The work we do
In order to close the opportunity gap and break structural systems of oppression, we commit to cultivating a joyful, loving, and rigorous classroom environment that is grounded in standards-based instruction and multi-tiered systems of academic and socio-emotional support.
What we're working towards
Elmhurst United Middle School seeks to build transformational relationships among staff and students in order to arm young people with a sense of community and self-knowledge, an academic mindset, strong relationship skills, and effective communication so that students build agency toward a positive life trajectory, lifelong learning, and successful membership in their community. No Matter What.
1800 98th Avenue
Oakland, CA 94603
Phone: (510) 879-3229
Fax: (510) 627-9229
Elmhurst United strives to develop academic mastery in our young people because we understand that knowledge is power. We know that students in Oakland and particularly the flats, have been systematically failed, pushed out of school, and most often kept away from tools to be agents of change in their own community.
We know that our institutions, including schools, often breed and perpetuate patriarchy, capitalism, racism, xenophobia, and other systems of oppression; and we know that in order to create a different world, we must CARE. We must begin by creating spaces where all young people can feel safe, loved, and connected in order to be the scholars that can close the academic gaps that keep communities underserved and lacking access.
We believe that if we build a school where all members engage with CARE, we can create a community that shifts conditions, builds power, and breaks barriers with and for our young people and their families.
Community & Self-Knowledge
We believe our communities and our students have infinite capacity. When we are aware of, and tap into our histories, identities, and assets, not only do we become stronger as individuals, we become stronger as a community. We begin to appreciate each other's power and similarities as much as our uniqueness and differences. When students discover knowledge of self and community, they build understanding of their own power and agency, contribute to their communities, and can become the owners of their own stories.
We know that students achieve more when they have a strong sense of membership and self-efficacy in their learning communities. As educators, we believe that in order to develop a strong academic mindset, we must help our students see themselves as lifelong learners. They must see their strengths and challenges as opportunities for growth rooted in personal goals. They must see value and purpose in their work, and see their teachers as partners in their growth and success.
We need each other in order to thrive and collectively build power to break barriers. Success lies in the ability to acknowledge identities, respect similarities and differences, and support each other in struggle and triumph. In order to build a strong school community, we must work with all stakeholders to develop the skills necessary to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. These skills include communication, cooperation, negotiating conflict constructively, resisting inappropriate social pressures, and both seeking and offering help when needed.
We recognize that effective communication skills are a powerful tool to navigate the world, and we view multilingualism as one of our greatest strengths. We build, therefore, on our linguistic assets and resources to arm students with the active listening, clear writing, and persuasive presentation skills needed to understand and change the world around them. Because our students come with a wide variety of language experience, we must explicitly teach ways for students to express ideas and advocate for individual needs to any audience and in any space, especially those designed to exclude them.