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Alternatives in Action High School

Highschool

Alternatives in Action High School is NOW ENROLLING for the 2016-2017 academic school year. You can find the preliminary application here. For more information, please call (510) 748-4314.

Alternatives in Action High School (formerly known as Bay Area School of Enterprise) serves youth from the Bay Area who are motivated to transform their lives and their communities. The first youth-initiated charter high school in the country, Alternatives in Action High School provides an environment in which youth take ownership of their own learning and partner with caring adults to change their lives as they change the community around them.

Our students benefit from:

  • Small class sizes and personalized attention
  • Real-world experience through social-action projects and community involvement
  • Engaging, project-based teaching
  • Challenging, UC aligned, College Prep curriculum and certificate training
  • College and career counseling
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Being with adults and students who believe in them

An Inspiring History

Alternatives in Action High School was originally founded as The Bay Area School of Enterprise in February 2001, when a group of ten youth, working in partnership with adult experts, designed, wrote, and submitted the first ever youth-initiated charter school petition in the country. After receiving a unanimous vote of approval from the Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees on May 16, 2001, the school opened in September 2001. The school’s Charter was subsequently renewed again by unanimous vote of the Alameda Unified School Board in February of 2006 and February 2011. The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. At the start of the 2014-2015 school year, the high school relocated to East Oakland’s Seminary Neighborhood, where it will serve as the anchor for a vibrant new community Youth & Family Center.

And a Meaningful Track Record of Success

Alternatives in Action High School has over ten years of demonstrated success graduating students and preparing them for impactful lives in college, career, and community. Since 2001, we have engaged a diverse student body (90% students of color with diverse economic and English language learner backgrounds) in the creation of over 50 social action projects, hosted over 150 visitors wanting to learn more about the school’s innovative approach, and had our graduates accepted to colleges including UCLA, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, San Diego State University, and Mills College. 100% of our graduates are eligible for college, and 92% of our youth are the first in their family to go on to college.

“I came here because this school is different from other, normal high schools. AIAHS showed me that I can be a leader and actually make changes in the school if I feel like we need changes. This school showed me that I have a voice and the coaches can hear me ... AIAHS has helped me change into a better person and a person who can lead.” Jazmine Hernandez, Class of 2018

Our Stories

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Amanda

“As a youth member of Alternatives in Action, my peers and I were able to accomplish things that I never imagined could be possible. I wanted to share this same...”

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Contacts

Phung Lai
Interim Director, Alternatives in Action High School
510.748.4314 x304
plai@alternativesinaction.org

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