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Downtown Charter Academy

Apply Now for the 2018-2019 School Year!

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year! All AMPS schools are public schools, free and open to all students. English language learners and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 


For our AMPS schools in Oakland, we are proud to partner with Their mission is to empower Oakland families to make informed choices about their public school options and easily apply online! If you would like to apply to Downtown Charter Academy, visit to get started.

Schedule a DCA Campus Tour


Want to learn more about our school?  Call now to attend a campus tour! RSVP at 510-535-1580.


Mondays and Fridays from 10:30-11:30am

*View our calendar to see all tour dates for the 2017-2018 school year 

We are a Top-Performing Public Middle School

At Downtown Charter Academy, we believe all students can achieve their academic goals, attend college, and succeed in life.


We pride ourselves on being one of the highest performing public middle schools in Alameda County. We provide a structured learning environment for our students that is heavily focused on daily attendance, educator effectiveness, and test-score data. Our mission is to foster a culture of hard work and prepare our students in a manner that will help them excel in high school and attend the college of their dreams.

Featuring a Rigorous Academic Program

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Mathematics Pre-Algebra/Algebra Algebra I/Geometry
Literature/Grammar Literature/Grammar Literature/Grammar
Ancient Civilizations Medieval and Early Modern Times U.S. History
Integrated Earth Science  Integrated Life Science Integrated Physical Science
Physical Education Physical Education Physical Education


DCA offers California State Common Core Standards based curriculum, which includes daily blocks of:

  • 90 minutes of English Language Arts and Mathematics
  • 60 minutes of History and Science
  • 60 minutes of Physical Education

In addition, we also offer: 

  • Mandatory summer session to ensure that students are prepared as they move forward through middle school.
  • Two hours of homework each night, and homework packets assigned for each holiday break.

And Educational After-School Activities

We offer a variety of activities every day including: homework help and tutoring, band, yearbook, guitar lessons, basketball, volleyball, chess, and more! 


We are also a proud partner of the John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth that gives students the opportunity to participate in college-level summer programs and online courses.

That Gets Results to Ensure Student Success

DCA is committed to excellence and academics, demonstrated through its emphasis on structure and student achievement for traditionally underserved urban students. This is accomplished by:

  • Improving the academic achievement of all students
  • Closing the achievement gap of educationally-disadvantaged students
  • Focusing on student attendance
  • Supporting effective educators
  • Providing a structured learning environment
  • Fostering a culture based on honoring hard work

Home of the Griffins

Home of the Griffins

2017-2018 School Calendar

Contact Information


2000 Dennison Street 

Oakland, CA 94606


Office: 510-535-1580

Fax: 510-535-1597

DCA Leadership Team

Site Director, Angela Ortega 

Dean, Gregg Pentony


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