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Where We Started

Amethod Public Schools (formerly Oakland Charter Academy Inc.) operates the oldest charter school in the East Bay. 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 organization and  schools have become a network that offers 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.


The established AMPS locations are successfully serving students in distinct neighborhoods of the East Bay and are achieving far greater results than comparable schools on many key performance metrics such as standardized test scores, graduation rates, attendance, and college acceptance rates.
Over the past decade, Amethod Public Schools has opened six distinct sites in the Oakland and Richmond area.

Oakland Charter Academy (OCA) 

OCA is the flagship of the Amethod Public Schools organization, opened Oakland’s first charter school in the fall 1994; then the fourteenth charter school authorized in the State of California. Oakland Charter Academy has not only survived, but progressed becoming a nationally recognized No Child Left Behind and Blue Ribbon School in 2008; the second public middle school serving under the authority of Oakland Unified School District to receive the distinguished award. OCA has performed above 900 API over the past 5 years.



Oakland Charter High School (OCHS) 

OCHS was established in 2007, is currently the seventh highest performing high school in California outranking many high schools in the more affluent areas of California.  Over 97% of our graduating seniors have been admitted to four-year universities through the past seven years. OCHS was selected as a California Distinguished School in 2012 by the California Department of Education.



Richmond Charter Academy (RCA) 

RCA middle School  was established in 2012 located within the boundaries of West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) represents the organization’s first school to operate outside of the OUSD umbrella. Currently the school, which is located in Central Richmond, is serving a 100% minority demographic and seeks to change the areas dismal academic record. In its first year of operation, RCA became WCCUSD's highest performing middle school with an 812 API score thereby making it the highest performing middle school, (grades 6-8), ever in the history of WCCUSD since the inception of the API and Public Schools Accountability Act of 1998.



Downtown Charter Academy 

DCA Middle School was established in 2014 located in Downtown Oakland.



Benito Juarez Elementary School 

BJE was established in 2014 and is located in Richmond.



John Henry High School

JHHS was established in 2015 and is scheduled to open for the 15-16 school year in Richmond.