History and Background
Roosevelt Middle School, located in Oakland’s San Antonio neighborhood, was first established in 1923. As a public middle school in the Oakland Unified School District, we enroll students in grades 6-8.
Currently, our school serves approximately 570 students from multiple racial & ethnic backgrounds:
- 45% Asian/Pacific Islander
- 34% Latino
- 17% African American
Thirty-five percent of our population is classified as English Language Learners, and there are over 20 different home language groups represented within our student body. 96% of our students qualify for the free or reduced-price meal program and 15% of our students have a disability.
In the past five years, Roosevelt staff members have significantly improved our school culture by investing in Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS), Restorative Justice, and attendance initiatives. These efforts have led to dramatic improvements to our school climate and student attendance.
For example, during the 2010-11 school year, Roosevelt suspended 18% of students as compared with 3% in 2017-18. Also, we reduced our chronic absence rate from 15% in 2010-11 to 5.7% in 2015-16.
The U.S. Chief Data Scientist from the White House visited Roosevelt in Dec. 2015 to understand how we use technology and data to improve culture and instruction.
In addition, we have built successful partnerships with community organizations that support our students. In 2014, Roosevelt was awarded the Full Service Community School Award by Oakland Unified School District for our efforts to integrate instruction with student and family supports, removing barriers to learning, and creating a positive school climate.