Welcome to the NEW Oakland Elementary

The New Oakland Elementary School opened in August 2014, serving Far Northeast students in grades ECE-5. The school replaced SOAR Oakland, which closed at the end of the 2013-14 school year. Lisa Mahannah, who has worked with Denver Public Schools for 13 years, will serve as the school’s principal. Leading up to the opening of the school, she worked with parents and the community on a school-design process.

To help lead this process, Ms. Mahannah has established a steering committee, which is responsible for meeting on a weekly basis; exploring and investigating successful school models regionally and nationally; planning, recommending, and reporting back to the larger Oakland community; and advocating for the children Oakland serves.

From December through February, the steering committee will work with the larger Oakland community to establish five key components in the school-design process:

  • What is our vision for our children?
  • How can we bring that vision to life?
  • What should our education program look like?
  • How does this plan align to budget, staffing and schedule?
  • How will we be the same or different from other schools?

As part of the Denver Summit Schools Network, a group of turnaround schools in Far Northeast Denver, The New Oakland Elementary School has the opportunity to collaborate with the Blueprint School Network to utilize proven strategies that will help close the achievement gap. These strategies include:

  • Ensuring excellence in leadership and instruction
  • Providing increased instruction time – extended school day and extended school year
  • Setting a culture of high expectations for all
  • Using data to improve instruction
  • Offering daily tutoring in 4th grade, which has proven to be a critical growth year

Blueprint Schools Network is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to working directly with school districts to close the achievement gap in their lowest-performing schools. Using a blueprint of comprehensive reform strategies, the organization partners with school districts to plan, implement, and monitor the progress of whole-school turnaround with the goal of improving educational and life opportunities for students. Blueprint Schools Network has shown great success within Denver Public Schools at several schools including Green Valley Elementary School and Smith Elementary School, among others.