img_3324We offer six high-achieving schools in East Oakland: Achieve Academy, ASCEND, Cox Academy, Epic Middle School, Lazear Charter Academy, and Learning Without Limits.  All are free, public schools that operate independently of Oakland Unified School District.  All provide highly qualified teachers, rigorous academic programs, well-rounded after-school programs, excellent special education services, and comprehensive wrap-around programs to support the whole child and family.




EFCPS is participating in a new common application and enrollment system called

Enroll Oakland Charters‘ with other charter schools in Oakland for its second year.

Oakland’s charter public schools have developed a single enrollment center to inform Oakland families about their public school options and to make the process of selecting and enrolling in a charter public school easy, efficient and equitable.

3 Ways to Enroll

  1. Online/Smartphone: Visit www.enrolloak.org to electronically submit your application.
  2. Paper: Paper applications may be submitted at any EFCPS, participating school, or at the EOC office, where you will go through a QA check prior to data-entry.
  3. Phone: Verbally submit your information. Call 510-454-9360

Info Session Dates

Join us at an upcoming info session! Please see link for dates. Or, come by a school for more information.

Admissions Preferences

At Achieve Academy and Cox Academy the following absolute preferences will be employed during a public random lottery:

  • First, siblings of existing students (living at the same address) will be offered a space.
  • Second, children of the respective school’s educators, administrators, and staff will be offered a space.
  • Third, residents within the Oakland Unified School District will be offered a space.

At ASCEND, Lazear, and Learning Without Limits, siblings of existing students at the respective school (living at the same address) will be exempted from the lottery.  The following weighted numerical preferences will be employed during a public random lottery:

  • Applicants who reside in the former OUSD attendance boundary of the school will be given a 5:1 preference.
  • Applicants who reside within Oakland Unified School District will be given a 10:1 preference.
  • Applicants who live outside of Oakland will be given a 1:1 preference.

At Epic Middle School, siblings of existing student at the respective school will be exempted from the lottery. The following weighted numerical preferences will be employed during a public random lottery:

  • Children of EFC employees will be given one a 2:1 preference.
  • Students residing within the boundaries of Oakland Unified School District will be given one additional entry in the lottery.


Lottery Dates, Times, and Locations  


If there are more applicants than spots available at the time of the admissions deadline (February 16, 2018), a public random lottery will be held.   Following is the lottery schedule:

Epic – Mon., March 5, 2018 @ 9AM, 1112 29th Avenue, Oakland

Achieve – Wed., March 7, 2018 @ 9AM, 1700 28th Avenue, Oakland

Cox – Tues., March 6, 2018 @ 9AM, 9860 Sunnyside Street, Oakland

Lazear – Tues., March 6, 2018 @ 4PM, 824 29th Avenue, Oakland

LWL – Mon., March 5, 2018 @ 4PM, 2035 40th Avenue, Oakland

ASCEND – Wed., March 7, 2018 @ 4PM, 3709 East 12th Street, Oakland

All applications drawn after reaching capacity will be placed on a wait-list, in order in which they are drawn. Any applications submitted by the February 16, 2018 deadline and not accepted through the public random drawing due to capacity limitations will be placed on the wait-list in the order determined by lottery.  Applications received after the February 17, 2018 deadline will be offered admission (spots on the wait-list) in the order received AFTER all applicants who submitted by the  lottery deadline have been served.

In mid-March, notification letters and confirmation forms will be mailed to all who submitted an application letter by the February 16, 2018 deadline. Parents/guardians must submit their confirmation form by March 29, 2018 in order to secure the spot.

If you missed the February 16, 2018 deadline, you will still be able to submit an online application for 2018/2019 starting February 21, 2018. Applications submitted after the February 16 deadline will be considered a Round 2 Application – you will be placed on a waiting list at each of your selected schools, and/or offered enrollment if space becomes available. Round 2 applicants will be placed on waitlists on a first-come first-served basis.


*Transitional Kindergarten now offered at Achieve Academy, ASCEND, Cox Academy* and Lazear Charter Academy for children who turn five between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2.

*Pre-K is offered in Partnership with Kidango.