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Downtown Charter Academy

Application Process for the 2018-2019 School Year

The open enrollment application deadline for Downtown Charter Academy for the 2018-2019 year was on February 16, 2018. Applications received by this deadline will be included in a lottery held on March 7, 2018. On Monday, March 12, 2018, you should see all of your charter school lottery results in your student dashboard and at that time you can ACCEPT/DECLINE an offer. The deadline to ACCEPT/DECLINE a charter school offer is March 29, 2018. If you do not accept by this date, the charter school lottery offer(s) will expire. Once you accept an offer, offers from other schools will be automatically declined. You can remain on waitlists, but may only accept an offer at one school.


If you missed the open enrollment application deadline for Downtown Charter Academy, you will still be able to submit an application for the 2018-2019 school year starting on February 21, 2018. Applications submitted after the February 16 deadline will be considered in the Round 2 application - you will be placed on a waiting list at each of your selected schools and/or offered enrollment if space becomes available. Round 2 applicants will be placed on waitlists on a first-come first-served basis. 

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Want to learn more about our school?  Call now to attend a campus tour! RSVP at 510-535-1580.


Mondays and Fridays from 10:30-11:30am

*View our calendar to see all tour dates for the 2017-2018 school year 

We are a Top-Performing Public Middle School

At Downtown Charter Academy, we believe all students can achieve their academic goals, attend college, and succeed in life.


We pride ourselves on being one of the highest performing public middle schools in Alameda County. We provide a structured learning environment for our students that is heavily focused on daily attendance, educator effectiveness, and test-score data. Our mission is to foster a culture of hard work and prepare our students in a manner that will help them excel in high school and attend the college of their dreams.

Featuring a Rigorous Academic Program

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Mathematics Pre-Algebra/Algebra Algebra I/Geometry
Literature/Grammar Literature/Grammar Literature/Grammar
Ancient Civilizations Medieval and Early Modern Times U.S. History
Integrated Earth Science  Integrated Life Science Integrated Physical Science
Physical Education Physical Education Physical Education


DCA offers California State Common Core Standards based curriculum, which includes daily blocks of:

  • 90 minutes of English Language Arts and Mathematics
  • 60 minutes of History and Science
  • 60 minutes of Physical Education

In addition, we also offer: 

  • Mandatory summer session to ensure that students are prepared as they move forward through middle school.
  • Two hours of homework each night, and homework packets assigned for each holiday break.

And Educational After-School Activities

We offer a variety of activities every day including: homework help and tutoring, band, yearbook, guitar lessons, basketball, volleyball, chess, and more! 


We are also a proud partner of the John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth that gives students the opportunity to participate in college-level summer programs and online courses.

That Gets Results to Ensure Student Success

DCA is committed to excellence and academics, demonstrated through its emphasis on structure and student achievement for traditionally underserved urban students. This is accomplished by:

  • Improving the academic achievement of all students
  • Closing the achievement gap of educationally-disadvantaged students
  • Focusing on student attendance
  • Supporting effective educators
  • Providing a structured learning environment
  • Fostering a culture based on honoring hard work

Home of the Griffins

Home of the Griffins

2017-2018 School Calendar

Contact Information


2000 Dennison Street 

Oakland, CA 94606


Office: 510-535-1580

Fax: 510-535-1597


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