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Safe, Small, Free

Updated: Jul 27

All students deserve a quality education regardless of race, gender, socio-economic status, or zip code. At Aurum Preparatory Academy (Aurum Prep), we create golden opportunities for our students to learn, grow, and thrive in small classrooms that develop trust, belonging, and community connections. As a public school, we are tuition-free and welcoming of all.


We are proud to serve the East Oakland community by providing a safe, small, and free option for middle school students to receive an exceptional education while developing life and leadership skills.


Aurum Prep students and Founder, David Hardin celebrating the end of another great day.

Through rigorous instruction and positive character education, Aurum Preparatory Academy 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.


Gold Values for Life

At Aurum Prep we meet each unique student where they are, inspire all of our middle schoolers to dream big, and teach a growth mindset - “I can get better with hard work or effort.”


The way we believe in and encourage our students instills a habit of lifelong learning and is key to living our Gold values:


Growth - Reflect and Revise


Optimism and Courage - Take Risks and Access Agency


Leadership and Learning - Collaborate and Think Critically


Designing - Create and Innovate



Aurum Prep students raising their hands at personal laptops in a computer class.

Community Circles and Connection


At Aurum Prep, we are more than a school. We are a community of caring, top quality educators, dedicated to our work. We empower our students to believe in their abilities, recognize how they belong, and become leaders in their lives. We promise to educate every student for a college degree and a life of ethical leadership from the moment they enter our doors.


Every Friday, each grade level gathers in a Community Circle to celebrate the Growth Scholar and Golden Scholar of the week. Students receive recognition for how they have faced challenges and grown through adversity as well as recognition for academic achievement. They answer questions about the week’s scholastic materials and are given points for college level answers.


Being witnessed and celebrated by teachers and peers is a powerful team building activity and just one of many reasons our students love their time with us.


Explore the opportunities Aurum Prep provides every student today at our safe, small, and free school. Now enrolling 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in East Oakland!


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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