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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I get to the Alameda County Office of Education building?

The headquarters for the Alameda County Office of Education is located at 313 W. Winton Ave., Hayward, CA, 94544-1198. The building is located on the corner of W. Winton Avenue and Santa Clara Street. The parking lot entrance is on Santa Clara Street. From Interstate 880, exit W. Winton Avenue and head east. At the first stoplight, turn left onto Santa Clara Street. Turn right into the first driveway.

How many languages do students speak in Alameda County's public schools?

The ethnic and cultural diversity in Alameda County lends itself to having a myriad of different languages spoken in the area. Of the nearly 220,000 students in Alameda County public schools, the four most common foreign languages spoken are Spanish (14 percent); Cantonese (1.5 percent); Vietnamese (.9 percent); Tagalog (.9 percent); Mandarin (.7 percent); other languages (4 percent). Other languages include Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Mien, Punjabi, Russian, Thai, and Tigrinya.)

For more information about the districts, including demographic and test data, visit Ed-Data.

What does the Alameda County Office of Education do?

The Alameda County Office of Education serves:

  • 18 K-12 districts;
  • 387 schools;
  • 10,000 teachers;
  • 213,000 students;
  • Children with special needs and their parents;
  • Incarcerated and expelled youth; and
  • School-age parents and their children.

California has a three-tiered system of public education. Regulations, funding, and education policy are established at the state level. Each individual district's administration and elected school board is responsible for instruction and fiscal operations.

California's 58 County Offices of Education (COE) collectively represent the intermediate level of the state’s public education system, linking state policy to individual districts. Each COE is mandated by the state's Education Code and directives from the California Department of Education to provide certain services to districts and schools within their own county. Directives from the California Department of Education and new state and federal legislation have resulted in the rapid expansion of COE responsibilities to districts.

In addition to its mandated role, the Alameda County Office of Education has also identified vital programs and services that are best provided on a centralized or cooperative basis. By doing so, we leverage countywide expertise and limited resources and capitalize on an economy of scale that individual districts could not achieve if acting alone.

Among the services we provide are:

  • Direct services to Alameda County children with special needs and their parents, incarcerated youth, expelled youth, and school-age parents and their children by operating county-wide court and community schools;
  • Professional development for administrators and teachers county-wide and regionally;
  • Helping districts expand resources and internal capacity;
  • Work with administrators and faculty at high priority (under-performing) schools to revamp the way these schools foster student achievement;
  • Business operations and Human Resource services to districts;
  • Internet and technology access and support to districts;
  • Regional leadership and developing partnerships to address problems and increase resources;
  • Serving as a liaison between the university/college systems and districts;

State mandated services that include reviewing district budgets, registering teacher credentials, and certifying school attendance records.

ACOE also works closely with seven counties that comprise California’s Region IV to address educational issues; provide leadership; share expertise; provide professional development; and increase regional resources. Region IV is comprised of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Solano counties.

Who funds the Alameda County Office of Education?

ACOE is funded from several sources, including federal, state and local revenues, and revenue limits through countywide average daily attendance (ADA) and ACOE student ADA.

What are the high school graduation requirements for districts in Alameda County?

Please contact the district directly. Please refer to ACOE’s directory of districts and schools located here.

How does ACOE support schools?

The role of ACOE has been determined by California's Education Code and no authority has been given to ACOE to provide direct education to children. Many of our programs and services are related to helping districts improve student achievement in the low-performing schools. This is done in a variety of ways, including professional development courses, assistance with grants, and collaboration with districts and schools on specific educational programs.

ACOE's Student Programs and Services Division oversees the educational programs in the county's court and community schools.

Why isn't ACOE responsible for what takes place at the schools?

State law does not give ACOE jurisdiction or authority over the school districts (except the small school districts). The locally elected school boards and superintendents are responsible for what takes place at the schools.

How do I start my own school?

Contact the California Department of Education at 916-319-0878 or visit their Web site.

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