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Joaquin Miller School

About the School

Joaquin Miller School, Home of the Wolverines

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Walk onto the Joaquin Miller campus and you’ll notice a few things right off the bat. A wide variety of student work lines every hallway. Parents are always on their way to or from volunteering in the classroom or simply working together on school improvement projects. The school is beautifully maintained—from the parent-created garden in the front of the school to the Ecology Club’s garden in the back, built with the help of the community-based Hillside Gardeners.

Joaquin Miller School is a K-5 elementary school nestled among evergreens in the Montclair district in the foothills of Oakland. It is one of 90 public schools in the External LinkOakland Unified School District. In 1989 Joaquin Miller was recognized as a California Distinguished School. We have a student body of 421 students. We have a very active PTA that supports all aspects of our school. Principal Paulette Smith's vision for Joaquin Miller students includes fostering confidence and compassion as we nurture the potential and curiosity of each individual in a safe, respectful learning environment.

This website has a wealth of information for parents. If you are new to the school or a prospective parent, we invite you to learn about our classes and curriculum and read through our FAQs and Meet the Staff.

Getting Involved in the JM-PTA, Dads' Club, Volunteering, and Fundraising are great ways to meet people and become part of the community. Keep informed by joining the community Yahoo! Group, reading the Walkie Talkie, and subscribing to our events Calendar.

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Mission Statement

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The students and adults of the Joaquin Miller School Community proactively work together to empower a thoughtful, interconnected, and rigorous educational framework in math, language arts, science and social science. We purposely engage all students in an additional layer of learning that revolves around cultural diversity, the performing arts, ecological sustainability, and social equity. Joaquin Miller Elementary is committed to providing our students with the tools they need in order to act locally and globally with pride, innovation, and academic excellence.


Show Your JM Pride with a JM T-Shirt or Sweatshirt

Joaquin Miller is a great school! Show your JM pride with a Wolverine Sweatshirt. We carry both adult and children sizes. Look out for them for sale at school functions and occasionally out in front of school.