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3637 Magee Avenue
Oakland, CA 94619

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4 stars
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April 18, 2014
American Indian has been such a great asset to my sons growth and development. His grades have improved based on their standards and commitment to his growth. My son has a lot further to go, and I am confident that the school will help him get there and prepare him for college. Thank you, 6th Grade Parent

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
I really like this school because since my two kids come to this school, they really improve a lot, I mean everything. Score and behavior doing very well. Appreciate it American Indian Charter school! one of the school parent

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
Do not send your child to this school please! They are militant and use intimidation, bullying and embarrassment as their form of discipline. My child's teacher belittled him daily. Would not return calls and address me directly as the adult. He would smile and say my child was doing a great job but pick on the child and even told him that he likes to embarrass parents if they attempt to complain. I spoke with the principal who verified this is their standard. My child was treated worse once I attempted to rectify the situation. These kids receive no recess breaks and only receive a minimal lunch break with no meals offered by the institution but no microwave to warm food that is sent. The staff is rude and condescending but enforce higher standards than the adults there as the examples

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2013
I never really expected to love my school, but I did and I don't regret not coming here. Here, I learn all the things I need to know and maybe extra stuff at the end of the school year. The facility though, isn't the best, but there can be easy upgrades to it to make look very appealing, so that other people can be attracted to our, but this can't happen because all the money is gong toward all the materials we need to learn. If we won the money, the money can be used for upgrading many things on the facility. My school is a place that I can learn many things easily,but it would be a perfect school if the facility looked nice.

- submitted by a community member
August 02, 2013
This school is a Great-Caring community, with great Staff and teachers. The students here work really hard. They never give up, and they always aim to improve. They'll try their best to get as high as they can. This school isn't in the greatest condition, or has the Largest amount of school supplies.This school has suffered shortages, which leads to less supplies, which means students have nothing to use to complete their work. Everything they have, are donated, Bought used, or found. Nothings new at American Indian Public Charter School. But every day their kids keep their head up high, even though they know that they face the fact that their not in the high-tech learning Environment . These kids work so hard, and does not get anything for it. These kids deserve something, that will help them through-out the school year. If they win the $5,000 dollars, You have no idea, how much it will help them. This school deserves Better.

- submitted by a community member
August 02, 2013
The teacher teach us so well that we get 4.00. We are the top 5 school. My teacher teach us to 2-4hr of math so we will know more math when we Grow up.

- submitted by a community member
March 28, 2013
This school has had its charter revoked by the Oakland Unified School District as of March 2013 for improper financial dealings, and the school will appeal. It is questionable if they can have the decision reversed by the 2013/14 school year. Check the OUSD website for more info.

- submitted by a community member
January 10, 2013
I personally love this school. I have been at this school for all of middle school and it had been a great experience! At first , this school seems hard , but after a few weeks things seem to get a lot better. Homework load is adequate and it depends on the student for how long the assignments take. This school offers great support with resource and after school tutoring help. By the time STAR test comes , there is no extra prep needed because the teachers do all the work. This school also does a great job in keeping all their students in shape with their amazing PE curriculum! Along with academics , they make sure that all students behave , they give detentions for any kind of horseplay and give Saturday School to those who receive many, though , the teachers and staff are very kindhearted. This school also teaches how to work as a community and not for your own benefit and I think that's what I like best. I would recommend this school to all students and promise that it will benefit them greatly!

- submitted by a community member
October 31, 2012
I am so grateful that my son is attending this great school! My son is in 7th grade, and has been attending American Indian since the 5th grade. I love the way the school is structured to ready the students for College.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2012
American Indian is a great school. I am a proud parent of a 7th grader; ever since he arrived, his grades have improved and he is learning discipline, responsibility, and what it means to work hard.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
My son is a student at this school. This is a GREAT school. The transition from elementary to middle school was a task for both of us. But, that paid off because my son has help me to be more aware of my time management and organizational skills too. Again, we are learning together. I only wish that this school was around when he was in elementary school. We are just thankful that he'll be there for his high school years. I have seen some positive changes in the school over the years. So with that being said, I would like to thank the AIPCS' staff, students and parents for making this school the best. It is a relief for me to drive away knowing that my son is happy and that I know he is in a safe environment. I didn't have to mention that AIPCS is academically number 1.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2012
This school is great all of the teachers are fantastic, the students are motivated and intelligent. Some of the best teachers there are Mr .Fino ,Ms. Vellanoweth, and the 2 physical education teachers, Mr.Gebre and Mr. Eng.

