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History

The History

Amethod Public Schools (formerly Oakland Charter Academy Inc.) operates the oldest charter school in Oakland (Jingletown Charter). The Amethod Public School system is a nonprofit corporation originally founded in 1993 designed to produce the academic advancement of disenfranchised middle school and high school aged youth from East Oakland, CA. After a tumultuous beginning Oakland Charter Academy (OCA) underwent a reorganization and recommitment phase in 2004. Since then the school became a nationally recognized No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School, only the second public middle school in the history of Oakland Unified School District to receive such a distinction.

 
From the unassuming corner of 30th Ave. and International Blvd. in the heart of the Fruitvale District - the largest Oakland Latino community, our middle school has established itself as an academic powerhouse becoming one of the highest performing school systems in the State of California. The school’s California State Test scores has gained over 290 points through the past five years and currently has a 939 Academic Performance Index (API) score. Amethod at Oakland Charter Academy middle school continues to serve students from the Fruitvale, Jnigletown, and San Antonio and many other districts in the nearby East Oakland community.
 
In 2007, Oakland Charter Academy established a high school in pursuit of a feeder track to guide students all the way through the college application process.
 
Since its inception in 2007, Amethod at Oakland Charter High School has had tremendous success surpassing even the merits of the Oakland Charter Academy middle school campus. Currently, Oakland Charter High School is among the  highest performing high school in California among all public charter and traditional schools.
 
In 2011, the Middle School expanded through the establishment of OCA (Downtown campus) a satelite extension campus of the OCA Fruitvale site. In 2012, AMP @ Richmond Charter Middle is established to serve grades 6-8 in Richmond CA.
 
Our schools have achieved these results by offering a rigorous academic program to minority and disadvantaged student population  by offering a different approach to schooling than most traditional district schools and :
 
• 95% qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program;
• 100% Minority (85% are Hispanic) population
• Over 60% English Language Learners,
• 87% of parents did not graduated from high school;
• 93% of families without university / 4- year college degrees.
 
 
Committed to excellence and academics, Amethod Public Schools goal is to provide a rigorous academic program and structure to urban students by:
 
• Improving the academic achievement of all students,
• Closing the achievement gap of educationally disadvantaged students,
• Focus on student attendance,and structure
• Supporting effective educators, and
• Keeping student achievement as our driving commitment
 

Everything Matters

Is America in a slow and consistent decline? Have we gotten too comfortable or focused on the wrong ideas? We are in a crisis as a country and the way in which public education has dealt with certain subgroups has not worked and had fueled the downward spiral of education.

The fact is that Public Education is not working for all students , so the question is why?

Perhaps......

  • We have allowed teachers who have very low expectations of certain groups of students, to continue to work with children for far too long?
  • Education officials , Education Bureaucrats, Associations, and Charter School Authorizers who have their personal "ideals " in mind as they set policies for other peoples kids.
  • Parents who have been used to blaming their child's behavior grades, or work ethic on everyone else but themselves and their child.
  • Administrators who have no real authority, or at least hide behind a perceived lack of authority.
  • University systems that are producing ill prepared teachers whom have been trained to focus on emotion rather than cognitive analysis.
  • Kids who feel entitled to do less , but get more.

This is part of the problem cycle that has created the dismal school failure loop and achievement gap among racial and economic disparities.

Many schools will have slogans that state "accountability and high expectations for all students," yet when one visits the school or analyzes the data- it turns out many schools pump alot of rhetoric or propaganda and does very little to prepare students for the next stage of their lives.

As educators, parents and community members- we all need to believe in and hold HIGH STANDARDS FOR ALL . Lets not get trapped in political correctness that fuels the slow creeping decline that America is currently facing. There is too much at stake!

Amethod Public Schools is different than many other school systems, including charter schools, because we have expectations for ALL including teachers, parents/guardians, students, teachers and so forth. Let get back to the basics that made this country what it is.......Honor Hard Work!!