A college-prep education for all
Oakland Unity High School is a high expectation school with a safe environment, rigorous curriculum, and intensive supports that are responsive to the individual needs of students and allow them to achieve academic success and positive social/cultural development. An integral part of its founding in 2003, ARC Associates currently provides Unity with development, management, and financial services and assistance.
Unity is an independent charter high school open to all students in Oakland, and currently serves 230 students in grades 9-12: 89% Latinos, 9% African Americans, and 2% others. Over 80% of Unity students qualify for free or reduced price lunch on the basis of family income level and over 75% come from immigrant families whose home language is not English. Poverty, unsafe neighborhoods, as well as lack of familiarity with American public schools and college entrance requirements are some of the barriers our students face.
The mission of Oakland Unity High School is to provide a college preparatory education to students of diverse or disadvantaged background through a culturally relevant curriculum in an environment that is academically demanding, yet offers high levels of support from faculty, family and fellow students. Unity is responsive to the developmental and academic needs of students, and allows them to seek success in terms of academic, social and cultural achievement.
All students are offered a curriculum that allows every graduate to meet the University of California A-G requirements. Furthermore, Unity students are assigned advisors from the teaching staff who serve as student and family advocates and mentor students towards graduation and college admission. Learning experiences both within and outside of the classroom allow students to achieve their leadership and academic potential and become creative critical thinkers, compassionate human beings, and effective participants in a multicultural and democratic society.