Mills College

6:49pm

Tue September 16, 2014
Education

New admissions policy at Mills allows students with diverse gender identities to apply

Sonj Basha stands in front of Mills Hall
Angela Johnston

Skylar Crownover is walking me through the lush tree lined streets of Mills College, and through buildings with red clay roofs.

Students constantly wave hello as we make our way to the center of campus. Crownover is a junior this year, and the current student body president.

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7:00pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Education

Skyline High School music program does a lot with a little

Skyline High School Marching Band
Credit V Smoothe, Flickr

It’s 7:30 in the morning at Skyline High and the halls are humming with activity. Kids are talking and slamming lockers. It’s loud.  But one building’s playing a different tune.

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6:30pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Education

Practicing restorative justice at Oakland's Skyline High

Skyline High Pergola
Richard Spitler Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

 

Sonia Black is walking through the halls of Skyline High School, trying to get the last few kids to class.

Black is in charge of discipline and attendance for ninth and twelfth graders at Skyline. She’s been at the school for two years and this year, they’re trying something new: restorative justice.

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5:45pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Education

A support system to combat the isolation of Asperger's on campus

Flickr: iamthetherapist

For a lot of high school students, the best part of their day is spending time with friends. That's also the case for students with Asperger's syndrome, which is characterized by trouble with social interactions, especially in reading nonverbal cues.

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4:33pm

Mon June 2, 2014
Education

Paying to ride the school bus

H. Micheal Miley

 

Skyline is one of 15 public high schools in Oakland and the only one located in the hills. The 42-acre campus is nestled among redwoods and million dollar homes.  Nearly 2,000 students attend this traditional campus and many value the diverse student body.  But that wasn’t always the case.

Skyline High opened in 1961, and was almost immediately surrounded by conflict. It’s proposed attendance zone was one mile wide, ten miles long, and based entirely in the hills, which excluded students from the flatlands. This kept the school racially, as well as economically, homogenous -- despite the fact that the city’s black population nearly doubled during the previous decade.

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