North Oakland Community Charter School
The North Oakland Community Charter School (NOCCS)is a public school dedicated to helping children to become thoughtful, informed, and inquisitive citizens. NOCCS is a vibrant, diverse learning community driven by respect for each child's unique intelligence and history. Our school's dynamic and challenging educational approach deepens the intellectual and social capacities of each child that we serve.
NOCCS is driven by ten core principles that anchor and guide our community and its work, and provide a vision to which we aspireas a learning community. These principles include: (1) respect for children and their learning; (2) high expectations; (3) a caring community of learners; (4) valuing diversity; (5) connections to the world; (6) a commitment to equity; (7) families' contributions; (8) respect for teachers and teaching; (9) creativity;
and (10) teaching for understanding.
Since opening its doors in September of 2000, NOCCS has grown from a tiny one classroom school serving 20 students to a vibrant community of learners that now houses 225 students in grade K-8. In June of 2011 we graduated our first cohort of 8th grade students.
The NOCCS student body is a diverse group of learners that includes 60% students of color. About 25% of our student qualify for free or reduced priced lunch. Revised admissions policies and a renewed focus on equity-based instruction is encouraging increasing enrollment from our diverse local neighborhood and better academic outcomes for all students.
NOCCS stands out as one of Oakland and the Bay Area's most successful progressive education urban charter school models. Since its inception in 2000, NOCCS has ranked as one of the area's top schools. Our most recent API ranking places NOCCS as the one of the highest achieving schools out of Oakland's 70 public elementary and 23 public middle schools. Our charter was unanimously approved for a fourth five-year term in February of 2015.