About Our School

Jocelyn Kelleher, Principal
Yuland Young Smith and Carrie Buckner, 2016-17 PTA Co-Presidents


Mission, Vision and Values • School History

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Welcome to Crocker Highlands Elementary School! There are three things that make Crocker Highlands such a special place. First, we have great kids! Second, we have an outstanding principal and teachers dedicated to bringing out the best in our children. Third, we have incredible involvement and support from our parents.

Crocker has a well rounded curriculum focusing on meeting the needs of a diverse population. The school currently enrolls approximately 450 children in kindergarten through fifth grade, with three classes each for kindergarten through 2nd grade, four 3rd grade, two classes each for 4th and 5th grades and one combination 4th/5th grade class. In addition to regular classroom activities, our students also participate in art, computer, library, vocal music classes and more.

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Vision: The students at Crocker Highlands will emerge as empathetic, resilient, independent learners who acquire the 21st century skills of creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem solving.

Mission:

Crocker Highlands Elementary School provides a joyful, equitable educational experience that fosters enthusiasm for learning and encourages a growth mindset for children and adults.  The school recognizes and supports diverse learning styles, inspires personal and social responsibility, and promotes the academic development of its students.

Values

Teachers, staff, students, parents and community members collaborate to guarantee that our children are given the tools they need to manifest their individual and collective brilliance.

We strive to ensure that our students:

  • Commit to academic and personal excellence
  • Engage in a variety of in-depth learning experiences
  • Develop critical and creative thinking
  • Possess social, emotional and physical well-being
  • Demonstrate respect for themselves and others
  • Participate in a safe and supportive environment
  • Experience learning through activities that provide enjoyment

School History


First Graduating Class 1928

Crocker Highlands Schools first opened its doors on August 24, 1925. It was located in the Crocker district of Oakland, California on property originally belonging to the Crocker family. The original building was financed by a 1924 bond issue and contained five classrooms at a construction cost of $50,000. the total enrollment, in 1925, was 407 students with a faculty of twelve. The first principal was Bernice Baxter. The colorful combination of green and gold was selected at the school colors. The cougar was chosen as its mascot.

To accomodate the increased enrollment, thirteen rooms were added at a cost of $125,000 in 1930. The building was constructed in 1935 with another addition being built in 1937. Crocker Highlands was the only school to house a branch of the public library in the 1940s. Many of the books were donated by the P.T.A.The last seventh grade class graduated in 1950.
The last renovation to the school took place in 1976, when the school was upgraded for earthquake safety. This two story with a basement level structure houses 10 classrooms, 2 special education rooms, a multipurpose room, a library/resource center, music room, teachers’ lounge, computer lab, kitchen, storage and custodial rooms. The structure has the capacity for 420 students.

On the first day of school in 2015, we celebrated our 90th birthday.  The school continues to draw proud alumni and new families alike.

**Material for above from The Dedication of Crocker Highlands School, 1978.

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