OSA seeks out and embraces pedagogical approaches that challenge students to think, to communicate, and to act with authority and accountability. Faculty members in the core academic subjects are certified by the State of California. Arts practitioners come from a variety of backgrounds and bring with them enormous expertise and experience in their chosen discipline.

OSA has an outstanding college-preparatory academic program, which meets the requirements for University of California and California State University admissions. All students take English, History, Romance Language, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. Students concentrate on one area of art – Acting, Audio Production and Engineering, Dance, Fashion Design, Instrumental Music, Literary Arts, Production Design, Vocal Music or Visual Art.

Small classes allow for individual attention and personal training. Tutoring for core academic classes is also available and encouraged. OSA students also receive ongoing professional training from various East Bay arts organizations and practicing artists in the community.

The curriculum at Oakland School for the Arts is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and confident professionalism specified in our educational program to enable each student to:

• Be creative and innovative

• Develop techniques and skills in at least one artistic area

• Speak in their own artistic voices with authority

• Communicate effectively

• Develop and maintain a global perspective

• Satisfy college admissions requirements

• Seek solutions

• Think in an interdisciplinary mode

Download these guides for Middle School and for High School to create your study plan for your upcoming first semester finals:

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Come to the Learning Center to study with a tutor or in groups.

Students at all levels are encouraged to take advantage of this FREE resource that is coordinated by Wendy Snyder, the OSA Academic Support Coordinator and made possible by parent and other volunteers.

Learning Center Hours:
Mondays 12:50 pm to 3pm
Tuesdays 3:10 pm to 5:30pm
Wednesdays 3:10 pm to 5:30pm
Thursdays 3:10 pm to 5:30pm

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