Frequently Asked Questions
What is Education for Change Public Schools?
Education for Change Public Schools manages high-achieving charter schools in East Oakland serving more than 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 does it cost to attend Cox Academy?
There is no cost to attend. Cox Academy is a publicly funded school.
What will my child gain by attending Cox Academy?
At Cox Academy, we nurture the whole child – placing an emphasis on the socio-emotional development, in addition to the academic success! We understand that every child is different and unique. Teachers and staff work collaboratively with each other, our students and their families to ensure that students have targeted plans to move them to success, academically and socially! Scholars at Cox Academy benefit from a rich and engaging academic program that moves them towards mastery across core subject areas. Additionally, the Cox student has the opportunity to develop skills in organization, leadership, and stewardship that will prove to be beneficial in college and beyond. Students at Cox have a network of support – parents, educators, community partners, and staff – who are intentional about working together to maximize student success!
What is the curriculum?
Cox Academy’s curriculum engages all scholars in rigorous, common core standards-based learning experiences that facilitate critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration. The scholars at Cox Academy learn to solve math in multiple ways and have opportunities to both engage in discussion about math and apply their learning in real-world scenarios. Reading and Writing skills are developed primarily in small group settings using diverse texts and high level discussion protocols. Science, Art, Music and Physical Education are offered across grade levels – as we recognize the importance of exploration, creating, and moving! Technology is integrated into core literacy instruction in every grade level at Cox. Students use technology as a tool to create, communicate, learn and explore.
How is Cox Academy different from other charter or district schools?
At Cox Academy, we view your child as a scholar for change. Your child is not just a student who attends school. Your child is a scholar actively involved in his/her own learning and knowing! Unlike many schools that solely focus on scholars’ academic success in mathematics and language arts, Cox Academy’s goal is to equip our scholars with tools and strategies that will help them to achieve success in various content areas. Our scholars develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that will help them both in school and beyond. Complementing our focus on high academic standards is our belief that our scholars are and will be leaders in their schools, in their communities, and in the world. Our responsibility is to nurture and empower our scholars to meet that challenge by developing and educating the whole child – in doing we highlight community service, stewardship, character education, and social-emotional growth. At Cox Academy, we prepare our scholars for success in school and success in life. Our mission is – Cox Academy: Empowering every student to go out and change the world!
What grades does it serve?
Cox Academy is a TK-5 school, with a partnership with Kidango, an organization that provides Pre-K on our school campus
Does Cox Academy offer Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?
Yes, TK is available for children who have their fifth birthdays between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2, 2017 (e.g. children born between Sept. 2 and Dec., 2, 2017. TK gives young five year olds a stronger foundation for success in Kindergarten and beyond.
Where is Cox Academy located?
Cox Academy is located in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Oakland at 9860 Sunnyside Street.
What are the school hours? What’s the school calendar?
School hours are from 8:25 to 3:05 (1st-5th). TK and Kindergarten goes from 8:25-2:30. Wednesdays are minimum days and all scholars are dismissed at 1:15.
What is the school’s uniform policy?
Cox Academy scholars wear school uniform everyday. Uniforms help to ensure our scholars’ safety and build school community. The Cox Academy uniform consists of khaki pants/shorts/skirt or jumper and Burgundy/Maroon collared (polo) shirt or a Cox Academy T-shirt/Sweater.
What is the teacher-student ratio? Do you have small class sizes?
Cox Academy classes are ideally sized to create an effective learning environment that ensures teacher and student relationships are maximized Teacher-student ratios are a.bout 1:25 (K-3rd), and 1:27 (4th-5th).
How much does breakfast cost? How much does lunch cost?
Cox 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?
Cox scholars participate in Physical Education classes weekly. Art is integrated into various curricular areas, and students have Art instruction weekly with our resident art teacher. Music is also offered to all Cox students as a weekly class. Visual and Performing arts, as well as sports and other enrichment courses are offered in the school’s afterschool program.
What is the homework policy?
Students at Cox Academy receive homework nightly as an opportunity to reinforce classroom learning, engage families in learning, and build responsibility. Depending on their grade level,students spend 20 – 90 minutes a night on homework.
Is there an afterschool program? What is the cost?
Cox offers an enrichment based, free afterschool program through our After School program partner, Love, Learn, Success. The after school program includes enrichment (including sports, technology, and creative and visual arts) and homework support. The afterschool program runs until 5:45 PM each day (unless otherwise noted). Program space is limited and are filled on a first come, first serve basis.
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.
When and where can I meet the Principal and learn more about Cox Academy?
Come to an upcoming tour! Dec.8@ 9:30 AM, Dec. 15 @ 10:30AM: Jan 12 and 19 @10:30 AM
Can I select an Education for Change school as part of the Oakland Unified School District options process?
No, you must submit your application directly to Cox Academy or another Education for Change school. 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 to for an Education for Change school, we highly recommend the online application thru the website www.enrolloak.org. complete and submit a one-page application. Other options are to complete a paper application, or 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 February 16, 2018. If there are more applicants than spots available, a lottery will be held March 6th at 9AM. Notifications will be mailed by March 14, 2018. Applications received after the February 16th deadline will be considered on a first come first serve basis.