Elmhurst Community Prep and Alliance Academy choose new name

Students, staff, and families continue to make plans for the upcoming school merger, where Alliance Academy and Elmhurst Community Prep will combine to form a new, larger, and better middle school. Before the holidays, the schools completed a three-month process to select a name for the newly constituted school.

First, staff from both schools met and engaged in a design process to identify the priorities and values they wanted to see in a new name. Staff identified their top three as: 1) historic; 2) connected to community; and 3) simple and direct. Students repeated the process in advisory and identified their top three: 1) historic; 2) connected to community; and 3) empowering. Staff and students had almost the identical priorities.

From there, the Design Team met and developed out three name choices, keeping the historic school name “Elmhurst” in all of the name choices. Student government and staff leaders planned a Town Hall assembly for both schools, sharing the three names the Design Team proposed as well as the additional name the Family Leadership Team brainstormed. Then everyone voted, and after the votes were counted, we had identified the new name for next school year:


Family Resource Center renovations complete!

Over the past year the Movement Church, an Oakland-based group, has used the Elmhurst Community Prep auditorium for its services each Sunday morning. This March, the church donated appliances, furniture and numerous volunteer hours in service of refreshing the ECP/Alliance Family Resource Center. Take a look at the redesign below, and stop by campus to see the all the new features and community resources that our team has available for you!

Support Elmhurst Community Prep

Like many urban public schools, Elmhurst relies heavily on grants and fund-raising to provide the best possible educational program for our community. You can help!

    • DONATE ONLINE HERE.  In the Leave a Comment box, please write “Donation to Elmhurst Community Prep.”
    • DONATE WITH A CHECK or SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER through the Oakland Public Education Fund.  Your donations go directly to providing additional Chromebooks for our scholars or providing new uniforms for our student athletes.  If you write a check, please write “Donation to Elmhurst Community Prep” on the Memo line.
    • ESCRIP By registering at Escrip, purchases made at online retailers like Amazon or grocery stores like Safeway earn donations for ECP.
    • BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION Collect and turn-in Box Tops to support ECP! Box Tops can be found on many office, cereal, and baking products.   box tops

Elmhurst shows tremendous growth in School Performance Framework!

The Oakland Unified School District released its latest round of the School Performance Framework (SPF). This report analyzes school quality in both academic performance and school climate and culture, including recent SBAC and SRI scores, chronic absence, suspensions, and student/ staff/ family surveys.

For the 2014-2015 school year, ECP had an overall score of 1.91 placing the school in the bottom tier. Of the 22 schools that serve students in grades 6-8 — including 6-12 and K-8 schools — ECP ranked 20 out of 22.

“It was frustrating and embarrassing,” said Principal Betlach. “I know we are a better school than that, and we needed to work hard and focus on results.”

The current SPF, which shows performance for the 2015-2016 school year, demonstrate that teachers and school leaders did just that. ECP raised it’s overall score to 3.43 an increase of 1.52 points, moving the school up to Tier-III. More exciting still, the school improved it’s overall standing among middle schools to #6 in the District, behind only Hillcrest, Brewer, Life, Greenleaf, and Claremont.

“We’re excited,” said Principal Betlach. “This is really validates the hard work of our amazing staff, and it sends a message to the community.”

Highlights include tremendous improvements in English SBAC performance, 8th grade high school readiness, chronic absence, and suspensions.

Asked what message he thought this report sent, Principal Betlach elaborated: “If you live in Deep East Oakland, you don’t have to go searching about for a quality school. You don’t have to leave your neighborhood or leave the district. ECP is here for your child. We are a safe, stable, high-functioning school, and we get better every year.”

You can find the full report below.