What is Education for Change Public Schools?
Education for Change Public Schools manages six 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 does it cost to attend Lazear Charter Academy?
There is no cost to attend. Lazear Charter Academy is a publicly funded school.
What will my child gain by attending Lazear Charter Academy?
Lazear Charter Academy offers an unrivalled Science, Technology, Art, Engineering and Math (STEAM) program, allowing our students to become scientists, engineers, and artists at school. Our students experience a nurturing environment with friendly staff who strive to ensure that they succeed and grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Our school community is made up of highly qualified teachers and staff, engaged and active parents and families, and students who work collaboratively to build 21st Century Skills.
What is the curriculum?
All students engage in a robust curriculum that builds deep content knowledge, mathematical reasoning, critical literacy, problem-solving skills, and inquiry thinking. Students in grades TK-2nd receive instruction focused on building their foundational reading and math skills. Students in 3rd-8th grades receive departmentalized instruction in Language Arts, Math, and Science. All curriculum and instruction is focused on moving students towards mastery in their grade level content standards and building strategies and skills necessary for success in high school, college and beyond. Additionally, students in all grades participate in Art and PE in order to engage in expressive and physical learning opportunities.
What grades does it serve?
We are currently enrolling grades TK-8th for the 2018-2019 school year.
Does Lazear Charter Academy offer Transitional Kindergarten?
Yes, TK is available for children who have their fifth birthdays between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2, 2018. TK gives young five-year-olds a stronger foundation for success in Kindergarten and beyond. Each TK class has a teacher’s aide to provide more individualized lessons and higher academic growth.
Where is Lazear Charter Academy located?
Lazear Charter Academy is located in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland at 824 29th Avenue, beside the Fruitvale Station (Food Maxx) shopping center.
What are the school hours?
Lower elementary students (TK-2nd) attend school 8:30-3:00. Student in 3rd-8th grade attend school 8:30-3:15. Wednesdays are minimum days and school ends at 1:15 for all students.
What is the school’s uniform policy?
The uniforms are yet another way to ensure our students’ safety and build school community. For lower school students (TK-4th), the uniform is a dark blue polo shirt with the Lazear logo and black pants, shorts, skirt, or jumper. For upper school students (5th-8th), the uniform is a dark grey polo shirt with the Lazear logo and black pants, shorts, skirt, or jumper. We also ask that students wear dark blue sweatshirts (for TK-4th) or dark grey sweatshirts (for 5th-8th) with the Lazear logo when the weather is cold. All uniform shirts and sweatshirts can be purchased through our school.
What is the teacher-student ratio? Do you have small class sizes?
Lazear 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), 1:25 (1st-2nd), 1:27 (3rd-4th) and 1:28 (5th-8th).
How much does breakfast cost? How much does lunch cost?
Lazear is a Provision ll 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?
Students in TK-8th grade engage in Art, Physical Education, and Science & Engineering instruction throughout the week. Frequency of certain electives depends on the grade level.
Are there bilingual classes?
There are no bilingual classes during the school-day program.
What is the homework policy?
Students receive homework nightly, including independent reading. Homework is an opportunity to reinforce classroom learning, engage families in learning, and build responsibility. Depending on their grade level, students spend 20 – 60 minutes a night on homework.
Is there an afterschool program? What is the cost?
Yes, Lazear offers a free afterschool program that consists of both academic services and enrichment classes, such as visual and performing arts, music, and sports.
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 Principals and learn more about Lazear Charter Academy?
Come to an upcoming school tour! They are: Thursday, December 7th, 14th, and 21st at 9:00AM or call the office at 510-689-2000 to schedule a tour with the principal, Jennifer Koelling or Assistant Principal, Ty Day.
Can I select an Education for Change school as part of the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) options process?
No, you must submit your application directly to Lazear Charter Academy or online to the web address below.. 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, 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 6th at 4PM. 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.