Students: 725 | Teachers: 1 to 17 | Grades: 6-12
Oakland Military Institute
Established in 2011, Oakland Military Institute wasted no time in claiming its own educational impact as a quality college preparatory school. The school’s core value statement, “Character, Leadership, Attitude, Scholarship and Service or “C.L.A.S.S.,” and its motto, “Do well whatever you do,” speak eloquently of the charter school’s standards.
Serving as a secondary school, Oakland Military Institute is one of 37 high schools within the Oakland Unified School District, and it accepts both males and females. The total student population comprises 98 percent minorities and was ranked by “U.S. News & World Report” as 158th of all California high schools and 827th in the United States.
Oakland Military Institute presents a strong academic program for its students: Approximately 58 percent take and qualify for advance placement, noting an accelerated academic path.
Graduates of this school actively pursue higher education at almost twice the national average. The school’s superintendent boasts that alumni can be found in the rolls of several prestigious universities in California and beyond, including many University of California branches, Yale and West Point Military Academy.
Merging the concept that strong, healthy bodies boost healthy minds, Oakland Military Institute incorporates sports programs for all ages and both genders.
Nicknamed the Grizzlies, student athletes compete in football, baseball, badminton, fencing, basketball, cross country and crew, among others.
Because this is not a public school, admissions into Oakland Military Institute are privately screened and should be submitted no later than five months prior to the September start of the school year.
Application packets should include the student’s birth certificate, current and accurate shot records, either the most recent report card or transcripts from previous schools, Individualized Education Program or 504 plan enrollment if applicable and a signed request for school records.
The enrollment process does not end with the packet submission, however. Each student applying for attendance must interview with an admissions staff, ensuring academic, social and possibly athletic standards are understood and accepted. The interview does not determine enrollment qualification.
Once admission has been granted, both students and parents or responsible adults must jointly attend a one-hour orientation.
One final step completes the enrollment process. Several weeks after orientation, students must attend and successfully complete a seven-day entrance camp. Those who qualify for camp attendance successfully pass this qualification if they earn four or fewer demerits during this week-long trial period.