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5 Big Benefits of Our Small School

Aurum Preparatory Academy (Aurum Prep) is a tuition-free public middle school serving East Oakland with the belief that all students, regardless of previous academic performance, can succeed and go to college. We are committed to providing exceptional teaching, clear boundaries and caring relationships; a perfect environment for middle schoolers to flourish. Here are 5 benefits of our small, but mighty middle school:


1. Small Classes and 1:1 Support


Classes at Aurum Prep have an average student to teacher ratio of 12:1, allowing us to directly support each of our students one-on-one. Our Advisory classes are a hallmark of our program. Each student at Aurum Prep is assigned an advisor who provides guidance on academics and character development and acts as the primary point of contact throughout the middle school experience. A consistent, trusted advisor/student relationship forms a solid foundation in the formative middle school years.



2. Exceptional Growth


Our model produces remarkable results: students come to us from underperforming schools up to 3 years behind grade level. We catch them up and make an average of 1.5 years academic growth in just one year. By offering support for every type of learner through a collaborative push-in model, as well as after-school homework help and tutoring, we ensure no one slips through the cracks.


3. College Visits & Support for the Transition to High School


Aurum Prep advisors ensure that all students go to not only the strongest high schools but THE high school that best matches every student’s unique strengths and future goals. Our staff works to open doors to scholarships and valued schools and help our students pinpoint the high school and college of their dreams. We believe the right fit is key to continuing our work and nurturing our scholar’s futures.


We also take our students on visits to college campuses to create opportunities for our students to interact with college students, walk around campus and explore new possibilities. This empowers our middle schoolers to make informed choices and set goals for their education.


4. Competitive Sports


Aurum Prep student athletes have the benefit of attending a small school that gives them ample playing time while still getting to compete at a high level. We offer co-ed soccer and a girls and boys basketball team for young athletes to grow their athletic development and have fun at the same time. We are part of a district league that competes against other charter and public middle schools in the area.



5. Powerful Community


Our small school nurtures a positive and optimistic school culture. Advisory class fosters close trusted relationships. Our weekly Community Circle uplifts and recognizes student achievement and growth. Dances, celebrations and spirit week bring us together. And consistent, open communication with families builds trusted partnerships.


Aurum Preparatory Academy is your small community school doing big things for the futures of Oakland students. And we do it 100% fee free. Join us.


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About Aurum Prep


Aurum Preparatory Academy teaches college preparation, character development, and design thinking to students in Oakland, Ca. Through rigorous instruction and positive character education, Aurum Prep educates all students in grades 6 through 8 to succeed in high school, college, and life, and serve as the next generation of moral leaders. Enroll your middle school student today.


The future begins today. At Aurum Prep, our students are taking the steps they need to celebrate today, and make tomorrow brighter. Learn more about enrolling your student at our tuition-free middle school, today:


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