- submitted by a community member
October 12, 2012
Great school my kids have learned more in 10 weeks than they learned in a year last year. Definitely hard work but my children are proud of their achievements and happy. Oh yeah, and fit -great PE program. Love it!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2012
This school is bad for a young kid's mind. Why I say this is because, the main focus of this school is "work work work" "study study study" "high score high score high scores" "number 1" and so forth. Even though this school is number one in Oakland, doesn't mean it's a "good" environment for your kids to be in. Of course uniforms are good because it's simple and you save money, but that makes the kids feels sad and feel like they can't be kids anymore. Another good thing is that they give a lot of homework; of course homework good. You learn better by practicing, and homework helps you learn the materials better. But 3 hours or more, just for homework and probably one subject? That can hurt and damage your kids mind. It causes they to stress about everyday, feel more tired than usual, and feel like they have no life. Also detention are ridiculous in this school; sure that detentions make your kids scared, so they don't do it and it's a way of disciplining them, but detentions for not reasonable reasons such as looking at the clock, dropping your pencil and book, drinking water in class, that is unbelievable. Their bathroom stinks; there is no windows or air freshers at all.

- submitted by a community member
July 10, 2012
This school is designed to keep students totally out of balance. Students are expected sit perfectly still all day, unable to communicate with each other. It is depressing at times. For example, the main building has rats running through the walls and no heat . However, there is a burning smell and loud noises coming from the furnace. Students are scared to speak out about being bullied. The students desks are rusted/bending, to small and/or have profanity written on them. Some teachers have anger issues and smack lunchpails or books out of students' hands. There are a few select good teachers. In my opinion, the students are not receiving all of their school funding.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2012
NO COMMUNICATION AND HORRIBLE TEACHERS My son has had four teachers in 6th grade because they have been fired or quit. 3 of the 4 teachers were teaching their 1st year. The worst part is that the administrators don't let parents know teachers have changed and you will find out from your child! Several administrative staff were also replaced this year There are no parent teacher conferences and if you want to discuss anything with a teacher it is like your requesting a meeting with the US President. PE is running around the neighborhood (watch out for cars) or running around cones on the blacktop in their uniforms. No fields or other athletic area. I was looking for a school with good discipline but it wasn't displayed by any of the 4 teachers. His 1st teacher was using profanity and his 3rd teacher told me he was told to lower his standards for his students. My son won't be returning next year .

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2012
This is bogus information. The charter school system has no one policing there activities. They cook the books, attendance records, and test scores so those who are running it can personally benefit from it and they do so handsomely.

- submitted by a teacher
December 07, 2011
This school is horrible. There is bullying, disrespect, and rudeness that even the teachers take part in. Teachers expect students to be like robots, social life, fun, happiness, and freedom of speech are all discouraged. For people who may have kids with a attitude or behavior problem this is NOT the way to fix it. 20 minute breaks, cold classrooms, disrespectful teachers, and rude classmates is only a way to make your child resent you. I know from experience. Please don't support this school by sending any more students into it's horrible environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2011
This school works their students in ways that is unnecessary for children. These children have bad conduct, and bullying is quite common among many of the kids because this school does not teach any sort of respect for others, despite having so many rules at school. They are only told to follow the rules, but they are not taught about respect for others whatsoever. When the teacher's not looking, the kids call each other names, play terrible pranks on each other (even pass it through the internet for the public to see them), and think it's completely okay to single out students in their grade. Other than just four academic classes, nothing else is taught, like respect or common sense. They do not understand that school rules are to help their discipline. They learn most of their sex education in a science textbook. They emphasize only four subjects and spend just about all their time on these four topics, not much else is encouraged.

- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2011
Yes, we give detentions for the most minor infraction. Yes, I am mean and strict and demand every single assignment done. Yes, your child will come to school on Saturday. Yes, your child might be overwhelmed with the rigor because they did not enter junior high at grade level. Yes, we do make your child attend extra tutoring in ELA and math during and after school. No, we cannot meet with you regarding every single detention because I need to grade, tutor, prep, discipline, etc. and my leisure time is scarce and valuable. Yes, many teachers stay hours after school is over with students (6-7 PM) for homework help. Yes, we have highest API in CA (currently); we push students testing basic, below basic, and far below basic to score proficient and advanced. No, we don't believe in ANY excuse or reason besides death. Yes, we hold students with a low socioeconomic background to the same high standards as Piedmont students. No, we don't have sports. No, your child isn't going to be a pro football player. Your child will go to UCLA, Cal, MIT, Dartmouth, Cornell, etc. like our high school graduates. High self-esteem comes from knowing your intelligence and potential.

- submitted by a community member
July 27, 2011
I hate this school to say the least. There is no parent involvement and there are no field trips before state tests. This school is too worried about putting a "good" image instead of building their students academical potential without degrading them and insulting them and putting racial minorities down. I DO NOT recommend this school to any people unless you want to not be involved in your childs education.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2011
i used to go here. Unless you want your social life to disappear right before your eyes and spend endless hours studying, then this is not the school for you. There are no sports. A 20 minute lunch is the only break that you get during the whole day, which, i feel is not right. You cannot function on just a 20 minute break the whole day. They even banned sports during P.E. which is also preposterous. There are good teachers at this school, but they really do not prepare you enough if you go onto a private school, I did. I really struggled my freshman year, no thanks to this school. Many of the, in my mind, good teachers that actually make class interesting and insightful get fired for no particular reason at all. You also get detentions like crazy for very very minor things like 1 incomplete hw problem. ALso, if you feel that your detention was not fair, there is no arguing. SO unless you really want to study 24/7, see your social life disappear into thin air, then this probably is not the school for you.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 07, 2010
This is a great school if parents are looking for an environment that is safe, rigorous, and disciplined. I really like the prinicpal a lot, she is stern and strict; however, she is very passionate about the academic success of the school. She understands all of the parents and tries to help out in all ways possible. She is strict with all of the kids, but the kids respect her.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
This school is an example of how schools in california should be run.

