How to Enroll

How to Enroll

Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Elementary 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 2017-2018 school year opens December 5, 2016 and closes January 20, 2017.  OUSD will accept enrollment forms at all OUSD schools and at the Student Welcome Center.  If you are interested in having your child attend Kaiser in the 2017-2018 school year, we encourage you to visit an open house or tour listed below.

Open houses and tours:

(The following information was for 2016-17 enrollment. This will be updated for 2017-18 enrollment in October, 2017.)

Space is limited for all of the open houses and tours below. Please RSVP by emailing or calling Kaiser at 510-549-4900.

Saturday, October 22.   Harvest Fair

Our annual Harvest Fair is a great way to meet the Kaiser Community.   Students, families and staff from all grades will be present.   There will be lots of fun games and activities. The Harvest Fair is from 11AM – 2 PM on the Kaiser campus.  At 1:30 there will be an open house for prospective Kaiser families with Principal Guikema.   Of course, children are welcome at the Harvest Fair and open house!

Monday, Nov. 14.  6:00 PM.   Kindergarten Open House and Info Session.

This evening event will include a visit to our Kindergarten classrooms, tour of our campus, and question and answer session with Principal Guikema.   Children are welcome to attend.

Classroom and Campus Tours.

Our campus tours begin at 9:30 AM and conclude by 10:30. We will visit classrooms, tour the campus, and speak with our principal and Kaiser family members.  Since we will be visiting classes in session, children may not attend these tours.  Please remember to RSVP for any one of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, November 8
  • Wednesday, November 16
  • Wednesday, November 30
  • Wednesday, December 7
  • Tuesday, December 13
  • Wednesday, January 4
  • Wednesday, January 11

How old should my child be for Kindergarten?

In 2010, California 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 1st of the school year in order to enroll in traditional Kindergarten.

Who attends Kaiser?

Kaiser is proud of our diversity.   As you can see from the pie chart below, we are one of the most racially diverse schools in Oakland.   On the map below, each dot represents a Kaiser student’s home, so you can see that although our school is tucked away in one corner of our city, Kaiser’s community is all of Oakland!   

Although the OUSD options process gives priority to families in a school’s immediate area, as well as families with an older child already enrolled at that school, by choosing Kaiser as your first choice in the enrollment process, and by enrolling before the first deadline, chances are increased of being assigned to our school.  (According to OUSD, in 2014, 82% of kindergarten applicants received their first choice of school.)


Why do families choose Kaiser?

There are a number of elements that draw families to Kaiser:

  • Excellent teaching from an experienced and dedicated staff.
  • High academic standards with individualized student supports.
  • Fully integrated visual arts for all students in all grades.
  • Music education for all students, including instrumental (band/orchestra) for all 4th and 5th graders.
  • Small and safe school environment.
  • Highly engaged families and a spirit of volunteerism.
  • A “safe space” that is welcoming to ALL families.  (LGBTQ, multi-racial, adoptive, foster, etc.)
  • We are a California Distinguished School.
  • Partners with Oakland Promise: Every kindergarten is given a college savings account!
  • A wide spectrum of after school enrichment programs are available on site.
  • And much more!  Check out our website and Facebook page.  🙂

The Options Enrollment Process (December 5, 2016 – January 20, 2017)

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

You can submit completed Options application forms along with verification documents to the Kaiser school office during the Options period. You can also turn them in to OUSD’s Student Welcome Center, 746 Grand Ave.. Please bring all original documents. The office staff will make copies and return the originals to you.

Assignment Letters (by mid-March)

By the middle of March you should receive a letter specifying your child’s school assignment, hopefully Kaiser.  If you did not receive your choice, the initial appeal window for OUSD assignments occurs in late March; with mandatory registration in April.