Oakland Charter Academy Featured in “What is the Achievement Gap?” a short film produced by the Walton Family Foundation

OAKLAND, CA — Oakland Charter Academy is featured in “What is the Achievement Gap,” a short film produced by the Walton Family Foundation. This is the first of six videos in a series called “Innovations in Education,” that explores fresh ideas to improve education in the U.S for kids. “I am proud to be a part of Oakland Charter Academy and it’s an honor to…

West Contra Costa Unified School District School Board of Education Approves Five-Year Renewal for AMPS Richmond Charter Academy

RICHMOND, CA — On February 15, 2017, the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved a five-year renewal for AMPS Richmond Charter Academy. “The renewal of Richmond Charter Academy is more than a victory for Amethod Public Schools, but a victory for the students and families of Richmond that want quality educational institutions,” says Michael Bradley, after school education and safety…

A Message from our CEO, Jorge Lopez

February 2, 2017 A Message from our CEO, Jorge Lopez Over the past few weeks, we have seen decisions coming out of the new federal administration that run counter to the values of the AMPS organization. The recent Executive Order targeting individuals from seven nations with a majority Muslim population attacks the foundation of principles and values supporting the value of our immigrant populations. The…

City of Richmond Planning Commission Approves Conditional Use Permit for John Henry High School’s Marina Bay Location in a 5-0 Vote

  RICHMOND, CA — On January 19, 2017, the City of Richmond Planning Commission approved the Conditional Use Permit for John Henry High School’s Marina Bay location in a 5-0 vote. This permit allows them to complete construction on their new campus located on 1402 Marina Way South in Richmond. “I’m satisfied that the safety plan of the school has been thought through sufficiently,” says…

Benito Juarez Elementary Gives Back Through Annual Food Drive

In the spirit of the holidays, Benito Juarez Elementary hosted its annual food drive where they raised a total of 1,100 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties. Over the course of a couple of weeks, students from each class brought in canned and packaged goods to donate that resulted in 916 meals. Take a look at their video…

Taking Time to Appreciate Teachers

As the holiday season begins and the year comes to a close, it’s important to take the time to say thank you to your leaders, administrators, and teachers to let them know how much they are appreciated. Here are three ways you can thank your team throughout the year: 1. Surprise your staff with an after-school social At the beginning of the day, place a…

Three Reasons Your Student Should Play Chess

At Richmond Charter Academy, students have the opportunity to participate in an After School Educational and Safety program, also known as ASES, that offers fun, interactive, and educational activities outside of the classroom.  One of their favorite weekly traditions includes pulling out the chess boards and challenging their friends to a friendly game of strategy, focus, and creativity. Research shows that learning to play a game like chess  is not just a…