Oakland Unity Middle School welcomes all students in Oakland and it surrounding communities regardless of ethnicity, race, gender, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation. The racial and ethnic balance of the school reflects the school’s East Oakland neighborhood.

OUMS accepts all students eligible to enroll in 6th, 7th and 8th grade students up to its capacity.

As of the 2016-17 school year, OUMS is involved in the Enroll Oakland Charters (EOC) pilot, which provides a common enrollment process and platform for 90% of the Oakland charter schools. Parents can apply directly on the EOC website.

Parents can also apply in person at OUMS. The application form is available at school or here.

As part of the EOC process and timeline, applications are accepted during a publicly advertised open enrollment period from November 1st to February 28th for enrollment in the following school year. Following the open enrollment period each year applications are counted to determine whether any grade level has received more applications than availability. In the event that this happens, OUMS holds a public random drawing between March 6th and March 17th to determine enrollment for the impacted grade level, with the exception of existing students (2nd year forward) who are guaranteed enrollment in the following school year. Preference in the public drawing shall be given to siblings of currently enrolled 6th and 7th graders.

At  the conclusion of the public random drawing, all students who were not granted admission due to capacity are given the option to put their name on a waiting list according to their draw in the lottery. This wait list will allow students the option of enrollment in the case of an opening during the school year.

The wait list will not be carried over to the following school year.

OUMS seeks a commitment from both students and parents to the mission and vision of the school’s charter. Prior to admission, all parents or guardians will be required to complete an application packet and asked to sign an agreement indicating they understand the school’s philosophy and program.