Enrollment Policies & Procedures

How to Enroll

Lincoln Elementary School is part of the Oakland Unified School District system, please refer to the OUSD site for the most up to date information.

The Options Enrollment Process for the 2016-2017 school year begins December 7, 2015.  OUSD will begin accepting forms at all OUSD schools and at the Student Assignment Center. The window for on-time applicants runs from December 7, 2015 until January 22, 2016.

If you are interested in having your child attend Lincoln in the 2016-2017 school year, please contact us.

How old should my child be for Kindergarten?

California recently passed a new law, “The Kindergarten Readiness Act” (SB 1381), that changes the age when children are eligible to enter Kindergarten.  Under this new law children must turn 5 years old on or before September 1 in order to enroll in traditional Kindergarten.

For the 2016-2017 school year, parents of students who turn 5 between October 2 and December 2, 2013 have priority to choose to register their children for Transitional Kindergarten. Children with earlier birthdays may attend Transitional Kindergarten once all children with November, October, and September fifth birthdays are served. Transitional Kindergarten is part of the public school system and is free to participating students. More information about Transitional Kindergarten is available here.

School District Boundaries

Families living within the Lincoln school boundaries (see map) will likely be given Lincoln as their first choice. Visit the OUSD Map Center & School Finder for more maps of OUSD schools and their boundaries.

Tours (November – January)

School tours occur every Wednesday at 9am. If parents cannot make this time, please contact Tina Lui in the Parent Center to arrange for a different date.

The Options Enrollment Process (early December – late January)

For current enrollment information visit OUSD’s Enrollment site. Options applications forms are posted on the OUSD site. Questions can be emailed to enroll@ousd.k12.ca.us, or call (510) 434-7780.

Assignment Letters (by mid-March)

By the middle of March you should receive a letter specifying your child’s school assignment, hopefully Lincoln.  According to OUSD, in 2014, 82% of kindergarten applicants received their first choice of school.  If you did not receive your choice, the initial appeal window for OUSD assignments occurs in late March; with mandatory registration in April.

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