Support Services

OUSD_One-Pager_v6Sept2015Oakland Tech is a full-service Oakland Community School dedicated to ensuring that all students graduate college, career and community ready.

We recognize that student learning is complex and diverse. Our mission is to ensure that every student thrives with equitable, holistic support of learning, through graduation and beyond. 

Free Breakfast Program

Because a hungry student cannot learn, Oakland Tech offers a free hot breakfast to all students every school day in the cafeteria. A free bag breakfast is served from 8:30 to 8:55 AM in front of the library on the main campus and in the office on the Upper Campus.

Free Computer & Printer Access

All students are welcome to use the computers and printers available in the Tech library. 

TechniClinic Health Clinic

A school-based health center, TechniClinic provides free medical, counseling and health education services to up to 700 Oakland Tech students every year. It’s managed by La Clinica de la Raza. Learn more.

School Nurses

Oakland Tech’s school community is served by two full time nurses dedicated to maximizing the health, safety and well-being of roughly 2,000 students. In addition to their medical duties, our nurses also coordinate a variety of programs aimed at providing real, transformative services for Bulldogs in need, including vision care for students and groceries and personal care products for both students and their families. Learn more.

Tech Backpack Program for Food Insecure Bulldog Families

The Alameda Country Food Bank Backpack Program provides identified students with a backpack of non-perishable food every two weeks throughout the school year. A family may enroll at any time and will be added to the next distribution. If your household is experiencing food insecurity and would like to enroll, please call (530) 618-7889 or email Amanda.Epperson@ousd.org.

Bulldog Closet

The Bulldog Closet provides personal hygiene products, clothing basics, laundry detergent and emergency grocery gift cards to students in need. We’ve also set up Amazon Bulldog Closet wishlists to make it easy for people to donate essentials, such as winter coats, backpacks and shoes, as well as school supplies for both students and teachers. Please reach out to Amanda Epperson at amanda.epperson@ousd.org for more information. We are always grateful for donations which may be sent to:

Oakland Tech Bulldog Closet
Room 110A/School Nurse
4351 Broadway
Oakland CA 94611

Parent Liaison 

Tech’s Parent Liaison, Ms. Debra Carter-Kelly, supports parents and guardians as they work to navigate challenging situations. Among her responsibilities:

  • Organizing free evening workshops on timely and important topics such as parent-student communication, drug and alcohol use, and more;
  • Counseling students and connecting them to relevant support services;
  • Coordinating Tech’s Student Success Team (SST). The SST works with students, parents and teachers to address issues of concern, and then puts a plan in place to support student success.

Please reach out to Ms. Carter-Kelly at debra.carter-kelly@ousd.org. Her office is inside the library.

Free Eye Exams and Eyeglasses for Students

Tech students have an opportunity to receive free eye exams and eyeglasses through Vision To Learn, a mobile vision care clinic that brings its services directly to Tech. If you would like your student to participate in this program, please fill out the following consent form — here in English and here in Spanish — and have your student return it to the Nurse’s Office (Room 110A). Forms are also available in the Nurse’s Office. Contact amanda.epperson@ousd.org for more information.

A Sanctuary School District

We want to remind everyone that Oakland Unified School District is a Sanctuary District inside a Sanctuary City located in California, a Sanctuary State. That means your State, City and School District support you no matter where you came from or how you got here. It’s also important to note that Immigration & Custom Enforcement policy prohibits agents from entering schools which are considered sensitive locations along with churches, hospitals and courthouses. We encourage families to check www.ousd.org/sanctuary/families for important information.

Our Community School Goals

  1. Offer a coordinated and integrated system of academic and support services
  2. Become a safe and healthy center of the community
  3. Foster trusting, intentional relationships and partnerships
  4. Build the capacity of adults and students to share responsibility for leadership and decision making, and
  5. Tailor the specific approach and mix of services to each community through a process of understanding and addressing inequities.

Because of this, we are committed to the foundational elements of:

  • Equity
  • Coordination
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Partnerships
  • Resource Alignment

Plus core elements of:

  • Academic and Social Emotional Learning
  • School Culture and Climate
  • Youth Leadership
  • Health and Wellness
  • Expanded Learning
  • Family Engagement and Support
  • School Readiness and Transitions

Oakland Tech Community School Story 

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