Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Charter School?
Charter schools are independent public schools with high-quality and unique educational approaches. They have more freedom and flexibility than other public schools, but are also held to higher levels of accountability. Charter schools, which are free and open to all students in the district, offer quality and choice in the public education system.
What are the main differences between charter schools and district schools?
How are charter schools funded?
Where will EBIA be located?
EBIA will work with the Oakland Unified School District to secure facilities through Prop 39. EBIA will be a magnet school, drawing students from all areas of Oakland. Therefor, we have requested a central location with good access to public transportation.
How will EBIA students be prepared for college?
As a public charter school, EBIA will be required to make sure our students meet the State of California’s testing and graduation requirements, and our school is designed to prepare students for admission to college. Our goal is to not only meet those requirements, but to surpass them, and to make sure that they have the skills needed in a 21st century job market.
We will do this by offering a project based learning system focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) with a unique focus on the social and emotional skills needed to be leaders. We aim to equip students with the skills and knowledge that enables them to navigate and confront the challenges of both today and tomorrow.
Who will attend EBIA?
EBIA will be a magnet school, drawing from all neighborhoods in Oakland.
How many students will attend EBIA?
When the school launches in Fall 2014, there will be 240 students: 150 in 6th grade and 90 in 7th grade. Ultimately, there will be 110 students per grade in grades 6 through 12, for a total of 770 students.
Do I need to pay for my child to attend EBIA?
No, public charter schools are funded by the State.
What about social/emotional IQ?
Students participate in an advisory program on a daily basis and will be assigned an adult mentor for the duration of their EBIA tenure. Additionally, EBIA’s core beliefs will share our culture and curriculum to fully prepare students for the 21st century.
What about Physical Education?
Physical Education will be part of our curriculum. Planning on specifics is underway.