Chartered May 2000 and opened September 2002


Public Charter School in the Oakland Unified School District for grades 6 – 12.


Immersive arts experiences in a college preparatory setting, providing students unique opportunities for learning, innovation, expression and personal growth.


OSA is housed in Oakland’s historic Fox Theater, in the heart of downtown Oakland. This central location allows students access to the stimulation of a vibrant metropolitan hub, and is easily accessible by public transportation (including BART and AC Transit)

Enrollment Policy

Students are enrolled grade-blind, through an audition process before a panel of faculty/staff and community artists who assess artistic talent and potential.


530 18th Street, Oakland, CA  94612


Western Association of Schools and Colleges


Arts Schools Networks

California Charter Schools Association

National Association for College Admission Counseling


Music National Service Initiative

The Academic Experience

Academic Programs

OSA graduates meet the University of California A-G guidelines, which are the requirements for University of California and California State University admissions. The school curriculum revolves around the concept of integration, both between academic subjects and with the arts.


Approximately 50% of high school students pursue one or more honors courses, which emphasizes independent learning and dialogue.  AP classes are currently offered in:  Calculus, Psychology, English Literature, English Language and Composition, Government, US History, Music Theory, and Studio Art.

Number of Academic Faculty


MS Student to Faculty Ratio


HS Student to Faculty Ratio


The Arts Experience

Middle School Arts Programs

Audio Production, Dance, Fashion, Figure Skating, Instrumental Music, Theater, Visual Art, and Vocal Music

High School Arts Programs

Audio Production & Engineering, Dance, Digital Media, Fashion, Instrumental Music, Literary Arts, Production Design, Theater, Visual Art, and Vocal Music 

Number of Arts Faculty


MS Student to Arts Faculty Ratio


HS Student to Arts Faculty Ratio


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Oakland School for the Arts balances an immersive arts program with a comprehensive academic curriculum, providing students unique opportunities for learning, innovation, expression and personal growth. OSA’s arts and academic programs build discipline and confidence, effectively preparing creative youth to achieve their potential both in and outside of the arts.