The Office of Charter Schools (OCS) authorizes and provides oversight to charter schools in the Oakland Unified School District. This work includes evaluating charter petitions--for both new and renewing schools--as well as monitoring the educational progress and financial standing of schools throughout the year. Additionally, our office strives to be the bridge between the charter school network and OUSD.
Please note that OCS DOES NOT operate any charter schools, meaning we do not manage students' grades, discipline, enrollment/admission or any charter school employees. If you would like to submit a complaint, please visit the Complaints section of our website.
To find out more information about the role of our office and the Charter Schools we authorize, please visit the About Us section.
OCS will be closed 9/4 & 9/15-9/27)
The Office of Charter Schools will be closed on Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day. The office will also be closed Friday, September 15th- Wednesday, September 27th as the staff will be off-site preparing for/attending a professional development conference. Please expect a delay in response-we appreciate your understanding.
In addition, Leslie Jimenez and Silke Bradford will be out of the office until October 2nd and October 5th, respectively.
Response to Grand Jury Report
On June 10, 2016, the Alameda County Grand Jury issued 2015-2016 Grand Jury Final Report – The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and Charter Schools. The Grand Jury made four (4) findings and eight (8) recommendations based upon their identified concerns and investigation. Please download OUSD's response to the Grand Jury Report below.