The Best of 2012

Parents’ Press Readers Vote for the Best of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

Winners, Winners and More Winners!

Whether you’re looking for a fantastic kid-friendly restaurant or want to find an awesome first-time gymnastics class for your oh-so-active toddler, we’ve got recommendations for you from parents just like you in this Parents’ Press Best of 2012 issue.
We asked our smart, discerning readers to name their best resources for us, embarking on a search in two separate Best Of competitions — one for Alameda County and an identical one for Contra Costa County. The list of winners, as selected by you, parents and Parents’ Press readers, are listed here.
Our online parents’ poll opened in March and ran through April, drawing voters from across our two-county coverage area. The result of that mondo ballot undertaking follows, producing a whopping 121(!) winners in 22 categories, based on this spring’s balloting
Here’s what Parent’s Press readers determined were their favorites — the best of Alameda and Contra Costa — presented by county. Did your favorites make the list?
By the way, if you missed this year’s poll, look for it next spring — which will be here quicker than you expect.




Alameda County


Best Public Elementary School
Anthony Chabot Elementary School, 6686 Chabot Road, Oakland, (510) 879-1060,

Best Charter Elementary School
North Oakland Community Charter School, 1000 42nd St., Oakland, (510) 655-0540,

Best Elementary Montessori School
The Renaissance School, 3668 Dimond Ave., Oakland, (510) 531-8566,

Best Elementary Religious School
School of the Madeleine, 1225 Milvia St., Berkeley, (510) 526-4744,

Best Independent Elementary School
Shu Ren International School, 1333 International Blvd., Oakland, (510) 981-0320,


Best Public Middle School
Albany Middle School, 1259 Brighton Ave., Albany, (510) 558-3600,

Best Charter Middle School
Oakland School for the Arts, 530 18th St., Oakland, (510) 873-8800,

Best Montessori Middle School
The Renaissance School, 3668 Diamond Ave., Oakland, (510) 531-8566,

Best Religious Middle School
Assumption Catholic School, 1851 136th Ave., San Leandro, (510) 357-8772,

Best Independent Middle School
Head-Royce School, 4315 Lincoln Ave., Oakland, (510) 531-1300,