September 2017

September 2017 – brought on Jonathan Osler as our School Design Leader to work with our families and community members to advance the Bring Back our School initiative.

September 2016

Accepted as fellows into the School Design Lab at Educate78, a local non-profit working to increase access to world-class public schools throughout Oakland. As Educate78 fellows, our committee has gained additional support, resources, and recognition to create a viable program.

September 2015 – February 2016

Completed a door-to-door canvassing campaign spanning the Santa Fe, Golden Gate, and Longfellow neighborhoods. That initiative produced more than 1,000 community members pledging their support for the re-opening of the Santa Fe school campus as a neighborhood school.

May 2015

Hosted our first Visioning Session for community members to gather and brainstorm their ideas for a permanent community-based school at Santa Fe, after which we launched this campaign website.

March 2015

Led a successful campaign (over 205 letters submitted) to advocate for priority neighborhood enrollment during Glenview Elementary School’s interim housing at the Santa Fe site from Fall 2016 to Summer 2018.

November 2014

Held Community Forum with OUSD Superintendent Wilson where our committee outlined the community’s need for a better and more accessible school option.

October 2014

Met with Mayor Quan to outline efforts and receive feedback. Formed alliance with SPAGGIA (San Pablo Avenue and Golden Gate Improvement Association) and LCA (Longfellow Community Association).

Aug-Oct 2014

Collected over 150 signatures on open letter to OUSD Superintendent Antwan Wilson requesting a meeting to discuss the Santa Fe school’s future.

August 2014

Hosted National Night Out “Kids Zone” block party for dozens of neighborhood children.

April 2014

Collected over 260 responses on our North Oakland Family survey to gauge neighborhood interest in re-opening a neighborhood school.


Hosting visioning sessions and one-on-one interviews throughout Santa Fe and neighboring areas. After each session or interview, we incorporate the public input into our program proposal to be presented to OUSD.