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Oakland School for the Arts

Oakland School for the Arts

Step It Up Program

Step It up 2023-24 applications ARE NOW OPEN

Step It up 2023-24 applications ARE NOW OPEN

The mission of the Step It Up program is to support OSA’s diversity and outreach commitment by making arts education accessible to BIPOC youth from Title 1 OUSD schools. In 2020, we partnered with The People’s Conservatory, and are proud to continue that partnership into the upcoming school year. 
The Step It Up program makes arts education free and accessible to underserved and marginalized Oakland youth through after school programming, onsite specialized arts classes, and industry informed career preparation.
  • The Step It Up program starts on Wednesday, November 8th.
    • Classes are held from 4-6pm on Wednesdays
    • Sessions are 11/8 through 1/31 with culminating arts showcase on 2/7.
  • For 10 weeks, specialized arts courses will meet for 2 hours of free arts education to students.
  • Completers of the Step it Up program are given priority in the OSA Admissions lottery for enrollment.
  • Applications are now open!
  • To apply for the Step It Up program, please complete an application below:


English Application

Spanish Application

Mandarin Application

Questions? Check out our FAQ in English, Spanish, and Mandarin or contact

Step It Up Team:

Katy Zaugg - Director of Enrollment & Student Services
Jordan Karnes - Communications 
           Spanish Step It Up Poster   mandarin poster