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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Oakland Charter Academy is the best school! It helps you a lot. The principal is tough but fair.
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.
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.
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!!!!!!!!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
I think that this school is great. The students get a decent amount of homework and their materials are really advanced.
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.
i was a student here at oca and i loved it! great opportunities offered and the teachers were very hrlpfull
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.
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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