We offer six high-achieving schools in East Oakland: Achieve Academy, ASCEND, Cox Academy, Lazear Charter Academy, Latitude, and Learning Without Limits.
All are free, public schools that operate independently of Oakland Unified School District.
All provide highly qualified teachers, rigorous academic programs, well-rounded after-school programs, excellent special education services, and comprehensive wrap-around programs to support the whole child and family.
STUDENT ENROLLMENT PROCESS FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
Education for Change schools are proud to partner with Oakland Enrolls to help you choose the best Oakland public school – district or charter – for your child. EFC schools are public schools, free and open to all students. English language learners and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Get started now at OaklandEnrolls.org.
The On-Time Application deadline for Education for Change for the 2021-2022 school year was February 5, 2021. Applications received by this deadline will be included in our lottery, held on March 8 thru the 10 (see listings below under Lottery, Dates, Times and locations.)
On Thursday, March 11 you should see all your charter school lottery results (OFFER or WAITLIST) 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 25, 2021. 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 miss the February 5, 2021 On-Time Application deadline, you will still be able to submit an online application for the 2021-2022 school year. Applications submitted after the February 5, 2021 deadline will be considered a Late Application – you will be placed on a waiting list at each of your selected schools, and/or offered enrollment if space becomes available. Late Applicants will be placed on waitlists on a first-come first-served basis.
If you already attend an EFC School, you do not need to apply to attend again next year.
For more information about enrollment at an Education for Change school, please contact our Enrollment Specialist - Areli 510-246-2153
3 Ways to Enroll
1. Online/Smartphone: Visit OaklandEnrolls.org to electronically submit your application.
2. In-person: Make an appointment by calling the number below to receive hands on support filling out your application.
3. Phone: Verbally submit your information. Call Areli at 510-246-2153. Multiple language support available.
Info Session Dates
Information session dates will be posted in October. Stay tuned or follow us on Facebook!
At Achieve Academy and Cox Academy the following absolute preferences will be employed during a public random lottery:
First, siblings of existing students (living at the same address) will be offered a space.
Second, children of the respective school’s educators, administrators, and staff will be offered a space.
Third, residents within the Oakland Unified School District will be offered a space.
At ASCEND, Lazear, and Learning Without Limits, siblings of existing students at the respective school (living at the same address) will be exempted from the lottery. The following weighted numerical preferences will be employed during a public random lottery:
Applicants who reside in the former OUSD attendance boundary of the school will be given a 5:1 preference.
Applicants who reside within Oakland Unified School District will be given a 10:1 preference.
Applicants who live outside of Oakland will be given a 1:1 preference.
All applications drawn after reaching capacity will be placed on a wait-list, in order in which they are drawn. Any applications submitted by the February 5, 2021 deadline and not accepted through the public random drawing due to capacity limitations will be placed on the waitlist in the order determined by lottery. Applications received after the February 5, 2021 deadline will be offered admission (spots on the wait-list) in the order received AFTER all applicants who submitted by the lottery deadline have been served.
In mid-March, notification text will be sent to all who submitted an application by the February 5, 2021 deadline. Parents/guardians must confirm by March 25, 2021 in order to secure the spot.
If you missed the February 5, 2021 deadline, you will still be able to submit an online application for 2021/2022 starting February 8, 2021. Applications submitted after the February 5 deadline will be considered a 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.
*Transitional Kindergarten now offered at Achieve Academy, ASCEND, Cox Academy* and Lazear Charter Academy for children who turn five between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2.
*Pre-K at Cox Academy is offered in Partnership with Kidango.