Award Year: 2015

Montclair Elementary School

1757 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA, 94611-2259

(510) 339-6100

Mrs. Nancy Bloom, Principal at time of Nomination

Oakland Unified School District

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Montclair endeavors to support the whole child with strong foundational skills in an inclusive setting where everyone belongs, their needs are met, and contributions valued.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 16%
  • White: 53%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Asian: 9%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 9%
  • ELL: 12%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Montclair students and faculty engaged in active learning and teaching.

Montclair students and faculty engaged in active learning and teaching.

Montclair Elementary is a school that exemplifies the best aspects of a town that embodies the future of America in all its rich possibilities. Montclair’s embrace of students from every background and every part of Oakland captures the essence of one of America’s most diverse cities. Forty-seven percent of Montclair’s students hail from outside the neighborhood. Yet, regardless of zip code or origin, students thrive in Montclair’s inclusive environment, one that is tightly integrated with the community and representative of a broad-service community school model.

Montclair is synonymous with academic excellence, as demonstrated by its 2013 API score of 954 and its designation as a 2010 and 2014 California Distinguished School. While expanding from 342 students in 2006 to its current population of 610, Montclair has maintained an intimate culture characterized by high parent involvement, support of the whole child, and development of multiple intelligences through kinesthetic, interpersonal, linguistic, mathematical, intrapersonal, visual-spatial, musical, and naturalistic approaches.

Montclair prioritizes the emotional, social, and physical well being of students. This emphasis results in an enriched curriculum with offerings in drama, art, music, technology, physical education, gardening, and foreign language—in addition to robust programs in ELA, math, science, history, and social science.

Montclair also hosts a variety of before and afterschool programs, enriching the academic culture while creating a social climate that fosters lasting friendships. Parents, educators, and children all share in the responsibility of creating an open and caring environment, making Montclair Elementary School a fantastic place to learn and grow.