- submitted by a community member
March 12, 2010
This is a great school because it is disclipin and tough and has good academics. The teachers push the kids to be success. The teachers work with the kids all day and aferschool to. The principal at AIPCS is ok. The office lady Ms Green is very good because she helpful and quick with her working. this school no have lot of afterschool but you can go school here and do boys and girls club so it is still good. #1 school in oakland!

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March 12, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2010
For anyone who cares about the academic achievement of their child, this link will show you a chart comparing the academic performance score of this school, the average middle school in the Oakland Unified School District, and the average middle school in the state of California: http://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/AcntRpt2009/2009APRSchAPIChart.aspx?allcds=01-61259-6113807 The American Indian Public Charter School scores several hundred points higher than the average OUSD school and the average school in the entire state. For parents whose #1 concern is an excellent academic education for their child, this school works. For parents who prefer a model that offers more parental involvement or more extracurricular activities, there are alternative models Enrollment at a charter school is voluntary. I suspect the negative reviews are not parents but teachers union officials.

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- submitted by a student
December 13, 2008
If you want to be involved in your child's education, this is not the school for you. I was told straight out that the reason they are number one is that parents don't interfere with what they do. There is no back to school night, open house, teacher-parent conference....NOTHING. If you are the hands-off type of parent that just wants to drop your kids off and pick them up with no questions asked, then this is the school for you

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 05, 2008
A great school I would recommend it to all...I do find the extra curriculum as well as parental involement to be on the low side...definately could use some clubs, sports as well as build the social skill of these great future leaders ///GREAT ON THE ACADEMIC...

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November 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2008
i think it is a great school

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- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
I am very happy with the academic proficiency of this school, its fine teaching staff and administrative management. Its weak points are: little parental involvement and after-school activities. The former seems to be a result of the philosophy that parental involvement creates more problems than it solves, the latter from a lack of funding. There used to be a school soccer team but that has been abandoned because of lack of staff. As were the music and arts programs. Although if it had these supplements there would be no difference between AIPCS and America's top private schools, except for the fact tht AIPCS is free, and focused primarily on minority and economically disadvantaged families. Given the problems of raising money for public education, AIPCS does a fine job. One can always dream of what education would look like in a country that chose pay to build schools instead of bombing them.

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- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2007
I am very satisfied with the education that my son is receiving at AIPC school. This will be our 3rd year my son is entering the 8th grade. He has received an education that allows him to compete with the children from private schools. The teachers are knowledgeable and helpful to the students and the parents. They teach the children to be accountable for their actions and the importance of a great well rounded education. they also teach them about being apart of their community and look out for one another. I recommend this school to parents and students that aew serious about receding a quality education.

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May 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2006
The test scores verify what parents and students know about AIPCS. It's the #1 public school in the Bay Area! Thanks to a great principal and wonderful teachers.

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May 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2005
Excellent school with strong academics. Excellent principal who is concerned about the childrens education.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2005
AIPCS, is a school that students feel proud to be part of; as a parent I feel fortunate to have my child at this school. The staff at this school has high expectations for its students.Students are given the opportunity and are incouraged with the help of their teacher to apply to private high schools throughout the United States of America.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
This school really focus on acadimics and theme they should to be the best you have to try your best.

- submitted by a student
August 31, 2005
This school is the best in the country. My niece went to this school and in one semester she went from below basic to proficient in math! And in Language Arts, she went from proficient to advanced. The director is a no nonsense, straight to the point kind of man. If you want culture and 'touchy, feely' avoid him like the plague. If you want academics, this is the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
For the last 3 years I have witnessed my son improve. After seeing him fail over and over in the public school system, he has excelled at AIPCS. In Oakland, there is no better middle school, public, private, or charter school than AIPCS and the test scores show it. My son has just completed hia final year at AIPCS, and is better prepared than most high schoolers.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
This is one of the highest performing schools in Oakland, turned around by Dr. Chavis, and as I read the ratings, its as if the school is mediocore. I have worked in this dismal district too long to know that: 1) OUSD is terrible for kid 2) parent involvement at the school site is a complete joke.

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American Indian Public Charter School
3637 Magee Avenue, Oakland, CA  94619
(510) 482-6000
Last modified American Indian Public Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades 5-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
American Indian Public Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 57 reviews.