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 OVERVIEW

Founded

Chartered May 2000 and opened September 2002

Character

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

Mission

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

Campus

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.

Location

530 18th Street, Oakland, CA  94612

Accreditation

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Memberships

Arts Schools Networks


California Charter Schools Association

National Association for College Admission Counseling

Affiliations

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.

AP

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

35

MS Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

HS Student to Faculty Ratio

25:1


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

30

MS Student to Arts Faculty Ratio

12:1

HS Student to Arts Faculty Ratio

15:1

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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.