Since its founding in 1986, The Partners Program has instilled in Oakland middle school students a joy of learning, helped those students gain an understanding of educational opportunities that are available to them, and equipped them with the skills, self-discipline and resources needed to realize these goals.
The Partners Program consists of three distinct components: Summer Academy (SA), Academic Year Mentoring (AYM), and the High School Advising program (HSA). All programs are free for the family.

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    Samuel Beltran 

    Director, The Partners Program
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    Kevin Ugalde 

    Partners Program Manager
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Summer Academy (SA)

Scholars enter The Partners Program as rising 7th graders. Each summer, scholars take core courses in math and English, STEAM classes such as visual arts, modern dance, engineering and coding, and a course in social and emotional learning that includes topics such as identity, wellness, financial literacy and decision-making. Classes are academically rigorous and designed to spark Scholars’ curiosity and cultivate their love of learning. Scholars also participate in elective club activities, outdoor sports, and field trips to explore the Bay Area.

The mentoring relationship is central to Partners. Classes are taught by a professional teacher and two high school or college-level assistant teachers. Partners nurtures a strong connection with its Scholars and a growing number return to serve as assistant teachers and as college interns.

Academic Year Mentoring (AYM)

During the academic year, Scholars meet once-a-week with their mentor who supports their learning, confidence, and school engagement. A mentor tutorial may include reviewing class notes and previous tests and preparing for standardized exams. From January through May, Scholars also enjoy after-school elective workshops, such as Debate and Forensics, Music, Drawing and Visual Arts, and Digital Media.

High School Advising (HSA)

Partners works with each 8th grade Scholar and their family to identify high schools that best fit their learning trajectory. Our staff accompanies families on high school visits, assists with transcript materials, letters of recommendation, and financial aid applications. In addition, Partners offers standardized test-taking workshops and interview simulations.

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