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Engage. Explore. Empower.


We do Middle School. 

This means paying particular attention to developing and supporting our young minds and bodies as they experience adolescence and the in-between years of growing from child to teenager. 


In order to meet middle school students where they are, our schools focus on culturally responsive teaching and collaborative project-based learning. 


We emphasize learning through the arts and technology.


Middle school is our specialty. 

With our sights set on high school readiness, our program prepares students with the life skills and habits they’ll need to tackle what might be next in four, eight, and fifty years.

In addition to a strong academic focus, every middle school emphasizes social emotional learning. Key staff members such as counselors and Restorative Justice Coordinators ensure that students develop skills in self-awareness, advocacy, and conflict resolution.

These efforts have already resulted in significant reductions in suspensions, increased attendance, and more students reading at or above grade level than ever before!


And we love middle schoolers.

Middle schoolers are curious, independence-seeking, socially driven, and seemingly overflowing with energy. We pride ourselves on providing our students with opportunities to explore and discover just who it is (or who it isn’t) they want to be. 

Our teachers go to great lengths to build strong and flexible relationships, while maintaining the highest expectations for all our scholars!


Student success is our highest priority. We ensure students feel safe, are offered challenging and rigorous curriculum, and are consistently being provided the tools to become healthy contributing members of our Oakland and world community.


We foster life-long relationships with family and community. Our schools host regular expositions of student learning. Students explore the larger Bay Area community and its resources, from Silicon Valley to the Marin Headlands. We act as community hubs, hosting events like family style Thanksgiving dinners and weekly farmers’ markets. Our school-based health centers provide everything from on-site dentists to mental health services. All of these partnerships and resources contribute to a stronger and more vibrant community.

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