview.

3. What time does school start and end?
School starts at 8:30 and ends at 2:45. Wednesdays are minimum days; school is dismissed at 1:15.

4. What is the drop-off and pick-up process like?
Students taking the bus from the Glenview neighborhood disembark on 53rd Street. They gather in the cafeteria until 8:20, when the yard opens.
Between 8:20 and 8:30, parents who drive may drop their children off outside the front-entrance on 54th Street. Please do not leave your car; teachers are there to escort them into the building.
Parents who wish to bring their child to the schoolyard are asked to park away from the bus and drop-off zones. You may stay until school starts, and are welcome to stick around on Fridays for morning meeting.

5. Is there busing from the Glenview neighborhood to Santa Fe?
Yes, OUSD provides busing from Edna Brewer from 7:15-7:45am. Buses return to Brewer between 3 and 3:30pm on regular days and between 1:30 and 2pm on minimum days. Please see the bus information flyer for more information.

6. Does Glenview have a uniform policy?
Yes. Glenview students wear the school colors - navy blue and white. Students wear navy blue pants, skirts, shorts or jumpers, and solid-colored white or navy blue shirts. Logos are discouraged, except for Glenview shirts and sweatshirts, available for purchase from the PTA.

7. How do I enroll in Glenview?
December-January – OUSD opens the Options Process window. Families choose six schools in order of preference. The Options Process does not guarantee that every family will be assigned to its first-choice school. It does, however, significantly expand the educational options available for all Oakland families. For more information (and exact dates), go to http://www.ousd.org/Domain/159.
March – OUSD notifies parents of their school assignment in early march. There’s a period of time to appeal if you are not happy with your choice.
April – registration. Families may remain on the waiting list for their preferred school while registering for their assigned option.

8. Are Santa Fe neighborhood students prioritized during the enrollment process?
First priority for enrollment is for siblings of current students, followed by children from the Glenview neighborhood catchment. Santa Fe neighborhood residents have priority over the general lottery. Enrollment decisions are made by the Oakland Unified School District Enrollment Department. For all enrollment questions, please contact OUSD http://www.ousd.org/domain/159 or 510-273-1600.

Class Size and Support
9.What is the average class size at Glenview?
TK-3rd grade classes have an average of 24 students. Maximum class size in grade 4-5 is 31. 

10.How many classes are there per grade?
In 2017-2018, Glenview has one TK classroom, three classes each in Kindergarten through 4rd grade, and two 5th grade classes. Based on enrollment, these configurations can change slightly from year to year.

11.Are there teacher aides in the classroom?
The aide coverage per class varies each year depending on the greatest need of the school as determined by the Principal. This year, there is a dedicated aide in TK, as well as student teachers helping out in Kinder and First grade. Additionally, we have aides in all classrooms during Reader’s Workshop.

12.Are parent volunteers welcome in the classroom?
Yes! Volunteers assist with motor skills, homework filing, managing classroom workstations, yard duty, physical education, tutoring, library administration, etc. Parent volunteers are more hands-on in the early grades, but remain active as room parents in the upper grades.

​Parent Resources
13.How does Glenview help kindergartners and their families transition to their new school?
After families receive letters of acceptance, they are invited to meet a kinder teacher and participate in an hour of kindergarten with other incoming families. During the summer, Glenview parents coordinate play dates so incoming families can meet one another. Just before school begins, incoming families are invited to our annual Kindergarten Tea to meet their teacher, tour the school, and see their classroom.

14.How do families receive information and updates from Glenview?
Communication is never lacking at Glenview! Parents receive information and updates through Big Tent (a private online parent forum), automatic phone calls and emails from the Principal and school district, The Glenview Grapevine (weekly newsletter), PTA meetings, teacher emails and documents that are included in student’s homework folders for parents to read at home.

15.How much money does the PTA raise and what does it go towards?
The PTA raises approximately $200,00 a year. This money is used to fund programing needs (technology, P.E., playground supervision, music, field trips, art, etc.), social and emotional learning, community events (Halloween Carnival, Children’s Day, Black History Month), and much more.

Class Structure and Organization
16.How many recesses does kindergarten have and how long are they?
Kindergarteners get two recesses and a lunchtime recess. The morning and afternoon recesses are around 15 minutes, and lunchtime recess is 45 minutes.

17.Do kindergarteners share the playground or cafeteria with the upper grades?
TK, Kindergarten and first graders have lunch and recess together, separate from the upper grades. However, all grades are together in the morning before school starts.


18. What is a typical day in the life of a kindergartner at Glenview?
Each teacher structures their classroom in a way that makes sense for their teaching style and the needs of their students. However, a day in the life of a kindergartner may look something like this: sitting as a class learning a letter of the alphabet and how that letter sounds in a word; breaking up into workstations playing a math game or practicing sight words; bathroom break and recess; library time and reading as a group; lunch time; motor skills; art project; recess; free choice time; sitting as a class to learn how many ways you can add numbers to make ten; dismissal.

