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.


  • 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 2022-2023 school year was February 4, 2022. Applications received by this deadline were included in our lottery, held on March 8th

  • On Thursday, March 10 you were able to see all charter school lottery results (OFFER or WAITLIST) in the student dashboard and at that time you can ACCEPT/DECLINE an offer. The deadline to ACCEPT/DECLINE a charter school offer was March 24, 2022. If you did not accept by this date, the charter school lottery offer(s) expired. Once and offer is accepted, offers from other schools were automatically declined. You can remain on waitlists but may only accept an offer at one school. 

  • If you missed the February 4, 2022 On-Time Application deadline, you can still submit an online application for the 2022-2023 school year. Applications submitted after the February 4, 2022 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 510-246-2153 to receive hands on support filling out your application.

3. Phone: Verbally submit your information by calling our Enrollment Specialist -Areli at 510-246-2153. Multiple language support available.

Info Session Dates

Information session dates will be posted in November. Stay tuned or follow us on Facebook!

Admissions Preferences

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.


*Transitional Kindergarten now offered at Achieve Academy, ASCEND, Cox Academy*, Lazear Charter Academy and Learning Without Limits for children who are four and turn five between September 2nd and February 2nd.

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