School Details

Oakland Charter Academy

3001 International Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94601
(510) 532-6751
9

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 6-8 172 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

71%
43%
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75%
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55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Oakland Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
40%
60%
86%
28%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Oakland Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
28%
50%
84%
36%
57%
84%
30%
52%
87%
45%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Oakland Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Oakland Charter Academy is a charter middle school in Oakland. The principal of Oakland Charter Academy is Rosa Moreno, whose e-mail is rmoreno@amethodschools.org. 172 students attend Oakland Charter Academy and identify primarily as Asian; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 25% of the Oakland Charter Academy students have "limited English proficiency." 88% of the 172 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Oakland Charter Academy is 17:1. St. Elizabeth Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin

Sports

  • Crew
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 53% 13%
Hispanic 41% 37%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 35%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 6%
Filipino 1% 0.8%
Unspecified 1% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.4%
Multiracial 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 43395%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 88% 68%
Limited English proficiency 25% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    This school is terrible. Only because the school is new does not mean that it is a good school. I witnessed the principal put their hands on a child and immediatly decided to move my child out of this school. Parents do your homework before deciding on this school for your child.

  • (6 months ago)

    Don't be fooled by the cool exterior. RUN AWAY! I used to teach here. They might have high scores but that's because they force you to spend weeks studying for standardized exams. This school is also guilty of excessive punishment. I saw students having shoes and seats taken away having to to wearing signs (i.e. "I am a liar") being sworn at or coming to Saturday and even Sunday school. They don't know what their rights are at all. The teachers here are very hardworking. but that's not enough. In 2014 5 out of 6 teachers left. I've seen well-meaning teachers burn out and begin yelling and enforcing unreasonable rules because of the pressure from up top. Simply put it's a toxic environment. I would NEVER let a child come here. Sure the kids will be good at academics - yet he/she will not have seen or been taught morals and ethics that come with the responsibility of knowledge. The school rules by fear and preys on ignorance. It's sad. Half of these kids will succeed. And half of them will fail hard. And it's hard to watch kids during this transitional period of their lives be subject to such emotional abuse. So I quit.

  • (10 months ago)

    The new OCA facility opening the coming year is super nice!! I drove by it yesterday and am excited that I chose this school. My daughter has attended a small charter school for elementary school and I want a structured environment for her but one that also focuses on academics. At the current school (Ed for Change) there is TOO much focus on technology and honestly my child's focus is on fun! I spoke to an administrator at E4C who recommended I look at OCA and I am glad I did so. the new building at Foothill and 40th is one of the nicest schools in Oakland....glad I got an OCA ticket before the doors open. My girl is excited and as a parent my daughter is going to attend a blue ribbon school.....how many parents in East Oakland can say that?

  • (12 months ago)

    I am an ex-teacher in this school and I am writing this because I felt that many reviews below did not portrayed Amethod's view in a fair and accurate manner. Amethod s motto is honor hard work and its philosophy centers on that. So yes there is a lot of homework quizzes and tests. Students are required to attend mandatory 3 weeks summer school and they have homework to complete during breaks. If you do not put to put in the hard work then Amethod is probably not the right school for you. However please remember that many of our students come from low-income neighborhoods in Oakland and many of them will be first generation college students. Now how prepare do you want your child to be for colleges? Could a lack of resource be the sole excuse when it comes to applying to college or job? No it wouldn t. Regardless of their background they are required to demonstrate the same amount of professionalism and education as their peers. Amethod prepares them to be elites in the real world and that requires hard work.

  • (1 year ago)

    i am a student of Oakland charter academy if you want your child to have a good future well you better put them in this school they might be tough and might leave you a lot of homework but that is how college is so its better getting used to it know yeah they yell but only at the kids that behave bad or are interrupting the class for no reason all of you parents that did the bad rates and comments your kids were not strong enough to go to this school that is the only reason they have summer school so that they can see which students are strong enough to stay when i started 6th grade that was hard because they put more pressure to the ones that start but know that i am in 7th grade it's not that hard because you get used to it and if you follow the rules and pay attention you wouldn't want to move because they treat you like family and for all those parents that put bad comment next time don't listen to your kids they are just kids probably they were just to weak and sensitive next time don't judge a school if you don't know how the system is.

  • (1 year ago)

    Both of my children attend Oakland Charter Academy and love it. They work super hard and never complain because they are proud of their academic skills and willing to face a daily challenge. This school is safe fun and teaches real life skills. Oakland Charter Academy demands a commitment from the whole family to academic excellence and the time and work that it requires. It is not a good choice for families who have lots of other activities or interests or families who are unwilling to put academic excellence first.

