What is Education for Change Public Schools?
Education for Change Public Schools manages high-achieving charter schools in East Oakland, serving over 3,000 students. They are: ASCEND, Achieve Academy, Cox Academy, Lazear Charter Academy, Learning Without Limits, and Epic Middle School. We deliver success to our students through high quality instruction and its continuous improvement.
What is a charter school?
Charter schools are free, public schools that operate independently of Oakland Unified School District and are subject to higher levels of accountability.
What grades does it serve?
Achieve Academy is a TK-5th grade school.
What does it cost to attend Achieve Academy?
There is no cost to attend. Achieve Academy is a publicly funded school.
What will my child gain by attending Achieve Academy?
At Achieve Academy, a California Distinguished School, we believe that quality education includes more than just academics, it includes a strong focus on character development as well. Along with being masters of the Common Core State Standards, we see our student body and staff as a “caring community of learners” that effectively promotes students’ academic, social, and ethical development. Every person at our school is there to support student success and learning: teachers, coaches, parent leadership team, our office staff, support staff, and community volunteers. We believe in supporting the whole family, and the campus also serves as a hub for community services through partnerships with East Bay Agency for Children, The Seneca Center, and La Clinica. We are preparing students for a successful future by having computers in every classroom, community involvement, rigorous lessons, and staff who are dedicated to all students.
What is the curriculum?
All teachers teach Common Core State Standards-aligned lessons as part of larger thematic units which include Math, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. Grade level teacher teams plan together to make sure that the lessons meet the needs of all students. TK-1st grade teachers use SEED or SIPPS, Being a Reader and Engage NY Math curriculums. 2nd-5th grade teachers use EngageNY curriculums for Math and ELA , as well as Being a Writer and FOSS. Teachers use the No Nonsense Nurturer model and PBIS practices, as well as Toolbox to support positive classroom environments and develop student’s social emotional learning. Teachers discuss these curricula and standards in greater depth at Back to School Night and at grade level parent meetings. As we have continued to make advances in the proficiency level of our students, we have also added weekly art, music, and movement classes.
Does Achieve Academy offer Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?
Yes, TK is available for children who have their fifth birthdays between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2, TK gives young five year olds a stronger foundation for success in Kindergarten and beyond. Each TK class has a teacher’s aide and reading tutor to provide more individualized lessons and higher academic growth.
Where is Achieve Academy located?
Achieve Academy is in the heart of Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland at 1700 28th Avenue.
What are the school hours? What’s the school calendar?
School day hours are from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm for all students TK-5th grade. Wednesdays are minimum days and all students are dismissed at 1:00 pm.
What is the school’s uniform policy?
Yes, uniforms are another way to ensure our students’ safety and build school community and pride. Uniform colors are lime green and navy blue. The uniform is a lime green or navy blue Achieve shirt and navy blue or blue denim pants, skirt, or jumper. When the weather is cold, students wear a plain (no logo) sweatshirt or EFC sweatshirt. T-shirts and sweatshirts are sold from the main office at cost.
What is the teacher-student ratio? Do you have small class sizes?
Achieve Academy classes are ideally sized to create an effective learning environment that ensures teacher and student relationships are maximized. Teacher-student ratios are 1:24 (TK-3rd), 1:32 (4th-5th).
How much does breakfast cost? How much does lunch cost?
Achieve is a Provision II school. As such, all students are eligible to receive free lunch and breakfast.
What electives are being taught at this school? Will there be PE, music, art, foreign language?
All students have PE during the week with other students in their grade level. All students go to art, technology, and music each week. Opportunities for performing arts, science experiments, languages, etc. are provided within the thematic units and at school events.
What is the homework policy?
Students receive homework as an opportunity to reinforce what they have already learned in the classroom, engage families in learning, and build responsibility. Each grade level determines an appropriate amount of homework to support student learning. Depending on their grade level, students spend 15– 30 minutes a night on homework. ALL students are encouraged to read for 30 minutes every night.
Is there an afterschool program? What is the cost?
Achieve offers a free afterschool program, in collaboration with the East Bay Agency for Children. The Achieve Afterschool Program offers academic support and enrichment activities for students in grades 1 – 5. Classes are offered in 10-week sessions after school in two hour blocks. The program is in session until 6 pm during school days.
What kind of Special Education services are offered?
Per California statute, charter schools are public schools open to all children, including those with disabilities; charter schools provide programs for and services to students with disabilities. EFC schools operate their own Special Education programs and related services. EFC partners with several agencies to provide high quality inclusive special education services to students who have IEPs. In addition, we have a robust Multi-Tiered System of Supports to provide academic and social emotional intervention to students who need support whether or not they qualify for special education services.
What community resources are available for parent and families?
The Parent Center at Achieve works to foster leadership development and volunteerism among parents in building the school community. The Parent Center team works closely with the Principal in the creation of the Family Leadership Council (2 parent leaders from every class!). Programs, workshops, and classes are provided in partnership with the East Bay Agency for Children, including parent education, ESL, family literacy, and basic family needs. Achieve also offers an on-site Spanish bilingual medical clinic. La Clínica de La Raza’s Hawthorne School-based Clinic provides health care services for children ages 3 to 18 regardless of legal status, health insurance, or ability to pay.
When and where can I meet the Principal Team and learn more about Achieve Academy?
Come to an upcoming tour! Call the school to schedule a tour with the principal Shawna Myers: @ 510-904-6400. Tour dates are as follows Friday, December 8 9-10 am, Wednesday, December 13, 4-5 pm and Thursday, January 4th 8:30 -9:30 am. Please call the school to make arrangements if you are not able to make any one of the times listed.
Can I select an Education for Change school as part of the Oakland Unified School District’s options process?
No, you must submit your application directly to Achieve Academy, another Education for Change school or online, in person at the EOC charter Enrollment office or by calling this number ((510) 454-9360 at the enrollment center. Accepting an offer from one of our schools does not affect in any way your options for OUSD or any other school.
What’s the application process?
To apply for an Education for Change school, we highly recommend the online application thru the website www.enrolloak.org. complete and submit an application. Other options are to complete a paper application, and phone in the information to the EOC Center, @ 510-454-9360 not Oakland Unified School District. Space is limited to the number of spots available; interested families are encouraged to submit their applications early. All applications must be received by February 16, 2018. If there are more applicants than spots available, a lottery will be held March 7th at 9 AM. Notifications will be mailed by March 14, 2018. Applications received after the February 16th deadline will be considered on the first come first serve basis.