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. To find out more information about the role of our office and the Charter Schools we authorize, please visit the About Us section.
Application for Charter School Enrollment for Fall 2019
If you are interested in enrolling your student in an Oakland charter public school, visit EnrollOak.org. At EnrollOak.org, you can learn about and apply to all of Oakland's public schools. Open enrollment for the next school year (2019-20) begins on November 5, 2018. All applications submitted by the February 8, 2019 deadline will be included in school lotteries. EnrollOak.org provides a single common enrollment application for all participating charter public schools (click here for a list of these schools). The application for all district-run public schools is available at ousd.org/enroll.
Proposition 39 Application for 2019-20
Application materials for the 2019-20 Proposition 39 cycle are available on the Prop 39 page. Please review the updated guide for additional information. Applications must be received by the Office of Charter Schools on or before Thursday, November 1, 2018 by 12pm (noon).
AB 1360 (Bonta)
The passage of AB 1360 Bonta has implications for charter schools, including new requirements. OUSD Office of Charter Schools has created a summary document, which can be found on the Compliance section of our website; however, each charter school is responsible for reviewing and complying with the entire bill.
How to File a Complaint
If you would like to file a complaint against a charter school, please click on the button below for more information about the Complaints Procedure.
Please note that OUSD Office of Charter Schools DOES NOT operate any charter schools; therefore, we do not manage students' grades, discipline, enrollment/admission or any charter school employees.
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.
On August 3rd, 2016, the Senate Education Committee held an informational hearing regarding charter school oversight in California. The committee asked panelists, including Silke Bradford, Director of Quality Diverse Providers, to respond to the following question: "Role of Charter School Authorizers: Are there mechanisms in place to ensure sufficient oversight and accountability?" Click here to view a summary of her response*.
* For further analysis of how the participation of classroom-based charter schools in Federal meal programs was calculated, click here.
OUSD Office of Charter Schools 1000 Broadway, 6th Floor, Suite 639 Oakland, CA 94607 Phone: (510) 879-1677 FAX: (510) 879-0020 Contact Us