Our mission is to provide a superior public education to Oakland’s most underserved children by creating a system of public schools that relentlessly focuses on our students’ academic achievement.

We believe that high quality instruction, and its continuous refinement, will lead to success for our students.

When our students succeed, they will be prepared to make thoughtful and informed choices that will set them on a path for a successful life.

We collaborate

We are a team. We plan together, observe and analyze each other’s work, collaborate with our coaches and site leaders, partner with our families, and together make decisions about our programming.

We are a learning organization

We approach our practice with an inquiry stance and growth mindset; we analyze, innovate, and iterate every day so that we continually improve. We believe in coaching and developing people at every level of experience, at every level of the organization.

We are solutions oriented

We approach every challenge with a problem-solving orientation. We listen to and encourage each other. We are resilient in the face of adversity.

We are accountable

Our mission is to provide a superior public education to Oakland’s most underserved children. We assume personal accountability for student growth; we analyze multiple forms of data, and that analysis drives our instruction.

We are student-focused

We form close relationships, utilize personalized learning, differentiate instruction, make learning culturally relevant, engage families, and provide individualized interventions to meet the needs of every child.

We listen

We are small, responsive organization that values student, family, and employee voice and input.





We are rooted in the community

Ours is a place-based strategy that works deeply with neighborhood leaders and partners to serve our children. We understand that the culture, values, traditions, and assets that our families bring must be leveraged and honored to reach and teach our children.