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Motivation in Middle School

Our expert teachers at Aurum Preparatory Academy (Aurum Prep) know the middle school brain seeks social interactions, independence, and an explanation for all they do. They are unfolding who they are and discovering what they love to do and don’t love to do. We harness this unique energy to help middle schoolers direct it into their academic and personal growth.

Going For Gold - Every Day

Aurum Prep’s founding school leaders adjusted the public middle school focus from one of discipline to one of leadership. We strive to motivate our students from within, helping them to recognize the inherent value of the work and learning they do at school. A self-motivated student is a leader in their school, home, communities and personal lives.

One of our most important choices in life is what our attitude will be in any situation - especially when unexpected or challenging things happen. From the very start of 6th grade, we begin to instill the value of growth in our students. We teach the attitude that “I can get better with hard work or effort.” The concept is simple and the outcomes are tremendous.

We provide our scholars with opportunities for character building everyday. We curated our G.O.L.D. Core Values of growth, optimism, leadership and design to help establish our expectations for positive conduct. Our expectations are high and we see our students not only meet the standards, but thrive in our supportive systems.


We find that rewarding day-to-day displays of respect, growth, and positive social behaviors is highly motivating to our middle school students. We believe in letting students know that we see their efforts and the wonderful person they are becoming!

Each week, we give recognition to the student who has demonstrated the most growth as well as the student of the week who has met the highest scholastic goals. These we call our Golden Scholar and Growth Scholar, and this recognition means a lot to our students. Being celebrated by your community is an important way to build self confidence and courage. When our scholars take risks, they even earn DoJo merits - another coveted recognition and way we build our close relationships at Aurum Prep.

Aurum Prep is the GOLD standard in middle school education, bringing to life the natural greatness that is found within our youth. With the excellent guidance of our top level teachers, Aurum scholars are becoming the next generation of moral leaders. We see them exceed our expectations and go for the gold every day!

If you are seeking a better fit for your middle schooler in East Oakland, reach out and talk to us today. Call us at (510) 746-7860 or send an email to We have a few spots left for each grade for the 2022-23 school year at our tuition-free charter middle school.

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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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