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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.

  • Achieve Academy: 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

  • ASCEND TK-8: 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Cox Academy: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

  • Lazear Charter Academy: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Learning Without Limits: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Approaching Key Dates

Student Enrollment Process

2024-2025 School Year


EFC applications for the 2024-2025 school year will open on November 13, 2023. Ensure you submit your application by the February 16, 2024, deadline!

We are excited to announce that Education for Change Oakland Public Schools has teamed up with Oakland Enrolls to assist you in selecting the ideal Oakland public charter school for your child. Our EFC schools are public, free, and available to all students. We strongly encourage English language learners and students with disabilities to apply. Take the first step by visiting, and remember to complete your application by the February 16, 2024, deadline!

School-Based Lotteries

The application deadline for all EFC schools is February 16, 2024. Applications received by this deadline will be included in our public lottery, held on Wednesday, March 6th.



On Thursday, March 7, 2023, you can view the results of the charter school lottery (OFFER or WAITLIST) on your online student dashboard through Oakland Enrolls Schoolmint. At that time, you will have the option to ACCEPT any offers.

Accept Offer Deadline

The deadline to ACCEPT your offer is March 22, 2023. If you don't respond by then, the offer will expire. Once you ACCEPT one school, the other offers from different Oakland charter schools will be automatically declined. You can stay on waitlists, but you can only accept an offer from one school.


Late Applications  

If you miss the application deadline on February 16, 2024, you can still submit an online application for the 2024-2025 school year. However, please note that charter school applications submitted after the deadline will be considered Late Applications. In such cases, you will be placed on a waiting list for each of your selected schools and may be offered enrollment if space becomes available


Current Students
If you already attend an EFC school, you do not need to apply to attend the same school next year. 

Proceso de Inscripción 
Año Escolar 2023-2024


Las solicitudes para EFC para el año escolar 2024-2025 se abrirán el 13 de noviembre de 2023. ¡Asegúrese de enviar su solicitud antes del plazo del 16 de febrero de 2024!

Nos complace anunciar que Education for Change Oakland Public Schools se ha asociado con Oakland Enrolls para ayudarle a seleccionar la mejor escuela autónoma pública de Oakland para su hijo. Nuestras escuelas EFC son públicas, gratuitas y abiertas a todos los estudiantes. Animamos a los estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés y a aquellos con discapacidades a presentar su solicitud. Dé el primer paso visitando y ¡no olvide completar su solicitud antes del plazo del 16 de febrero de 2024!

Loterías Escolares

La fecha límite de solicitar para las escuelas de EFC para es el 16 de febrero de 2024.

Las solicitudes recibidas antes de esta fecha límite se incluirán en nuestra lotería pública, que se llevará a cabo el miércoles 6 de marzo.


Ofertas/Lista de Espera

El jueves 7 de marzo de 2023, usted podrá ver los resultados de la lotería de las escuelas autónomas (OFERTA o LISTA DE ESPERA) en su tablero de estudiantes en línea a través de Oakland Enrolls Schoolmint. En ese momento, tendrá la opción de ACEPTAR cualquier oferta.

Fecha Límite Para Aceptar Oferta

La fecha límite para ACEPTAR su oferta es el 22 de marzo de 2023. Si no responde para esa fecha, la oferta expirará. Una vez que ACEPTA una escuela, las otras ofertas de diferentes escuelas autónomas de Oakland se declinarán automáticamente. Puede permanecer en listas de espera, pero solo puede aceptar una oferta de una escuela.

Solicitudes tardías 

Si usted no cumple con la fecha límite de solicitud el 16 de febrero de 2024, aún podrá enviar una solicitud en línea para el año escolar 2024-2025. Sin embargo, tenga en cuenta que las solicitudes para escuelas autónomas enviadas después de la fecha límite se considerarán como Solicitudes Tardías. En estos casos, se le incluirá en una lista de espera para cada una de las escuelas seleccionadas y podría recibir una oferta de matrícula si hay espacio disponible.

Estudiantes Actuales

Si ya asiste a una de nuestras escuelas no necesita presentar una solicitud para asistir nuevamente el próximo año.

Apply Online,
by Phone, or In Person!

  • Online/Smartphone: Easily submit your application electronically by visiting 

  • Phone: Call our Enrollment Specialist, Areli Porras-Pozos, at 510-246-2153. They will be more than happy to assist you.

  • In-person: Get hands-on support by visiting the school of your choice to complete the application.

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Admissions Preferences

On-Time Applicants & Late Applicants receive different priorities based on their application and status. These priorities are known as preferences in a public random lottery that occurs every enrollment season where there are more applicants than spots available. 

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.


Extended Age Eligibility: Transitional Kindergarten (TK) at Achieve Academy, ASCEND, Cox Academy*, Lazear Charter Academy, and Learning Without Limits for Children Turning Five between September 2nd and June 2nd!

*Pre-K at Cox Academy is offered in Partnership with Kidango.

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