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Joy at Aurum Prep

Updated: Jul 22, 2022

At Aurum Preparatory Academy(Aurum Prep), joy in learning is as important to our mission as rigorous academics. We love the joy we see in our students when they achieve a goal previously out of reach. Or when they make a new connection with a classmate. Or even during our first school dance! We believe joy is an essential part of successful academic and social growth and we make room for it daily at our free, college prep middle school.


An Aurum Prep Academy student hard at work while focusing on working with the stock market

School Wide Events


Aurum Prep students were thrilled with our first all school dance this year and requested that it be made a yearly event (we can do that!). We also hold a Spirit Week each year with student generated ideas like Crazy Hair Day, Sports Day and Pajama Day.


We push Aurum Prep students to be creative thinkers and connect with the world around them. Our Week Without Walls is a chance for our scholars to work on interdisciplinary projects outside of our school building. It cultivates joy and creativity in learning and gives way to many A-HA! moments.


We celebrate and teach about many cultures, including Black History Month in February, Women’s International History Month in March and Hispanic Heritage Month every September. Our students continuously surprise us with their innovative thinking, like with their creative use of materials in our door decorating project during Black History Month.



Our vibrant community comes together often to celebrate the work of students, staff and families. This spring, our supportive families put together a beautiful feast to show gratitude for our staff during Teacher Appreciation Week.


And at the end of the school year, we take time to celebrate our hard work and accomplishments by sending our community off to summer break with a variety of all school events. From our formal graduation ceremony for Aurum Prep’s second graduating class of 2022 to the fan favorite Teachers vs. Students water balloon fight, joy is always present in our time together.


Community Circle


Each Friday, we recognize student achievement during our school-wide town hall called Community Circle. Different students are celebrated each week! We spotlight academic achievement with our Gold Scholar award and personal growth with our Growth Scholar award. Peers are encouraged to say a few words in support of the award winners, providing an even deeper level of connection and support for each other.


After School Fun


The fun doesn’t stop when the school day ends. Our after school clubs extend the joy in our day until 6:00 pm everyday. Interested in art? We’ve got a club for that. How about finance or cooking? We offer it all as a way to grow your middle schooler’s interests and skills in a safe, social environment.


Our sense of community is more than an afterthought—it’s a mindset. Join in the fun at Aurum Preparatory Academy for the 2022-23 school year. We know you’ll love it here. Enrolling now!


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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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