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Mission / Vision

The MISSION of ARISE High School is to empower ourselves with the skills, knowledge, and agency to become highly educated, humanizing, critically conscious, intellectual, and reflective leaders in our community.


At ARISE we nurture, train, and discipline our school community to engage in a continuous practice of developing mind, heart, and body towards a VISION where we actively rise up. Agency and self-determination drive our struggle to improve our own material and social conditions towards a more healthy, equitable, and just society.


ARISE High School has been honored to serve the Oakland community for nearly 10 years and looks forward to continuing this service during our next charter term. Our founders, just as our staff today, believe that all children deserve a quality education that doesn’t replicate inequitable and oppressive institutions. Instead, we’ve developed a rigorous, high engagement, and authentic learning experience for our students.


ARISE High School currently serves approximately 305 students in grades 9-12, and prepares students from low-income families to be the first to attend college. Currently 96% of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch, 89% speak English as a Second Language, and 86% are first-generation college-bound. We are incredibly proud of our students’ successes. Each year, we have had at least 85% of our graduates matriculate into 2- and 4- year colleges and universities. In addition, we believe our alumni will be the future change-makers of Oakland. As more and more of them graduate from college we look forward to welcoming back into our community.