  • (1 year ago)

    Oakland Charter Academy- This is my daughter's last year at OCA. When she first started the homework was a little overwhelming but this IS a blue ribbon school afterall lots of homework should be expected. She began with a 0.07 GPA and now has 2.85 which is great considering how advanced their curriculum is. I have grown to love this school and will be enrolling my other children as well. They teach you the importance of hard work and discipline and the value of a good education. I would highly recommend this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    (continued from previous post current OCA teacher of seven+ years) OCA is a safe environment. There are no gangs and no one gets bullied. In my seven years there have been no black eyes split lips hair pulled nothing. If you believe that bullying is kids whispering insults or going on facebook to talk smack then yes that happens although rarely. At the schools I attended growing up if you were ugly fat socially-awkward bookish shy or "acted white" or in any way cared about your education and wanted to get straight A's you would be terrorized daily by the alpha males/females wanna-be gangsters strong-willed troubled selfish kids. The bullies ran things and the teachers were apathetic or powerless to stop them. Not so at OCA. Those bullies that normally harass good kids at other schools are too busy dealing with teachers/staff. Yes we're tough but really we're only tough on the misbehaving kids. Most kids get to enjoy a safe learning environment because the small amount of troublemakers that humiliate cuss lie cheat insult and hurt others do not get a free pass to do whatever they want. (continued on next post)

  • (1 year ago)

    I go to Oakland Charter Academy Middle School I must said their teaching was awesome I will on eighth grade on 2013-2014. The only problem that I had is they won't let you have a casual day even is a last day of school. But the high school student are some days they could wear casualty not us the middle school student. I strongly advise to make both side to be more fairness and reward student with one casual day at least.

  • (2 years ago)

    i go to oakland charter academy middleschool myself and i must say i had problems with their unexpressive uniforms but my math great was extremely low and they brought it up i feel cared about and they push yuou to do your best the first day of school i was terrified but the kids were so inviting and it made me feel as if i were part of their little family of 150 students

  • (2 years ago)

    Oakland Charter Academy is the best school! It helps you a lot. The principal is tough but fair.

  • (2 years ago)

    this school is a very bad I dont know if I can even called school. My kids are attending summer school thank god it's almost over and they dont like it they have very bad teachers oakland charter teachers have not respect for the student they treat student like military style and excessive homework for 6th grade student my kids have to stay doing home work till midnight sometimes that is not right plus they make them carry too many books that in not good for their back either. Also it looks like the teacher are not able to control students if is not yelling they even called students stupid a lot bad thing looks like this school are out control.

  • (3 years ago)

    This charter school is a scam. I am an ex-teacher from Oakland Charter Academy. They falsify grades attendance records and state tests to make themselves appear to be better. Furthermore teachers are encouraged to demean and militarize their classrooms. If you would like your child yelled at and treated like an animal all while being given reports that this is a stellar one of kind cleaned up school then send your kids here. You've been warned.

  • (3 years ago)

    i am a student from oca u do not want to put your kid in this school they cus at us and dont give us the advantages that they do to every kid in the school these are some examples why you dont want to put your son or daughter in this school they cus at the students they give us lot of homework and if u stay after school for tutoring they wont even let u put your books back after your done with a subject they call u out of your name and make you do p.e. in the rain! they say all of your buisness out in front of the whole class llike what you get on your progress report and your report card YOU REALLY DONT WANNA PUT YOUR CHILD IN THIS IM TELLING YOU THE TRUTH AND THEY MAKE YOU SIT ON THE FLOOR AND IM ONLY IN THE SIXTH!!!!!!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    This is not a school for parents that want to be involved with their children's education. Parents cannot contact teachers directly and the administrative staff do not have the experience or professionalism to respond to parents' concerns in a productive way. If your child needs more of a hands on approach this is not the school for him/her. The school has a hard time with providing accomodations for children that need a little extra support as the staff are not equipped to do so for lack of experience and willingness.

  • (3 years ago)

    Bad teachers with bad attitudes. This school doesn't care for the students' needs or interests. OCA only cares for high test scores and nothing else. The school has a bad administration has unfair punishments and has and overall culturally offensive ambience.

  • (3 years ago)

    The school is tough and demands alot-but whats wrong with that? They state that from the get go so I as a parent in the inner city love that about this school. My child is in the 7th grade. Perhaps the former teachser should be careful in her contact with children-. Yes parents talk- be warned!

  • (4 years ago)

    I was a teacher for this school and I have to say behind the manipulated high-pressured facade of high test scores that this school totes around as its only real positive this school is truly terrible in terms when it comes to inspiring and guiding students. Basically this school's main focus is to have a high CST (Star Testing) score and they'll do just about anything to the students to make this happen. Simple things like the student's development confidence leadership skills collaborative skills independence own interests do not matter to this school. Also I had witnessed the administration encourage using inappropriate language towards the students having the students run with full backpacks on (at least 4 large textbooks) and using mind games on students to have them think that the CST is the only thing that matters. The practices of this school's administration is abominable and they should be extremely ashamed of themselves. Don't let CST scores fool you. This is not a healthy well rounded school. Discipline and accountability is one thing but outright corporal punishment and the manipulation of our youth is another.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was a teacher at OCA and was fired for not giving the kids HW. I was one of those teachers mentioned by another teacher who was embarrased in front of my kids. The minority kids will do well here. But dont send any other kids cause you will hate the feel of the school. All they think about is academics and dicipline

  • (5 years ago)

    I think that this school is great. The students get a decent amount of homework and their materials are really advanced.

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