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Kirsten Zazo, Principal


Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Encinal Junior and Senior High School by looking at our website.  I am proud to serve as the principal and educational leader of our dynamic school of approximately 1300 students in grades six through twelve.  Our team of approximately 80 teachers and staff work hard every single day to get to know the stories of our students in an effort to continuously improve to meet the needs of our diverse student body.  

Encinal High School opened in 1954 and we added our middle school program in the fall of 2013.  Located between the San Francisco Bay and Central Avenue in Alameda, our school has a view as beautiful as the students who attend our school.  Since we are the Home of the Jets, we are easily recognizable when you drive by the front of the school as we have a Jet soaring above the parking lot of our site.

There are so many things I am proud of by being the principal of this unique school.  Our diversity, ethnically, racially and socio-economically student body, creates a community that mirrors the world our students need to be prepared to live in.  Our students are able to not only learn much about the world from their talented teachers and staff, but also their peers.  I am proud of the academic opportunities we provide our students from AP classes to intervention classes and everything in between.  We have award-winning music and JROTC programs.  We have an incredible drama program and an athletic program that consistently produces winners both in and out of the classroom.  Our alumni attend and have attended some of the most prestigious schools in the country including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT, Harvey Mudd, Brown, and UC Berkeley (among others).   We have over 30 clubs on campus that represent the varied interests of our students, and if we don't have a club a student wants, we encourage them to start it.  I am proud of the fact that we walk our talk in terms of providing opportunities for our students.

I am proud of our community groups that also work tirelessly for our students.  Our PTSA, Athletic Boosters, Band Boosters and Drama Boosters are always looking to provide more for our students.  Additionally, we have a very active, very involved Alumni Club that radiate the very essence of Jet Pride.  

Finally, anecdotes are great and a huge piece of the puzzle, but it's nice to get a little data validation as well.  Our most recent like-school score that was released in September of 2014 by the Department of Education is a ten.  That is something every student, teacher, parent and community member should be extremely proud of.  Encinal is by no means perfect, but I am proud of the fact that we are striving every single day to improve for our students.

To learn more about Encinal please feel free to contact Tracy Allegrotti at (510) 748-4023, ext., 3103 or email her at tallegrotti@alameda.k12.ca.us.

Jet Pride!!

Kirsten Zazo

Amy Frey, Assistant Principal

Tracy Allegrotti, Dean of Counseling


I have been a Jet my whole life. Although both my parents went to that school that shall not be named-- I remember my dad singing me their fight song (yes, I do know it)-- I have always been a Jet. And, now I can say proudly I live in a house of Jets. I met my husband at this great place, and all three of our daughters are proud Jet graduates as well. The things I loved about this place in 1977 are the same things I love about it in 2015. I love the kids, their inclusion of people, their good hearts, their incredible brains, (and on most days) their good choices. I love the compassion and caring of the entire community. I love the feeling of always being the under-dog that never gives up. I love our homecoming and our spirit. I love the diversity and the many lessons I learn here every single day about real people and real lives and real struggles and real successes. I love the fact that this is truly the best kept secret on the island, and the only people who really know it are those of us who have experienced it...we are the ones who truly know what Jet Pride is all about. 

Currently, I am the Dean of Counseling at Encinal.  I handle the master schedule, all school calendars, enrollment, tours, inter-district permits, and testing.  I also work on the website, and any other odd jobs that I am asked to do.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about these items or anything else.  If I do know an answer, I will gladly find the person who does.

Go Jets!!

ZaRinah Tillman, Dean of Students

Micki Singer, Coordinator of Student Life & Athletic Director

Liz Fernandez-Rivera, Activities Director

Kelly Andrews, Junior Jet Coordinator

Cassie Ferguson, COST (Intervention) Coordinator

Christina Craig-Chardon, Educational Equity & Family Engagement Coordinator

What I love most about being an Encinal Jet is the opportunities available for all Jets to grow. Our students and staff put together amazing programs and events such as the Red Cross Blood Drive, the Black Student Union's MLK Art Gallery, LGBTQ Month classroom lessons, as well as the contributions of 30 other clubs. I began my career at Encinal as one of the Office Managers and was afforded the opportunity to grow personally and professionally as the Junior Jets Office Manager and now as the Educational Equity and Family Engagement Coordinator. As the EEFEC I am here as a resource for all students. I do case management for a small group of sophomores, I coordinate the Summer Matters and Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) programs, serve as a community and parent liaison, and am Advisor to the Onaji Student Language Partnership, TUPE Peer Educators, Muslim Student Association, and the Black Student Union. It is wonderful to serve such a fantastic group of students and dedicated staff members. May Jet Pride live on!


Christina Craig-Chardon, M.A.

Educational Equity & Family Engagement Coordinator Encinal, Home of the Jets

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