June 23, 2022

Five years ago, Fremont High in Oakland had some of the highest discipline rates and lowest attendance in the city. Only 1 in 4 graduates were qualified to attend public college in California. One in 3 dropped out entirely. Today, with a newly rebuilt campus and an intensive focus on improving campus climate, Fremont has seen its enrollment jump, and the number of students who qualify for college admission has nearly tripled.

Students and staff say the restorative justice program is a big part of how that transformation occurred.


  • Kimberly Higareda, Student, Fremont High School
  • Joshua Watan, Student, Fremont High School
  • Aaron Gray, Restorative justice coordinator, Horace Mann Elementary School
  • Carolyn Jones, Reporter, EdSource

Read more from EdSource: At this Oakland high school, restorative justice goes far beyond discipline

Education Beat is a weekly podcast hosted by EdSource’s Zaidee Stavely and produced by Coby McDonald.