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4 stars
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April 23, 2014
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?

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2014
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.

- submitted by a teacher
January 13, 2014
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.

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
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.

- submitted by a community member
January 13, 2013
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

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2012
Oakland Charter Academy is the best school! It helps you a lot. The principal is tough but fair.

- submitted by a community member
July 11, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2012
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.

- submitted by a teacher
January 27, 2012
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!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
August 30, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2011
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.

- submitted by a community member
March 07, 2011
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!

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2011
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.

- submitted by a teacher
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 30, 2009
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

- submitted by a teacher
March 16, 2009
I think that this school is great. The students get a decent amount of homework and their materials are really advanced.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2009
I was a teacher at OCA. The kids work hard at this school, and it's very academically focused. I really enjoyed my class. My kids scored very well on the CST. There are high expectations for the students at OCA- that's something I really appreciated about the school. However, I feel like it is also an oppressive environment on so many levels. I feel like the admin bully the kids and the teachers into doing what they (the admin) want. I witnessed at least 20 occassions where students and teachers were publically shamed. This school works for some kids. But creative, independent-minded students will not thrive here. Also, they are very against community and parent involvement. I had to go through the principal or his wife if I wanted to make a phone call home to a parent.

- submitted by a teacher
January 24, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 18, 2008
i was a student here at oca and i loved it! great opportunities offered and the teachers were very hrlpfull

- submitted by a student
October 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 28, 2008
My daughter attends Oakland Charter Academey. I won't go into how I found out about the school but initially I was hesitant about sending my daughter to OCA because I didn't no anything about it and I worried about how she would progress academically in an inner-city school. I must tell you that it was the best decision I have ever made in terms of school selection. The staff and especially the principals (Mr. and Mrs. Lopez) are serious about educating the youth and they go to great lengths to ensure the children receive the best education possible. I feel as though my daughter is getting the kind of education many parents pay to receive. I cannot say enough about OCA, however I will say this in closing-If a structured grade A education, is what you desire for your child I would recommend you check out Oakland Charter Academy.

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November 05, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2007
I am a student at OCA and I have good grades. I love the teachers there and our team leaders Mr. and Mrs. Lopez . They always keep reminding us to keep our heads in the books and not in the clouds. Kids in our school are offered many acedemic opportunities. I love this school!!

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January 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2006
My child attended another charter school before coming to OCA and had all kinds of problems. I took her out and put her here at OCA, it was the best move I made. My daughter hated it at first, but as a parent that is a good sign in Oakland. There is strict disicpline, and tons of work. I used to be a person who thought that all charters schools were good, but in the search for a school in Oakland, boy did I get an eye opener. So many bad charter schools! I am very pleased with OCA and all of the focus on education and children. All my girl needed was authority and structure, but this is what most schools in this city avoid giving.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
May 28, 2006
Oakland Charter provides the newest and most up-to-date textbooks available. All are aligned to the state standards. In addition, the teachers and the director work together to provide a structured environment where students are expected to perform, and they do. A visit at this school will say it all. You will never see a rowdy classroom that is not working. The test scores also testify to the effectiveness of this school. Last year, we were the most improved school in Oakland, with a 94 point gain.

- submitted by a teacher
September 08, 2005
I think that thie school es the way all oakland schools should be because it is safe for my girl and it is very good in learning. my dauhter went to a bad school last year where she lerned nothing but at oca she is lerning alot. The school director takes time to visit the classes and the kids and pushes them to do bettrer in school and life. I do not care about parent things because I have seen schools where parents fight at meetings all the time and talk about the same things again and again so I dont care a bout that. In the newspaper it said that our school is the most improves in the city. We feel that next year will be the same thing becasue our kids and the teachers and the director all work hard for the same thing. OCA is better than all nearby schools.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
I am really excited about the upcoming school year! My daughter will be attending OCA as a 6th grader this year, and by looking at today's released scores I know I made the right choice. I am not sure about after school programs or parent inolvement, but the education program is doing great. That is what matters to a concerned parent, especially in Oakland.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
This is my daughters first year(Summer School) and thus far it has been great. The school motto is the belief in hard work, and that is exactly what OCA does. The teachers challenge, and the principal supports. This is really one of the best middle schools in Oakland.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2005
I like the school Oakland charter because it is good and small for my kids to be safe and we the parents do not half to clean the school no more and give money to the school like we do before. The kids at charter learn alot this year. I dont care about parents stuff or other things like that because the school is not for me it is for my son and daughter and if they are ok I am happy.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2005
I think that this school is the best kept secret in oakland. I visited the school upon the recommendation of a friend. I was hesitant because I heard bad things about the school and its practices. When I visted, I was very impressed with the cleanliness , the learning, the director ... everything. I was so impressed tat I pulled my daughter out of a private school and enrolled her at OCA. I have worked with the school district for more than 15 years and have seen many middles schools. OCA is a gem of a school, and a model for others. I tell all of my friends who are in need of a safe and rigorous middle school to visit.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2005
This school has had lots of good changes in the current school year. This is my sons second year at O.C.A. And he feels safe and challenged. There are no sports or music but the academic level of the school has changed for the better this school year. Parents contribute there time to help in areas that are needed. There is a school board with parent members that meets monthly.

- submitted by a parent
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3001 International Boulevard, Oakland, CA  94601
(510) 532-6751
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