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Know Your Middle Schooler? At Aurum Prep We Do!

Updated: Mar 15

Entering middle school marks a milestone in a child’s life. It comes just as they experience the major growth spurt in their brains that ushers them into adolescence. While that can feel like a combustible combination, at tuition-free, charter middle school Aurum Preparatory Academy (Aurum Prep) we see it as an opportunity.


Cultivating Independence and Responsibility


Adolescence begins around the time a child enters 6th grade and brings many physical, intellectual, and emotional changes. At 11 years old boys and girls begin to seek more independence as they form their identities. The way they learn, feel, see the world, and relate to others is different from when they were in elementary school.


A group of female middle school students from Aurum Preparatory Academy pose for a group photo at the school dance. Decorations include balloons and golden props.

At Aurum Prep our teachers understand who our students are becoming. Through personalized learning and advisory, we provide a high quality, college preparatory education with rigorous academics and character development. Montserrat Castro, one of our three valedictorians in 2022 recalls the impact her teachers had during her 3 years here, “I learned who I am and who I want to be,” she told the audience at her graduation ceremony. “It has been like that for many people. We’ve not only grown in size, but as people and a community.”


Accepting Challenges and Excelling


A group of Aurum Preparatory Academy students, dressed in their school uniforms, stand with two of their teachers in front of a bulletin board that acknowledges their achievements in science.


We recognize what our students are capable of achieving here at Aurum Prep. We work with them 1:1 during the school day and in after school tutorials to ensure they’re at grade level or above. And it’s working. Aurum Prep students are making significant improvements in math and reading skills.


As our new Executive Director, Dr. Emanuel T. Vincent says, this is a collaborative effort with all the members of the Aurum community that has the potential for great impact; “Let us work hand in hand to create an inclusive and stimulating learning environment that fosters academic excellence, character development, and personal growth. Together we will inspire our students to push their boundaries, embrace challenges, and achieve their full potential.”


Middle schoolers are complex human beings just beginning to figure out who they are and what they can accomplish. At Aurum Prep we’re excited to support them on this adventure called adolescence. A few spaces are still available in 6th-8th grades for the new school year. Contact us today to learn more.


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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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