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Alameda Community Learning Center Touts Enrollment, API Numbers

ACLS's smaller learning center at Wood Middle School campus.(Photo:David Hoopes)

ACLS’s smaller learning center at Wood Middle School campus.(Photo:David Hoopes)

A press release late last week on behalf of Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC), a 6th to 12th grade public charter school, touts the schools latest test scores and enrollment numbers.

According to the release, distributed to the media by Bara Waters, an ACLC parent and boardmember, the school increased enrollment by over 10 percent to 340 students, necessitating more classroom space than currently allocated to the school on the Will C. Wood Middle School campus.

Alameda Unified School District officials forced ACLC to relocate from the Encinal High School Campus to the Wood campus by the start of this year, to make room at Encinal for the Junior Jets program. ACLC parents and officials unsuccessfully fought the move.

Regarding the relocation, Waters told Action Alameda News, “Overall, the space at Wood is working out pretty well with the exception of lack of classroom space due to ACLC’s increased enrollment. As you’ll see from the release, our program is dependent on having a large Center to be used during ‘free’ and project time, but the new Center size is half the size of the one at Encinal. And, with the lack of classrooms, ACLC is forced to use this already smaller Center for classroom space.”

“That makes it tough to run our program the way it’s intended,” said Lead Facilitator (Principal), David Hoopes.

However, newly reported Academic Performance Index (API) test scores for the previous school year were up.

“We smashed right through our 23-point goal for a 44-point gain over last year,” Hoopes said. “Relocation can be very challenging to a school, especially one that’s been in the same place for 18 years. But, obviously, it’s our program not our location that people value, and that’s how it should be,” he continued.

Continuing her comments on the new location, Waters wrote, by e-mail, “ACLC is currently petitioning AUSD for that additional classroom space, but so far no luck. Interestingly, AUSD placed foundations for 4 portables on the Wood campus, but only gave ACLC two. They gave the third to Wood (being used for storage – no instruction) and didn’t bother to drop the 4th portable at all.”

2 comments to Alameda Community Learning Center Touts Enrollment, API Numbers

  • Jane G

    Actually the third portable is being used for Wood’s speech therapist and school psychologist, and they are forced to share the space with two other credentialed teachers, as well. Both Speech and Psychology see students in that portable. Wood is just as horribly crunched for space as ACLC is! I agree with Bara Waters that ACLC’s enrollment is too high for the space given to them at Wood (and Wood’s enrollment is too high for the space they’re pushed into), and the lack of a Center really sabotages ACLC’s program. I hope they don’t drop the fourth portable; the blacktop is ridiculously tiny with the new portables the District dropped already. I’d love to hear if someone can come up with a great space for ACLC to stretch their wings. Is Miller school finally available?

  • Jane,

    Miller School is no longer owned by AUSD, BOE approved back in 2010 to release themselves of Miller’s facility liabilities (big issues/underground radiation leaks which would require toxic clean up) by returning ownership to the Navy. Although it is a newer school facility than most in Alameda, the school had environmental/air quality issues prior to AUSD’s ownership due to Navy operations.

    There remains two empty AUSD parcels, the Tidelands parcel by the Del Monte buildings and 2437 Eagle Ave, the site of Old Island High. The Tidelands has never been a campus, and to the best of my knowledge, was given to AUSD by the City in exchange for longtime leasing of Mastick School (Senior Center, which has since been fully titled to the City, with $2M+ payment for deed). The Eagle Avenue site was originally established in 1891 as Everett School, and is larger than the footprint of the City’s Main Library and its decrepit portables were removed in March 2013. According to AUSD staff, the site offers only 33 parking spaces.

    Currently, the fate of AUSD’s Eagle Ave site is being discussed during BOE’s Closed Session Agendas (see (9/24/13 agenda). The City is negotiating for the “real estate exchange” to be given to Alameda’s Housing Authority (for 16+ housing units) however the City also just redesigned the entire North Park St neighborhood to become more residential and more vertical in height, thereby increasing family/student population in an area with no schools or parks within 3/8 of a mile. No other neighborhood in Alameda is less served by the absence of a park/school facility.

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