School Policies
19.How is discipline handled at Glenview?
Glenview teachers are trained in Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS). The philosophy of PBIS is to teach children explicitly the expectations of the school and the classroom so that all children can be successful. Students are positively reinforced for making good choices and following the school expectations of Being Respectful, Responsible, and Safe.
Staff also utilizes Restorative Justice (RJ) practice to build community and solve problems. Restorative Justice helps to resolve conflicts and supports students in repairing relationships when there is conflict.

20.What is Glenview’s homework policy?
Homework is used to teach students to manage their time, practice what they have learned in class, and develop reading skills. It allows students to build independence and problem solving abilities, and allows parents to track their child’s learning and observe where he/she is struggling and thriving. Kinders are expected to spend less than 30 minutes a night on homework including time being read to or reading to an adult. The amount of homework increases as a student goes up through grade levels.

21.How does Glenview approach social emotional development?
Glenview views social emotional development in elementary school students as critical to each child’s academic success. In addition to Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) and Restorative Justice (RJ), Glenview has adopted the Toolbox Curriculum, which teaches students (and adults!) the 12 tools for managing their feelings, solving problems and creating a caring community.  Glenview’s social emotional planning includes a Wellness Committee made up of parents and staff which focuses on increasing student physical and emotional health through gardening, movement, mindfulness, and nutrition.

Curriculum
22.What the school’s curriculum?
Glenview’s curriculum is aligned to the California Common Core State Standards.
The science curriculum is Full Option Science System (FOSS). FOSS is a research-based science program for grades K–8 developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science with support from the National Science Foundation.  All students participate in the annual Science Fair through individual or class created science projects.
Teachers use the Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Teaching Reading through a Reader’s Workshop model to build foundational literacy and develop strong reading skills and strategies.  Through the Writer’s Workshop model and the Lucy Calkins Writing Units, all students in grades K-5 participate in at least three genres of writing (Narrative, Opinion, and Information).
Glenview uses the district adopted common core aligned Math curriculum, Math Expressions. In addition, students engage in performance based math tasks which supplement the program to ensure that students have opportunities to work with peers on problem solving and complex math tasks.

23.Does Glenview offer language courses?
In the past, Glenview has offered Spanish and Sign Language as an optional enrichment class after school. The After School Enrichment Committee is open to suggestions for future classes depending on provider availability and student interest.

24.What afterschool enrichment programs does Glenview offer?
Glenview offers a variety of afterschool enrichment programs like origami, chess, toyology, hip hop, circus arts, creative writing, tennis, and craft kitchen. Classes vary each session, so if there is something you would like to see, contact the Afterschool Enrichment Program Committee – or better yet, join it!

25.Does Glenview offer P.E.? If so, how often do children go?
Yes. Students have a minimum of 100 minutes of PE a week. Teachers incorporate movement into their instructional day through activities such as sports, yoga, dance, jogging, or gardening. In 2017-2018, Glenview has two P.E. teachers providing weekly instruction to students in movement. 

26.Does Glenview have sports teams?
The school does not have any official teams, but many children play on teams consisting of all or mostly Glenview children and coached by Glenview parents. Watch for notifications on Big Tent.

27.How is technology used at Glenview? 
Kindergarten and 1st graders each have a minimum of 5 iPads in the classroom to use for educational purposes in centers. The school has 128 Chromebooks and 60 Ipads for use in grades 2-5. Glenview PTA funds a technology teacher to ensure that all students learn basic technology skills.

28.Does Glenview have a library?
Yes. Glenview library is operated solely by parent volunteers. It is open 3 days a week and all classes make weekly visits to the library. During these visits, we typically read stories to the classes based on themes, holidays or recommendations. Students can check out books based on their interest and upper grades have optional book clubs that meet during lunch.

After School 
29.What aftercare programs are available? 
Glenview has a variety of aftercare options. There are two programs onsite and several other programs that pick up from the school. The onsite programs fill up quickly, so sign up as soon as enrollment opens.
 
●      The Learning Spot's Afterschool Program offers a variety of opportunities for youth development such as: leadership, youth mentor, and talent shows. They operate 5 days a week, from school dismissal until 6pm. The program does not offer before-school or drop-in care. Learning Spot is partially funded by Proposition 49 Afterschool Education and Safety Grant, with program fees on a sliding scale based on income and family size. 
●      Adventure Time is a before- and after-school program that provides activities for children in the areas of arts, crafts, sports, games, music, and help with homework. They have a daily schedule, which allows for spontaneity and the varying individual needs of the children. Adventure Time is a private program with flexible hours; fees depend on the amount of hours needed, with a discount for siblings.
Additional off-site programs that pick up at Santa Fe include: Studio One, Lakeshore Children’s Center, Jewish Community Center, East Bay Dance Center and Dimond Rec.
 
Construction
30.When will the new Glenview campus open?
Glenview Elementary is scheduled to return to the La Cresta campus for the 2019-2020 school year.

31.What will the new Glenview campus look like?
The Glenview building is keeping the front portico facade and front entrance cascading steps. The rest of the building will be new construction. Students will enjoy a safe learning environment, larger classrooms with wifi, bathrooms in kinder classrooms, adequate ADA accessibility, improved lighting, heating and ventilation and a modern cafeteria.