9th Grade at Tech

GodOakland Tech’s 9th grade student body of about 500 students is divided into three Houses: Janus, Neptune and Sol. Each House has approximately 160 students.

Students within each House share a common team of teachers, incorporating California Studies (English/Social Studies), Biology, Math and Computer Science.

The 9th grade House structure is designed to create small, supportive learning communities that nurture a sense of belonging. The freshmen in each House are connected to a select team of caring staff who use research-proven instructional strategies to teach the curriculum, as well as address student needs in a more personal environment. Our 9th grade teachers work collaboratively and are committed to the learning of the students they share.

Freshman Seminar

The freshman orientation course “Freshman Seminar” — taught through the Exploring Computer Science course — focuses on developing the personal and academic skills of students while connecting them to their academic and career pathways, which will define their next three years of high school. The seminar highlights the following topics:

2018-19 9th Grade Leadership & Oversight Board

Most 9th grade class decisions and activities are overseen by a Board, which includes administrative, teaching and support staff representatives:

  • Martel Price: 9th Grade Assistant Principal
  • Theresa Langston: 9th Grade Counselor
  • Latasha Taylor: 9th Grade Student Support Specialist
  • Brenda Rivera: Teacher
  • Nicholas Rey: Teacher on Special Assignment
  • Amy Talley: Teacher
  • Seth Zimmerman: Teacher

In addition, the staff of each House meets as a group at regular intervals (at least twice a month) during shared conference periods.

2018-19 Classes, Teachers & Houses 

California StudiesBrenda RiveraDanielle AlbericoJessica Fagen
California StudiesPortia CarryerCristopher BautistaRosa Seidelman
BiologySierra FlynnSierra DonaldsonGlen Augustine
MathematicsKevin JiJohanna LangillSeth Zimmerman
Computer ScienceMichael TaylorAmy TalleyRick Frey
World Language
Dept. includes Spanish, French, Chinese & Italian
Physical Education
9th Grade PE teachers include Patricia Brandt

Due to the size of the freshman class, the need to balance the Master Schedule and the choice of most students to take a World Language, 9th grade Bulldogs are sometimes taught by teachers outside of the House structure. Those educators are:

  • Mathematics: Clarence Harris, Lorrie Powell-Thomas and Michael Sereda
  • World Language: Jacqueline Arnoldy, Beverley Berning, Ava Geltmeyer, Felicidad Guirao, Cathrine-Mary Kuchera, Rebecca Padilla, Kathryn Ruggiero and Wei Wann
  • Physical Education:  Peter Bascom, Carlos Bover and Ashlee Sherman

Boost Peer Tutoring

Boost is a peer tutoring program open to all 9th grade students. It takes place two afternoons a week after school throughout the academic year, and is offered in all four core subjects — Math, Biology, English and History (California Studies). While many students use Boost for extra help, all freshmen are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to do homework in a quiet academic setting with support available whenever needed. 

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