Who We Are
Oakland Unity Middle School is a public charter middle school authorized by the Alameda County Office of Education serving grades 6-8. The school is developed by school and teacher leaders at Oakland Unity High School (OUHS), in partnership with its parent Oakland-based nonprofit corporation Unity Schools.
The school opened in August 2015 and currently enrolls 150 students. OUMS uses the demonstrably successful model of OUHS as a guiding framework, building from the success and lessons learned from OUHS’ ten years of achievement and service to East Oakland families, with programmatic modifications made to best serve the needs of younger students.
It is the mission of Oakland Unity Middle School to prepare its students for a rigorous high school environment and ultimately admission to and success in college and the career of their choice. OUMS offers a rich curriculum centered on Habits of Heart and Mind that prepares students to successfully meet the University of California A-G requirements in high school. This curriculum has an emphasis on basic skills and core subject matter in English language arts, mathematics, social studies and science, the arts, and a comprehensive support program that promotes healthy youth development, including preparing the students to apply their knowledge and skills for the benefit of the community and environment.
Oakland Unity Middle School is a school where all students acquire the core skills necessary for academic achievement and, ultimately, for success in today’s global, multicultural and multilingual society. With unwavering high expectations for all stakeholders, OUMS provides a high quality college preparatory middle school option to East Oakland families whose educational program and structured environment will effectively prepare students for success in rigorous high school coursework. Integrated into this educational program will be an ongoing emphasis on the development of life long professional skills and Habits of Heart and Mind that will develop and empower students’ and families’ capacity to support sustained success through higher education, career, and beyond, helping families to recognize and build upon their assets so that they can obtain their future goals. OUMS will balance these ambitious goals by developing and nurturing a valuable school experience that is rich, enjoyable, and memorable.
Recognizing that our students and families have many needs to be met in order to effectively access our educational program, OUMS will provide social/emotional and mental health support, both individually and in small group settings, a nutritional program that couples access to healthy food with a curriculum to support students’ awareness of all aspects of health and nutrition. OUMS aims to become not just a school but also a community center where students and families could receive physical and mental health services and adult education. We want to offer an even more robust selection of afterschool programming to address the need for quality and safe extracurricular opportunities for youth.