What is Education for Change Public Schools?
Education for Change Public Schools is an organization that manages six high-achieving charter schools in East Oakland, serving over 3,000 students. They are Ascend, Achieve Academy, Cox Academy, Epic, Lazear Charter Academy and Learning Without Limits. Education for Change Public Schools is the charter management organization that is opening Epic.
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. There is no cost to attend, as Epic is a publicly funded school.
What grades does it serve?
Epic is a middle school (6th-8th grades). Epic serves 6th, 7th and 8th grade students for the 2017-2018 school year.
Where is Epic located?
Epic is located at 1045 Derby Avenue in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland.
What will my child gain by attending Epic?
Epic takes students on a transformative journey to discover their inner hero through a curriculum and school culture built around a narrative, multi-age learning communities (a.k.a. houses), game dynamics used in instruction, and hands-on experiential learning. The Epic instructional approach focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts, math (STEAM), design thinking, personalized instruction, and quests (see below).
What is the Narrative everyone is talking about at Epic?
We know that a person integrates their life experiences into an ever-evolving story that forms their identity. At Epic, we believe the ability to coherently narrate our life story is acquired during adolescence. Epic students will interact deeply with the monomyth, or hero’s journey, and find empowerment within the school community.
What is Design Thinking?
Design thinking is a methodology for practical and creative resolutions to complex challenges. Epic students and teachers work together to combine empathy, creativity, and rationality as they collaborate to create solutions for school-based challenges.
What is a Quest?
At Epic, students participate in integrated interdisciplinary learning activities at least once a year that we call a Quest. A quest is a collaborative live-action role-play where students are assessed on their knowledge and leadership. Quests are designed and intended to foster a deep understanding of content, ideas, and self.
Does the Epic curriculum align to the Common Core State Standards?
Yes. Not only will Epic students demonstrate academic mastery aligned to the Common Core Standards but Epic graduates will leave with the valuable skills of creativity, tenacity, confidence, critical thinking, and cultural competence.
What are the school hours?
On regular days, hours are 8:10-3:12 pm. On minimum days, school ends at 12:47 for all students.
What electives are being taught at this school? Will there be PE, music, art, foreign language?
Students will have the opportunity to pursue their passion during the school day, and this may include PE, technology, and design classes. In addition, technology and design will be integrated across the curriculum.
What is the homework policy?
Students have homework at least 4 nights per week varying from 30 minutes to 2 hours per night, and will consistently have English and math homework.
Is there an afterschool program? What is the cost?
Epic offers a comprehensive after school program that offers both homework help and enrichment activities such as sports, visual arts, creative play, computer game design, and theater arts. Most families qualify to participate in our after school program at no cost; some families contribute a small monthly fee that is based on a sliding scale.
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.
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 Epic 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, 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 5th 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.
When and where can I meet the Principal and learn more about Epic?
Come to an upcoming tour! Epic has this schedule, but will host tours on Thursday mornings at 9:00 am. Please call to confirm availability. For more information, please call (510) 689-2035.