Social & Emotional Health

Helping Us Grow Stronger (HUGS)

We know that in order for students to be successful and achieve, all of their needs must be addressed.  HUGS supports our students social and emotional needs.  Students who need support can be referred by a teacher, the principal, a parent or caregiver, or even self-refer to receive one-on-one support  or group support from a counseling intern.  Our HUGS counselors are interns from an MFCC program from schools such as JFK University, California State East Bay, etc.

Caring School Community

The Caring School Community (CSC) program is a nationally recognized, research-based K-6 program that builds classroom and school wide community.

It focuses on strengthening students' connectedness to school-an important element for increasing academic motivation and achievement and for reducing drug use, violence, and delinquency. The U.S. Department of Education has recently highlighted the Caring School Community program's research base and effectiveness.

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice (RJ) is a set of principles and practices employed in the Oakland Unified School District to build community and respond to student misconduct, with the goals of repairing harm and restoring relationships between those impacted. The RJ program in OUSD pilots a three-tiered model of prevention/ intervention/ supported reentry in response to conflict/harm. The RJ program works to lower our rate of suspension and expulsion and to foster positive school climates with the goal of eliminating racially disproportionate discipline practices and the resulting push-out of students into the prison pipeline.  For more information, visit the OUSD website.