Oakland Charter Academy Featured in “What is the Achievement Gap?” a short film produced by the Walton Family Foundation
OAKLAND, CA — Oakland Charter Academy is featured in “What is the Achievement Gap,” a short film produced by the Walton Family Foundation. This is the first of six videos in a series called “Innovations in Education,” that explores fresh ideas to improve education in the U.S for kids.
“I am proud to be a part of Oakland Charter Academy and it’s an honor to be recognized by the Walton Family Foundation,” says David Camarena, site director of Oakland Charter Academy. “Being involved in this video series reinforces my beliefs in educating urban youth. Others now know of the work we do at Oakland Charter Academy.”
Located in the Fruitvale District, Oakland Charter Academy is the flagship of the Amethod Public Schools organization and is one of six public charter schools in the East Bay. They opened in the fall of 1994 as Oakland’s first charter school, and at the time, were only the fourteenth charter school authorized in the State of California. They are currently the only National Blue Ribbon School in East Oakland.
“As a little girl, growing up in a poor immigrant family, I was hungry to achieve, and I became a firm believer in the idea that a person’s ZIP code and history need not determine her future,” says Evelia Villa, Chief Academic Officer at Amethod Public Schools. “We believe in opportunity for all, no matter their situation. We believe that each of our students can achieve anything. We eliminate the excuses and hit the ground running.”
Read the blog titled, “Set High Expectations to Close the Achievement Gap” and watch the “What is the Achievement Gap” video on the Walton Family Foundation blog.