Step It Up Program

Step It Up applications are now closed for the 2021-22 school year.

Please check back in Early Autumn 2022 for the next application period.

Thank you for your interest!

Step It Up is a free after-school arts program founded by Oakland School for the Arts in 2014 focused on connecting with & preparing BIPOC students from Oakland and surrounding areas for successful entrance into OSA. Last year, we partnered with The People’s Conservatory, and are proud to continue that partnership into the 2021-22 school year.
Our mission is to support OSA’s diversity and outreach commitments by making arts education accessible to underserved & marginalized Oakland youth. BIPOC students in 5th-8th grade attending specific Title 1 Oakland schools can apply for the Step It Up program.
Questions? Check out our FAQ in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
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The Step It Up program will meet from 5-7 pm on the following 14 dates: 
  • October 4th (first day of classes), 11th (parent info meeting), 18th, & 25th
  • November 1st (last day for new applicants), 8th, 15th, & 29th (Hanukkah - excused absence)
  • December 6th, 13th (audition info meeting),
  • Januray 10th, 24th (5th & 6th grade application info meeting), & 31st
  • February 7th
*Please note that the Dance program meets with the Savage Dance Company 3 days a week. More information upon application submittal. The Instrumental Music program will also be meeting 3 days a week.

8th grade students who have attended at least 10 out of 14 SIU classes will receive special consideration at the 2022 OSA audition.

Step It Up Team:

Kev Choice - Community Outreach Coordinator
Jordan Karnes - Communications
Michaela Peters - On Site Coordinator/Admissions