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About Us

We are AMPS

AMPS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation, founded in Oakland, CA in 1993 with the intent of creating charter schools that produce academic results and reduce the achievement gap among low-income students.  The AMPS network flagship school, Oakland Charter Academy, is the oldest charter school in the City of Oakland, and was the twelfth school chartered in the state of California. For over twenty years, AMPS has been serving thousands of Bay Area families with effective academic programs that produce life-changing results. AMPS partners with communities, families, and educators to offer an exceptional public school education to low-income families. The AMPS network has continued to deliver a top-notch free public school education that has produced a National Blue Ribbon Award school, a California Distinguished School, and some of the highest performing middle and high school programs in the state and country. 


We believe that a college education is the pathway to success and opportunity for any child, and specifically for disenfranchised populations. The AMPS program blends rigorous academics with an extensive focus on character development, at all grade levels, to prepare students for the demands of college, the workforce, and of life. 


We aim to establish a continuous learning model for all AMPS stakeholders including staff members, students, families and governance members. AMPS operates six schools in low-income, urban communities across the East Bay.

AMPS Core Values

Our core values represent the pillars that guide the mission of the AMPS organization:


1. Students First

2. Be Adaptable

3. Persevere

4. Take Responsibility

5. Commitment to Distinction

We Offer Choice

AMPS, like other charter schools, offer students and families a choice in public schools.

  • Free public school open to any student.‚Äč
  • Does NOT charge tuition.
  • Accountable for student achievement.

Data-Driven Environment

At AMPS, we use data to gauge program performance.


Student Assessments

AMPS has rigorous assessment and goal-setting programs to measure student proficiency. We work to ensure every student is making progress toward becoming grade level proficient or higher.


Analysis Cycles (Data Dives)

AMPS teachers and administrators engage in on-going analysis cycles to closely examine student test data. Teachers and leaders will review data every six weeks through school wide Data Dive meetings.

AMPS Success Stories