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, Music 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., 3407 or email her at email@example.com.