Principal's Message




    Principal's Welcome

    April Holland I’m so excited to be back at Oceana as principal. It’s been quite a journey.  For 23 years, I taught middle school language arts and theater to students from SF’s Bay View/Hunter’s Point.  I joined Oceana’s parent organization when my oldest daughter began high school in 2001 and remained an active parent participant while all three of my girls attended high school here. In 2007, I had the privilege of joining the Oceana staff as vice principal.  I loved all 6 years. I gained perspective working as an administrator for a combined five years at Westmoor High School and Westborough Middle School.  Along the way, I completed a 70-hour administrative training in special education. Now, I’m thrilled to return to Oceana as principal.

    I am so fortunate to be working shoulder to shoulder with a stellar staff as we commit tothe cycle of inquiry as a community of lifelong learners and shared decision makers.  I am excited to continue the Oceana philosophy and trademark programs focusing on personalization including 9/10 houses and grade level and interest based advisories; the week-long dive into guided intensive interim experiences; community service- so students can get out and give back; deep, rich inquiry-based learning through our exhibitions including our award winning capstone senior exhibition.

    I look forward to working with you. We work best when we work together!

    April Holland, Principal


    Key Program Features

    • A rigorous curriculum, which includes four years of humanities, 100 hours of community service, and a Senior Exhibition required for graduation.
    • A strong system of personalized support for all students' academic success.
    • An educational program that teaches students - through project-based learning and authentic assessment - to use their minds well and become life-long learners.
    • A commitment to educate students about their role as citizens in a democratic society, about the Universe of Obligation, and the importance of social justice.
    • Many opportunities to learn beyond the traditional classroom through an interim week; community service; after school classes such as dance, music, and language; interscholastic athletics; and a wide variety of student-led extracurricular activities and clubs.
    • A system of shared leadership where faculty, staff, students, and parents participate in major academic and policy decisions.