Alameda Community Learning Center

It's that time of the year again: Parents of fifth graders all over the Island are applying to middle schools for next fall. To help families navigate their options last year, The Alamedan asked the leaders of all seven of Alameda’s free, public middle schools – a list that includes charter, magnet and traditional schools – to offer some basic information about their programs. This year we're reprising the piece by reader request, with updates noted in the text.

Alameda charter school staffers’ decision to unionize is receiving national attention. The incoming president of the National Education Association – a national teachers union – is coming to Alameda to shine light on the organizing efforts of staffers at Alameda Community Learning Center and Nea Community Learning Center.

An Ultimate Frisbee team made up of middle schoolers has captured a state championship.

Alameda's high school graduation rates outpace those of Alameda County and the state, though the data - for the 2012-13 school year - varied by school and group.

Students at a pair of Alameda schools are celebrating wins in regional and state competitions.

The Alameda Community Learning Center is inviting community members to its annual Art & Diversity Festival, which is being held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday, March 28 on the school’s campus at 400 Grand Street.

To help families navigate their middle school options, The Alamedan asked the leaders of Alameda’s public middle school options to offer some basic information about their programs.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly headline review. Here’s what happened in Alameda this week.

Members of Alameda’s Board of Education will weigh in Tuesday on which campus or campuses they think the Alameda Community Learning Center should call home next year.

School district staff is asking for the board’s permission to offer the 18-year-old district-created charter school space on three separate campuses – Wood Middle School, the former Woodstock Elementary School and Encinal High School. Alternatively, they are asking board members to consider two other options – adding five portables to the Wood campus in order to keep the charter school there, or moving the entire school to Woodstock, along with its sister school, the Nea Community Learning Center.

Alameda’s Board of Education rode herd on a contentious discussion Tuesday about space for Alameda Unified’s charter schools that exposed the rising tensions over space.