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Character Education is the Value Add at Aurum Prep

Updated: Mar 15

Aurum Preparatory Academy (Aurum Prep), the tuition-free, public charter middle school in East Oakland makes the promise to prepare all students for academic and life success. A key to this success is our emphasis on character education.

We promise to educate every student for a college degree and a life of ethical

leadership from the moment they enter our doors.

The Positive Impact of Character Education

Two female Aurum Preparatory Academy students celebrating their 8th grade graduation.

Schools that teach character education report higher academic performance, improved attendance, reduced violence, and fewer disciplinary issues. Studies show that character education increases a student’s expressions of love, integrity, compassion, and self-discipline.

As a values-based school, Aurum Prep works closely with parents, families, and the community to ensure that all students develop into their best selves. Positive character education is woven throughout the day. During our twice daily advisory our teachers act as mentors and champions, not only developing close, trusting relationships, but modeling appropriate responses to the challenges our students may face. These dedicated educators are charged with shaping the next generation of moral leaders who will demonstrate our GOLD values – Growth, Optimism, Leadership, and Designing – long after they graduate from our school.

Why We Acknowledge Positive Character Development

A large group of Aurum Preparatory Academy students in uniform having fun with two of their teachers.

Every week we gather in Community Circle to celebrate our students’ achievements by publicly acknowledging those who demonstrate our values. We cheer on these young men and women with the goal of inspiring others towards joining them as Golden and Growth Scholars.

Even our parents recognize the impact of Aurum Prep’s commitment to character education as one posted in a Google review:

"From the moment you walk into the school, you can feel the vibe is all about excellence in academics and character. From the way each student is personally greeted by name in the morning to how each student is dealt with in a personal and unique way every day from disciplinary issues to celebrating their success in the journey of learning. The bottom line is every teacher and staff cares about the well-being of every student and that they are tracking."

At Aurum Prep we are fulfilling our promise by providing:

  • Strong teachers building the knowledge and skills of ALL students.

  • Intense focus on literacy and mathematics at all grade levels.

  • Explicit character development, shaping ethical leaders.

  • Safe school community that is structured, rigorous, and joyful.

  • Frequent communication with families on behavior and achievement.

  • Extended day and year with more time, attention, and support.

We are ready to welcome your student to join us to experience all Aurum Prep has to offer. A limited number of spots are still available. It’s not too late to enroll for this school year.

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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.

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