What is Education for Change Public Schools?
Education for Change Public Schools manages 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 Learning Without Limits?
There is no cost to attend. Learning Without Limits is a publicly funded school.
What will my child gain by attending Learning Without Limits?
Students attending Learning Without Limits are empowered with the academic skills and character traits necessary to succeed in college and beyond. Our teachers and staff help students grow into leaders who care about their peers and who are able to act in support of what they believe in. Students and their families are a part of a community where relationships are nurtured and student growth is a collaborative effort.
What is the curriculum?
LWL implements a Guided Reading Approach to teach literacy, allowing all students to advance their reading levels by learning in small, targeted groups with the teacher. Our math program supports conceptual mathematical understanding along with additional strategies to support students in becoming great mathematicians. The science curriculum provides students with hands-on experience using FOSS kits. Our students also participate in “blended learning” – they engage in learning through adaptive computer programs in math and reading – in order to make sure that we are meeting their individual needs.
How is Learning Without Limits different from other charter or district schools?
Students at LWL are taught by highly qualified teachers. LWL educates the whole child – creating leaders for tomorrow equipped with a strong belief that they have the power to control their destinies and impact their communities and the world. Every morning, students gather to recite our vision statement: We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us as we grow into leaders who are passionate and care about making our world better. We are equipped with skills and knowledge, filled with curiosity and we know that even when we face challenges, we will achieve.
What grades does it serve?
Learning Without Limits is a K-5 school.
Does Learning Without Limits offer Transitional Kindergarten?
No, children must be five (5) years old between September 2, and December 2nd. Our other schools Achieve Academy (510) 904-6400, Cox Academy (510 904-6300, ASCEND (510) 879-3140 and Lazear Academy (510) 689-2018 offer TK.
Where is Learning Without Limits located?
Learning Without Limits is located in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland at 2035 40th Avenue, at the corner of carrington and 40th Avenue.
What are the school hours? What’s the school calendar?
School starts at 8:00AM and ends at 2:55PM on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. School ends at 1:45 P.M. on Wednesdays and Fridays. During the first two weeks of school, Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 12:30PM, and 1st – 5th graders will be dismissed at 1:45PM.
What is the school’s uniform policy?
The uniform consists of the school polo shirt and navy blue pants. We would like all children to wear the uniform shirt every day. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.
What is the teacher-student ratio? Do you have small class sizes?
Learning Without Limits’ classes are ideally sized to create an effective learning environment that ensures teacher and student relationships are maximized. Teacher-student ratios are 1:25 (K-5th).
How much does breakfast cost? How much does lunch cost?
Learning without Limits 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?
Enrichment opportunities include music,art, chess, comic strip making, health and wellness, drama and drumming along with gardening, PE and technology.
What is the homework policy?
Homework will be due to teachers on a daily basis. Specific homework policies are shared with the parents by each teacher.
Is there an afterschool program? What is the cost?
There is a free afterschool program available to 90 students each year for grades 1st thru 5th grades.
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 Learning Without Limits?
Come to an upcoming tour! Meet Principal Leo Fuchs and Vice Principal Manuel Herrera on the following dates: Dec. 7 and 14 @ 8:30; and Jan 11 and 18 @ 8:30am. After these dates, please call the school for the next tour date.
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 Learning Without Limits 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 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.